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Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on June 28, 2016
A new installment in this addicting fantastic series? Yes, please! The series took a little detour to New York State in its last installment and clipped right along leaving some big series rattling reveals at the end. I was eager to dive into this one to see what came next for Charley and the gang.
This is the tenth book of an ongoing series that really must be read in order. Start at the beginning and prepared to get addicted yourself to this coffee downing, distractable, funny detecting grim reaper and her friends.
Charley is back home and after all that happened she needs some time of reflection, but does she get it? Not hardly. Charley is kept busy with a couple intriguing cases while her mind whirls on what she learned back in New York. A slick ADA wants to extort her help for his friend up on charges of murder while a homeless girl is terrified that a curse will eventually kill her. Reyes is reticent and distant making her wonder what secrets he keeps and what is wrong in their relationship. Her recently revealed powers keep her on her toes. A revealing video of her is getting lots of action on YouTube. She misses Beep. The gods that she needs to trap in the other dimension is a problematic situation, but it’s that child support receipt that Reyes paid causing her the most loss of sleep.
All in a days’ work for Charley.
This one like previous books offers a couple mysteries, Charley having some grim reaper action, and Charley finding trouble without trying along with her cat and mouse relationship game with the hot, dark Son of Satan she is married to. But beyond that, things have gotten complicated as Charley’s true nature and past is revealed. There are more revelations in this book about Charley, but most especially Reyes and even Rocket. Didn’t see that stuff coming.
The reader has to be able to switch gears and keep up with Charley’s distractable nature. There is so much going on. Too much probably. I kept up, but it was chancy a few times particularly since some story threads I found more interesting than others. The blend of humor, mystery, paranormal, and passion is always well done, but I can’t help shaking my head at what thoughts and actions keep Charley busy. I really had to chuckle over her priorities with all that she had going on.
I find Charley and Reyes’ relationship since their marriage not to have altered much. They keep secrets from each other and go about their own plottings and way of doing things. And holy cow was that champagne in bed scene a scorcher. I enjoy watching them together and trying to still figure each other out.
The surrounding cast of endearing and adorable characters was a delight as always. Cookie and Bob are a cute couple. I loved that Charley made her rounds with them all particularly the ones who didn’t go to New York. There were some interesting new characters that came into this book and I’ll be curious if they get to stay- please let the three geeky ghost hunters return.
And be prepared, that ending…it gives new meaning to abrupt. And right after a statement like that. Yes, the next book is required soon.
So, it was engaging and raced about in all sorts of crazy fun directions. I had a good time and can only urge others to give Charley’s zany Urban Fantasy series a try.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.
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