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Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson Series) Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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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
“Jones perfectly balances humor and suspense in [this] paranormal thriller featuring grim reaper, PI, and ‘all-around badass' Charley Davidson…It's the distinctive characters, dead and alive, and the almost constant laughs that will leave readers eager for the next installment.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT
“This is an amazing book and a fantastic series! In a lot of ways it is similar to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series only ten times better!” ―Night Owl Reviews on SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT
“A saucy sequel…Readers will be captivated by Charley's near-death adventures.” ―The Associated Press on SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT
“Four and a half stars. Snarky, sassy Charley is back and taking no guff in Jones's action-packed new offering…There is murder and mystery aplenty…fun.” ―RT Book Reviews on SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT
“Sexy, sassy . . . Jones's characters, both living and dead, are colorful and endearing. . . . Cheeky charm . . . sarcastic wit.” ―The Associated Press on FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT
“Jones's wickedly witty debut will delight aficionados of such humorous paranormals as Casey Daniels's Pepper Martin Mysteries and Dakota Cassidy's Accidental Friends series.” ―Booklist (starred review) on FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT
“Jones skillfully establishes the novel's setting and keeps up the pace with plenty of action. And let's be honest--the sex is pretty hot, too. Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon and other authors of paranormal romance will love this series debut.” ―Library Journal (starred review) on FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT
“Fast-talking Charley's wicked exuberance and lust for life will appeal to fans of MaryJanice Davidson and Janet Evanovich and maybe fill a hole for those mourning the recently canceled Ghost Whisperer.” ―Publishers Weekly on FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT
“Jones makes a truly memorable debut with her unique tale that is sexy, mysterious, and sarcastically fun!” ―RT Books Reviews on FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT
“It's a fun, sexy, exciting read.” ―Suspense Magazine on FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Charley is also a private investigator with ADD, an evil stepmother, an almost estranged sister, a father she adores. She also have a best friend, Cookie, and this friendship is rock solid. These women would do anything for each other and I appreciate that. They accept each other 100%.
Charley names things. Her cherry red Jeep Wrangler is Misery, "but not like the book."Her sofa is named Sophie. She has named her skull Fred, her brain Barbara, her right breast Danger, her left breast, Will Robinson, her right ovary Beam Me Up, and her left ovary Scotty. She has named another body part Virginia and I'll let that soak in a minute, shall I.
In a corner of her living room, there is a ghost she has named Mr. Wong who never moves out of the corner and is levitating a few inches off the floor. Mr. Wong never speaks, never leaves the corner.
There are several intriguing men in these books, her father and his brother, her Uncle Bob, Garret, a skip tracer/bonds enforcement, agent, Donavan, a biker and his group, Osh, a soul-eating demon, and our hero, Reyes, and I'll him surprise you, shall I.
Gotta tell you there is a series and I have only read the first eight before the remainder became too expensive for me. I think there are twelve out now. I'd love to read volumes nine through twelve. I obtained the first six for ninety-nine cents and because I was hooked paid a bit more for number seven and eight but I think this series is very popular and number twelve now costs $12.99. Yikes.
None of these are standalones. They must be read in order and it does get a bit tedious when the author repeats certain aspects of the back story in each of the volumes.
So much humor, so much loving friendship, tantalizing mysteries, pathos, these novels run a huge emotional gamut and I stayed with it through eight volumes because I just had to know what comes next.
The eighth volume ends this particular story arc and introduces a new one. Most annoyingly it ends on a cliffhanger.
The eight volumes are First Grave on the Right, Second Grave to the Left, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body, and Eighth Grave After Dark.
But Charley and Reyes make up long enough for her to take on the case of the missing, mysteriously not dead Earl James Walker - which ends in Charley being more that a little ticked off at Reyes over the whole second male in my life to use me as bait and not even have the decency to tell me thing.
She meets the Biker gang that owns Rocket's asylum, and Donovan in particular seems like a complication she really shouldn't be leading on given her general reaction to Reyes and his Son of Satan tendencies; but Artemis stole the show and is now my favorite character in the series.
And finally, Reyes again points out that someone who is a Grim Reaper; maybe THE Grim Reaper should be investing a little more energy into figuring out what that means and what sort of cool, neat stuff she can do: "You have to figure out what you're capable of, really capable of, and you have to do it now. No more screwing around with these humans. You need to concentrate on your real job" because a war is coming.
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The addition of Donovan and Artemis was a nice touch.