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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones

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Title: Third Grave Dead Ahead (Goodreads)
Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Source: Library
Publication Date: 31 Jan 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1250001544
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 310

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Place(s) Traveled to: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: There was a dead clown sitting in my living room. Since I wasn’t particularly fond of clowns, and it was way too early for anything coherent to come out of my mouth, I pretended not to notice him.

Charley Davidson Series Order
Book 1: First Grave on the Right
Book 1.5: For I Have Sinned (novella)
Book 2: Second Grave on the Left
Book 3: Third Grave Dead Ahead
Book 4: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Book 5: Fifth Grave Past the Light (July 2013)
Book 6: Sixth Grave on the Edge (Summer 2014)

You know that I am in love with a series when I do a little dance when the next book in the series comes into the library just as I’m finishing up book 2 and just before I’m about to head onto a plane and all that glorious uninterrupted reading time. This was the case with Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones which became available the day before I was headed out to see my sister in New Mexico (where it should be noted this series is set, though just further north than where my sister lives.) I don’t usually travel with library book but this was a special circumstance as I just needed to know what happened next! I may have even asked my sister if she could request the 4th book for me from her library but alas that was not to be. 
The story picks up not long after Second Grave on the Left ends and features all the characters that we’ve come to know and love from the previous books. Charlie is her usual, crazy sarcastic self and I love being her head throughout this series. Not to mention the shenanigans that is Cookie and Swopes. I just love when these characters are on the page and their banter with Charlie. I also loved all the very hot, sexy scenes that involve our favorite son of Satan, Reyes. There were also some new characters in this book some which are nice and other are down right terrifying. 

As with previous books Charlie is wrapped up trying to help her Uncle Bob with cases for the APD and also doing some of her own investigating but stakes are also raised to a whole new level. There is a whole lotta action in this book and Charlie has so much that needs to be done in a short amount of time and she does it all on almost no sleep. Seriously, there were moments when I got tired on her behalf during my read of book. Third Grave Dead Ahead is one of the best books in this series and I just loved every moment. I blitz read through this one almost as fast (if not faster) than the previous 2 books. 

I was also so glad that the 4th book in this series was out when I finished this one I just had to know what happened next! Talk about your crazy cliff hanger but not the sort that forces you to read the next book. All the big story ARCs started in this book are wrapped up but this ending leaves just enough open that you just can’t wait to know what happens next in Charley’s life. There are new mysteries revealed to the overall series ARC and some wonderful twists and turns that keep the reader on the edge of their seat. I am a total fan of this series and can’t recommend it enough. 

One Response to “Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones”

  1. Vivien

    I know I keep saying it, but I really need to give this series a chance. And it’s good to know about the ‘cliffhanger’. It happens sometimes with a series like this one. The last one I remember was the Gin Blanco series by Jennifer Estep. There was a book that when I finished I just had to get the next one. Luckily for me, it was out as well.