Book Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5)

Book Review

Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5)

Darynda Jones

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 Stars)

Mystery, Romance, Comedy, Supernatural

This is such a wickedly funny series. And each book just keeps getting better than the last. Better mystery, better suspense, better coffee. Ok, the coffee might not have originally come with the book. That might have soaked in when someone knocked over their cup at Starbucks. But hey, if a book’s gonna be scented, it’s hard to go wrong with aromatic notes of java beans and hazelnut.

I think that one of the things that makes these books so popular is how much personality the characters have. Sure, they can be one, may two or two and a half dimensional, at most, that personality is out there to be seen and felt and that’s why people can so readily identify with a character, and/or fall in love with them. Obviously, Charley Davidson is brimming over with personality the way a cup at the bottom of the ocean is overflowing with water, but so too is Cookie vividly portrayed. Uncle Bob and Garret are nice foils to Charlotte’s wit, Angel is great, and Reyes, well, I still hate Reyes. I don’t get him at all. But I have a penis. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it, maybe it doesn’t, but he still hasn’t grown on me. I guess I’m more partial to knights in shining armour as opposed to bad boys. But some people out there would rather date Joker than Batman.

There are multiple laugh-out-loud moments in this book. People are starting to look at me funny when I read in public. But I don’t care. Worth it. The Ozzy voice on the GPS nav system was awesome. I don’t know why anyone would want any other voice after reading that.

It wasn’t until partway through that I realized just how many different plots and subplots are all being juggled at the same time here. Impressive. Darynda Jone’s flow chart must look like a plate of spaghetti. And I mean her plot flow; that statement had nothing to do with her period, which I hope is far less complicated.

Can’t wait until the next book. Oh! I don’t have to. I have it sitting right here. Along with numbers 7, 8 and 9. (grin)

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