Series: The Grave Report #3
Genres: mystery, paranormal, thriller, urban fantasy
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Don't make deals with the paranormal. They're better at it than you, and they never play fair.
Paranormal investigator and soul without a body, Vincent Graves, did just that—a deal made in desperation. Now it's coming back to bite him in the middle of a case. He has 57 hours to investigate a string of deaths involving people who've made some devilish bargains. Too bad devils don't deal in good faith. It'd be easy enough, if he didn't have to deal with things such as:
-Being hunted through the streets of Queens by a dark elf with a motorcycle fetish.
-Ending up the target of a supernatural hit.
-An old acquaintance dragging him to a paranormal ball where he could end up on the menu.
-And having one of his closest guarded secrets brought to light...
Not great for a tight clock, because if he doesn't get to the bottom of this case in time, Vincent and company might just lose their souls.
Dirty deals are never done dirt cheap. And the supernatural always collect—big!
R.R. Virdi is back at it again with a new book in his series, The Grave Report. Filled to the brim with action, snarky humor, and coupled with philosophical tidbits, it will have readers turning the pages until the very end.
Vincent is in over his head. Again. However, that seems to be the natural state of things when Vincent is involved. In each novel, he wakes up in a new body. This particular body had been drowned, and was still in the water. Pulling on past memories, Vincent manages to get himself out of that predicament only to attract some unwanted attention. And that was all before his case even officially started.
While scrambling for clues into what killed the man whose body he is inhabiting, he gets pulled into the Neravene because of a deal he made during a previous case. As if he didn’t have enough to deal with, he now has to watch his step, and his mouth, while navigating a paranormal ball.
Mr. Virdi ramped up his story writing skills in his newest book. Every time he releases a new one, it’s better than his last. Considering he has a few award nominations and awards under his belt, that’s saying something. He is definitely an author who believes in pushing his skills every chance he gets and learns from the previous book. While his skills continue to grow, the style remains consistent.
Mr. Virdi loves his fight scenes, and poor Vincent definitely takes a beating in this book. However, even Vincent acknowledges he’s pretty much a paranormal punching bag.
I’m attempting to tiptoe all around this book. I don’t want to give anything away. The monster in this book is amazing. The detour to the ball might not seem like something that should happen, yet you can tell it feeds into the overall story arc as well. It flows within the narrative and doesn’t feel the least out of place. I don’t even want to slip up and tell you any other characters outside of Vincent and Church. In my opinion, a lot of the fun is wondering who, from the previous books, is going to make another appearance.
Speaking of Church… How does he know to give Vincent enough time to deal with the Neravene? That’s a question that plagued me during this book. I’m guessing Church knows a heck of a lot more than is ever going to be given the reader. But who knows? Maybe some of the questions surrounding Church will be answered eventually. Like… Who is he working for anyway? Oh, the enigmatic Church.
All I know is I will continue reading every book of this series that releases. No matter how long the books become, they’re always an exciting adventure.