Review: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones ★★★★★

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Charley Davidson #4
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
ISBN: 978-1250014467
Page Count: 320
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Copy: Audiobook  
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple 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. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He 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.

REVIEW


So much win!

Oh, this was exactly what I was in the mood for. I enjoyed every single minute of it! Sometimes I just need some goofy jokes told by some loveable and familiar characters, and that's exactly what Charley and gang provide, without fail, every time. As well as, in this instance, a good dose of action, interesting plot developments, and some more sombre moments that really make me excited for what's to come.

And it also has Reyes Farrow! Let's not forget him. He wasn't in it a great deal at first because Charley has been avoiding him (along with the rest of the world) for 2 months at the start of the book, ever since the happenings of the last instalment when Charley was brutally tortured. The fact that Reyes set her up for that seems to have pissed her off somewhat. Weird, huh?

That's actually a bit of a recurring theme in this series; betrayal. And it's so odd, because Charley is one of the most likeable, all-round awesome, not to mention hilarious of personages, and yet her closest friends and even family seem to keep shitting all over her. It's enough to give a girl a complex! I find it quite sad that in the face of these betrayals she still tries to maintain her humour and sarcasm, but it's only the thinnest of coverings for the hurt she is clearly experiencing :(

I'm quite liking the strained relationship between Charley and Reyes at the moment, as odd as that sounds. I feel like it's at least more real than him just turning up all the time and Charley melting into a big pile of girl goo, losing all coherent thought. She's analysing now, making decisions based on more than just lust. It's got a long way to go yet before it could be called a healthy relationship, but I now at least have hope for the future where they are concerned. Reyes also seems a lot more human (which is ironic) and a lot less cartoon-like in this instalment, which is a welcome development.

Charley really doesn't do anything by halves, and being depressed isn't any exception. She's really going to town on it at the start of this book—copious amounts of ice-cream, a burgeoning addiction to tele-shopping, and a couch that's developing a perfect moulded impression of her backside—all included. Feeling sorry for yourself is never attractive, but BFF Cookie soon puts things in perspective again. Then Charley gets hired in her P.I. capacity by a woman who's being tormented with dead bunnies left in her bed and other places. It's just what she needs to get her out of her funk.

The mystery was pretty good but slightly overshadowed by the Reyes stuff and also some other issues with her family. Not to mention Charley's own demons that she's working through. But the balance worked and, as I said, I enjoyed every minute of it.

I can't wait for book 5, Fifth Grave Past the Light, which releases in July 2013.
This series comes highly recommended as an audiobook, read by the very talented Lorelei King.

5 Stars ★★★★★

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