The Dirt on Ninth Grave

Darynda Jones
The Dirt on Ninth Grave
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St. Martin's Press
Release Date
January 2016
Book 9 of A Charley Davidson Novel
Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

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.

Book Review by Vixhen (reviewer)
Jan 06, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
218 people found the following review helpful
Charley Davidson, resident bad-ass grim reaper, finder of trouble in all sorts of places and the only woman who has the enviable position of being Mrs. Reyes Alexander Farrow, is in a bit of a pickle. Forget all you think you know about Charley because our poor girl not only has amnesia but she's run away from all she's known and loved and is working as a waitress in the small town of Sleepy Hollow, NY. While her memories may have taken a vacation, trouble has not. As per her MO, Charley puts herself in the middle of a possible hostage situation and becomes the obsession of a stalker who may or may not be dangerous. And those pesky departed who just keep showing up out of the blue are really making her doubt her sanity. Then there are the random strangers who seem so familiar, yet she can neither confirm nor deny that she actually knows them.

But enter the-hotter-than-Texas-in-the-middle-of-July fry cook, and all thoughts of rhyme or reason go out the window. Just the nearness of Mr. Tall, Dark and Dangerous make her hormones stand at attention and salute. Regardless, she knows they're all keeping things from her, but she can't let that stop her. One way or another she's going to have to come to terms with who or what she is. And if the power she feels raging through her is any indication of things to come, she may just destroy them all before she gets the chance.

After the last book, where so much happened that my head is still spinning, I didn't know what to expect with this installment. Okay so Charley's got amnesia…blah, blah, blah. Well, leave it to Darynda Jones to take her series to another level. The storyline, albeit different from what we usually get, was exactly what was needed. I felt the deeper meaning of Charley's amnesia. She was so heartbroken over the sacrifice she made to save her daughter's life that she mentally shut down and removed herself from anyone and everything that would remind her of what she lost. To have Charley just settle back into her regular grind would have been totally unrealistic.

This book was filled with the usual "Charley-isms" and her sarcastic, grim reaper humor." I can't count the times I laughed out loud. There were also moments of sadness that instilled my absolute awe of Ms. Jones's ability to blow my mind with her character connection. Hint: pay close attention to Dead Guy towards to end of the book. I'm totally convinced that Darynda Jones is a freaking genius. The way she intricately weaves her tales and pulls the reader in. Yep, she's got mad skills, and I can't wait until the next book!
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