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Dig Deep My Grave

(Viv and Charlie Mystery #3)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Radio star Vivian Witchell has finally mustered up the courage to invite her long-time love interest, Charlie, to meet her family at their luxurious cottage on Geneva Lake. But the visit goes terribly wrong when an old flame of Vivian's turns up dead--and it looks like Charlie might be the culprit. Set in the glittering world of the 1930s Chicago radio scene, Vivian is loc ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Sourcebooks
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Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy, mystery, romance
Viv takes Charlie to a garden party to meet her extended family. Unfortunately, they also run into an old flame of Viv’s. Charlie feels out of place there, among the wealthy social upper class, and Viv realizes inflicting her family on Charlie was a big mistake. That becomes even more evident when they stumble across a body. Author Cheryl Honigford has given her readers a delightful mystery with a touch of romance and some quite astonishing plot twists. So fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the rid ...more
While I enjoyed the first two of this series, this one fell flat for me. Maybe it's because we spent so much time in Viv's head, or the high number of repetitions. Or it could just be me, who knows? High society radio actress Viv introduces her lower-class boyfriend, private detective Charlie, to her relatives at a garden party at their summer estate. When Charlie is found over the dying body of Viv's long-ago love, he's accused of murder and jailed. Viv is supposed to be on her way to Los Angel ...more
I will not put this author at the top of my list, or at least not the Viv and Charlie Mystery series. I found some of the story quite readable but find myself wondering whether I respected the characters or not. Viv is a self-limiting character...she always ends up right back where she started, a little worse for wear, even.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The third in a series. I haven’t read the others yet, but reading this made me want to. I picked it up as a light mystery detective story to read and was not disappointed. It was much like reading a Georgette Heyer or Ashley Weaver book. The setting is 1939 America. Viv, the main character, is a well to do radio actress. Charlie is her detective boyfriend who comes from humbler beginnings. They’re clearly smitten with each other but their backgrounds are hard for both of them to come to terms wi ...more
Charlie is going to the big house. To meet his love's, Vivian Witchell, wealthy family. It's touted as a cottage but... it is not as small as it sounds. Plus, her first lover is there on the scene and seems to be making a play for her. Is that why he apparently ends up dead, stabbed, with Charlie holding the murder weapon?
Viv doesn't even hesitate. Even knowing that her tryout for a Hollywood screenplay is on the line, she's going to stick around and make sure that Charlie's proved innocent.
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Barb Martin
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Golly, Viv's former lover seems to have been murdered. Worse, Viv thinks she saw Charlie do the nasty deed. Gee, what's an up-and-coming radio actress to do? Why, jeopardize her career and life, of course.

For a change, Viv gets to solve the crime with minimal input from Charlie. Little action took place in the radio studio. Perhaps that's why this story felt incomplete. Or it could have been the rush to a conclusion.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, historical, mystery
Viv brings Charlie to a garden party to meet her family, not knowing that her ex is also there, and before long, the ex is dead and Charlie is holding the murder weapon. I liked that Viv gets to really dig deep and be the lead investigator, but it dragged a bit. I miss the radio station settings, and hope the next one returns to that. I also hope Viv's career stays one of her ambitions. ...more
Miriam Holsinger
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I actually finished this book within a day or two of starting it but left it on my "currently reading" list because I didn't really want to let it go. This series just kept getting better and better and now I have to wait until the next one comes out (if it ever does - no guarantees in this world and no news of a pending publication).

Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, mystery
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Tracy Smith
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm always looking for a new mystery series and this was very enjoyable. I thought it was the first, but it was actually the third installment set in depression-era Chicago. Interesting to learn more about live radio broadcasts that were the great entertainment of the day. ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
A cute easy romp for a mystery series the descriptions of post/pre war Chicago and the times are fun to read and the mystery wasn’t too difficult , but I did like her debut novel better a bit more fleshed out than her latest one but I’ll still read the others as they come out
Not as strong as the first two in this enjoyable series. Thus my 3.5 rating. Most of the story was set away from Chicago and the radio station and I of course wanted more Charlie. But we had some scenes aboard the Super Chief. Oh how would I have loved to travel on the famous route back then. Hoping for more in this series.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reading
Backstory on Viv's family and Viv's history. A pretty compelling mystery. More progress in Viv and Charlie's relationship. Solid novel and great story in the series. Highly recommend! But read the others first! ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was lacking pretty much everything from the other installments - developed plot, character personalities, details, charm....
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Still an interesting twist on a mystery because of the time setting. This story was not quite as good as the first two but I definitely want to keep reading them.
Barbara Bryant
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A period piece that feels true to the time (1930s) and place (Chicagoland). And the nod to Agatha Christie adds an appropriate plot twist without spoiling the mystery. What fun!
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5, I liked it, the best parts for me were the details about WI.
Chris Leuchtenburg
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mystery
A modern mystery in the golden age style. A nice mix of characters and atmosphere. DPL book
nikkia neil
Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC.

This series just gets deeper, more dangerous, and fun to read.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-myst
really enjoying this series!
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book's ending was so preposterous, I can't figure out if it's a joke or not. ...more
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Born and raised in Ohio, Cheryl Honigford has been writing stories since she could read (and telling stories even before that). She received her BA in Journalism, with a minor in English, from The Ohio State University.

She is the author of The Viv and Charlie Mystery series which includes The Darkness Knows (2016), Homicide for the Holidays (October 10, 2017), and Dig Deep My Grave (August 2018).


Other books in the series

Viv and Charlie Mystery (3 books)
  • The Darkness Knows (Viv and Charlie Mystery #1)
  • Homicide for the Holidays (Viv and Charlie Mystery, #2)

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