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Every time I pick-up a Charlie Davidson book I know that I’ll find snarky humor, quirky characters and a grade-A cut of man meat inside. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet delivers all that and more with its jaw dropping revelations, countless twists and impossible situations; definitely my favourite installment to date!
One of my main complaints about this series has been its lack of forward momentum; as much as I enjoy Jones’ wit, the stagnant storyline has been taking its toll. I’m pleased to say that that issue gets resolved with this installment; I wanted answers and boy did I get ‘em! Aunt Lil finally realizes she’s dead, Charlie uncovers more about her grim reaper origins and Reyes stops being so wishy washy by finally making a move. This influx of information left my head reeling with the possibilities but also plastered a huge, contented smile on my face. This novel felt like a giant step forward for this series and for once, I found myself enjoying the plot just as much as the wisecracks.
I hated seeing the toll that the events from book three have taken on Charlie; she’s not exactly the most stable person to begin with. Her newly acquired reclusive habits have her whittling away her savings on useless junk from the Shopping Channel and spending way too much quality time with Mr. Coffee. I thought the “intervention” organized by Uncle Bob, Cookie and Gemma was a nice touch. They clearly understand their distraught friend’s needs and I enjoyed watching them come up with creative solutions to help an especially unique individual out of a tight spot. Despite all of these challenges, Davidson still manages to dumbfound the FBI by solving four impossible cases in under a day. Her methods may be questionable but her talent as a P.I. is irrefutable.
Reyes is positively fan-freaking-tastic in this installment; there are some great scenes between him and Charlie that’ll have you teetering between wanting to jump him and/or punch him. He finally puts his corporeal form to good use in this novel and the result is downright explosive; although, admittedly, I was a little surprised that there weren’t any consequences, especially after all of the ominous predictions made by demon with the English accent. I suspect that there will be hell to pay in the next book.
Lorelei King continues to beguile me as this series’ narrator; her smoky voice and seamless transitions between characters are some of the main reasons why I prefer to listen to these novels. Her timing is, as usual, impeccable and she continues to deliver Jones’ punch lines with skill and class. You can’t go wrong with the Charlie Davidson series in audio and Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet is the cream of the crop.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
Okay, there is such a thing as dragging a good thing on for too long!
In the begining i loved the sexual tension and the star crossed situation that Charlie and "beau" find themselves in but now....
Get it on Already!!!
Still enjoyed the book though, very sixth sensish
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
I have to start off with saying how much I love the narration of this series. After listening to all the other books in the series I can't bring myself to read the new releases even when I have a chance at an ARC. Lorelei King just brings Charley to life in such a great way that I now have her voice in my head and cannot enjoy reading the books.
Fourth Grave is my favorite in the series so far.
Charley and Reyes relationship gets more involved now that he finally has a physical body when they are together. But it's not all sexy times with the couple. They are still dealing with the Earl Walker fall out from the events in Third Grave.
Charley has been hiding from the world in the two months after the events of Third Grave and trying to deal with what Earl Walker did to her. How is she coping? Buying everything she sees on the home shopping network. Really, 12 turkey basters?
Cookie has cut off Charley credit cards, so she is basically broke between all her shopping and not working for the last two months. So when a PI job comes her way she takes it even though it means she has to leave her apartment.
So in true Charley fashion she is working a PI case and trying to stay alive while fighting off demons that what to use her as a doorway to hell. And Charley is only getting stronger and coming into her powers as the Grimm Reaper.
I can't wait to listen to Fifth Grave to see how she deals with the new power and the new neighbor that moved in to her apartment building. Should be interesting times ahead for Charley.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Good fun and lots of laughs. Darynda Jones writing gets better with each book. Characters are developing more. Even though it hasn't been that long since I read the others, I wish I had reread them because I must have forgotten stuff that had happen in the other books that is mention in this book. Defiantly a series that needs to be read in order. I enjoy Lorelei King voice, she has such a way of making the main character wicked and fun at the same time.
I'm an audio junkie and people tend to look at me strangely when I tell them I hear voices in my head - through my headphones . . .
N/A - I haven't read the print version. That's why I have Audible. Now I can listen to my favorite authors while cleaning the house, driving down the road, grocery shopping . . .
Charley! She's one of my all-time favorite characters. You just never know what she's going to do next.
Reyes Farrow - his voice is so sexy. Lorelei King is a truly talented performer. It's a real treat to listen to a female narrator who can pull off a believable male voice without sounding like she has a cold.
I did listen to it in one sitting. I started when I got up in the morning and was still listening at dinnertime.
Darynda Jones is a truly talented writer. I know this series gets compared to Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series (which I also read), but the Charley Davidson series is better written and much more original.
Love these books. It's a love story, a comedy, a suspense/mystery, it's all in one. It has enough of the supernatural to make it intersting but still enough regular life to still keep it grounded. Just love the narrater and all 4 of Darynda Jones books have been terrific!
I love Charlie, she's a trip!
Highly recommended! I really enjoy the snarky banter between Charley and her friends. I think this is my favorite so far, although they've all been good. Lorelei King also does a wonderful job portraying characters in this audiobook!
This whole series just gets better with each book. Yes, I would listen to this, and the whole series again.
The character interactions, I love Charlie and how she's learning about her powers as the "Reaper".
I've listened to Lorelei King do other narrations, she's wonderful with doing characters and emotions. Her narration helps make this series great.
I did, listen in one sitting. Thank You Hurricane Sandy. Not much else to do once I lost power, glad I had on my mp3 player. ;)
Ms. Jones really found a new genre for fantasy. The first four books are wonderful.....looking forward to number 5
I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and/or listening to mostly paranormal and fantasy.
I love this series. I love that Charley is such a smart ass, even when everything is down, she is able to fall back on being a smart ass. Charley has an extremely rough life. If I were her, I would've curled up in a ball and you couldn't get me out.
Charley does start off the book in that type of mental state, but pulls out of it. I'm still amazed at her father, which ended the last book by trying to have her arrested. This book he is even worse. I have no idea what is wrong with this guy.
I'm still not sure what I think of Reyes. One minute I think he is an okay guy, then the next, I just want Charley to send him back to hell.
Overall, I LOVE this series. I just can't get enough. I can't see where Charley goes next and what she will learn about herself and her powers.
I loved this book. It was nice to see that the events of the previous books weren't just disregarded and Charley has some psychological scars from being tortured that didn't just disappear. It was nice to see some more interaction between her and her sister as well as Reyes of course. The main mystery was interesting and I didn't guess who did it until it was revealed as well as the other twist to that portion of the story. I loved the progression of her "relationship" with Reyes and the continueing encroachment of the demons. And of course, the narrator, Lorelei King was fabulous as usual. I am a little over Charley's penchant for naming everything under the sun though. It was a little distracting and I forgot exactly what she was talking about sometimes because she kept refering to that portion of her anatomy by a cutesy name instead of an actual body part name. I would recommend this book but I would start with book 1 in the series instead of here otherwise it would be hard to figure out exactly who all the players are and what is going on.