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The Curse of Tenth Grave: A Novel (Charley Davidson Series) Mass Market Paperback – December 6, 2016
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Praise for the Grave!
“Sexy, sassy…Jones’s characters, both living and dead, are colorful and endearing.” ―The Associated Press on First Grave on the Right
“Jones makes a truly memorable debut with her unique tale that is sexy, mysterious, and sarcastically fun!” –RT book Reviews on First Grave on the Right
“Jones perfectly balances humor and suspense…Will leave readers eager for her next installment.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Second Grave on the Left
“Charley continues to fascinate.” –Booklist on Third Grave Dead Ahead
“Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet continues to blend paranormal, romance, and mystery better than any other contemporary work out there.” ―Heroes and Heartbreakers
“Jones has hit on the perfect recipe for a wisecracking, wickedly funny romp that is edged with truly chilling danger…sexy and mysterious.”―RT Book Reviews on Fifth Grave Past the Light
“Übertalented Jones keeps stirring the pot and throwing in crazy new developments, guaranteed to keep her characters and readers zanily off balance.” –RT Book Reviews on Sixth Grave on the Edge
“Seventh Grave and No Body is Charley at her finest!” –Fresh Fiction
“Crafty Jones shakes things up in a most diabolical way. As always, there is plenty of the weird and wacky, but there is also a heaping dose of high-stakes drama and poignancy. This is one fantastic read!” –RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on Eighth Grave After Dark
“[T]he romance delights. Jones continues to make her Grim Reaper into a layered, fascinating heroine.” –Booklist on The Dirt on Ninth Grave--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Darynda Jones won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.
Top customer reviews
Surprisingly I liked it quite a lot and feel this is one of the best installments in the series. There are several mysteries Charley has to solve. One ist he the brutal murder of a hospital administrator, with so much blood at the crime scene that even with the body missing nobody could have survived it. Also, the police already have the boyfriend in custody with lots of evidence pointing towards him. Then there is a runaway girl who fears she will be the next victim in an orphanage where nine children had already died under mysterious circumstances during the last few years.
On a personal front Reyes has been drawing back from her ever since they returned from New York state and she does not quite know what that is all about. And she still has to find a way to make her daughter safe and trap the gods of Uzan that are after her. Throw in a assistant district attorney that suspects her of shady dealings (he is not so far off about that) and is trying to mount a case against her and various ghosthunters/ghostbusters who are tailing her in the hopes of catching her doing something supernatural.
What I particularly liked was that even with all the funny memes and the snarky inner dialogue she has running Charley is actually doing some some real detecting and follows clues in a manner that is plausible for once. I also like the way she is bending the rules (both legal and supernatural), mostly to help people. She is also finally discovering some of her powers and learning to use them, though sometimes she goes a little overboard with said powers.
What I had trouble with is her lack of faith in Reyes: after everything he has endured to be with her, all the countless times he has saved her, and all the ways he has put her well-being and happiness above his own, it takes only one little thing to get her to doubt him. That I had a difficult time swallowing.
Nevertheless a compelling and quite fast-paced UF novel with a great host of supporting characters and original and unique world-building. So 4.75 stars from me.
Edit: But I do have one major gripe: so Charley and Reyes are having some hot sex (love the scene up to this point) and then Reyes, says in French (because he speaks perfect French): "Vous ne devriez pas taquiner, mon amour" and the moment is spoilt. My French is quite rudimentary, but I do know that between lovers you would never use the formal address "vous", but rather the familiar "tu". I really hate it when authors think they need to stick some foreign language bits into their dialogue and then don't go to the trouble to have it checked by a native speaker or at least someone proficient in that language. I hope this can at least be fixed in the electronic/Kindle version, because it completely kills the mood!
Davidson begins to set a plan into motion using all of the knowledge she’s gained which unfortunately also caused some strife in her relationship with Reyes, but it turns out that he’s been keeping just as many secrets from her as she has from him. They talk it out over a heated game of Twister, reconnect with LOTS of sex, and eventually end up on the same page which considering the elephant in the room was pretty remarkable.
The Lyle Fiske case was another mind buster that could only be solved by the world’s most unconventional PI. Charley accomplishes this seemingly impossible feat with two sets of ghost hunters stalking her every move thanks to a viral video while also saving a homeless girl who’s slated to be Harbor House’s tenth victim, and humbling Nick the Pri—Parker with a mind blowing revelation. All in a day’s work for this grim reaper!
This volume wasn’t without its heartbreak, following the loss of a key figure in Davidson’s life, it’s now Reyes’ turn to suffer a similar blow. The emotional torture doesn’t stop there either because another pivotal secondary character’s fate is on the chopping block, and the bad news just keeps on coming when the author announces that this person is destined to burn in the fiery pits of Hell. Euum, say WHAAAT!?
THE CURSE OF THE TENTH GRAVE was classic Darynda Jones with a dollop of oh-no-you-didn’t!
The books are hysterically funny, and warm, and Charley's self deprecating attitude just cracks me up. The books are interesting, entertaining, and most importantly, they make me smile.
I found The Curse of the Tenth Grave to be a little choppy. By throwing way to many plot lines together the story lost it's flow. I thought the story line was choppy, and hard to follow. I am so spoiled by her books, because the plot lines usually mesh together seamlessly. She has surprised me on more than one occasion.
It's still a great book, and definitely worth a listen. If you purchase the audiobook, you'll have the pleasure of listening to Lorelei King, who makes Charley's stories come to life.
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