Series: Charley Davidson #4
Author: Darynda Jones
Pages: 308 (Hardcover)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
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.
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet starts about two months later with Charley addicted to the Home Shopping Network. She’s surrounded by boxes of random crap in order to hide the area where she was held by Earl. It’s an odd mix of sad and silly. Her father also kicked out of her office, but that doesn’t stop her from taking on a new client. This time it’s a woman who thinks someone is out to kill her after leaving a dead rabbit in her bed. Apparently, this has been happening for years, but no one has believed her until Charley.
I have to say that I was a bit confused reading Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet because the description talks about an arsonist taking the city hostage. That takes up approximately five pages scattered throughout the book, so if you blink you’d miss it. The much more important plot is that the demons are out to get Charley, and Reyes is of course out to get the demons. There’s plenty of demon battles along the way! And there’s the fact that Charley also gets accidentally involved in a bank robbery. That takes up a lot more page time than the arsonist.
The reason that I didn’t enjoy Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet quite as much as the others was the mystery plot. Harper comes to Charley because no one else will help her, not even the police. She’s been tormented since she was a child. Yet it’s all just pushed aside as her wanting attention after her father remarried. Well, we learn early on that she spent a week with her grandparents and after that is when things changed. She also doesn’t remember that week. Obviously something happened and yet no one else puts two and two together? And everyone conveniently forgot that someone else was at her grandparents’ house during that time? I don’t think so.
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet was still a fun read, but it required a bit more suspension of belief than I could give it. I do have to say that there was a clever twist involving Harper which shocked me.