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Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) by Darynda Jones

Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5)
by Darynda Jones
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Format: Hardcover, 339 pgs.
Published: July 9th, 2013 by St. Martin's Press
Genre: Adult lit, urban paranormal/mystery

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"Charley Davidson may not look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper, but she has vowed to reap grimness wherever she goes despite this unfortunate fact. Sadly, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. As he is the main suspect in her arson case, she is determined to stay away from him until she can find out the truth. According to her therapist, however, she lacks conviction. 

When dead women start appearing in her apartment - lost, confused and terrified beyond reason - Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes's help, especially when it becomes apparent that her own sister Gemma is the serial killer's next target. With his ability to observe incorporeally, surely he can find out who's responsible. And even if he can't, he is 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…" -goodreads


“One would think that, since I was the grim reaper, I’d be used to the dead showing up unexpectedly. Nope. It still got me every time.” (73)This was absolutely, most definitely well worth the wait! We get to see more into Charley’s purpose and her powers, as well as being thoroughly entertained with a couple of great investigations, plenty of whimsy, and abundance of coffee and a little lot of Reyes! Yes, Fifth Grave definitely reaffirms my everlasting love of this series!
“The world had gone berserk (...) A serial killer was running loose on the streets of–well, I had no idea where, but somewhere. And I had a house full of departed women I didn’t know what to do with. I should probably have gone back to bed, but I had a big day ahead of me.” (251)
The serial killer mystery gives us clues as to what may happen, and who this killer may be, but all may not be as it seems! I was both relieved, and stunned at Charley’s assumptions and predicaments. Although I must say, never has ADD looked so good, ha! Not only are our favorite characters still kicking, but we meet some fascinating (and hilarious) new characters! I love the Zombie Nicolette bit, and definitely want to learn more of her, and I was drenching tears of laughter whenever I imagined Ozzy’s navigational expertise!
“‘What’s your specialty?’
‘Oh, you know. Madness. Mayhem. Debauchery. And even with all that going for me, I can still make a mean mojito.’” (330)
That ending!! Oh sweet feelings! I love it, unless of course it sets in motion Rocket’s foreboding, in which, OH MY RAGING BULLS I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN SIXTH GRAVE SO I MAY WARN CHARLEY BEFOREHAND! With Fifth Grave we are brought into light of many changes to come, and it stirs up so many emotions and leaves us craving answers. We are left with the beginnings of a case of a lifetime (a certain spawn of the devil’s lifetime,) a startling premonition, a paternity surprise, and... wait... are those bells I hear in the distance. Bells of happiness? Bells of doom? Bells of– oh wait, that’s my cell’s battery dying.

Fifth Grave will have you frightened, astonished, laughing, crying, wondering, and craving a nice hot... cup of coffee, among other things (I’m looking at you George.) Read this for the laughs, the danger, the steamy romance and all of the above! Haven’t started on this series yet? “‘You have to tahn the foock around. You’re in the middle of foockin’ nowhere.’” (Ozzy, 190) 

First Line: “The dead guy at the end of the bar kept trying to buy me a drink.” (1)
Last Line: HA! spoiler!


 “He could die. He was slated to die. I took a deep breath and made a decision. When the time came, I would do whatever it took to stop that from happening. He was not going to die. Not on my watch.” (151)

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