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Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

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The fourth in this fun and sexy New York Times bestselling paranormal series:  “If you enjoy Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, you will certainly enjoy Charley Davidson!” —Suspense Magazine In Darynda Jones's Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, 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.
The fourth in this fun and sexy New York Times bestselling paranormal series:  “If you enjoy Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, you will certainly enjoy Charley Davidson!” —Suspense Magazine In Darynda Jones's Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, 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.

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This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations,and events portrayed in this novel are either products of theauthor’s imagination or are used fictitiously.
FOURTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET.
Copyright © 2012 byDarynda Jones. All rights reserved. Printed in the United Statesof America. For information, address St. Martin’s Press, 175Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010. www.stmartins.com ISBN 978-1-250-01446-7 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-250-01447-4 (e-book) First Edition: November 201210 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
 
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Star Wars
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. But I jut t t  tt t ctt t. I’ b  t u   w wk w. A Iw u  t bc. E c    E ttu .It uck.T ttu. Nt  .M ,  t t , w Ctt D, but t c  C.“C I tk t u, uk ck?”
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Only two things in life are certain.Guess which one I am.
 —Charley Davidson, grim reaper

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Publishers Weekly reviewed this
Though PI and grim reaper Charlotte "Charley" Davidson's fourth outing (after 2012's Third Grave Dead Ahead) still features the paranormal mystery series' trademark wry humor, it disappoints by settling into a narrative holding pattern. Having spent months recovering from post-torture traumatic stress with pajama-clad television home shopping, Charley regains a lease on life after being hired by Harper Lowell, whose wealthy family refuses to believe that, as she claims, someone is trying to kill her. Additional complications are added by Charley's romantic tension with hunky "son of Satan" Reyes Farrow, whose recent involvement in illegal cage matches may be linked to a spate of demonic possessions. Jones relegates too many of her entertaining series regulars to brief cameos, while underplaying what initially promises to become an escalation of the war between heaven and hell over control of Charley. Fans can hope, however, that the sequel teased at this volume's conclusion will restore the luster to a formerly strong series. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, Janklow & Nesbit. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2012-09-17, Publishers Weekly
lritte reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Charley's antics visited once more. This series is just the right thing for anyone looking for a mystery with laughs. Charley and her ADD always makes me giggle... and wonder where I can get the T-shirts and bumper stickers.It has murder, suspense, demons, grim reaper, love, adventure, and a awesome biker gang! I read a lot, but this book goes into my absolute favorites. I am now biding my time for the next in the series.
avoraciousreader reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Charley Davidson is a private investigator trying to scrape out a living. Oh, and there’s also the little matter of her being the Grim Reaper. Though she doesn’t like being called that. Before cases, during cases and after cases she helps people cross over. You know, because she has that whole portal-to-Heaven thing going on.Charley was tortured in the last book and this book starts out with her holed up in her apartment on the couch wearing jammies and working a serious Buy From Home Channel therapy/addiction problem while she skillfully avoids dealing with the aftermath of the torture. But holing up in her apartment means she’s not taking any jobs. Not solving cases. Not bringing in cash. Until Cookie, her friend and assistant, decides enough is enough and starts returning the mountain of purchases and pushing Charley to accept some jobs. When she works up the nerve to leave the apartment a job falls in her lap. After that, we’re off and running.Once again I tear through a book as I try to keep up with Charley while she solves a case, wanders off track, deals with Reyes the hunky son of Satan and solves a string of bank robberies. Well-written with a fast plot, plenty of humor, awesome characters and steamy sexual heat. I hate it when I read so fast that I’m done before I realize it. Nooooooo!!! More! I.Want.More!Where did I get this book? ~ From the library hold shelf where, after having it checked out, I grabbed it up and whispered loudly, 'Mine! All mine!' Followed by a softer whisper, 'At least until it's due.' Then I hurried out before I could be shushed.
