Review: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #4)
October 30 2012
St. Martin’s Press
Kick Ass Chick – Charley Davidson
From Goodreads -
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.
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet is the fourth book in Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series and let me tell you, I absolutely adored this book. There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t like about it. Then again, this book is right up my alley: awesome, strong, snarky yet vulnerable and real heroine, interesting storylines, insanely hot and mysterious hero, amazing cast of supporting characters, tons of twists and turns that all make sense in the end, perfect pacing and funny, witty and smart dialogue. So you see, what’s not to like?
Charley went through hell in the last book. I mean figuratively, but I can see how you may wonder if I meant literally seeing she is the Grim Reaper. In Fourth Grave, we see how she’s dealing with things. Honestly, she is not dealing well but with each little step, I found myself incredibly proud of her. I always love how, even though her personal life is a bit of a mess, she becomes totally loyal to her clients (she’s a PI) and does everything she can to get to the bottom of things for them. I would totally want to hire her if I needed a PI. She has such heart! Charley learns quite a bit about herself in this book, but we are yet to really see many new powers. We see one that is…impressive…but I am still crazy curious about what else she can do and what she ‘really’ is. Everyone keeps mentioning it but we’re yet to see it. I like that we see a little bit in each book though. If it all came out in one swoop, what would we have to look forward to?
Now let’s talk Reyes. Say it again…Reyes. OMG Reyes! I’ve never read a character quite like him before. He’s so brooding and mysterious and smoldering and sexy and smart and dark and…name it, he probably is it! In every book, Darynda manages to make us love him, adore him, hate him and wonder about him. In every book! Although I must day that the ‘hate him’ part was very minimal this time around but the ‘wonder’ part was as strong as ever. Charley received new warnings about him and you are always left wondering how true these warnings are. I mean, Reyes is the son of Satan and anyone associated with him would be considered big fat liars. But even liars sometimes tell the truth. So what is and what isn’t fact? It could be that it was all true but Reyes changed. But will he stay ‘changed’ if that’s the case? Will he end up doing right by Charley like we all hope and want or will he flip on her. Is he even capable of that? You see…wonder! There was much more of him in this book and for that I was happy. He really does bring an interesting dynamic to this series. And his and Charley’s chemistry and romantic tension are just insane! I pant on her behalf when they are on the page together.
Cookie has got to be one of my favorite supporting characters ever. She is Charley’s best friend, neighbor and also works for her. She and Charley just click on so many levels, it’s amazing to watch. And she is so good for her to boot! Cookie completely understands that being Charley’s friend means accepting all the quirks that comes with it – and she’s totally cool with that. She really is a gem in this series.
As with each book in this series, the main story is a mystery that Charley is hired to help solve. This time around Charley is hired by Harper, a woman who has been terrorized since she was five years old but no one seems to believe her. They all think it’s a cry for attention. That mystery and the twist at the end of it…holy jumpin’! Charley doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere with it then bam! And then BAM! I really didn’t see any of that coming. Darynda’s mysteries are always interesting and leave you guessing until the very end. They are a highlight of the series too. (Can you tell I REALLY loves these books? )
After reading the third book in the series and giving it 5plus stars, I didn’t think it was possible for Darynda to write its equal. Well, I shouldn’t have doubted her because she truly outdid herself once again with Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet. This continues to be one of my absolute favorite series because, well…it’s just genius. If you have yet to try it out, I would suggest reading the excerpt on Darynda’s website so see if you click with the humor. And if you do, run to the bookstore to stock up on all the books. You will not be disappointed.
Giggle worthy quotes
“’I just wanted to say that I’m sorry, Charley. I didn’t mean to do that. With Reyes. I didn’t mean to embarrass you.’
‘Embarrass me?’ I gathered her into my arms. ‘Amber, you could never embarrass me.’
‘Never?’ she asked.
‘One time, I yelled across the store to Mom and asked her if she wanted the regular or the super-absorbent tampons. I added that, according to the box, the super-absorbent were for those heavy days. Then I asked her to rate her heaviness on a scale of one to ten.’
‘Okay, you could.’
“On the way back to the big city, I called Gemma for more intel. ‘So, how’s the head?’ I asked.
‘What the hell did Cookie put in those margaritas?’ She sounded like she had a cold. It was funny.
‘Your guess is as good as mine, which is why I only had one.
‘Oh, my God, I had like twelve.’
Being the loving, nurturing sister that I was, I laughed. ‘Let that be a lesson.’
‘Never drink twelve margaritas in a row?’
‘No,’ I said with a pfft. ‘That’s totally acceptable. Never trust Cookie.’
‘Got it. Have you seen my pants?’
‘Speaking of which, how did you get home without them?’
‘I borrowed a pair of your sweats. I ran into a convenience store with them on. I talked to neighbors out in the yard when I pulled up. And only after I got inside did I realize they had ‘Exit Only’ written across the back.’
‘You stole my favorite sweats?’
‘I wanted to die.’
Books in the Charley Davidson 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 (July 2013)