The Curse of Tenth GraveSeries: Charley Davidson #10
by Darynda Jones
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Griffin on June 28th 2016
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
As a Part-time PI and fulltime 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 malevolent 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.
There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?
Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and 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…
It’s time for the tenth book in the Charley Davidson series! And believe it or not, it’s getting harder and harder to review Ms. Jones’ books. The first hurdle for me is writing a non-spoilery review. The second hurdle is coming up with new things to say about her storytelling prowess and how great this series is. If I want to appear unbiased and point out flaws in her stories, I’ll only end up nitpicking.
And in every review I write the same thing. Something along the lines of, “Just start reading this series! You won’t regret it!” Gee, that phrase never gets old.
What truly never gets old is the romance between Charley Davidson and Reyes Farrow (sigh). After the events of Dirt on the Ninth Grave, all the characters are getting back to life as normal as possible in Albuquerque, NM. But some truths that came out in at the end of Ninth Grave are weighing heavily on Charley and she needs to decide what to do about all the new information she has.
What I liked most about this book is that it flowed fast and I read it about a day. There were no extra words; it was just succinctly perfect! And we were able to get caught up on the whereabouts of all our (read: MY) favorite supporting characters. There are a lot and Ms. Jones managed to get almost all of them in this book 🙂
Of course, any Charley Davidson book would NOT be complete if we didn’t have Charley (with the aid of her trusty sidekick, Cookie) out solving mysteries and getting the bad guys for her private investigations firm. For me, the mysteries are my favorite part of the story. The cases Charley has to solve almost always relate to what is going on in Charley’s personal life. Time and time again, Ms. Jones amazes me with her ability to write compelling mysteries that keep me glued to the book.