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What do shadows darting across the walls, cryptic writing, black fog, and a little girl who can see ghosts have in common? Paranormal investigator and soul without a body, Vincent Graves, has forty-four hours to find out. To make matters worse, his years of body-hopping and monster-hunting are catching up with him. He’s losing his mind. An old contact has shut him out. ToWhat do shadows darting across the walls, cryptic writing, black fog, and a little girl who can see ghosts have in common? Paranormal investigator and soul without a body, Vincent Graves, has forty-four hours to find out. To make matters worse, his years of body-hopping and monster-hunting are catching up with him. He’s losing his mind. An old contact has shut him out. To top it all off, something’s skulking through an asylum, killing patients. Three guesses who might be next, and the first two don’t count. The writing on the wall is not so clear. But one thing is: if he doesn’t figure this out he’s a dead man—well, deader—and a strange young girl might follow. Vincent’s got his back against a wall, and that wall’s crumbling. Some days it’s not worth it to wake up in someone else’s body. ...

Title : Grave Measures
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ISBN : 29919027
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Number of Pages : 334 Pages
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Grave Measures Reviews

  • J.D. Cunegan
    2019-04-18 23:23

    One of the reasons I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV show, not the movie) so much was the seamless way in which the tone constantly shifted. From tense to humorous to heartbreaking and back again, Buffy managed to weave all of life's great and terrible emotions into a fantastic tale that still felt personal.R.R. Virdi clearly has that same ability. Grave Measures, the follow-up to the fantastic Grave Beginnings, does the same thing. The stakes feel higher this time, even if Vincent Graves finds himself confined to an insane asylum, tracking down something that's killing patients. Much like the first book, Grave Measures is whimsical, hard-hitting, intense, and emotional... and every bit the page-turning romp Beginnings was.One need not to have read the first book to follow along with Measures, but those who have will be rewarded. The return of Camilla Ortiz was a pleasant surprise, and she has quickly made herself a personal favorite -- even as great as Vincent Graves himself is.There are no overly shocking revelations in this book, but a novel doesn't need to be shocking to be a quality read. There are plenty of breadcrumbs sprinkled along the way, fodder for future novels in the series, and I'm looking forward to seeing how everything unravels going forward.Virdi is a master at ensuring Graves has a voice all his own -- easy enough to do in the first-person narrative with a protagonist with no true identity. Still, Graves has a depth all his own, even with the snark and the one-liners, and his personal code -- which has evolved over the course of the first two books -- makes him more of a hero than I think he'd admit to.If you loved Grave Beginnings, you'll love Grave Measures just as much. Even if you didn't, Virdi has created a fantastic universe full of rich, interesting characters who are easy to root for. This is sort of Columbo meets Constantine, with a little bit of Buffy sprinkled in for effect... and the result is one of the best books I've read this year.Seriously, read this book.

  • Kate Post
    2019-03-31 19:40

    Grave Measures deftly darts around the "second book is a filler" stereotype by continuing to be action-packed and engaging. A step up from Grave Beginnings, this book will leave you on the edge of your seat while your mind gets a workout imagining new and exciting things. Characters are great, story is engaging, pacing is spot-on. Another win for R.R. Virdi!

  • Kristan Cannon
    2019-03-31 17:42

    Virdi has this ability to create literary alchemy.Urban fantasy... but not. It's a mixture of Film Noir and Urban Fantasy, but almost like there is a bit of CSI and Quantum Leap all mixed in there. It's so difficult to define what it is but you just want more of it.As if that wasn't enough it was so well written and paced. If you're looking for something new, exciting but just familiar enough to not be left adrift this is your next series.

