Charley is now a resident of a small town in upstate New York, having no memory of her life, her husband, or her talent. Starting over with a blank slate, she still cannot keep herself from trying to help everyone she comes in contact with. Her co-worker Cookie and her husband Bob are people she feels comfortable with from the first. Patrons that frequent the diner where she works almost seem familiar but she is unable to place them. She has learned rather quickly that she can see and interact with dead people, scared that she really is crazy. Then a scorchingly hot man takes the job as a fry cook and a dark force tries to kill her. Charley has no choice but to break through the barrier of her amnesia and accept who she is and go back to her life.
It takes a special author who can keep a series fresh and enthralling after eight books. Darynda Jones is just such an author. We had reached a turning point in the series at the end of Eighth Grave After Dark and I was worried the series would fizzle. I am so happy to have been completely wrong. I devoured The Dirt on Ninth Grave and was once again brought to tears. While on the surface the Charley Davidson books seem to be a funny, light romp, they are so much more. Emotional and hopeful of the fate that awaits us at the end of our journey; Ms Jones is a gem in the world of fiction. I eagerly await the next adventure of Charley, Cookie, Bob, and of course Reyes.
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In a small village in New York Charley Davidson is living as 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.