3 Star rating

The Dirt on Ninth Grave

Charley Davidson, Book #9

By Darynda Jones

ISBN#  9781250074485

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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

the-dirt-on-ninth-grave-darynda-jonesThis book picks up shortly after the previous installment of the series, Eighth Grave After Dark, left off.  Charley is in Sleepy Hollow, NY with no memory of who she is or how she got there.  Not to worry, the whole crew has come to keep an eye on her until her memory returns.  Reyes, Garrett, and Osh being frequent customers, Cookie being the clumsy co-worker, who of course has her new husband in tow!  Reyes later takes a job as a cook at the diner that of course brings in a throng of women vying for his attention.  But he only has eyes for his wife, if only she remembered him.  But with Charley’s ability to tell when someone is lying they have to be careful how they phrase things with talking to her.

The police officer that found Charley, Ian Jeffries, has formed an unhealthy obsession with her and thinks they’re dating.  And, he gets even more unstable when Charley tries to end it with him.

But what is plaguing Charley most of all is what’s going on in the neighboring antique store.  A group of thugs are holding the shop owner hostage and has his family somewhere.  She has made it her mission to find out what the men want, to find Mr. V’s family and of course find a way to save them.  But who can she trust?

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this installment with Charley having no memories.  I was wondering if this is where she strays from Reyes and gives one of the other hunks a chance.  But that’s not to be!  She feels a strong connection to him, even without remembering their past, and he isn’t about to leave her unprotected.

I absolutely love Reyes as always.  I love the way he gets around Charley’s questions with being completely truthful, he just isn’t able to reveal the woman of his past is her!

“So, why are you living in a motel?”

I felt a slight bristle come off him.

“I was … seeing someone.”

A soft gasp escaped me.  No idea why that would surprise me.  “Was?”

“She left me.  No good-bye.  No note.  Nothing.  Just vanished into thin air.  I had nowhere else to go.”

I sat on the side of the bed.  “I’m sorry, Reyes.  When did that happen?”

“A while back.  I’ll get over it.  I have no choice.  She’s forgotten all about me.”

You could also see the struggle Reyes was having following Gemma’s advice to let Charley make it on her own and not to push her.  And let’s not forget about the hundred dollar bill *swoon*

I also enjoyed Osh as always!

After the end of this book, it leaves the plot wide-open, anything could happen next and I can’t wait to see what happens with Charley and Reyes next!

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*