The Gravedigger's Brawl

The Gravedigger's Brawl - Abigail Roux You’d think two men couldn’t be more different than Wyatt and Ash. Where Ash is outgoing, Wyatt is reserved. Where Ash is laid-back, Wyatt is apprehensive. Where Ash revels in his job and just enjoys making a living from what he loves doing anyway, Wyatt tends to bury himself in his work and to take himself and his job overly seriously. While it might’ve been a case of opposites attract between them at first, they soon discover they’re not that different after all. It’s not only their mutual interest in history or the fact that they, apparently, go very well together in bed. Or that they’re both gifted with a fast, sparkling wit that makes for some delicious banter between them. In his own way, either of them is a very intense character; both are capable of letting themselves be taken up in something. Of the two, Wyatt is the one who shows the more visible character growth, but Ash doesn’t get off unchanged either, if only for the fact that he’s the one who personally suffers the most harm from the supernatural powers that are at work here.This book actually had another main character, the house itself. It weren’t only the people who worked at Gravedigger’s, nor the tavern’s customers who breathed life into it, the building seemed to have a capricious, stubborn personality of its own that went beyond the alleged haunting. With its history and its particularities it was the perfect setting for this book, offering just the right mix of reasonable deniability and obscure phenomena to create a fittingly eerie mood.Despite the “ghost” theme, this book wasn’t gloomy at all. Yes, strange and sometimes disturbing things happened in the story, but the characters still retained their humor, their optimism and the pure joy that comes from being alive. Even though it’s set in Richmond, Virginia, this book reminded me a little of New Orleans. Rich with mystery and history, dark and sparkling with life like a New Orleans funeral procession.This story had enough goosebump to make it pleasantly creepy, yet not so much that I’d have wanted to hide under the bed. It had magic and ghostliness, glow-in-the-dark flying bottles and an angel being groped by a horned demon, a museum curator who could’ve been Indiana Jones’s grandson and a couple of villains Alfred Hitchcock could’ve taken lessons from. Not to mention a colorful cast of supportive characters some of which were headstrong enough to merit their own stories.Full Review at