Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 9 hours and 28 minutes (320 pages)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Stand Alone or Series: 4th book in the Charley Davidson series
Source: Audibook from Audible.com
Rating: 5/5 stars
“Sometimes being the grim reaper really is, well, grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple of 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. It becomes clear something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. But the more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.
In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, 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 in this hilarious fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling series.”
This is the fourth book in the Charley Davidson series. There are currently ten book in the series with the eleventh book, Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, schedule to release in Jan 2017. Each book in this series has been even better than the previous one. I am really loving this series; it’s hilarious, heartfelt, has a lot of great action, some nifty paranormal elements, and is full of action and mystery.
I listened to this on audiobook and it was awesome. King does a wonderful job with narration; she sounds exactly like I imagine Charley would and does an amazing job with all the character voices. I would highly recommend listening to this on audiobook if you listen to audiobooks.
Charley is dealing with some serious issues (after the whole being tortured thing) in some hilarious ways (addicted to Home Shopping Network). When she finally does venture outside again she finds herself with a new case and reason to creep back outside her apartment and join the rest of the world.
As with previous books Charley ends up getting involved in a few cases and mysteries which end up dovetailing together as the story progresses. The broader story also makes some progress; we learn (and see) more about the demons introduced in the last book. Reyes is in the story quite a bit and him and Charley get a lot more…ummm…face time.
I continue to enjoy a lot of the side characters just as well as the main ones. There is a new character in the story named Quentin who I hope we see in future books. I also loved the woman who hires Charley to solve her case. Of course Angel, Uncle Bob, Cookie, and Amber are all here as well and I love them all. Charley’s sister is in the story a lot more this time too. There is also Charley’s new guardian Artemis…what a sweetie!
The book is well written with lots of hilarious snark throughout. There is tons of witty dialogue and completely off the wall observations by our attention disabled heroine. I love it soo much. As with previous books all the excitement leaves Charley to discovering a bit more about her powers as the Grim Reaper.
Overall a wonderful installment in this series! This is quickly becoming one of my favorite urban fantasy series. I just love the characters, the mystery, the paranormal elements, and the writing style so much. I can’t wait to see what book 5 holds!