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Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on January 24, 2017
Funny, clever, and sometimes lucky, but sometimes not Charley Davidson returns in the eleventh installment of a captivating and humorous urban fantasy suspense series. Charley has her usual private investigator work, her usual worries over her daughter’s safety, but now adds a few more tasks to her always-long to-do list.
[quote]She laid her pen across her notepad and gave me her full attention. “Tell me about him.”
“Yes.” Her voice was very soothing. Like elevator music. Or summer rain. Or Darvocet…
“How much time do we have?” I snorted, cracking myself up… “Just kidding… He’s kind of awesome. He’s from down under.”
“Hell.” Loc 92 Charley Davidson to a psychiatrist from Eleventh Grave in Moonlight[/quote]
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight is part of an ongoing series and must be read in order to figure out what is going on.
Private investigator Charley Davidson also happens to be a Reaper, yes the Grim sort though she is never grim. Charley is also married to the son of Satan. I do mean that literally, but Reyes is more than meets the eye and that is quite something already. Charley is joined in her escapades by gal-pal Cookie, Uncle Bob, a ghostly hound, a sexy teen ghost, a slave demon, a skeptical associate, and a wide assortment of other colorful characters.
In this installment, Charley is called upon to help a man discover his true parentage. This becomes problematic when his case involves Reyes who wants her to stay out of it. Cookie wants Charley to help figure out why her husband is acting oddly, Amber is having troubles, and a powerful god from another realm is on the loose gunning for Charley. All the while, Charley is trying to get her newly discovered powers under control under Reyes’ tutelage since she might have to use them sooner rather than later the way matters are shaping up.
With each story in this series, I continue to enjoy Charley’s humor, being along as she solves her cases and handles the encounters with the quirky posse in her circle of acquaintance. Things are still sizing up for the big conflict of epic proportions.
Charley’s need to do things for herself even when it would be better to call in the cavalry or even back down and come at it another time or from a different angle does make me groan a few times, but she has good motivations.
Have I mentioned before in my reviews of this series how much I adore Uncle Bob? Ubie is the bestest. Whether it is how he is with Charley or now with his step-daughter Amber, I find a lot of good-guy adorable-ness. He may not have any powers and he’s only human, but he is there in all the tough moments and comes through for everybody.
Charley is at a learning point and this is the first time she really starts to grasp just who and what she is. The reveals show her that Reyes was right to be cautious with knowledge because once known it can never be unknown or go back to a time of innocence when she wasn’t burdened by the knowledge.
For all that is going on, I did enjoy all the tender and passionate moments tucked in there between Charley and Reyes. They are a couple that don’t work on paper, but don’t let that stop them from being so right for each other. I really needed all their special times of connection because wow, do they really get challenged.
The ending left things, yes, sigh, on the edge of a huge cliff so be prepared going in that you’ll be needing book twelve STAT when the last page is turned on this one.
All in all, this was a solid one and proves why this series is still going strong. The stakes are getting higher, but I love how the humor is still ever present and Charley works to keep it light for everyone. Definitely recommend these books to anyone needing a new urban fantasy series to start and love.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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