Title: The Dirt on Ninth Grave
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson, book 9
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 12th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.
But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her-even from her new and trusted friends-the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.
The Dirt on Ninth Grave is the ninth book in the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.
The Dirt on Ninth Grave starts couple of weeks after the events in Eighth Grave After Dark. Charlie is suffering from amnesia and living in a new town away from home. Luckily for her, people around her are helping her find her way. She’s working as a waitress at a dinner and making friends along the way. What she doesn’t know is that most of her new friends are the people closest and dearest to her, who have left everything behind to be with her. They are not pressuring Charlie to remember because Gemma told them it wasn’t a good idea. The problem is Charley knows when people are lying, so it’s not easy to trick her. Adding to this a mystery or two and you get a funny and highly entertaining story from beginning to end.
The Dirt on Ninth Grave shows us that even without memory Charley is the same Charley we love. I loved the different conclusions she got to when she discover the things she could do; she is simply hilarious. The Dirt on Ninth Grave also shows us the lengths her love ones are willing to go to protect her. Seeing Cookie and uncle Bob trying to keep the truth from her was funny as hell.
Reyes broke my heart, I can’t imagine how hard it must be to love someone who doesn’t remember you; How hard it must be to be next to that person, but not been able to tell her who you are and what you once had. The only good thing about it it was seeing Charlie falling in love with Reyes all over again.
The Dirt on Ninth Grave felt like the first books in the series, the ones that made me fall in love with Charley and her friends; after the disappointing end of Eighth Grave After Dark that was a good thing.
We learn new things in The Dirt on Ninth Grave and Jones shows us some glimpses of what it’s to come for Charley and friends. I’m still a little bit disappointed about the way “beep” plotline was addressed in previous book, but I can almost say that with this installment Jones has redeemed herself.
The Dirt on Ninth Grave has everything I love about this series, the laughing out loud moments, the mystery behind Charley’s investigations, the camaraderie between the characters, and an end that left me dying to get my hands on next installment. The Dirt on Ninth Grave is a must read for fan of this series. The Dirt on Ninth Grave doesn’t work well as a standalone.
I’m looking forward to June 28th, to the release of The Curse of Tenth Grave. I can’t wait to see what Darynda Jones has in store for Charley and friends.
My verdict: 4½ Paws
Other books in the series
Third Grave Dead Ahead
Seventh Grave and No Body
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (January 6th)
The Curse of Tenth Grave (June 28th)
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