Eleventh Grave in MoonlightSeries: Charley Davidson #11
by Darynda Jones
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Griffin on January 24th 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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.
A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, 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. In this eleventh installment, 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, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.
WARNING: There are spoilers in this review if you haven’t read any of the books yet! You’ve been warned!!!
You often hear actors saying that writing humor or acting in comedy is a tricky thing. A joke that falls flat can ruin the entire play and turn you off for the rest of the production. Humor is that one ingredient that can either ruin an entire recipe or it can help make something into a masterpiece.
That’s why it really is a testament to Darynda Jones’ talent that she’s is going strong with her Charley Davidson series. Charley is snarky, witty, hilarious, and downright tenacious when it comes to righting the wrongs she sees in the world. Even if she has to threaten the Big Guy Upstairs. Yep, Charley did that in the last book and now she has to deal with the fallout.
And even though Charley is married to the oh-so-hot (literally) and oh-so-loaded (literally and figuratively ∗wink∗) Reyes Farrow, she continues to work as a private investigator. I think she does this so she can secretly employ her bestest friend in the world, Cookie. But that’s only my theory. Either way, Charley is pretty much the best at righting the wrongs for the good guys. She might not make it out unscathed…. but she seems to be getting better at that lately ∗wink∗.
It is so incredibly hard to write a review for a book eleven in a series that you really need to read in order. You just can’t do it AND write a review for the book that will do it justice. Or, let me re-phase that… I can’t write it.
I can tell you this, though. At one point while I was reading, I got so choked up that suddenly I felt this unexpected warm wetness slide down the side of my nose. No, it wasn’t snot. It was a giant, fat tear that I didn’t even know I was crying!!! Darynda does that to me. Every book… If you’re curious when it was, I’ll tell ya in the comments…
The reason why I gave this 4.5 stars instead of a big fat 5 stars is because there were some main-ish (it’s a word!) characters that I really felt their absence. A couple of the characters have been along for the ride from book one. Second, there was a mystery introduced and then promptly forgotten. Or I missed the answer. I read the ARC so it may not have even been mentioned in the finished copy. But it was intriguing, none the less. It was about another character from the beginning (hmmm). Finally, all the world/god stuff confuses me often. I find that I have to re-read sections. That’s totally on me. That’s why I wouldn’t take off for only that issue. I only bring it up because I’m getting more and more confused as we get closer to the end (??????)
Are we nearing the end? I have no clue. In my brief research, I only saw the description for the next book. If you know anything, please feel free to educate me… gently! And dear God, don’t read the synopsis of book 12, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave if you haven’t read THIS book!!!!!! Just don’t!!!