darkfaerietales_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Charley Davidson, Private Investigator and Grim Reaper Extraordinaire, battles against the bad guys, demons, and her own fears.Opening Sentence: I sat watching the Buy From Home Channel with my dead Aunt Lillian and wondered what my life would’ve been like had I not just eaten an entire carton of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy with a mocha latte chaser.The Review:To date, Darynda Jones has provided readers with the following aspects of Charley Davidson: the fun and sexy Charley, a distracted and ADD Charley, even a broken-hearted and betrayed Charley. Fourth Grave Beneath my Feet shows a rarely seen serious and depressed Charley, a sad sight indeed. Fear is hardly a light-hearted subject but I feel that in this case, Jones was able to take a normally serious theme and put a more humorous spin to it.In the last book, we left Charley barely surviving the attack from Earl Walker. Fourth Grave explores the after effects this has on Charley and her usually sunny disposition. Poor Charley. For a grim reaper that has a decidedly happy and glass-half-full demeanor, she has had quite a blow. Suffering from PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, she still must brave the world at large for a new client. I’m sure this task would also be easier if demons weren’t after her as well. Or dealing with her conflicting feelings for the supernaturally sexy Son of Satan. Or the fact that, unlike most of her body parts, her couch doesn’t have a name. So much for Charley to do and yet so little money for coffee and snacks.I am blown away by the new aspect of Charley Davidson. Up to this point, she projects an image that is so self-assured. The fears that hinder normal people never seem to faze our favorite ADD PI. Now though, we see a much more vulnerable Charley. With all the other amazing things that she has accomplished to date, it is both a relief and saddening at the same time to see her so shaken. I may long to see Charley’s emotional growth, even though it breaks my heart at the same time. This, of course, provides the perfect opportunity for the supporting characters to really shine. I found their combined love and encouragement a wonderfully heartwarming gem within a much more serious and dark story landscape.What Charley book would be complete without one sexy Reyes Farrow? *sigh* I am starting to despair that these two can have something more than a Romeo and Juliet ending. The attraction and explosive chemistry between them is not enough anymore. Every step forward seems to be followed up with two steps back; and the teasing is getting old. I would like to think that there is a HEA in their future but all the signs seem to point more toward disaster rather than a ride off into the sunset.The case Charley is working in this book seems slightly more arbitrary than in the past. It is the excuse for her to leave the comfort and security of her apartment, rather than her need or desire to help others. The positive spin is that it provides a wonderful outside view of Charley’s own insecurities. No one believes her client is being harassed and stalked, just like no one can really understand what emotions Charley is working through as an otherworldly creature with all the trappings of a frail human heart.Overall, this book is a great addition to the Charley Davidson series. The only downside is that I must, AGAIN, wait to read more.Notable Scene:I looked at Misery’s dash. Being with her was comforting on some level, but not as comforting as my sofa. Then it hit me. An atrocity I’d overlooked for years. I’d never named my sofa. How could I do that to her? How could I be so callous? So cold and selfish?But what would I name her? This was big. Important. She couldn’t go through life with a name that didn’t fit her unique personality.Filled with an odd sense of relief at the new goal in life, I put Misery into drive. I could worry about being a roosting hen later. I had a sofa to name.FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, I bought it myself. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.
thelibraryhag reviewed this
Rated 5/5
In this book, Charley, my favorite Grim Reaper, is still suffering the effects from the trauma she suffered in the third book. Sorry, no spoilers here. She is vegging on the sofa and doing endless television shopping. None of this is helping her cope and she quit working. But when she is approached by a woman who claims that she is being stalked and has been for years, Charley can't help but get involved. OMG, I LOVE these books. They are so funny and touching and crazy. Charley is such a real person, despite her whole reaper thing. Her friends and family are fun and so supportive. And the men, well, they rock. And Reyes rocks above them all. There is always plenty of action in these books as well as a good story, or two. I am thinking this is the best one yet.
rayneofdarkness reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I thought this was a great story - I liked how even though Charley is fearless even someone put in her situation can get scared. I liked how everything was wrapped up in the end and the great one-liners were awesome. Great book!
ufreview reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Ya know I gotta say this book was kind of a disappointment for me. I really liked this series from the beginning but funnily enough all the things I liked about it originally are what kinda got on my nerves in this book. This story takes place about two months after the last book and Charley has suffered from agoraphobia after being tortured, she has sat around her apartment oredering gadgets from the shopping channel, she gave up her office above her Dad's bar and the only one she has really kept in contact with has been her neighbor and assistant Cookie and her daughter and of course the various ghosts living in her apartment. So here is my first problem with the book Charley takes the case of a woman who has a stalker and ...poof agoraphobia gone. She has some mild trepidation leaving the apartment for the first time but largely agoraphobia is over in a paragraph.Aaaaah Charley for a character I used to like so much I seriously wanted to slap you through most of this book. The humor is starting to get grating, while I have a healthy appreciation for snark and can understand using it as a coping mechanism there are times you need to shut the hell up and be serious and most of the jokes were not actually that funny. Charley's relationship went absolutely nowhere in this book either and seriously it is time to end the constant to and fro of sex then fighting then sex again ad