Darynda Jones returns with the fourth installment of the Charley Davidson series and things just get better (my favorite so far)– with more answers and even more questions in
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Let’s start with the simple things – this is a series that you can’t pick up in the middle and understand what is going on: you’ll enjoy it, sure, but with each story building on information and events of the previous instalments, make the time to read these from the beginning. You won’t have al the answers, but you’ll find that the stories will make sense as answers appear, in a Charley-induced sort of ADD-influenced way. Picking up about two months after the last book, Charley’s attack from Earl have left her with issues: she’s mostly healed from the physical wounds, but it’s the agoraphobia and fear, from a woman who actually never really felt that emotion before that have her hiding out in her building while ordering everything from a television shopping channel. She’s also not speaking to her father after his drastic choices to have her arrested to protect her, and everyone, including Cookie and her sister Gemma are worried. But a new case of a woman being threatened for most of her life, discovering that Reyes somehow dissolved from a corporeal body and the “Gentleman Bank Robbers” that, although masked, look familiar all have her attempting to regain her life and find a way to pay the bills.
With so much coming at us from every direction, threads and issues move from fore to background as Jones manages to provide more information, snark, danger and questions as Charley seeks to find answers to the questions (and cases) she has. With her gang-banger Angel now at her ‘command’, her guardian Artemis appearing to frolic with every shower she takes, and the revelations from Amber that she knows what Charley is, has a grasp on Reyes and his “skills’ in the bedroom, and Charley’s guilt and worry that her life and choices have but Amber and Cookie into danger, and the renovation of the last vacant apartment on their floor – there’s plenty going on, especially when the new case leads her to the uber-wealthy side of town to meet with some not so forthcoming family (suspects) in her case.
Best of all are the answers, and some additional questions that require Charley to really dig down and decide what her gut tells her about Reyes, and whether or not she’ll heed his warnings about the many demons that have stepped up their search for her – and the fact that it is her fear that comes off her in waves, that draws them. With encounters with several people possessed by the demons, a visit to the long-ignored Garret and messages he’s brought back from his time on the other side, a discovery about the bikers at the asylum and more time with Reyes that bounces from hotter than hell attraction through anger, fury, rage and an overwhelming charisma, the push-pull between these two also brings Charley some answers, more than ever before, and a strangely appropriate (if shocking) start at reconciliation with her father and stepmother. There is so much happening here, yet it all fits together building the world, the characters and the relationships in steady and solid ways, even with all of the frenetic action around it. All with a dash of snark, a dollop of self-delusion and the attention span of gnats in some moments – all adding to the joy that is Charley’s world – from this safe remove.
Title: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #4
Also in this series: First Grave on the Right, Second Grave on the Left, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body
Genre: 18+ Read, Contemporary Paranormal Mystery, Ghosts, Humor elements, Murder, Mystery Elements, Paranormal, Romantic Elements, Suspense Elements
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Published on: 26 March, 2013
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 25 minutes
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Welcome to the world of grim reaper extraordinaire Charley Davidson. Try as she might, there’s no avoiding her destiny.
Sometimes being the grim reaper really is, well, grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple of months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above...or at least get dressed. It becomes clear something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. But the more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.
In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved.
Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans in this hilarious fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling series.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.