Genres: urban fantasy, mystery, paranormal
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What do shadows darting across the walls, cryptic writing, black fog, and a little girl who can see ghosts have in common? Paranormal investigator and soul without a body, Vincent Graves, has forty-four hours to find out.
To make matters worse, his years of body-hopping and monster-hunting are catching up with him. He’s losing his mind. An old contact has shut him out. To top it all off, something’s skulking through an asylum, killing patients.
Three guesses who might be next, and the first two don’t count. The writing on the wall is not so clear. But one thing is: if he doesn’t figure this out he’s a dead man—well, deader—and a strange young girl might follow. Vincent’s got his back against a wall, and that wall’s crumbling.
Some days it’s not worth it to wake up in someone else’s body.
“Good ol’ mouth, when my body freezes, you just keep on going.”
Vincent Graves is back again, bringing with him his crazy comments that usually get him into more trouble than he’s already in. And this case is one that will keep you guessing right up to the end.
Vincent lands in the body of Charles, a patient in an asylum. From there, he has to put together the disjointed clues, stop whatever is killing the patients, and he has forty-four hours to pull it off. Everything seems to go wonky from the very beginning and things just get weirder as the case progresses right up to the grand finale.
This amazing sequel to Grave Beginnings shows us that R.R. Virdi is the real thing. Taking his craft another step further, he manages to evoke deep feelings for all of the characters involved. I had such a knee-jerk reaction, I almost gave this book 4 stars just because it felt so dark. Okay, and I had a minor problem with it being set in an asylum. However, in thinking it over, I realized that only proved R.R. Virdi is a masterful storyteller, and deserves all 5 stars.
The humor and quips that Vincent is well-known for in Grave Beginnings carries over to Grave Measures. Though, as this series progresses, we’re given deeper insight into Vincent. This case stretches and forges him into something more. We also get a closer look at the mysterious Church, but not too close. I guess R.R. Virdi isn’t about to reveal too much quite yet.
I obviously recommend this book to anyone who loves urban fantasy. Heck, even if you’re curious as to what urban fantasy is, Grave Report is an excellent series to begin with. Written on the same level as any traditionally published book, R.R. Virdi brings us a great series. I can’t wait to find out where Vincent ends up next.