Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Posted June 27, 2016 in Review / 8 Comments

Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

The Curse of Tenth Grave

Series: Charley Davidson #10
by Darynda Jones
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Griffin on June 28th 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC

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.

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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…

Sexy Well Written

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.


About Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones

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.


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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8 responses to “Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

    • I’m thinking this book will definitely be the deciding book for you. There are so many explanations that you can’t help but know where it’s heading 😉

  1. One of these days, I’m just going to have to get back to this series. I loved Charlie & Reyes in the first couple of books I read. And to hear that this series just keeps getting stronger and stronger only makes me want to push aside every book I have and pick this up. But 10 books though! D:

    • I KNOW!! I was thhhhiiiiisss close to chucking the series around book 3 and then again a bit later (I forget what book it was – too many!) but I’m glad I stuck it out. The thing for me with these is that they are so quick for me to read b/c of the humor and the mystery. I read this one in a day. Knowing you, you could probably binge these in an hour (ha!!!!) 😛