Thursday, December 24, 2015

Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, book 5) by Darynda Jones

Synopsis via back cover of paperback copy:

Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth…but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason. When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma, is the serial killer’s next target Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’ help. Arsonist or not, he’s the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.

Book Details:

Series: Charley Davidson (Book 5)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (December 31, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1250043387
ISBN-13: 978-1250043382

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Sapphyria's Review:

My Reviews of Books 1-4 may be found at the following links:

Book 1, First Grave On The Right
Book 2, Second Grave On The Left
Book 3, Third Grave Dead Ahead
Book 4, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

Warning: This review may contain spoilers for the previous books.

While trying to catch a client's husband cheating, Charley finds herself inundated with the ghosts of several women of various ages. Charley also meets a living woman that has a talent that becomes useful to her.  There is also an arsonist running loose that the police are sure is Reyes.  Charley and Uncle Ubi aren't so sure but Charley is supposed to be staying away from Reyes, just in case.  In between working on the case of the cheating spouse, the case of her suddenly crowded apartment, and operation "burning down the house," Charley still finds time to steam up the pages with Reyes - even though she's supposed to be keeping her distance

Reyes is as smoldering as ever and has found another occupation besides being the Son of Satan.  His new job is the talk of the town and has the womenfolk fanning themselves and their menfolk seething.  Reyes also intervenes in some serious situations that could easily find our Grim Reaper in a lot of hot water otherwise.  Be prepared - He also has a few tricks up his sleeve.

We also get a glimpse into Garrett Swopes' life a bit more.  I've always been a fan of Swopes' and am glad he finally gets a bit more screen time.  He has put up with a lot, seen a lot, and dealt with a lot since meeting Charley.  The revelations help put several things into perspective.  Plus, I absolutely love the banter between Garrett and Charley.  They are quite entertaining at times.  

Fifth Grave is another masterpiece by Darynda Jones. I absolutely love how she is able to write a mystery that is both suspenseful and humorous with both supernatural and paranormal aspects. Charley's penchant for naming her body parts, furniture, and vehicles gives the novel a lighter tone to sections of a rather dark book. We were shown a different, softer side of Charley in Book 4, but in Book 5 we also see the vulnerable side she's kept hidden.

There isn't anything about this book, and series, in fact, that I didn't like. The pacing is great, the plot is strong, and I absolutely adore the unique cast of characters.  The Charley Davidson series is one series that keeps getting better with each an every book.

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