Gods and Demons: Books 9 – 13 of The Charley Davidson Series

THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE

by Darynda Jones
(Charley Davidson Book 9) (Jan 12, 2016)

9th graveIn a small village in New York Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her-even from her new and trusted friends-the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way. https://www.daryndajones.com/the-dirt-on-ninth-grave/

Print: hardcover, paperback, e-book, and audio (around 337 pages, audio 10:11)

 

The Curse of Tenth Grave

by Darynda Jones
(Charley Davidson Book 10) (Jun 28, 2016)
Publisher:  Macmillan | St. Martin’s Press

10th grave Part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

But one of them stole her heart a very long time ago. Can a god of absolute death and destruction change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiance lie with his brothers?

Those are just some of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl on the run for her life, a man who’s been framed for murdering a woman who is still very much alive, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well… https://www.daryndajones.com/the-curse-of-tenth-grave/

Print: hardcover, paperback, e-book, and audio (around 353 pages, audio 10:33)

 

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

by Darynda Jones
(Charley Davidson Series Book 11) (Jan 24, 2017)
Publisher:  Macmillan | St. Martin’s Press

 

11th graveA typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, errant wives, missing people, philandering business owners, and, oh yeah…demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead.

Now, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, will Charley be able to defeat the ultimate evil and find a way to have her happily ever after after all? https://www.daryndajones.com/eleventh-grave-at-midnight/

Print: hardcover, paperback, e-book, and audio (around 320 pages, audio 9:18)

 

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

by Darynda Jones
(Charley Davidson Series Book 12) (Oct 31, 2017)
Publisher:  Macmillan | St. Martin’s Press

 

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been b12th graverimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect? https://www.daryndajones.com/the-trouble-with-twelfth-grave/ https://www.daryndajones.com/the-trouble-with-twelfth-grave/

Print: hardcover, paperback, e-book, and audio (around 304 pages, audio 7:15)

 

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave

by Darynda Jones
(Charley Davidson Series Book 13) (Jan 15, 2019)
Publisher:  Macmillan | St. Martin’s Press

13th graveGrim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series!

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity –which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. But now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel. https://www.daryndajones.com/summoned-to-thirteenth-grave/

Print: hardcover, paperback, e-book, and audio (around 304 pages, audio 8:39)

 

My Take Oblong Shaped

 

This series is so of-a-piece that  when I was offered these five books as a promotion for the released of the final book in the series, Summoned to Thirteenth Grave, I read them all in order, one after the other and I decided to write my post about them all together too. And, although it had been three years since I read the eighth book it was easy to pick up the story. Why had I not continued after the Eighth Grave After Dark?

I don’t recall why I stopped reading the series.  Maybe it just felt like it was starting to spin out of control in the world-building and the plot.  Too many new characters too many mysteries, too many conditions of the paranormal.  I almost stopped reading the series with number nine because there’s a pet who was killed. I just hate to read something like that. I don’t even like it when Charley’s ghost Rottweiler, Artemis is in danger.  Dogs and children….. don’t kill them.

But there’s a good suspense plot in each of these, as well as a greater storyline forward to get to a point where the current evil is destroyed.  The cost was too high though in innocent lives and one twist did not feel consistent with the rest of the book.  On the other hand it was a complete surprise. I kept on despite the poor pet and whirlwind of gods and demons and their poor behavior.

The reasons I kept with it are Charley and the relationships she has with the other characters, especially those closest to her, like Reyes and Cookie. Also, throughout the series Charley is her wacky, snarky, quirky self. You cannot help but love her and, except for her being the Grim Reaper, and a trouble magnet, you want her to be your best friend.  Of course, Reyes smouldered, and smouldered, and even after that he smouldered. Honestly I can’t even imagine a man as hot as Jones has made this character.  Like Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander Series:” no man could hope to live up to Jamie or Reyes images..

Many of the characters from earlier books, have a cameo in at least one of these last five books. This is definitely a series you want to read in order.

Gods and Demons: Well you expect bad behavior from demons, but they don’t.  Frankly, the gods and angels behave like two year-olds, the demons, too.  Remember there are at least two demons with Charley who are behaving better than Jehova and his angels.

The series ends on a note that truly flummoxed me. What was resolved? I love Charley and her quirky Lucille-Ball-meets-Buffy personality. I just didn’t feel it and when I turned off my E-Reader it was not with a series-over, satisfied sigh. Obviously, this is not the end, Charley and Reyes have a baby girl being raised elsewhere and whose life is supposed to save humanity from Satan (her grandfather).

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AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071WQ7NPK?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

AUTHOR:https://www.daryndajones.com/category/books/

PUBLISHER: https://us.macmillan.com/series/charleydavidsonseries