The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, Book 9)
Hachette Little, Brown Piatkus (UK & AU: 12th January 2016); Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 31st May 2016)
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WARNING: Chapter 9 includes finding the corpse of a murdered dog.
I preferred this series when Charley Davidson was just a reaper. But when the true nature of her heritage was revealed, as well as celestial names and everything else I’ve forgot…Charley became a bit too “special snowflake”. And Eighth Grave After Dark totally jumped the shark with the birth of her daughter, followed by Charley’s amnesia.
The Dirt on Ninth Grave picks up where the previous episode left off. Charley is now a Jane Doe, working as a waitress in Sleepy Hollow. While the book has been described as Charley – and readers – falling in love with Reyes all over again, Ninth just goes to show that their relationship’s not based on much substance. It’s incredibly superficial, and they can’t seem to have any conversation without going on about how attractive the other one is, and it’s too over-the-top and boring. Reyes always has come across as a stalker, and this book does nothing to change that.
Meanwhile, Garret Swopes has a genuine friendship with Charley – I ship THEM together. Reyes is too obvious, but Garret is real and has a lot more going for him than just good looks and sexual prowess.
The book is at its best when Charley investigates the mystery of her co-worker’s daughter. But this unfortunately takes up very few pages in comparison to the rest.