Grave Measures by R.R. Virdi
Vincent Graves is back at it again with a new body, new case, but the same old smart mouth. In Grave Measures, Vincent wakes up in a mental hospital, runs into an old friend, and has to solve a murder case before he and an old acquaintance are devoured by shadowy creatures. And no, that’s not the meds talking.
This is the second book in this series. Last year, I reviewed Grave Measures and said this is a writer to watch. Virdi’s writing has matured so much just from one book to the next, and not just the technical skills. The plot in this book was much more involved and harder to anticipate and deals with a few elements that are difficult to pull off well.
Graves did some growing, as did other familiar characters. I’m still not sure how I feel about Ortiz; she still seems to be in that cookie cutter government agent mold but I think that’s going to change soon, probably by the next book we’ll see her really starting to come into her own. Her and Vincent’s interactions are getting better, but there’s something stilted about them that I can’t put my finger on, but reading their conversations was a bit stiff.
We’re also introduced to new characters, and new monsters, and that’s what I like most about Virdi’s work. Most UF authors stick with the classics: werewolves, vampires, fey, and occasionally a djinn (or some interpretation thereof). Virdi is pulling out monsters I’ve only read about in passing, or seen on an episode of the X Files or Supernatural. In this genre, it’s good to stand out; with an unusual MC and creative monster’s, this series will do that.
But who I really want to know about is Church. I don’t have enough clues to even hazard a guess besides the super obvious and his origins are driving me crazy in the very best way.
My Rating: 4.2/5
If you’re interested in Grave Measures, it’s $3.99 on Amazon.
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