The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
Date Read: January 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.
But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: Charley Davidson #9
Also by this author: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body, Eighth Grave After Dark br> br>
Also in this series: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body, Eighth Grave After Dark
Listened for fun (borrowed from a friend)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: The Dirt on Ninth Grave made me laugh, cry, and fist pump when the mystery part was back to being part of the series!
Quick Thoughts: I made 5 people read Ninth Grave before I would give it a whirl because of the troupe introduced in 8th. It is probably one of my least favorite so I had to know that it wouldn’t last very long. In fact, this would have been higher rated but between about 55% to 85% I was annoyed with it. It just went on a little too long for me (not so much on Janey’s side but her friends/family). I did love the end though and will pick up 10 when it comes out. That will really be the clincher to me if I continue the series. Nine brought back mystery (which is what made me fall in love with in the series–I used to call them Cozy Mystery/UF) and the humor that I loved (Cookie/Janey/Charley=Awesome). It also brought back more straight-forward storylines and interactions. All of that was terrific! I was just giddy. Where I am a little worried is that the end might cause 10 to be more like 8 (all over the place storylines) but I am holding out hope that we have gotten back to the basics for Charley and gang!
Overall The Dirt on Ninth Grave was very funny with a dab of tissues needed! Well worth the listen!
Narrated By Lorelei King / Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
I have never “read” one of these books because Lorelei just knocks it out the park. Seriously, if you haven’t listened to these–you need too. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
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