The sixth book in the Charley Davidson series from Darynda Jones is on the blog today, bringing the chaos, danger, questions and fun right along with it.
Sixth Grave on the Edge
A naked elderly man riding shotgun, a demon purchasing souls, threats from a cartel, a murder that wasn’t, a plan to get Ubie to ask Cookie out, angry relatives, a horribly mistreated young girl and Reyes flashing the world in response to a cry from Charley – just an ordinary day in the life of Albuquerque’s own grim reaper. The hits just keep on coming for Charley – with someone threatening her (and her friends) in the middle of the night unless she finds a woman set to testify. Add to that Amber (Cookie’s 12, soon to be 13 year old daughter) skipping school and sneaking off with the very handsome, deaf, 16 year old Quentin and then lying to her mother about it, as Charley, with not enough on her plate, is needed to rescue her (them) from a persistent spirit that has Quentin near catatonic. When you mix in the captain of the police (and Ubie’s supervisor) digging around Charley’s abilities in search of some answers for himself, and Reyes constant frustrations with Charley and her determination to meet The Dealer – a daeva (demon slave) that is existing on the souls it bargains for – things are just starting to reach a crisis point…
Bugged, tailed, suspected, cornered, questioned, mocked and currently serving as the chauffeur to a man that doesn’t speak with his wife of fifty years currently super-unimpressed with his traveling companion. When you add in the half-answers that Charley is getting to her many questions, her testing new-found powers, discovering that yes, in fact, Ubie is far more clever than she or Cookie ever gave him credit for, and her own willingness to challenge dangers head-on, with plans that are about as solid as a souffle, and you get yet another action packed, snark filled story with more questions answered, more arriving and a very interesting twist at the end. Of course, along the way she makes a deal with the soul-eating demon, discovers that Pari has an interesting view of both Mr. Wong (in the corner) and Reyes, as well as having questions about (and a case to) discover the real story behind Reyes’ ‘parents’, and the opportunity to have things go horribly pear shaped pop up every few minutes. Of course, the dismay and slight censure from Rocket after her temper flare a few weeks back and things are just getting us one more step closer to the climax where answers should come and the fate of heaven and earth may just hang in the balance.
Title: Sixth Grave on the Edge
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #6
Also in this series: First Grave on the Right, Second Grave on the Left, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Fifth Grave Past the Light, 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 August, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 46 minutes
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Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it's time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?
Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn't come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.
Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she's used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.
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.
When Charley is summoned to bring Amber and Quentin back from the lookout point, the arrival at the convent is one of the most intriguing (and funny) scenes of all!
I dropped Quentin off at the convent to – just as I’d suspected- a horde of frantic nuns. They rushed out in one solid mass. They reminded me of penguins attacking. Our only hope was to drop into a fetal position and whimper. That stopped them in their tracks. Worked every time.