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I Belong


Review: Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones

Sixth Grave on the EdgeTitle: Sixth Grave on the Edge

Author: Darynda Jones

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Charley Davidson (Book #6)

Publication Date: May 20, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 326 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250045630 (St. Martin’s Press)

ISBN-13: 978-1250045638 (St. Martin’s Press)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it’s time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?

Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn’t come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she’s used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.

Quick & Dirty: Charley is dealing with “Post Traumatic Death Disorder” in this even campier, quirkier installment.

Opening Sentence: “A girl, a mocha latte, and a naked dead man walk into a bar,” I said, turning to the naked dead man sitting in my passenger seat.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Sixth Grave on the Edge is another fun but stress filled story in the Charley Davidson series. This series has been a very entertaining series to me so far. I enjoy the humor and wit. Although I will say that this one felt more over the top campy (like the better horror movies in my opinion) and weird than usual. Charley is really ramping up the humor to the annoyance of her friends. She has some really strange and crazy conversations. I think this one just really amps up the strange and kooky facets of this series.

Two weeks have passed since the events of Fifth Grave Past the Light and Charley is suffering from Post-Traumatic Death Disorder. A phrase that I found suits Charley and her problems perfectly. Once again Charley is stretched thin trying to solve too many cases. A client goes to Charley because he finds out she has a knack for solving the strange and unusual. He sold his soul and he wants it back. I really enjoyed this storyline as we meet the even more mysterious Osh, who has a lot in common with Reyes.

It is finally revealed why Captain Eckert has been after Charley. He is blackmailing her. He wants answers about Charleys’ abilities and his past. He won’t stop at anything until he gets his answers. This was a fascinating storyline that had Charley double thinking about how she solves her cases.

In a series of strange things that Charley does, she is busy planning how to get Uncle Bob to finally ask out Cookie. Charley is also working on the kidnapping case for Agent Carson, which reveals that Reyes childhood is even more messed up than what we thought.

Reyes just can’t get any sexier. He literally breaks down Charley’s walls, trying to tell her that they really belong to each other. Even if she doesn’t quite grasp it with the notes. I thought the wall scene was the funniest conversation.

Oh my god, the ending… I thought I was going to cry. I thought Charley was a goner. And Reyes. The only good thing is that Charley learns more about the powers she wields.

Sixth Grave on the Edge does have a bit of a filler feel but it is still just as action packed as Fifth Grave. A lot more of Charley’s destined fight is revealed but there is still no ultimate showdown, just as more mysteries seem to reveal themselves. It seems as though there is still so much left undone. A major life changing event happens for Charley and Reyes.

Notable Scene:

My phone rang when I got to Misery.

“Are you okay?” Cookie asked.

“Yes. I’m fine.”

“You don’t sound fine.”

“I’m fine.”

“You don’t sound fine.”

“I’m so not fine!” I said, collapsing into a blob of sniffling nerves. “Something is up with Uncle Bob. I think he’s … he’s mad at me.”

Cookie gasped. “Robert is never mad at you.”

“I know. I just don’t know what to think.”

“Me neither. On the bright side, you can talk it over with your therapist. Your appointment is in half an hour.”

“I can’t go to therapy. That woman needs more therapy than I do.”

“Most therapists do, hon. You still have to go. If you miss again, your sister will kill you.”

“Cook, I have a thousand cases going on at once. My life has been threatened. My apartment has been ransacked. A half-human, half-demon stole a priceless dagger from me and won’t return it until he gets together with Swopes so they can talk prophecies. And I was just almost arrested for drug possession and kiddie porn.”

“Your sister won’t care.”

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)

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

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