nauseum. While Reyes maybe extremely hot he is a complete dick most of the time. Charley and her Dad, oy vey where to begin here?! Dysfunction to a whole new level but I did enjoy that she finally confronted him and his miserable wife.The ongoing story arc of the previous three books about Charley being a conduit and the demons being after her to get access to heaven and the mortal world really didn't move along much in this story. We get fed very very small bits and pieces in each novel and honestly with a year between books I am starting to get bored and frustrated with the lack of info, like what exactly is Charley and where the hell did she come from. All the demons ever do is attack with out much info on the why. The focus of the story was mainly on the woman being stalked with a side bit about the bikers near the asylum that really served no purpose to the overall plot other than giving a very brief love triangle. So all in all there wasn't much here for me to get excited about, I haven't given up on the series but I am not really holding my breath for the next book either.
pollywannabook reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyLorelei King, the actress who also narrates Janet Evanovich and Patricia Briggs books, brings Charley to life in the most vibrant and hilarious way possible in FORTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET. It’s doubly fitting that this is the same actress who voices both Stephanie Plum and Mercy Thompson since Charley Davidson since she’s pretty much a blend of those two characters. Like Stephanie, she’s got a wacky group of friends and family, an indelible optimism, and a quick fire sense of humor. And like Mercy, she’s got a supernatural heritage, a tortured past, a protector streak a mile wide.FORTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET may be the fourth outing for Charley, but it was my first book in the series. I obviously missed a lot, but Darynda’s characters are so easily embraced, so clearly written, that I was able to fully invest in Charley and her story. I do intend to go back and start from the beginning, but not because I’m lost. I just want to spend more time with Charley…and Reyes.Reyes. Talk about the ultimate bad boy. He’s scary hot…probably because he’s the son of the Devil. He and Charley have a steamy and volatile past that I could not get enough of. When these two are together, the pages literally singe. Urban fantasy fans who like anti alpha heroes will fall head over heels for Reyes. He’s just the right amount evil to keep things interesting while holding the possibility of redemption just out of reach.Funny, sexy, and smart. That’s Charley. Urban fantasy needs more heroines like her. The next book in the Charley Davidson series is called FIFTH GRAVE PAST THE LIGHT and will be published on July 9, 2013. Look for the audio book version once again narrated by the fantastic Lorelei King hits shelves on the same day.Sexual Content:Moderately graphic sex scene. References to sexual misconduct
stacyatufi reviewed this
Rated 5/5
The Charley Davidson series is one of those series I always recommend to people that ask what a must read series is. Charley's sarcastic, witty personality pulls me in and holds me hostage from beginning to end.Charley has developed some issues from the event in book 3. Hoarding stuff from tv shopping, not sleeping well, and not leaving her home. Her friends and family are worried about her and they each have different ways in helping her get over her issues. Reyes is beyond yummy, frustrating by yummy. We get some great scenes between him and Charley in book 4. I really really wanted to punch him in the scene at the fight match though. The crazy stalker prison lady? Really? Yuck. Donovan made a small appearance and although I like him, I'm really glad he is a bit out of the picture now. No one will replace Reyes in my eyes. Things continue to be rough with Charley and her Dad, I still cant believe what he did and I don't blame Charley for not forgiving him. It seems like some crazy crap is going to happen involving Garrett. I cant begin to guess what it will be but is seemed like there was a bit of a build up starting. Loved the Dutch explanation as well, we finally know what it means!!I really love this series, I wholeheartedly recommend it. If you haven't started reading this series yet you need to go pick it up now and start from book 1 because you wont want to miss a minute. FIFTH GRAVE PAST THE LIGHT can not come out soon enough.
dearheart_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Charley Davidson isn’t your average sarcastic/Grim Reaper/Private Investigator/kick butt heroine who is being hunted by demons--which could prove to be the end of the world-- and attracted to good looking bad boys, including the son of Satan. She’s also suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after being tortured in the last book. So much so that she hasn’t left her house or taken on any cases in the past two months and her favorite activity is ordering things she doesn’t need from the Buy From Home channel. At least until best friend Cookie and sister Gemma, stage an intervention.The author does a fantastic job of weaving the PTSD into a story that covers so many genres and runs the gamut with emotions while still maintaining a light and funny tale for the reader.This time the cases and consultation with the police involve a woman who believes someone is trying to kill her, a group of bank robbers and an arsonist. At the same time Charley is dealing with her love/hate relationship with Reyes and we/she learn more about both of them coming into this plane, and why. There is plenty of sexual tension, and it’s not just with Reyes. She does do a little growing when it comes to relationships—both family and friends--as well as her own abilities.As with the three prior books in this series, this story is fun and a delight to read and the main case has a nice twist to it.

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