  • M.A. Kropp
    2019-03-19 21:37

    Vincent Graves is back. This time, he wakes up in the body of Charles, who is in a mental institution. All Vincent knows, as usual, is that Charles is dead (otherwise Vincent would not be inhabiting his body) and that his death was caused by a supernatural being. Vincent's "handler", the enigmatic as ever Church, gives Vincent forty hours to solve the mystery. Along the way, Vincent connects with an old friend, makes a few new ones, and runs into an assortment of supernatural entities, some willing to help him and some-well, not so much. If Vincent doesn't find and defeat the killer before his forty hours are up, he will be dead for real.I like the Grave Report series, really I do. It's a clever idea: Vincent Graves (not his real name; he has no memory of his real name or past) is a soul without a body. He was killed by some sort of supernatural being, and now is sent to inhabit the bodies of others who have died by supernatural means. He has a time limit for solving the puzzle of what is preying on humankind and eliminate it. If he fails, he will die- for real. The premise is intriguing, the urban fantasy setting is real world enough and blends the supernatural elements well, and the characters are, generally speaking, interesting.So, what's the problem? Well, the writing, actually. It just tries too hard. To be clever. To be witty. To be sharp. And, too often, it fails to be any of those. Sentences are often clunky and convoluted. The narration steps back from the story to explain either backstory, or a character's emotional state, or, in a few cases, a joke. And if you have to explain the joke... All of that takes away from the action and slows the reader down. There are also a lot of pop culture references that unfortunately seem to be in there for effect rather than as part of the character's personality. Every time the author uses the noun "pang" as a verb, I was popped out of the story while I winced. I hoped some of these issues, which I had with the first book also, would have been solved at least a little in this one.This series has real potential. The base idea is clever and original. The supernatural world and its inhabitants are, for the most part, intriguing. Characters are good, though some lean a bit too hard on tropes. But the ideas are good, the plot is thought out, and the action, where it is allowed to run through its full course, is fast-paced. A bit more care in the writing, and this could be a really good series.

  • E.A. Copen
    2019-04-16 01:27

    *updated review as of 9/19* Yes, I read this twice. And there was one particular reason I did...That ending. There is a section in there about defining fear and it's a message everyone should take to heart. More than that, this is a wildly entertaining book. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll see Church...So what more do you want? A truly terrifying monster? I hate this guy. Snark? Well, this has it in spades. A hell of a foxy lady? Just stick around and see.. And I hope we get to see more of Lizzie down the road. This book warranted a re-read for sure. The perfect follow up to a great opener, Grave Measures is one insane ride...pun intended.Vincent Graves is a disembodied soul who solves murders with the help of his enigmatic guide, Church. This installment sees the return of a beloved character from the first book and the addition of a wonderfully animated little girl who sees ghosts.I don't know how he did it but Virdi managed to exceed my expectations with Grave Measures and I set the bar pretty high. A few people have compared his writing to that of Jim Butcher but I think R.R. Virdi is a voice all his own. And what a voice it is. He's one madly talented writer with one hell of a story to tell. This had me on the edge of my seat.

  • Valerie Roberson
    2019-03-27 22:42

    Again R.R. Virdi wrote a book that has you at the edge of your seat, turning the next page as fast as you can. Mystery, Suspense and some action comes to life in this fantastic book. Who can beat that and with Monsters and ghosts to boot.Vincent Graves' body this time ends up in an Asylum in a straight jacket with the name of Charles. As he walked around to get a feel of the place, a scream rang out and he headed for it. On the way he meets a little girl named Lizzie. Lizzie has a special talent with ghost's. They become friends and before Charles knows it, she is helping him fight monsters. She has lost everybody, her parents and her sister, who is trapped in the asylum some where. They have to call on her friends to help free her sister and fight shadow monsters. Later as Charles is walking down the hall, he can't believe who he see's. Can it be? Will she put two and two together and figure out who he really is? And if so, will she keep his secret? Yes, it's Ortiz and she is there recovering from 6 months prior working with Vincent. This doesn't set well with him. Guilt knots up his stomach and he hopes she won't want to help this time, wrong! He should of known better. So the three of them set out to find out what kind of monster they are dealing with. As they track it down, they follow it into the nerevene and see why the monster is making it look like the patients are dying from a heart attack and not the monster or so it seems. They run into trouble more than once, but work together and fight. Vincent learns a few things on this case and is going to regret his deal that he made in the near future.Looking forward to the next book to see what happens next!

