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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,320 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melissa Marr Narrator: Emma Galvin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780062072689
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Three sips to mind the dead . . .

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."

Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers, and that Maylene had good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in Claysville the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected; beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. If the dead are not properly cared for, they will come back to satiate themselves with food, drink, and stories from the land of the living. Only the Graveminder, by tradition a Barrow woman, and her Undertaker—in this case Byron Montgomery, with whom Bek shares a complicated past—can set things right once the dead begin to walk.

Although she is still grieving for Maylene, Rebekkah will soon find that she has more than a funeral to attend to in Claysville, and that what awaits her may be far worse: dark secrets, a centuries-old bargain, a romance that still haunts her, and a frightening new responsibility—to stop a monster and put the dead to rest where they belong.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling, sexy, and riveting, you will not want to miss Graveminder!” 

    Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author of the Night Huntress series 

  • “the slightly Southern twang [Emma Galvin] delivers perfectly captures the gothic atmosphere of this haunting novel. Her characterizations are simple but distinct, and her interpretation of the creepy Mr. D. is particularly captivating.” Publishers Weekly
  • “Marr serves up a quirky dark fantasy fashioned around themes of fate, free will-and zombies…well-drawn characters and their dramatic interactions keep the tale loose and lively.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dark and dreamy…Rod Serling would have loved Graveminder…Marr is not tapping into the latest horde of zombie novels, she’s created a new kind of undead creatureA creatively creepy gothic tale for grown-ups.”  

    USA Today

  • “Melissa Marr has created a fabulous, richly-imagined world in Claysville and its attendant piece of the Underworld.” 

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer 

  • Selected for the July 2011 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the RT Award in 2011 for Best Paranormal Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 2/20/2014

    " Very good, well laid out plot with twists to keep it origional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 2/9/2014

    " I liked this dark twisted tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Fitzgerald | 1/10/2014

    " I loved this book. The heroine is a "chosen one", the small town she returns to has a secret, there is an issue with dead people, and she works together with the town's undertaker. It's a little bit Buffy-esque, but I think that is a good thing. The book went by too quickly despite my efforts to pace myself. I just had to find out what was going on and couldn't stop reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/16/2013

    " More about coming to terms with your role in life, rather than the Underworld. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 12/10/2013

    " I could write a very long review about this book and why I enjoyed it so much but I won't. Melissa Marr's writting, her characters, the worlds she creates...are just breathtaking. Once again, she doesn't fail to deliver. Her books aren't for everyone that's for sure but they sure are just what I like in a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 11/26/2013

    " Good ending, slow book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 11/16/2013

    " Definitely different... not quite believable. Felt like the end was rushed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Hickey | 11/12/2013

    " I loved her Wicked Lovely series, but this was so BORING. I don't recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patt | 10/10/2013

    " This book is definitely worth reading. I really enjoyed the story line and the premise behind the story. The writing is superb. The characters are well fleshed out and likeable. Definitely not your typical "zombie" book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Schlosser | 9/4/2013

    " Thoroughly entertaining! Kind of a cheap thrill. I wasn't blown away by it and it isn't an all-time favorite but I really did enjoy reading it. I would recommend it to my friends. It reminded me of a Dean Koontz book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly J. | 8/25/2013

    " This was a 4.5 I really liked it alot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Simmons | 6/23/2013

    " Good book, although...I really wish the character development would have continued a little stronger to the end. I would be excited to read more in this series (if she were to make it a series, lol). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David V. | 3/15/2013

    " Received as an ARC via my employer Barnes & Noble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Houston | 9/17/2012

    " this wasn't my usual genre of book,but i enjoyed reading it. it's creative and well writen. a fast-paced quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Marie | 9/2/2012

    " Really 3.5 - I thought it was a very creative premise. The ebook version, at least, could have benefited from some editing. Lots of mistakes, and I found it distracting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carla | 2/25/2012

    " I didn't love this book. I wanted to, but it was just too predictable for me. I like the idea of the storyline and I liked the characters, but I felt like I could have wrote it myself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 2/20/2012

    " Got bored half way through, and frustrated as to why Marr would wait until the second half of a novel to get into the interesting stuff about the dead. I mean, the book is called 'Graveminder' - not 'My Angsty Relationship With The Boy Next Door'. Disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Webb | 10/31/2011

    " I loved this book. The idea is fascinating and the characters are believable. I can't wait for the next one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 9/10/2011

    " I felt the book had a strong start but kinda petered out by the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 9/9/2011

    " Super book! Love Melissa Marr!! Having read and loved the Wicked Lovely series I hope to see more of Rebekkah and Byron. "

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About the Author
Author Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college literature for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing. Wicked Lovely was her first novel. Currently, Marr lives in the Washington, DC, area, writes full-time, and still believes in faeries and ghosts.

About the Narrator

Emma Galvin won the 2011 Audie Award for best fiction narration, was a finalist for the Audie Award in 2012, and won six AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, her film appearances include My Suicidal Sweetheart, A Perfect Fit, and The Big Bad Swim. She has performed in several regional theater productions, including Love Punky, The Power of Birds, and The Realm.