Yep, I'm reviewing yet another Abigail Roux novel. This time it's not part of the Cut and Run series; but, a stand alone book that has a key aspect that I thoroughly enjoy in novels.
Yes, I am one of those people that watch ghost stories on TV on the edge of my seat as I listen to them hear EVPs and other paranormal happenings.
Gravedigger's Brawl takes place in Richmond, Virginia and focuses upon a museum curator by the name of Wyatt Case. Now, Mr. Case has two things going against him. One being that the museum's board is kind of against him because the museum's profits have been taking a dip south for the past few months. The second thing...he was single. So, his friend Noah takes him to a bar that is named the Gravedigger's Tavern where he meets Ash Lucroix -- flaring bartender that wears a tongue ring and suspenders -- and Wyatt is instantly hooked. However, a knock to the head and Ash's and Wyatt's relationship is tested as Richmond's history threatens them and their jobs.
Now, I was introduced to Roux through the Cut and Run series and that was one large reason I purchased this book. I was familiar with her writing style and I enjoyed it. It was the same way in this book. I always love her characters. She always has them be witty and sarcastic that makes me laugh out loud while reading her books --- much to other people's horror and fear. Noah, Wyatt's friend in this novel, made me crack up so much and I love him, he just a ball of energy and cuteness.
However, the clincher for me was the ghost aspect of it. Maybe it's the history buff in me; but, I love ghost tales. And I'm not talking about the ones that you hear around the campfire about some made up girl that haunts the high school hallways because she lost her cell phone, no, I'm talking about the ones that are rooted deep in history and Roux did her research. The ghost story (that I'm not going to tell you about because that would be major spoilers) that she weaves into this story kept my attention the most. Sure, there's romance in this book obviously, it tells you right in the summary; but, I honestly overlooked part of it because I was just so interested in the ghost tale. I'm sure other people were the opposite so it doesn't matter if you're a history nerd like more or a romantic, you could find something in this book you would like.
Overall, I would rate this book at a 9 out of 10. It was a tad short and a bit quick paced; but, its a nice 1 or 2 day read. My biggest complaint about this book is that there is no sequel! I want one so bad (and that, Page Turners, is how you know it's a good book).
Until the next page turn,