  • Robert Saunders
    2019-04-08 01:44

    A follow up success to the first novel, Grave Beginnings. Premise/plot: Vincent Graves finds himself in the body of a mental patient, clearly dead and restrained before death. He is suffering through the aftermath of the character's death and is struggling to free himself of a straitjacket. He succeeds pulling from his reserve of eclectic and diverse skillset obtained from changing bodies and inheriting memories. As per usual, he heads to his point of contact, Church, in a local body/place of worship. He finds him and begins his case with a more generous time frame than in book one. It's not done out of charity, but necessity. He face larger, and more challenging obstacles. The asylum staff seem oblivious to the woes of the patients who are crying, "Monster!" It's to be expected given the scenario. Vincent is left having to resort to his own wits and the few allies he can find in first, tackling the problem of shadows that seem to be moving of their own accord, and, something larger and more sinister manipulating everything inside the hospital as well as being responsible for the deaths of the patients. I am waiting on pins and needles for the next installment. This is certainly a series to be reading between the waits for the next Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne and, Simon R. Green novels. It continues a long standing tradition of dark, gritty fantasy in a modern setting that I can recall growing up with from noir detective novels to darker comics that made their return in the early 90's. You will be glad you read these.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-10 22:40

    Great book, bad taste in breakfast foodsPros: I love Vincent and all his quips! Book 1 was great, but this one definitely feels more polished, and is really coming into its style. I was also a lot more drawn into the setting. Also, just a pet peeve I have with mysteries/investigation-type books in general: lots of times the "answer" is just something pulled from absolutely nowhere. I loved that here you were given all the clues you needed to figure it out without being beaten over the head with it. I can't wait to find out more about his past! Cons: Sometimes it's hard to relate to Graves - like when he denies that Cap'n Crunch is the most delicious cereal and is totally worth a little bit of mouth shredding. Other Thoughts: I was reading Grave Measures and Summer Knight (of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files) at the same time. SK was on audible and GM was on the Kindle so there were sometimes I could only read one or the other, but when I had the choice, these two were fighting tooth and nail for my attention. SK is by far my favorite of the Dresden Files so far, and Grave Measures certainly holds its own against it. I finished SK less than a day before GM.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-15 22:20

    “Good job, Robin,” she quipped. I glared. There is no reality, no train of thought, no plane of existence where I am not the goddamned Batman. I kept this to myself, of course. Batman doesn’t tell others he’s Batman. Everyone just knows it. And they should. ” ― R.R. Virdi, Grave MeasuresVincent Graves is back in the flesh, and this time a straight jacket! Then things are amiss in an asylum and Graves is the only hope for its inhabitants. In this second installment of the Grave Report we get to see a little more into Graves mind. The concept of the "haunted asylum" is one that has been used for years and Virdi managed to breath new life into it. This is another fast paced thrill ride into the supernatural with some new characters and twists along with a more familiar individual (no spoilers I promise). As someone who can usually see an end coming a mile away I am happy to say that yet again Virdi managed to surprise me. I simply can't wait to see what he has in store next for Graves and simply delight in the characters he creates. I have to admit to a small crush on Graves of course. Here's to hoping for number 3 soon!

  • Kevin Manke
    2019-04-17 01:17

    Book two is an interesting spin after one. Slower on the running around fighting action at first, deeper on the suspense, thrillers, detective snooping around a mental asylum, and even a slow build up of horror. I loved it.The story is picking up, new characters and threats, a spirit world, like in my urban fantasies, along ours. I like the different touch in here in how it's always growing, like our own universe. Virdi asserts that there is no end to his, Neravene, and that it grows out of need. Each monster has their own bubble/safe space to retreat to. So it grows per monster, but also contains growing realms and worlds of mythologies that change based on warfare, acquisition of new lands, and a lot more.The second book has a lot of adventuring for when you think they'd be confined to a famous institution in new york. It was very well done.

  • Santana Young
    2019-04-14 21:18

    R.R. Virdi is at it again! This is another fantastic page turner! I loved Grave Beginnings but Grave Measures takes it to a whole new level of awesome!The idea of using a mental hospital as a place for nasties to prey on people is unique and gives the story a fun layer. Vincent Graves will have you laughing at his silliness but there are plenty of heart-felt moments. The monster for this book was definitely something new and interesting! (Trying not to spoil what it was!) I really hope we see Lizzie some more and can't wait to see those open ends we're left with (Both with the bombshell Church left us with and with the kitsune) resolved!

