Synopsis from Amazon:
Another day, another hijacked body. And just 13 hours to solve a murder…
Detective Vincent Graves has made a habit of dying. Waking up in someone else’s body isn’t pleasant, especially when it's inside a coffin with tons of dirt pressing down on it. Once he’s out, he learns his soul has 13 hours to find the borrowed body’s killer.
With the help of a brilliant FBI agent, Vincent’s quest for clues leads to a looming supernatural presence. And escaping the dark threat may be impossible with his ever-ticking clock…
Can Vincent close the case in time, or will a powerful being make him rest in peace for good?
As intrigued as I was by the blurb, I have to say, it did the job of drawing interest while revealing nothing of the impending adventure awaiting!
Vincent Graves typically begins each of his countless lives in a grave. His body died long ago, but his soul lives on at the behest of a higher power that commissions him to inhabit a recently-deceased-by-mysterious-supernatural-causes body and interact with beings of supernatural lore to solve the murder and catch the killer.
Oh, and he has a time limit for the investigation, or his soul dies forever.
From the instant Vincent bursts out of the grave of his latest body, Virdi hurls the reader into a spectacular world through the eyes of a character whose appearance and thus identity is not his own, with characters so vivid that I felt like I was watching a TV show and laughing the whole time.
Graves is just the right level of uncouth cynic (read: much swearing... but it's prodigious, not superfluous, so it was easy to censor or ignore and it really got the character across) as you would expect a forcibly re-embodied soul who's done this sort of thing too many times to count, with insufficient explanation and fewer supplies in a mission with his shortest time limit yet! Virdi's clever treatment of such supernatural tropes as wraiths, ghosts, Elementals, and gnomes lends that air of legitimacy that makes the supernatural/sci-fi/fantasy genre such a pleasure to read.
Hang on to your hats, folks, 'cause this will be the ride of a lifetime!
Further Reading: (Supernatural/Paranormal Investigations/Urban Fantasy)
The Grave Reports--R. R. Virdi
-Grave Beginnings (this book)
-The Longest Night Watch, Volume 1--Lacey D. Sutton (Editor)
-Notna--J. D. Cunegan
The Jill Andersen Series--J. D. Cunegan
-Behind the Badge
-Charon, Unguarded--A. H. Johnstone
Stories of Togas, Daggers And Magic--Assaph Mehr
-Murder in Absentia
Alexi Sokolsky: Hound of Eden--James Osiris Baldwin
Judah Black Series--E. A. Copen
-Guilty By Association
The LouisiAngel Series--C. L. Coffey
-Angel in Training
The Runespells Series--Sarah Buhrman