Review: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones

Posted June 13th, 2017 in book review / 11 comments

Review: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda JonesFourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #4
Publisher: St. Martin's Press on October 30, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Pages: 308
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-half-stars

Welcome to the world of grim reaper extraordinaire Charley Davidson. Try as she might, there’s no avoiding her destiny.
Sometimes being the grim reaper really is, well, grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple of months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above...or at least get dressed. It becomes clear something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. But the more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved.

Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans in this hilarious fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling series.

At A Glance

It’s the kind of book that once it ends you want to read it again to see if you see things differently once you know everything.

The Good

We experience a darker/sadder side of Charley in Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet. She’s dealing with crap from the last book. Lot’s of depression, HSN impulse buying, and post traumatic stress. You know, all the fun stuff. Don’t worry, Cookie is there is save the day.

Reyes is his same broody self, but a finally out of jail broody self. Yay! Donovan is, as always, awesome and sexy. I like how he actually cares for Charley. They have such an odd dynamic. It’s funny how Charley is oddly relaxed around Donovan and his bikers. I think it’s the thrill of the unknown and uncomplicated. She just doesn’t overthink it with him, like she does with Reyes. Reyes is the definition of complicated. Garrett was missing for a good chunk of the book, which sucked. I expected him to be a larger part of this book from everything that’s happening. Artemis, Charley’s guardian angel dog, is too cool for school! She is playful yet hardcore. Gotta love the badass ghost dog.

Finally, we find out why Reyes nicknamed Charley Dutch. We also learn more about Charley’s powers and her role in everything. I love getting these little tidbits each book. I can tell it’s going to be a big deal once we know everything. There is more to Charley than meets the eye.

The mystery side of the plot was damn good. I was shocked by the ending. Darynda really stepped it up this time.

The Bad

Less Garrett. 🙁

The Snuggly

Crap, I honestly can’t remember if Charley and Reyes did it. Ugh, I suck.

Final Thoughts

I really, really enjoyed this book. I almost gave it 5 stars. I’m still on the edge of doing so. The characters just keep getting better! Highly recommended.


“If you must eat a banana in public, never make eye contact.”  

“Doing nothing is hard. You never know when you’re done.” – T-Shirt

“When I want your opinion, I’ll remove the duct tape.” – T-Shirt

“Insanity does NOT run in my family. It strolls through, takes its time, and gets to know everyone personally.” – T-Shirt

“Amber, you could never embarrass me.”
“Never?” she asked.
“One time, I yelled across the store to Mom and asked her if she wanted the regular or the super-absorbent tampons. I added that, according to the box, the super-absorbent were for those heavy days. Then I asked her to rate her heaviness on a scale of one to ten.”
“Okay, you could.”
“Then while we were standing in line, I asked her why she was buying three boxes of Summer’s Eve in the middle of winter.”
I set her at arm’s length. “Wow.”
“I know, right? I had no idea a person could turn so red.”  


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11 Responses to “Review: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones”

  1. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Everyone’s been loving this series. So glad to see you enjoyed it thus far too. 🙂

  2. Olivia Roach

    You know it’s a good mystery if you want to reread it like that to see all the clues and how everything finally makes complete sense that didn’t or did before, but more so in light of knowing the result of the mystery! I love books like that so much <3

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