  • Molly Bronson
    2019-04-17 19:18

    Interesting departure from the first book's city/New York feeling. Still takes place in the same state, but the entire novel is relegated to a mental asylum setting. I applaud the sensitivity the author took in portraying the patients as a variety of people struggling, not tropes and played up silly archetypes of people that some television shows have/do do. The pacing was smoother than the first book. The build up was better executed. This one felt more detective/suspense/horror than the first. Still had its moments of fairy tale monster/creature wonder with the introduction of the Neravene--spirit world.

  • Guinevere Sowell
    2019-03-27 17:45

    Book two makes the series shine. Where's book three? Solid execution of plot. The rough patches from book one are gone. Vincent's matured, having gone through tons in the first novel, and enduring worse in book two. No spoilers, but some very pleasant returnings happen here. :) It made me a happy reader to see things weren't left off on empty edges after the ending of the first novel. The writing is tighter, and unlike book one, I couldn't guess the monster in question, or the identity. Great use of red herrings and chekov's gun. The dialogue is crisper, and I find myself falling deeper in love with Vincent and his world. 5/5

  • Michelle Christie
    2019-04-06 18:17

    Continues to impressBook two is even better than the first and reads like later Dresden Files books. Deeper plot and more things going on at the same time. The author's technique has improved in writing and storytelling. More is going on all at the same time. Vincent's personal story line is progressing, both his future and his past, the case that is going on, and the building of the series that is definitely happening. A great story. Read it.

  • C.H. Knyght
    2019-03-31 00:22

    Read this a while back, but it's worth writing the review here too. Vincent Graves is back, with the clock once again counting inexorably down, as he races to solve the case before even more people die. Virdi is a snark master in this urban fantasy tale.

  • LarryLoveday
    2019-04-16 23:18

    As good as the firstI enjoyed this book almost as much as book one of The Grave Report. Vincent and Ortiz are such great characters, and they work so well together. Can't wait to see what happens in book three.

  • Katey Beers
    2019-04-14 01:22

    Just as good as book one. Wonderful story, bit scarier, lots of action and new surprises. Great!

  • Anna Wells
    2019-03-21 20:34

    It was as good as book one. Interesting, mysterious, fun paranormal detective stuff. This time it was in a mental asylum. New myths I wasn't familiar with.

  • Andoni Garcia
    2019-04-14 23:23

    Better than book one. Vincent has more time, but a harder case. Newer creatures, higher stakes, and bigger problems. Excellent.

  • Deborah Witter
    2019-04-01 22:39

    EVen better than the first. Though it takes on a touch of a horror story element through it. The suspense kept me turning through Vincent's case and struggled. Bravo!

  • Harpreet
    2019-04-13 22:35

    4/5 Good book. Good pacing. Better than the first. Engaging. Fun to read.

  • Dana Carrigan
    2019-04-19 22:21

    Hurry up and make the tv show!

  • Shane Panzatis
    2019-03-21 01:27

    Vincent is now trapped in the body of a mental asylum patient (not spoilers read the sample if you want) and has 44 hours to solve a new murder. Instead of the open streets of New York to hunt his prey, the tables are turned. He's in confined quarters, and even rooms, while being hunted by a monster. Nightmares aren't figments of your imagination in this place. I'll leave it at that. It's a great add on to book one and you can see Virdi is taking this series somewhere wonderful. As before, this is what to read in between or with your Dresden fix.

  • Christine
    2019-03-24 23:17

    A stunning follow up to book one. I normally don't write reviews but I had to for this. Dark, fun, and pushes Vincent mentally and physically, breaking him down on a lot of levels to reforge him better. A great novel

  • Zara
    2019-03-28 19:16

    This novel is amazing! A scarier ride into the paranormal world with creatures I didn't know of before. It still has the Jim Butcher, Person of Interest feel but with a new tone for this book. There's an added horror element that's not over done to change the genre and feel. It just adds to it. In the first book Vincent is the hunter chasing down the monster. In this one, he's the prey! Read it!

