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
“If you enjoy Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, you will certainly enjoy Charley Davidson!” (Suspense)
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
When you can happily go without sleep and even contemplate missing mealtimes then that's when you realise just how a great listen can affect your life. Every single word that was penned by Ms Jones was done with such skilled precision that there wasn't one wasted.
I thought books 1, 2 and 3 were good but this one, well it was just awesome - I only wish Audible had a special star rating for such well written book like this one. Every chapter was entertaining, funny, tense and quick witted and within them every paragraph held great characters ready to entertain and enthrall you in an amazing plot that has more twists and turns than a roller coaster.
I also found the tee shirt and bumper sticker jokes at the start of each paragraph really funny.
Worth a credit? Oh YES and more....... for her next book Fifth Grave Past The Light released in July 2013, I'm afraid I'm prepared to sell my Grandmother on ebay!
This was better than the last one. Having said that, Charley still kind of annoys me. I understand that no one is perfect, not even in fiction but sometimes she whines too much or gets too snarky, and I like snark. She's flawed, I get it. Flaws make for good writing, I get that too. The problem is that she's the dumb girl in horror movies who goes down to the dark basement while you're screaming at her to turn around- every time. She's never made a good decision. While no one is perfect, I have a hard time believing that someone can be that stupid- even the dumbest people I know manage to get it right once in a while. Having said all that, I like the supporting characters, I'm glad Swopes is okay and I will be getting the next one because I can't wait to see where his storyline goes. I hope to see the Bandits again. UB and Amber are awesome, and I also hope to see Quentin again. Lorelei King is a great narrator.
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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.
So, to begin with, lemme just give you a little back ground on this here series ~ it's slathered with awesome sauce, ya'll! It is one of, if not THE best series I've started in the last 2 years ~ and not only is Darynda Jone's writing STELLAR, in the case of Charley Davidson, the narrator in this series,
Lorelei King, IS Charley Davidson! She actually makes her breath & come ALIVE!
So, okay, enough raving ~ We start off Book 4 in the Charley Davidson series w/ Charley on the outs with her father, who tried to have her arrested to keep her 'SAFE', and recovering from an attack from a seriously psycho dude that just happened to also be Reyes Farrow's, aka The Big Bad, aka The Son of Satan's, real life step dad. Who Reyes had been jail for murdering. (But that's all book 3, which you NEED to READ!) So Charley has a little bit Fear going on ~ she might be the Grim Reaper, but that baddie had a HUGE knife he was trying to kill her with. So she's taken up Hoarding & The Home Shopping Channel, and moved out of her offices over her Father's bar. And she hasn't taken a new case in two months ~ She's not only The Grim Reaper, she's also a PI...AND she helps her Uncle UB solve cases for the APD. She's got ALOT going on.
So when a new client seeks her out and seems in desperate need of help, Charley ventures out of her apartment building...to find that a lot has happened in the two months she's been holed up. Reyes has taken up cage fighting, Demons are possessing people all around her, familiar looking bank robbers keep showing up, and her damn land lord rented out that apartment at the end of the hall she's been trying to rent since she moved in!
I LOVED this book! Charley is at her best ~ she makes you LOL more times than I can begin to share, and OH, there are quite a few scenes where my heart strings got tugged in this one...and she GOT me on case! I can usually guess some parts, but nope, not this one. I enjoyed every second of this book ~ and Darynda has this awesome habit of starting each chapter w/ a saying or slogo off a T Shirt...they're AWESOME!! Like..."If I wanted your opinion, I'd remove the duct tape" ... or " Insanity doesn't RUN through my family, it strolls through, takes it's time, gets to know everyone".
And Lorelei King ~ She is such a pleasure to listen to! There is this awesome character, Rocket, a departed who can track whether every person in the universe is alive or dead ~ Rocket is special. You can just see his face lighting up when he sees Charley, hear it in his voice...and the little sister of one of Charley's Uncle UB's cops, who she laughingly calls the "SS", who has this singsong kinda slurry voice...even when she's calling Charley a Bish...
I cannot recommend this series, and this book, enough!
If there is only ONE audio book you buy this year, this should be it!
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
Let me just say, i have never laughed while reading a book as with this series.
Other than the story is amazing and the characters are unique, the jokes and the naming of every single body part of her is amazing... loved that she named her scull and her brain as well.
I had this series in my wish list for couple of months, and i saw the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th book being released and then i bought the first one.... damn i shouldn't have done that... i thought it was going to be a repeat to other books and so on.... but no this is an awesome book and a 10X Awesome series.
All of them are great; I love the direction this one is going with the development of the relationship. Will love to see them get married and have a child and they face off with his daddy dearest the DEVIL.
It is a cross between the Anita blake series and Kim Harrison series.
She is great . I would not want to see anyone else being the narrator with this series.
When he told Charley that he would not be with her if she loved another. I also found the whole book funny, sexy and could not put it down, finished it in one day
MORE MORE MORE!!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT JOB!!!! keep them coming will get everyone put out no matter if it is book 1 to 101. LOVE IT.
I don't buy the print version so have nothing to compare it to.
Each story reveals unknown depths. This one is no exception to that rule.
The breaking down of the barrier boxes ... it was time to replace the memory and clear it out.
I thought the first book a little slow but I am very glad that I continued on! Definitely a different take on this subject by the author.
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.
The fourth installment to the Charley Davidson saga is just as good as the first book. I was saddened that a lot of the questions I had in the first book still remained unanswered in this fourth book. If you have like any of the previous Charley Davidson books you'll surly enjoy this one well.
Charley has a lot of demons to work thought both metaphorically and physically unfortunately this book is extremely predictable therefore I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5. There were also times that I felt Darynda added unnecessary snark to Charley that made her more annoying.
Lorelei King, as always, brought the characters to life with her fantastic narration.
I would recommend this book and I am yet again... impatiently awaiting the next book.
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