Darynda took a break from actively writing for several years, wherein she got married, had a couple children, graduated Summa cum Laude from UNM and got a job as a teacher and sign language translator. She missed writing though, and started up again in 2002 with the goal of getting a publishing contract securely in her mind’s eye. After 3 complete manuscripts, she finally landed an agent, a three book deal, and won the 2009 Golden Heart award for Best Paranormal Romance in 2009.
Third Grave Dead Ahead, Book #3 of the Charley Davidson series
Author: Darynda JonesSynopsis: Charley Davidson—grim reaper extraordinaire, private investigator . . . meh—is practicing her profession under the influence, caffeine and copious amounts of it, due to an extreme desire to induce insomnia. Every time she closes her eyes, Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan, is there. Only thing is, he’s a tad peeved. She did bind for all eternity, so it’s hard blame him. But 13 days without a wink is bound to bring out the crazy in a girl. So, when a man hires her to find his wife, Charley accepts the job with one goal in mind: Put the man behind bars, and not the wet kind. She can sense the guilt waft off him and vows to find the woman’s body and prove he’s a murderer.
In the meantime, Reyes is back in prison and none too happy about it . . . so Charley thinks, until she is carjacked by the dark-haired rake, who swears the very man he went to prison for killing is not only alive, but close by. And he wants Charley to find him.
While a visit to her old friend Rocket sheds no light on Reyes’s situation, Charley finds out the man’s wife is still alive and time is running out. Finding her before she dies would be a miracle, but she has to try. Together with the help of a fashion-impaired receptionist named Cookie, Charley sets out to bring the bad guys to justice. She just hopes Reyes is not one of them. And that she’s not hallucinating from her self-induced bout with insomnia.
Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson – LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha]:
I’m a Darynda Jones groupie. A Charley Davidson fangirl. I’m not afraid to admit it! I loved the first two books in this series, and when I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Darynda’s publisher for Third Grave, I was giddy.
Like the first two books of the series, the novel was a smart, sexy, sassy, sophisticated breath of fresh air and utterly fantastic from start to finish! I was literally laughing out loud 2 pages into this book.
As usual, our heroine, Charley Davidson, grim reaper and private investigator extraordinaire gets herself into bind after bind without even trying. Add in the fact that she’s been awake for over 2 weeks straight and she’s more of a hot mess than usual.
Reyes starts out this book incredibly angry with Charley for what she did to him in Second Grave on the Left. They can’t ignore their attraction though, and he can’t stop from being there when she needs him regardless.
Also as usual, the supporting characters are fabulous. I especially love Cookie in this book. I’ve loved her all along, but she’s grown and I feel like we as readers have grown with her.
Aside from the incredible dialogue, intense action, and remarkable characters, the mystery of the storyline was genius. I’ve loved each plot along the series so far, but this one, with all of its different twists and turns may have been my favorite to date.
LITERAL ADDICTION gives Second Grave Dead Ahead 5 Skulls, and would recommend it to everyone!
Another phenomenal read by Ms. Darynda Jones. Please don’t stop… we need more!