Grave Importance, by Vivian Shaw (audio)

As a favor to a friend (and a bit of vacation for herself), Greta Helsing takes over as director at a health and wellness spa for mummies in the south of France. There, she encounters an odd condition she’s never seen in her mummy patients. Unfortunately, that’s the least of her worries. Someone – or something – is still ripping holes in the fabric of reality. The apocalypse is on its way, and despite Hell’s best efforts (God is noticeably absent from Heaven), the damage is too deep to repair by conventional means.

I can’t say just how much I adored this book. It’s the third in the series, and while I was expecting this to be a series that could go for many volumes, I now think this is probably the finale. Boo! I would have loved to see more from this cast of characters. Greta Helsing is a treasure!! And Shaw’s writing – also a treasure. This next sentence is a bit of a spoiler, so I’m whiting it out and you can highlight to read: No other author puts the “deus” in deus ex machina so well! End spoiler.

Usually I can find at least some minor flaws in books that I love, but I don’t remember anything like that offhand with Grave Importance. It was brilliant all the way through – well thought out, with very human flawed characters (even the ones that aren’t actually human) and bad choices and strokes of luck. I adored the way Greta is dying to explore Hell (no pun intended), and how all the different planes of existence cooperate, and the evolution over time for some rather witless angels (ha!). Seriously, this series is 100% amazing from beginning to end. Start with Strange Practice. You won’t be disappointed.

Performance: Suzannah Hampton narrates the audiobook as she did the last two, and once again her performance is spot on.

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