Third Grave Dead Ahead

Third Grave Dead Ahead

by Darynda Jones

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Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hell-bent on murder when the devil’s son just won’t give up?

Last week I talked about needing a funny book to read because life was being annoying. So, I went down to the library that day and picked up a copy of Third Grave Dead Ahead. I’m so lucky to have friends who get my sense of humor. This series was recommended by two awesome women and I know Charley’s antics will leave me laughing every time.

I started this series last year and feel free to check out my reviews of First Grave on the Right and Second Grave on the Left. I decided to take a break after Second Grave because the character development and interactions just left me frustrated. So many reactions were just too knee-jerk and confusing. Third Grave Dead Ahead eliminated all of that for me.

Reyes is alive and back in prison. Cookie and Uncle Bob have started flirting! Garrett has fully embraced Charley’s roll as the Grim Reaper. And Charley isn’t sleeping…Third Grave Dead Ahead picks up mere weeks after Second Grave and Charley’s dreams are haunted by an angry Reyes.

I LOVED this story. I finally understand the friendship between Charley and Garrett and Jones provides two ‘on the edge of your seat’ mysteries for Charley to solve. Charley actually interacts with Reyes outside of her dreams and it is interesting! Plus, Jones introduces us to the biker gang that owns the old asylum. Third Grave was just a well developed, fast paced story. I actually connected with Charley, which I just didn’t have with the first two books.

My only complaint would be how Charley’s dad was portrayed. His brooding and abrasive responses just felt out of character. I could only see him as Charley saw him: an unfair man who was slowly turning in to her enemy. I have a feeling this will be resolved in the next book.

I definitely recommend Third Grave Dead Ahead and the Charley Davidson series. It is the perfect series to read when you need a good dose of snark and a reason to laugh!

Lindsay

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