50 Word Friday – Graveminder

Graveminder   [GRAVEMINDER] [Hardcover]

Author: Melissa Marr


Three sips to mind the dead . . .

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. While growing up, Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual at every funeral: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words, “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”

Now Maylene is gone and Bek must return to the hometown—and the man—she abandoned a decade ago, only to discover that Maylene’s death was not natural . . . and there was good reason for her odd traditions. In Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected—and beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. From this dark place the deceased will return if their graves are not properly minded. And only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.


I haven’t read Wicked Lovely but if this adult novel is an indication of Marr’s storytelling it might have to be next. Interesting, fresh take on a theme which is in danger of being done to death.* The Graveminder, the Undertaker and Death make a triangle I can get behind.

P.S. – And a tagline which completely sold me on the book: “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”


* I love me a good pun.

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