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I Belong

Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones

Fifth Grave Past the LightTitle: Fifth Grave Past the Light

Author: Darynda Jones

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Charley Davidson (Book #5)

Publication Date: June 9, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 339 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250014409 (St. Martin’s Press)

ISBN-13: 978-1250014405 (St. Martin’s Press)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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.

Charley Davidson is at it again in the sexy, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny fifth installment of the New York Times best selling series.

Quick & Dirty: Fast paced urban fantasy with a surprising ending (both good and bad)!

Opening Sentence: The dead guy at the end of the bar kept trying to buy me a drink.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Fifth Grave Past the Light continues Charley’s misadventures as the grim reaper and private eye. This installment was action-packed and crazy. The main portion of this story take place over the course of a few days, while Cookie is undergoing a gun safety course so Charley doesn’t get the help she normally would on her cases. I still greatly enjoy Charley’s humor and sarcastic wit. It helps to take away from the extremely depressing cases.

Charley wouldn’t be Charley without working on about five different cases at once. Charley is working a run of the mill cheating spouse job when a bunch of ghostly murdered women show up in her apartment. Albuquerque has a serial arsonist and Charley is recruited by her uncle to work that case as well. All of these cases wrap up really well without Charley suffering from bodily harm, or did she say that too soon? This was probably the most worried for Charley than I have ever been with terrible twist that I didn’t see coming.

The people in Charley’s life are acting funny. Garrett is being really secretive. Charley’s father is asking her strange questions. Reyes is being really secretive but is trying to open up to Charley in his own way. Then Captain Eckert (Uncle Bob’s boss) is onto Charley. He confronts Charley wanted to know how she is able to solve the cases that she can.

Cookie is funny. She is supposed to be in a two day course for gun training but she would rather be helping Charley so she keeps calling her, trying to get out of doing the safety course. Cookie and Charley are also funny with their binge marathon watching of some really hot guy shows like Prison Break and Supernatural. This joke keeps popping up throughout the story.

Fifth Grave Past the Light does reveal quite a lot about the plan that Lucifer has for Charley. Her information comes from an unlikely source. We still don’t get all the answers but Charley gets a better idea of what she is up against. I really enjoyed this installment. It kept me on my toes, plus I was not sure how these cases were going to wrap up. The Charley and Reyes ending was … whoa… hot and crazy romantic.

My only complaint about Fifth Grave is the unsolved stories. I know they are part of a bigger picture but between the naked guy and Captain Eckert there are some things that aren’t finished. Then Charley gets handed the case that could get her more answers into Reyes past. It is intriguing setup for the next story that I can’t wait to read.

Overall, this was a fast paced book with an incredibly twisted ending that I didn’t see coming. I enjoy the sarcasm and wit of Charley. The world is sad and crazy and fun but it sucked me in. I would highly recommend this book for fans of urban fantasy who want a book they can laugh with.

Notable Scene:

“Twitter!” Cookie said, pointing at me as she sat beside Agent Carson.

I tossed my rag on the bar and stood up for myself. “Don’t tell me what to do, missy!”

“No, that’s how all these women know about your man and where he works. He has his own hashtag. It’s crazy.”

Why that would surprise me, I had no idea. He had entire websites dedicated to him while we was in prison—why should I have expected any less when he got out.

“Does he really have a Ferrari?” she asked.

“A what?” I asked, stunned.

“According to the Twitter-verse, that man is decked out.” She waved at the rest of the gang as she settled onto the barstool.

A Ferrari? Clearly we needed to bang less and talk more. If he did, where was he keeping it? I would totally have noticed a Ferrari, especially if one were sitting beside Misery.

Charley Davidson Series:

1. First Grave on the Right

1.5 For I Have Sinned

2. Second Grave on the Left

3. Third Grave Dead Ahead

4. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

5. Fifth Grave Past the Light

6. Sixth Grave on the Edge

7. Seventh Grave and No Body

8. Eighth Grave After Dark

8.5 Brighter Than the Sun

9. The Dirt on Ninth Grave

10. The Curse of Tenth Grave (June 28, 2016)


FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Fifth Grave Past the Light. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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