  • Cat Leja
    2019-04-14 00:42

    This book picks up 6 months after grave beginnings. Things get darker fast. Vincent's suffering from the effects of a monster from the moment he wakes up. And, it lasts through the novel. R.R. Virdi has seriously improved since the first book. The overall plot was genius in how it was pulled off. There are more clues sprinkled through the entire novel but now not as obvious. But, after the big reveal, if you go back and read the book, you will see they were all there.Something is driving people crazy in a mental asylum and it's after Vincent not to mention other patients. There are shadow monsters running across the walls also targeting something...something surprising. New characters and new directions in the plot make this a fantastic edition. Book two is better. I cant wait for number three!

  • Anda
    2019-03-23 21:31

    Very much like Jim Butcher, Fables, and Supernatural

  • Anthony
    2019-04-09 19:26

    Well deserves its award nomination! It's better than book one, and in fact, I'd put it higher than some of Butcher's earlier works in writing skill and the plot structure. Virdi's first book was rougher in comparison, but that was still a five star read. This would be a six were it an option.Darker, more on the horror side but with enough humor and fast paced action to keep its thriller action vibe from book one. The stakes are raised in this book, and we see that the author paid attention to the events of book one to ensure that the readers have explanations and consequences to follow in this novel.I'm eagerly awaiting the next.

  • Bob James
    2019-03-31 17:35

    I can’t imagine anything worse than waking up dead. Well, ok, you could wake up dead in a mental hospital. Want it worse? You could wake up dead in a mental hospital, in a strait jacket, and find out that one of the patients is someone who worked with you in the past…and that’s the reason she’s in the hospital. Yep, Vincent Graves is at it again. Grave Measures is the second book in The Grave Reports series and R. R. Virdi outdoes himself in this tale. Patients are dying without explanation and Vincent Graves comes back as one of the dead patients. (Can you imagine the confusion for the staff and the other patients who knew that Charles had died. Who would they tell without someone thinking they were crazy?) At least this time it didn’t take Vincent too long to learn something about his body. And when he runs into the mysterious Church, he’s given 44 hours to solve the paranormal crime. Helped once again by Agent Ortiz who had didn’t realize she had worked with Graves before, you know, the new body thing, she puts Vincent in a class of guys with tattoos on their arms. They pick up a child who converses with ghosts, especially her own sister, and embark on a case that involves many trips into Virdi’s fantasy world: the Neravene. The “extra time” Graves gets to solve this case is needed because Neravene time does not run at the same level as our time. Well that, and the story gets complicated. Graves and friends race against time knowing that anyone of them could be the next victim. They chase the killer down through long forgotten passage ways of the hospital trying to save the little girl before it’s too late. As appears to be the case with Vincent Graves, cleaning up the mess creates an even bigger mess before it’s all over. The action is hot and heavy in this story so get yourself a nice, cool glass of ice water, sit back, and enjoy the book. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, Grave Measures was nominated for a Dragon Award!

  • Natalie Perez
    2019-03-30 18:33

    Like the first novel, another four stars. The prose is better this time around as is the storytelling. The plot was deeper and I couldn't figure a thing out. Once the reveal was done, everything added up. Virdi has clearly worked hard to improve his craft, and it shows marvelously.The tone was darker this time around and the pacing seemed to slow in the visceral action sense. However, it help up in a more menacing, and suspense manner. It was now the promise of what could happen, what waits around the corner, rather than being chased or doing the chasing. It was a risk on the author's part, but it paid off as far as I'm concerned.There is more character depth and growth in this novel which is something I'm pleased about. Choices from the first novel clearly have consequences to be dealt with in the second. As it should be. The humor and sarcasm remain in the story/series and I find Vincent to still be grating at times, but other reviewers clearly have no issue with it. So, it's mostly just me it seems. I wish he would stop being a bit of a child at times, but, he's made a note that this is how he deals with danger. It becomes clear that he can't help it. I've known people who do process fear and danger this way. So it's not unbelievable. It's just not something for me.Again, I do feel that for some, these would be glowing five star books. The use of existing and new mythology for me was once again handled well. Seamless blending of things I'm aware about, sometimes tacking on a new spin, and, some new monsters with creative twists of their own.Another solid addition to his series. I think the biggest thing keeping me from giving a five stars to these books would be the wise ass remarks, pop culture references, and, the genre. I do enjoy the books, but I'm wondering now what the author could do if he chose to write a real mystery novel set in a normal environment sans the monsters and magic genre. That would be something I would love to give a read to.