Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7)
By Darynda Jones
Expected publication October 21st, 2014
St. Martin’s Press
Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Romance
Source: received from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the book:
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.
A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.
Uncontrollable giggling out loud. It’s a staple of Darynda Jones’ books. If you’ve read ANY of her Charley Davidson series, you already know this and plan your reading locations accordingly. If you haven’t read Darynda Jones yet:
1. Why haven’t you listened to me and started the series? Just start already…
2. When you do read these books, make sure you’re in a location that does not frown on outbursts of giggles, snorts, and guffaws.
Church service ≠ a good place to read Charley Davidson.
Son’s hockey practice = relatively safe place to read this series.
Being book seven in the series, I found this book to be heavier on the overall story arc and less heavy on the private investigations. All along, Ms. Jones has been able to brilliantly link the investigations with Charley and Reyes’ tale. This time around, we get more details on Charley and Reyes’ future. This is NOT a bad thing, at least for me. I just kind of lost track of the private investigations that Charley was working. I was entirely wrapped up in the world building and mythology Ms. Jones continues to build into the series. I doubt her wild imagination is ever going to run out of material!
Ms. Jones continues to astound me with her quick witted, steadily paced writing. I don’t know how she does it but Charley is still original, fresh, amazingly smart, and funny. I simply picked up Seventh Grave and easily got wrapped up and lost in Charley’s wacky life.
All of the usual suspects (aka. supporting characters) are present and accounted for in Seventh Grave. The love I lost for Reyes? It’s back!!! I’m back to being smitten like a kitten with Reyes. You see, last book (or was it Fifth Grave?), Reyes did a few things that made me very unhappy with him. He’s made up for everything, with some change left over 😉
Happy things happen, sad things tore me up. You know, the usual. If you expected more about the story, you’re in the wrong place. You’d hate me if I did that.
I’m going to go on a limb and say this… I love the direction this story is going in and I absolutely can’t wait as more and more of the “mystery of Charley” is revealed to us, the readers.
So, why not a five star review? I took off half a star for a couple of reasons. First, I still haven’t gotten my answer on my Mr. Wong question. Second, and this is a totally subjective, personal thing. My overall feeling on this book, in comparison to all the others in the series, is that it just paled by a smidge of the others. It wouldn’t have been fair to the other books in the series that I gave the five stars to.
But mostly it was because of Mr. Wong…
About 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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