Boo Cause Reading’s Spooktacular: Kill You Graveyard Dead!

Posted October 19, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Recommendations / 10 Comments

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Continuing with Because Readings Boo-calious blog event, Spooktacular, today the theme is ‘graveyards’.

This theme hit me like one of those one-word psycho-analytical tests.  You know… the doc says one word and you’re supposed to fire off the first word that enters your mind?  Well, ‘graveyard’ instantly conjured up Amanda Stevens’ Graveyard Queen series for me.  I began this series a few years back when I spotted it on our library’s shelves.  I still have the final book to read. Like a cunning mystery?  Need a broody romance?  But, want to feel the gooseflesh on your arms rise?  I gotcha covered, kids!


See the blurb:

Read award-winning author Amanda Steven’s chilling modern gothic series and relive the journey of Amelia Gray, Graveyard Queen.
Never acknowledge the dead.
Never stray far from hallowed ground.
Never get close to the haunted.
Never, ever tempt fate.
My name is Amelia Gray. I’m a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I’ve always held fast to these rules passed down from my father…until now.
Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I’ve vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

Find the series:

Goodreads | Amazon

Further ghoulish graveyard recommends:

  1.  The Ghost and the Graveyard by Genevieve Jack
  2. Harper Connelly series by Charlaine Harris
  3. The Gravedigger’s Brawl by Abigail Roux

Enjoy a cemetery-sational Halloween recipe from Neighborhood Food blog:  

Pumpkin Dirt Pudding Graveyard


  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (1 3/4 cup)
  • 1 (5 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 an 8 oz container cool whip
  • 1 package oreos, crushed
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 8 Milano cookies
  • Handful chocolate chips


For the pudding:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine evaporated milk, pumpkin puree, and pudding, and beat until mixture is smooth and well combined, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate for 5 minutes. Stir in cinnamon and the cool whip. Refrigerate mixture until ready to serve.
  2. In a bowl, combine melted butter and crushed Oreos. Set aside until ready to serve.

For the RIP cookies:

  1. Line the Milano cookies up on a baking sheet or wax paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave then place it in a plastic bag. Cut a teensy tiny hole in the corner of the plastic bag then push the chocolate to the corner.
  3. Use the melted chocolate to write out RIP on the top of each of the cookies. Allow to dry.
  4. To serve, layer Oreos in the bottom of the glasses. Spoon pudding to about 3/4 of the way full then finish with another layer of Oreos. Stake the Milano cookies in the pudding mixture, with the RIP on top. **This will serve different amounts depending on how big your glasses are. This will be enough for 8 juice size glasses or 4 large drinking glasses.

By the way, I’ve made the ‘dirt pudding’ recipe before and did it in a trifle bowl and, once, in a shallow glass cake pan to good results since I don’t have parfait cups.  I used butterscotch pudding, white chocolate, and Oreo pudding those other times.  And, fair warning, writing that RIP on the ‘tombs’ is a bear.  I don’t bother with that anymore.  😉

Do you enjoy a walk through a graveyard or cemetery like me?  What’s the oldest tombstone that you’ve seen?  (I’ve seen graves from the 1830’s being restored in our oldest local cemetery and I could barely read the carved stone, but the monuments were cool)

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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1 year ago

I’ve read several of The Restorer books, but the romance drove me nuts. They are very creepy and atmospheric. Perfect for this time of year.

That pudding looks delicious!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

You said it. That romance! I still need to read the last book and hope that pair sorts it out.

Oh yes, the atmosphere simply crackles. 🙂

I love desserts with pudding layered in. Yum!

1 year ago

Ooo, Milano cookies in the recipe!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  vvb

Milanos are a weakness for me, too. 🙂

1 year ago

I have the first Restorer book but still haven’t read it. One of these days I guess I’ll finally read it. Have you read The Sun Down Motel? It’s creepy and full of ghosts and a serial killer. Great time of the year for it.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorna

I want to read that one. I’m on the waiting list for it at the library. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I love this series…. love it! The pudding looks yummy.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Oh man, I really need to finish the last one. 🙂

Doesn’t it sound good? Yum!

Carole Rae
1 year ago

OOooo that recipe looks yummy!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I couldn’t resist including it for this post. 🙂