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-- Winner of Best Book of 2015 A Drop of Ink Reviews

"I believe R.R. Virdi belongs with other Urban Fantasy greats like Jim Butcher. The Grave Report is sure to go far and only pick up more fans with each successful novel. I can't wait to see where R.R. Virdi will take us next." - A Drop Of Ink Reviews

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Paperback, 312 pages
Published November 4th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 19th 2013)
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Malinda
May 12, 2014 Malinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love paranormal reads I'm what you would call a paranormal fangirl, but they were becoming boring and repetitive. Grave Beginnings reawakened my love and passion for this particular genre. The plot and concept grabbed me right from the start.I could not turn the pages fast enough. In this story we follow a soul stuck in limbo who calls himself Vincent Graves a paranormal investigator. He is tasked with solving the murders of those killed by the supernatural by inhabiting their ...more
Chris
May 04, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
R.R. Virdi has managed to craft a story that is thrilling, accessible, and intelligent without forgetting that these types of books are supposed to be, above all, fun. Grave Beginnings is instantly fun and thrilling in the first paragraph and doesn't stop until the end.

First of all the plot is wonderful in its simplicity, it doesn't try to bash you over with exposition like some eBook authors have a tendency to do. He shoves you right into the plot and expects you to keep up and figure the worl
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Leslie
Dec 02, 2015 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 limi
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Ariane Galloway
Apr 20, 2015 Ariane Galloway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just like you can't look at lobsters the same way after biology class, you can't look at others' writing the same way once it's what you spend your time doing. It's kind of a curse. But, once in a while, a story exceeds your expectations and makes you forget to take your writerly notes and just enjoy it. The Grave Report is one of those stories! I loved the main character's sense of humor through all that he goes through, showing he's been in tighter places than this. But even a seasoned, ...more
Charlene
Dec 18, 2014 Charlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Grave Beginnings is the start to what I hope becomes a new successful paranormal series. Break neck pacing, cutting witty dialogue and boundless sarcasm. What's not to love? The main character is a disembodied soul named Vincent Graves, but wait, that's not his real name! It's one he's conjured up himself. He's forgotten his own name and identity. Why? Because he's a soul forced to hop into the bodies of those murdered by monsters. His job, obvious! He takes over the bodies of those recently ...more
Katherine Hollins
Fast paced, hard hitting, witty and snarky. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, I will say off the bat that there were a few editing mistakes that looked like word's spell check rewrote them but it didn't detract from the novel in the slightest. I've found errors in traditional hardbacks so for a 99 cent ebook I let it slide. Now for why I enjoyed the story, SPOILERS!!!!!


The story was truly unique and I loved how it was pulled off. Vincent Graves ( the protagonist) is a soul without a body, you're
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Bwkwrm
Apr 03, 2015 Bwkwrm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never ever read anything like this novel before and that is a great thing! It was so different, a blend of science fiction, supernatural and mystery. It is very much it's own unique wonderful world that seems so much like ours. This novel gave me the sense that I could walk down the street and at any moment, my world could change into one with monsters and magic. Its set in modern day new york and follows the cases of Vincent Graves. He's a soul without a body. We don't know what killed ...more
Jessica
Jan 07, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right from the opening chapter I was grabbed by the collar and thrown into a wild ride of a story. This was a really, really fun read! The concept was unique and that opening chapter was the perfect way to introduce us to Vincent Graves. Graves (not his real name) is a paranormal investigator who soul hops into the bodies of those murdered/killed through supernatural means. His task is to solve the crime, but there's a catch! He has only a certain amount of time to break the case. In this story ...more
Erin
Jan 20, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meet Vincent Graves. Who is he? He’s not 100% sure himself. All he knows is he died under “strange and mysterious circumstances” awhile back. Now, his soul is bounced back into newly deceased bodies whose previous owners also died under “strange and mysterious circumstances.” He learned real quick that meant the same as “supernatural.” He has bounced in and out of so many people, he’s not even sure who he was anymore, however, he at least gets to retain some of the memories and skills of the ...more
J.D. Cunegan
Dec 10, 2015 J.D. Cunegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hardly ever breeze through books anymore. That's not an indictment of the quality of the books I read, but between a full-time job, writing/editing three manuscripts at once, and several other interests, it takes a bit to hold my interest and focus enough to actually tackle something on my TBR list.

