Title: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Author: Darynda Jones
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Version Read: Hardcover (library loan)
Publication Date: October 30th, 2012.
Categories: demons, fantasy, ghosts, humour, paranormal,romance, suspense
Summary (Goodreads): 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.
A lot happened in Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet. A few very funny things, and quite a few less than funny things. There’s the usual ghosts, near-death experiences and steamy encounters with Reyes, as well as a new case for Charley. If only she could summon the effort to leave her apartment.
Charley is suffering from PTSD after her encounter with Earl Walker, not that anyone could blame her. She has become somewhat agoraphobic and addicted to the Home Shopping channels. Her apartment is filled full of boxes of things she doesn’t need because of it, and because of her avoidance of what she terms, Area 51. (Where Earl tortured her.)
She gets a new client, Harper, who feels someone is trying to kill her. This at least gets Charley out of the apartment and out into the world. Which is prehaps not as safe as it once was because the demons apparently have worked out a new way to find her. Reyes is trying to kill all of them, although to Charley’s disgust he is mostly killing the people who the have possessed. She makes him promise not to kill those who are innocent. He promises to try when the situation allows for it.
Charley is also refusing to speak with her father, which I can’t say I blame her for. At one point she is lured back over to her offices, (which she abandoned after the being-arrested-after-bing-tortured incident) and he shoots at her. With blanks, but still. Apparently he is just trying to make sure she will be okay when he dies but she is, quite rightly, freaked out.
Some other things occur and I can’t really talk about them too much without spoiling the book completely. However, I will say that Harper’s case takes some very interesting twists and turns, and doesn’t end how you might think at all. Charley sort of reconciles with her father. A little bit.
I have a couple of issues. Reyes had no right to be angry at Charley because she’s pissed at him. She has every right to feel that way because he essentially used her for bait! Which lead to her torture and almost death. Bad Reyes. Especially since Charley has this whole “I can’t resist him” thing going.
Also Charley’s habit of naming everything is starting to get annoying. I mean her boobs and her car I’ll accept, because I named my car (and so have lots of people) and I know girls who have named their boobs. I can even see naming your gun, because that would work well in a negative situation. Charley could always say, “let me get Margaret” and people would assume she was talking about a person. So handy. Not so much you brain, kidneys, spleen, etc. I mean, sure if you were bored you could give them names, but not constantly refer to them by those names. On another note, girl you are such a ho sometimes. Are you going to make out with every guy (of legal age) you become friendly with?