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Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson Series) Hardcover – January 31, 2012

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Book 3 of 9 in the Charley Davidson Series

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Charlotte “Charlie” Davidson hasn’t slept for 13 days. Every time she closes her eyes, Reyes Farrow appears and takes her on a sensual adventure. The problem is, private investigator Charlie is the Grim Reaper, the portal to the good afterlife, and Reyes, son of Satan, is the portal to hell. Reyes is furious that Charlie has bound his corporeal body to his spirit, so for her, their surprise sexual encounters are not only exciting but also a bit terrifying. The saga of the unlikely lovers continues in the same sassy style as Jones’ first two books, First Grave on the Right (2011) and Second Grave on the Left (2011). With Misery, her aptly named Jeep; a 13-year-old ghost spy; a parade of undead clients; and, of course, the silent, elderly Chinese spirit who lives in the corner of her living room, Charlie continues to fascinate. Readers will be dying to know where the fourth grave is. --Shelley Mosley



“This witty listen is full of clever dialogue and memorable characters, all dished up with relish by a narrator who knows how to deliver.” – AudioFile Magazine

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Product Details

  • Series: Charley Davidson Series (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250001544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250001542
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (453 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. 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 more than 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kale on February 28, 2012
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Hijinks and hilarity ensue when the Grimm Reaper is on the case.

Charley's functioning on a diet of coffee, coffee, and coffee, at this point she's more likely to be a portal to Starbucks than the other side. Her self induced insomnia is due to one scorned son of Satan passionately haunting her dreams. Every time Charley closes her eyes she's bombarded with some transcendental loving via one smoking hot Reyes Farrow. Normally a little visit from the Prince of Darkness is welcomed but the Big Bad is angry and doesn't seem to want to be with Charley in her every unwaking moment.

Good thing there's work to fill in all her new free time not spent in bed. This go around Davidson is in search of a potential client's wife, but with Charley's semi coherent caffeinated skills she detects the good doctor isn't quite as good as he appears. Unfortunately he's also the least of Charley's man troubles. Davidson is having daddy issuses, along with running into problems with a motorcycle gang, a victim's very large brother, and a sadistic murder,on top of Reyes' big bad baby woes about being bound, leaving Charley in need of an industrial sized can of man repellent.

Charley's going to need a triple venti latte to save a few lives, uphold her portal duties, solve the case of the doctor's missing wife, help Reyes, and start to realize exactly what a Grimm Reaper can do.

The Charley Davidson books are probably my favorite audiobook series. The combination of Darynda Jones and Lorelei King is to die for. Third Grave Dead Ahead is another expertly narrated book. King infuses life into Jones' characters. I don't think anyone else could so genuinely portray Charley for the funny, quirky, completely oblivious, ADD prone heroine and make her even more lovable than King does.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dana Alma on February 7, 2012
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Tumultuous! Intense! Third Grave Dead Ahead is a caffeine laced journey into a world only Charley can lay claim to. Non stop intrigue and detective work drives Charley as she tries to unravel the multitude of cases before her, in order to save lives. As always you will find her trusted friend, Cookie, by her side, doing what she does best. Once again we are gifted the with the presence of Reyes. His anger and need for Charley to set him free will send this ongoing story into a completely different direction. We will finally be able to place a face to those elusive characters we've only heard about and could not wait to meet. Warnings of an impending war and torture will be foretold by the unexpected. As events unfold, Charley will unearth secrets long ago buried, yet still powerful enough to destroy lives. Yet, to make matters worse Charley will face a predator, a monster, that must be vanquished.

Just when thought you knew all there was, TGDA throws you for a loop!

Darynda's power in manifesting Charley's grief was superbly done. We watched in dismal awe as Charley experienced anger, guilt, helplessness, sadness, shock, numbing, yearning, and self-blame. Betrayal will violate Charley, and it will wear many names. All I could do was shout, "Reyes, do something, make her see reason, she didn't trust you either, fix this!" The writing was so well done, the anguish was palpable. We've been on this caffeine induced madness with her since the beginning, we went from 100 to 0 and were left reeling. Third Grave Dead Ahead was brilliant, and at the same traumatizing. It has left us marked, by way of questions and fear. Will we see Reyes and Charley unite, or will their suffering and pain be for not?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 8, 2012
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The author continues to delight in the third book in the series with a new cast of characters that I feel we will be seeing more of - after all, doesn't everyone need a gang of bikers to add a little spice to your daily routine?

The relationship between Charley and Reyes heats up the pages but quite frankly, while I enjoy that plot line, which of course is the main underlining theme, I actually like the interaction between Charley, Cookie, her Uncle, Garrett, and the new players more. The comedic lines that come from the mental fog that comes from basically not having slept for three weeks (every time she falls asleep, a very "annoyed" Reyes pops up for a little "happy time" and angst and then disappears again) are beyond hilarious. I was smiling for most, laughing out loud for some, and reading others out loud for my husband, which I am sure that he would rather I hadn't since he was trying to sleep at the time..

If you haven't read the first two books, GO BUY THEM!! You are missing out on a great thing! Then I would highly recommend you read them before this one as you will lose out on understanding much of the back story. Kind of spoilers - we get to meet "Mistress Marigold" and she was NOT what I was expecting and her little quirk was the most imaginative that I have read. It takes a lot to surprise me with a twist and the author did exactly that! She tells Charley that she is going to get a guardian angel and I can say that storyline had me worried and I was guessing all over the place - great shock as to who it ended up being...

I read another reviewer who said that they didn't like the "cases" that Charley was solving and just wanted to hear more about Reyes and what is going on it the war to come.
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