Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Review of THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD by Darynda Jones

Third Grave Dead Ahead
(Charley Davidson, #3)
by Darynda Jones

Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Length: 320 pages


Rating: 5♥s Outstanding/Don't Miss
Sensuality: Mild
Cover: 4♥s
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

If you haven't started reading the Charley Davidson series then run, don't walk, to your nearest online or brick and mortar bookstore. Right now. You don't want to miss this series. 

Still with me? Have you read First Grave On The Right and Second Grave On the Left? If not, be warned that there are spoilers from the first two books ahead. I don't suggest reading Third Grave Dead Ahead as a standalone book.


 Some days the light at the end of the tunnel is a train.--T-shirt

Charley Davidson, private investigator and grim reaper, is virtually mainlining coffee in order to stay awake. She's been awake for almost two weeks straight as the book opens. If she falls asleep, she inadvertently summons the sexy son of Satan, Reyes Farrow. And Reyes is angry at Charley because she bound his spirit to his corporeal body to prevent him from committing suicide. Both revenge and seduction are on Reyes's mind.

Charley takes a case searching for the missing wife of a doctor with a suspicious past, and has a run-in with a biker gang at a haunted asylum. Series-changing events and betrayals by those she loves turn her world upside-down.


I strode toward Mr. Coffee with lust in my eyes. We'd had a thing for quite some time now, Mr. Coffee and I …
 Third Grave Dead Ahead is stuffed full of Darynda Jones's signature humor, much of it surrounding Charley's efforts to stay awake. You'll find yourself bursting out laughing and then sheepishly looking around to see who heard you.
[I]t was a good two-hour drive from Albuquerque, which explained why it took me a little over an hour to get there.
And, as usual, Charley is a kick-butt heroine who gets her butt kicked on a regular basis. The predicaments and danger that she gets into will keep you turning page after page long after you should have put your book or e-reader down.
Never trust a man with a penis.
The case of the missing wife takes a back seat to the real meat of the book, which is the way Charley is used by those she loves. The actions of those characters (unnamed to prevent spoilers) and the results of those actions shake up her world. Although she gains a surprising ally, irreparable damage might have been done with others. Thank goodness for the humor that provides comic relief, because the book is also a tear-jerker. Keep your tissues handy.

Looking ahead, Reyes and an ongoing character who gains special insight warn Charley of an upcoming war. As of this writing, it's going to be a long, difficult wait until October 30, 2012, when Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet comes out.

Happy Reading!

Book 1
First Grave on the Right
Novella 1.5
For I Have Sinned
Book 2
Second Grave on the Left
Book 3
Third Grave Dead Ahead
Book 4
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
October 30, 2012

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