A Grave Calling

Wendy Roberts
A Grave Calling
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Carina Press
Release Date
June 2017
Book 1 of Bodies of Evidence
Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

There had been no attempt to bury the dead girl, naked except for the white ribbon tied to her wrist

Twenty-five-year-old Julie Hall has a unique ability: when she takes up a dowsing rod, she finds not water but bodies. To Julie, it's a curse, not a gift, and one she rarely uses—she prefers her quiet life in a trailer, with her grandfather and her dog for company. But when FBI agent Garrett Pierce shows up at her door seeking help with a case, she has no choice but to assist with their search.

Three girls are still missing. The killer is still out there. As bodies are discovered and more girls disappear, the case becomes almost more than Julie can bear. And when the killer turns his sights toward her, even her growing relationship with the protective Agent Garrett may not be enough to save her.

This book is approximately 74,000 words

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
May 05, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
103 people found the following review helpful
3.5 creepy, serial killer stars for A GRAVE CALLING.

Julie Hall has a seriously unique skill: she's able to find dead bodies with a divining rod. Weird, but it comes in handy when FBI agent Garrett Pierce has 3 dead girls and very few leads. Julie isn't thrilled with her skill, but she knows she wouldn't be able to live with herself if she didn't do everything she could to help. But her assistance quickly comes with press notoriety, a terrible thing when it's clear that a serial killer will do anything to stop the FBI, and Julie, from the truth.

A GRAVE CALLING is book 1 in the Bodies of Evidence series by Ms. Roberts, and even though it took a little time to get into, I wound up really enjoying the story. Julie was an unlikely heroine, a woman who had nothing going for her except her Gramps and her dog, a woman with a horrific past that threatens to pull her under over and over again. Garrett is almost twice her age, widowed and focused on finding this killer before another young woman dies. They make an unlikely team, and an unlikely couple once they fall into bed together. I'm not sure that they really had much chemistry, more like two people taking comfort in one another during a terrible patch.

The best part was when the killer was revealed, I so didn't see it coming AT ALL. This was more of a cozy mystery with romantic elements, but it's a series that I wouldn't mind reading more of in the future.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; indeterminate condom use (not mentioned but sex scenes were pretty glossed over); no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; violence/murder.
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