Fifth Grave Past the LightI started this series years ago and really, I've been dragging it out because I know if I'd binged on the series the hangover would have been severe. This happens to be the perfect kind of series to draw out since it's ridiculously easy to fall back into the world; reuniting with the characters as effortless as getting together with an old friend. That being said, now that I've read Fifth Grave Past the Light, I'm feeling a strong urge to marathon all the rest of the books! In case you couldn't tell, I had a blast reuniting with Charley and following her on yet another adventure.
by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #5)
Published July 9th 2013 by St Martin's Press
Never underestimate the power of a woman on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high. - T-shirt
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's 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.
Before I go further with my review, I have to say that Darynda Jones does a wonderful job catching the reader up on what went down previously, without it feeling like repetition. It's a beautiful thing! I was effortlessly reminded of all the key plot points and was able to settle back into the flow of the story with ease. Alright, moving on: I felt like Fifth Grave Past the Light was a particularly strong offering in the Charley Davidson Series. It's not that it was perfect, more like it was the perfect book for my mood. I laughed out loud, as I always do with these books - Charley's snark entertains me like you wouldn't believe. As a grim reaper/private investigator, her life is always interesting to say the least. As before, I love the mix of mystery and paranormal and how they seamlessly blend together in a wholly believable way. The plot is always solid because there's so many aspects to explore. Ghosts seeking Charlie's help for some unfinished business or simply to befriending her, human clients seeking her out for her investigation skills. Oh and the smoking hot son of Satan, who happens to live next door now. Yup. Never a dull moment!
I think my favorite part of the series are the characters and the relationships they have with one another. Charley is a girl I could legitimately be friends with. Beyond her hilarious sass, she's funny, gutsy and feisty as hell. Her friendship with her neighbor/assistant Cookie is one of the best friendships around. Charley's love/hate relationship with Detective Swopes and Taft is always good for a laugh. Not to mention her Police Officer Uncle ''Ubie'', her father, her sister....and Reyes Farrow. One word? SWOON. The sexual content here is very adult...and smouldering but it's also all kinds of awesome. *fans self*
So we've got mysteries, the supernatural, a fabulous heroine, amazing friendships, and steamy sexy-times with a bad boy supreme. Anything else? Oh yeah - lots of feelings. I teared up more than once reading about a certain character's tragic past, and when ghosts reveal what happened to them *sniff* All in all? The Charley Davidson Series has got it all! Fifth Grave Past the Light was a solid offering in the series. The second climax (of the story -heh) could have done with a bit more development but I honestly can't complain because this book delivered what it does best: entertainment!
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars