Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Charley Davidson, Book 4
by Darynda Jones
Narrated by Lorelei King
RELEASE DATE 10-30-12
PUBLISHER Macmillan Audio
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0
The fourth in this fun and sexy New York Times best-selling paranormal series.
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.
©2012 Darynda Jones (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
Charley, the grim reaper and ghost confidant, has been hiding (or according to her, recuperating) in her home for the past two months after she was used as bait and severely injured. Her physical body has healed but her mind and psyche are still struggling to get over a) being arrested by her father and b) being set up as bait by her romantic interest, Reyes, so he could lure out his monstrous step-father to prove Reyes wasn’t guilty of his murder. Needless to say Charley is still furious with the two most important men in her life besides being a bit scared to venture out.
Charley’s office manager/assistant, Cookie, who lives across the hall, has decided to take control of Charley’s TV infomercial product buying binge. This is necessary since the credit cards are maxed and it is hard to find Charley behind the boxes. It is time that Charley get a new assignment.
Fortunately, Harper appears seeking to hire Charley to uncover the stalker who has been harassing her for years and making death threats. Harper’s family, especially her step-mother, has ignored her situation claiming that she is just seeking attention. But Charley takes her seriously and jumps right into the investigation.
Her efforts bring Charley to uncover a group of local bank robbers as well as bringing her into contact with Reyes. Reyes tries to get Charley to ‘lay low’ as the demons are still out to get him and to get to Charley through him. The demons are targeting those with powers to see auras as they can identify Charley.
Charley isn’t about to sit home now that she has a case to solve. As usual she charges into danger.
I enjoyed the investigation into Harper’s harassment and death threats and the extra twist in the case. I also liked the contact with prior characters, the crazy Rocket and the biker gang. The typical snarkiness of Charley abounds. There is some actual sexual encounter but not so focused on the sexual as one of the prior stories. This is another fun installment with a good solid plot and fun interaction among the characters.
Audio Note: Once again Lorelei King does an excellent job of portraying Charley and her cohorts. Ms. King is able to infuse the voices with the appropriate emotions adding to the charm and draw of the story.
I picked this up from my own Audible Library.