FIFTH GRAVE PAST THE LIGHT by Darynda Jones

FIFTH GRAVE PAST THE LIGHT

KIRKUS REVIEW

Charley Davidson, a grim reaper, navigates lost souls, serial killers, murderous husbands and the son of Satan as she solves crimes and ushers spirits into the light.

It’s not easy being someone who can see ghosts, especially as a grim reaper, who has the complicated task of helping spirits move into the next spiritual plane. Charley, the daughter and niece of cops, has taken on the additional earthly role of solving crimes as a private investigator and consultant to the Albuquerque police force, often with the secret help of spirit allies. So when more than a few mysteries crop up, both in the real world and the ghostly realm, she’s one busy lady. Surrounded by a close circle of trusted friends on both sides of life, she is suddenly confronted with the possibility of a serial killer who’s been under the radar for decades and may be after her sister. Meanwhile, she must scrutinize an open arson case that points to Reyes Farrow as the culprit, much as she doesn’t want to face the possibility of his guilt. The guy is hotter than Hades, which makes sense, she guesses, since apparently that’s where he comes from. And if all that isn’t enough, she has to figure out who’s trying to kill her, too. Fun times. Good thing she’s perfected the art of gliding through life with a cheeky, wisecracking attitude while doing her best not to show any emotion, no matter how deeply she cares. The fifth installment of Jones’ popular Charley Davidson series is jam-packed with unique supernatural elements, an assortment of fascinating characters and enough going on to keep readers guessing until the very end and beyond, since the last few chapters introduce new series elements that deepen the mystery of Charley and Reyes’ bond. While the book stands on its own and is accessible without previous books, readers may want to start at the beginning of the series for the best experience. 

A clever, fast-paced, rollicking paranormal romantic suspense which will leave fans breathless and keep them coming back for more.

Pub Date: July 9th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-250-01440-5
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2013




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