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The story begins with Charley back in the swing of things working on your typical infidelity investigation, but her workload gets much larger when traumatized ghosts, ranging in ages from 7 to 35, all women with blond hair, start turning up in her apartment. Charley also finds herself completely stumped when she tracks down a body from one of her ghostly visitors only to find she's not a ghost. With backlogged cases, family matters and most importantly, relationship issues, Charley finally makes a decision about what she wants from her long list of boyfriend potentials.
This installment is simply non-stop. Like the other installments, multiple mysteries unfold in the beginning, but this one piles on even more mysteries, red herrings, violence, possible alliances and potential antagonists for future stories. I felt this story set the stage for a different direction on where this series is heading and I for one am completely thrilled. For me, there's nothing more fun and sexy than following a possible romance between the Grim Reaper and the Son of Satan, and alas, we find more quality Charley and Reyes time here than the other books put together. Although we're left on a bit of a cliffhanger, I really can't say that I mind. I was frustrated with the stalled relationships and it appears now things may be full steam ahead. I will anxiously be awaiting the next installment.
Here is a small piece that had me laughing harder than I have about a book in forever, and it really gives nothing away about the story so no spoiler warnings needed:
"Cookie grinned as she walked over. 'I have to admit, it was fun pretending like Reyes was assaulting me. Me!' she said, indicating the women at one particular table. Thankfully none of them were Jessica. For once, she seemed to be elsewhere, but the entire table bristled when Cookie said that. It was fantastic.
As Uncle Bob tried to calm down Officer Pierce and Gemma, Reyes leaned forward, wrapped Cookie in his arms, and kissed her full on the mouth. I plastered a hand over my mouth as she clutched him like a cat hanging from a tree limb.
He released her slowly; then he spoke in a voice loud enough for the table of women to hear. 'If life were fair, Cookie Kowalski, you would be mine.'"
Seriously people Reyes is the BEST book boyfriend. He is definitely going on my top 10.
Fifth Grave opens with Charley working a case, following a clients suspected cheating husband. After calling Cookie in as bait to find out if the man would in fact cheat, things get a little crazy when the guy discovers he's being set-up. We end up with the guy spending the night in jail and Cookie being relegated to a conceal and carry class. Yet, this is only one thing that Charley has to deal with. The others being the many deceased women showing up in Charley's apartment, the arsonist that started burning down buildings in the previous book strikes again, and not to mention the fact that Reyes has moved in next door.
One of the things I like about Darynda Jones is that she's able to balance all of these intersecting and sometimes conflicting storylines with ease. Maybe it helps that Charley herself seems to be all over the place (self-proclaimed ADD) that she's able to tackle multiple things at once, I don't know. I do know, however, that oftentimes when other authors try things like this, it's so easy to get confused and mixed up, but Jones always handles it really well.
We also are given a lot of much needed Charley and Reyes time. I like that Jones has be ratcheting up his appearances in the books as the story progresses. Trust me, there's no shortage of steam between these two, and it almost seems like they come to an understanding with each other in regards to their relationship.
As always, on the peripheral of all the storylines, is the main arc of Charley as the portal to heaven. We get some more insight into that matter. We don't really know if it's true insight, but it definitely gives readers a different perspective and a whole lot more questions. However many books there end up being in the series this will definitely be the closing storyline.
As usual once you get to the end, you will be ready to dive right into the next book
Sixth Grave On the Edge. But it looks as though it won't be released until 2014. I sense I series re-read coming on!