But Grave Beginnings sucked me in immediately, and I found myself reading one of the best, most interesting murder mysteries I've read in a long, long time. R.R. Virdi has created a fantastic world
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Sarah Anderson
May 24, 2015 Sarah Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel was a wild ride: fun, from start to finish.
The plot was gripping, the characters relatable, and the fast pace made it almost impossible to put down. The concept itself was like nothing I've ever read before, and the story was colorful and imaginative. It is strewn with pop culture references which delight the reader even in the darkest of moments.
It was, in places, somewhat predictable, and the description was sometimes a little lengthy, but it didn't distract from the overall arc of
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Casey Griffith
Jul 11, 2015 Casey Griffith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grave Beginnings is a high octane adventure that keeps the hits coming from page one. Most Urban Fantasy books have close to the same gimmicks. Wizards, Witches, Vampire Hunters.

R.R. Virdi, though, gives a unique protagonist that can take a hit as good as Harry Dresden, has the smarts of Anita Blake, and the tenacity to keep going to the very end.

The Antagonist also ends up being a unique being who throws our Hero some curve balls in his search for answers and it doesn't help that our Heroes bo
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C.D. Coffelt
Mar 10, 2014 C.D. Coffelt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vincent Graves probably isn’t his real name. But he’s used it so many years he’d forgotten his own. He’s a soul and he investigates murders using memories of the deceased.

This latest case is driving him bonkers though. Someone is trying to kill him. Again.

Fast paced, humorous, with action and drama on every page and paragraph, this paranormal thriller is reminiscent of one of my all-time favorite authors. I absolutely agree with one of the reviews. This is like Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files bu
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Kelly Cox
Jul 14, 2014 Kelly Cox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had bee hooked from the first page. The concept is original but familiar at the same time. The pace of the book was good over all. Although a couple places dragged. The mystery was complex enough I almost didn't figure it out. It was close though.

I loved the character of Graves. You can tell that he was well thought out. Church is a wonderful sidekick type. The interactions between them were some of my favorites.

My only compliant is there isn't another book. I would love to read more
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Elizabeth
Jun 13, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This book is absolutely fantastic! This was an absolutely amazing story! I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone! The character interactions are fantastic and I LOVE this pop culture references (STILL NOT A GINGER!) EVERYONE should read this book.
Anne Young
Oct 11, 2016 Anne Young rated it it was amazing
I'm going to start off saying that I am not typically an urban fantasy reader. However, this book was recommended and once I heard what it was about, I thought, "What a cool concept!"

R.R. Virdi doesn't disappoint! I have to say, his work grabbed me harder than the first time I read Jim Butcher's work. The book is fun throughout the whole ride with Vincent Graves providing wonderful snarky humor. The byplay between Graves and the other characters is also a ton of fun. It makes you want to know al
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Neoprimal
Dec 12, 2014 Neoprimal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grave Beginnings carries Grave Potential with it! Seriously good stuff. A edge of your seat supernatural thriller with wit, cool magic, never before seen premise. at least not by me. and so much more! Its a high octane cocktail of old school noire detective novels set in the very urban and modern new york, except this new york has monsters! And ones that im not going to reveal but my god are they a refresher from the tween stuff you see today and the over done vampire werewolves tropes. none of ...more
Sarah
Sep 23, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
*Received Free during a promotion*

I got this book in exchange for an honest review. Where to start? First person is not something I'm used to and it was a bit jarring at first. Pretty soon though I was caught up in it. It's like reading a comic honestly. You get descriptions of what's going on as well as the main characters thoughts and point of view on things. It took a while but now I'm a fan.

Honestly I thought this book was a mystery at first and very quickly it started seeming like Buffy o
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Emerald
Sep 16, 2016 Emerald rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
The story line of this book, the idea behind it, is worth five stars. If I were to base my rating on the format, the rhythm of the story telling, the grammatical errors...the breaking of the 4th wall (that REALLY annoyed me) ....that would be a 2 or 3 star. I'm giving this a 4 star because I think the author has a lot of potential, and can't wait to see what he writes in the future.
Chelo Biggerstaff
Jun 13, 2015 Chelo Biggerstaff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's start with a disclaimer: I rarely give five stars and the site doesn't let me give 4.5. Five stars are books I immediately want to pick up and read again. This doesn't quite hit that standard, but it comes close.

