This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on February 2, 2012
When I was invited to participate in the re-read blog tour to celebrate a long-lasting amazing series that culminates in Summoned by Thirteenth Grave, I jumped on the opportunity. I loved the idea of going back to one of the earlier books and reminiscing. There is always that niggling worry in the back of the mind that a few years later might change my opinion about how much I loved a book originally. No worries. Third Grave not only was just as good, but going back and experiencing nostalgia for who the characters were before later events and reveals happen made me love it more than ever.
I just love this series. I know I say that every time, but its worth saying again. The blend of humor, paranormal elements, mystery elements, character building and a dab of forbidden romance tossed in for good measure.
This installment begins (oh, backtracking a little to say that the series must be read in order) with several things happening to Charlie. Not a surprise, right? First off, she is desperately trying to stay awake to keep a very bound and thus very angry Reyes out of her dreams. Then she is offered a missing wife case. And finally, her dad tells her she needs to quit as a private investigator.
With her usual humor and lack of elan, Charlie goes about dealing with all the above. She gets beat down and keeps getting up and continuing on. All the usual suspects make an appearance whether its the irascible Garret, Ubie (Uncle Bob), Cookie, Reyes, her ghost friends, and her family. There are also new characters introduced in the form of the motorcycle gang and her new protector in the form of that demon dog we all come to love and adore, as well as the newly revealed Marigold.
The series just gets better and better with each new book, but knowing that had me relaxing and enjoying a look back into the past. I didn’t realize how much I had forgotten so bits of the plot took me by surprise once again. I love the plot twists that leave me surprised even when I have some of it figured out. Each new scene with Reyes just leaves me wanting more (so the re-read will probably end up continuing). Oh who am I kidding? I love every scene because of Charlie.
If you haven’t picked up this series yet, urban fantasy fans who like a liberal dose of humor and mayhem, I envy you your first time experiencing such an abso-fab series.
My thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.