Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones

Posted March 24, 2014 in Review / 9 Comments

Fifth GraveFifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5)
By Darynda Jones
Published July 9th, 2013
St. Martin’s Press
339 pages
Urban Fantasy
Source: Library


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About the book:


Never underestimate the power of a woman on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high.

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Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth…but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.  When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma is the serial killer’s next target, Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’s help. Arsonist or not, he’s the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.


I do believe things have changed.  Oh, Ms. Jones is still writing awesomer and awesomer books (stop snickering, it’s a word in my book).  Complex mysteries and surprises still abound.  And Charley’s need for caffeine and chronic ADD haven’t wavered a bit.  But something is a bit off with Reyes. 

He’s actually being a bit attentive to Charley.  Almost like he’s doing nice things for her and dare I say, getting jealous of the other men in her life?  So much feeling from the son of Satan!  What has happened?!


HUGE NOTE: If you haven’t read the previous books in this series, my review may be spoiler-ish – you’ve been warned!  This is a series you MUST read in order.


When Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet ended, Reyes was moving in to the apartment coveted by both Charley and Cookie.  He seems to be adjusting to life outside of prison.  But Charley still has that nagging feeling that Reyes has something to do with the rash of arson fires around Albuquerque.   So while Charley is trying to solve the arson case to keep Reyes from going back to jail, she gets a very odd visit from a group of girls who died at the hand of a serial killer.  Unfortunately, these girls aren’t leaving the apartment anytime soon so Charley has to constantly walk and generally live around them.

Now that I’m thinking about it, why am I even bothering to recap any of this.  You know that Charley has at least three cases going on at one time and somehow, someway, they are all going to intersect and get solved in the end.  I loved how Ms. Jones did it in Fifth Grave and I can honestly say I never saw coming how she was going to wrap it all up.  She pulled a quick one on me, that little sneak!

Romance, romance, romance…  the forecast is for an increase in romance and good ‘ole fashioned hot lovin’.  We’re talking up 100%.  Raise your hands in the da air!!!  And when you’re done prancing around, get back to reading because you really don’t want to miss a moment between Charley and Reyes.  Post it notes aside, they are so freakin’ cute together.  Thank you, Ms. Jones.

Surprises I mentioned before?  Of course they came in the form of characters and their growth.  We get some really impressive reveals that you’ll just have to read the book to get.  Just know that all the best characters are in da house and giving Charley grief.  All except Cookie – she’s always got Charley’s back and that takes Cookie’s unique talent/humor. 

At this point in the series, we all know Ms. Jones is a consistent, solid, talented author with a knack for humor.  Snort out loud humor.  Fifth Grave Past the Light is no exception.  Now that Ms. Jones has increased her “hot-lovin'” scenes tenfold, I would have to say she’s moved into mind-blowing romance author territory. 



For all you audiophiles, I have an excerpt from the audiobook (the first chapter) read by the fabulous Lorelei King – ENJOY!!!



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daryndabiopiclargeAbout the author:

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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9 responses to “Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones

  1. Mel Thomas

    “Now that Ms. Jones has increased her “hot-lovin’” scenes tenfold, I would have to say she’s moved into mind-blowing romance author territory.”

    Damn straight! This series just gets better-and-better and I can’t wait for Sixth Grave!! I <3 me some Reyes!

      • Mel Thomas

        I have a major case of book envy. I seriously need more Reyes in my life so Sixth Grave is one of my most anticipated reads of the year. You must tell me if Charley finally gives a response to the big question or if I’m gonna have to wait even longer. 🙂

    • K

      It’s not a “mean” cliffhanger. It’s just a “where did that come from?” cliffhanger. You’ll be glad you waited, tho…

    • K

      He so totally deserved that! Serves the boy right for the internet lady, who I’m still not over! She only kissed Donovan for goodness sake!! Grrrr… More romantic book, tho, right??? 🙂

    • K

      It’s rare that a series manages to stay fresh but Darynda has a wicked sense of humor and she keeps coming up with new, hysterical material! You should try this one when you have time!!!