Vincent Graves is a relatively simple man in a relatively UN-simple situation. I love the fact that the character is all surface thoughts and pop culture. Occasionally I twitched when a mythological being suddenly appeared in an unknown form, but never to the point where I wanted t
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Alexey
May 20, 2015 Alexey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I met the author at his day job and he told me to check out his novel after we got to talking about books. I read it and came to the same conclusion as so many others here. Its fantastic and deserves to be a show, one of the few paranormal things that takes this genre back to its origins, or close to them anyways. Its not teen drama, misunderstood vampires, touchy feely werewolves or for gods sake, teenage girls and their love triangles. Its about something deeper. A soul. A particular one in ...more
Barbara Groh
Mar 28, 2015 Barbara Groh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with this book and feel so sorry for Vincent, the main character, I didn't know an author could be so cruel to their characters! Poor Vincent is a man with serious memory issues, so like most men. He is a soul who if forced to go into the bodies of people murdered by monsters, solve their murders for them all while trying to figure out what killed him in the first place. He's done it so much that he's collected so many of other peoples memories, that he doesn't have any left of ...more
Katarina Ellenson
Jul 22, 2016 Katarina Ellenson rated it it was amazing
This was such a treat! A perfect blend of old style detective novels without the misogynistic, sexist tones that colored so much of the early detective writers, mixed in with a bit of Danielle Steel, and a world like Patricia Briggs of paranormal fantasy.

Vincent Graves is a grumpy, snarky, wise cracking detective who has a problem. He's a soul without a body and he has thirteen hours to solve a string of strange occurrences and a few murders happening in Manhattan. He's helped along the way by
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Tom Johnston
Oct 13, 2015 Tom Johnston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it for the fresh and original language and banter. If you like mysteries with a sense of place, and a paranormal theme, you will be reading this author in a few years after a couple more books polish his writing and he is discovered. What fun to join the party now and grow up with a lively author!
"I swear I got cavities just from her tone of voice alone." "She looked alarmed. It was a good look on her. A better look would have been dead, like really permanently dead, but we were getting th
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J.R. Gershen-Siegel
Jul 29, 2016 J.R. Gershen-Siegel rated it really liked it
Great book, and it's hard to believe it is a first novel.

R. R. Virdi does a magnificent job in getting the reader engrossed in the story and turning pages. The series is well set up and it makes sense there would be a sequel (Grave Measures, which is on my to-be-read pile). There could also be prequels.

My sole quibble is regarding the character of Ortiz, who I felt could have gotten more dimension and depth. This is not the main character, yes, but she is in enough scenes and has enough 'screen
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Lunaticskitten
Jun 29, 2014 Lunaticskitten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very unique take on a popular genre. Graves is an entertaining main character, and his 'sidekick' is a wonderful addition to the story. The paranormal and supernatural entities shown are familiar, and yet worked in a way that is less so, which proves a very creative story. This is action packed and funny, without being too cheesy, and plays fun with some cliches while also showing a novel (forgive the pun) view of things. I am eagerly awaiting the next book!
Gail
Apr 04, 2015 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Next book please! Wow this was so much fun. I loved it, quick fast page turner, action on every page. And the jokes omg the jokes made me laugh so hard. hilarious dialogue and creative cussing. I want to know more about Vincents back story and Church, definitely want to know more about him, I think he's a cutie. I loved this and am waiting on pins and needles for book two, youll love it too!
B.R. Young
Dec 08, 2014 B.R. Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Grave Beginnings is by far one of the greatest paranormal books i have ever had the pleasure of reading. Vincent Graves is a mix of Castle and Anita Blake rolled into one badda$$ being. Virdi takes you to a place never seen before and i for one cannot wait to see where else this world will go in the future. I have high hopes for the Virdi and the world of the Grave Report.
Yvonne
Feb 28, 2016 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I've read this genre, and I really loved it! It's fast-paced, full of excitement and adventure, and the story is well told. The author is descriptive and his style really drew me into the story. I never read anything like it, and I'm anxiously awaiting book two in the series, "Grave Measures"!!!
Erica Brighton
Mar 29, 2015 Erica Brighton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had an amazing weekend wrapped up and reading this book. For 99 cents its a steal! It feels like a newer fresher take on the X files and older sci fi fantasy monster mashup genres set in an urban environment. Fantastic read! Id recommend it to everyone
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R.R Virdi is the Dragon Award-Nominated author of, The Grave Report, a paranormal investigator series set in the great state of New York. The second novel in the series, Grave Measures, was a finalist for the 2016 Dragon Awards under Best Fantasy (Paranormal) category.

He has worked in the automotive industry as a mechanic, retail, and currently works building custom gaming computers as he continue
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