Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: Darynda Jones - Third Grave Dead Ahead

Charley Davidson Series:
Book 3:
Third Grave Dead Ahead: Charley Davidson and Crew
Get it on Amazon: Darynda Jones - Third Grave Dead Ahead
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.
Granted she did imprison Reyes for all eternity, but 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 on his plan of seduction..... and revenge?
This one was not my favorite of the series, but still scores a solid 4.5 rating which is saying something.  We still get all of the usual Darynda Jones humor but with more of an edge. Tempers are simmering in this book and violence escalates.  As is foretold Charley must go through agony before she can get her guardian.  Also, the race is on for Charley to discover what she is capable of; if she doesn’t the demons may find her and as the portal, that cannot happen.
Reyes is PISSED at Charley and quite frankly I don’t blame him. She flat out pretty much betrayed him and now he’s back in prison trapped in his body, that he shouldn’t even have.  Despite, his festering anger Reyes still needs Charley’s help; he was framed for a murder that was not even committed. He needs Charley to find his “father” who is still very much alive. 
Charley has two cases she needs to solve ASAP.  She was hired by a doctor to find his missing wife, but everything within Charley knows that the good doctor very much so had a hand in her disappearance.  Charley connects what seem to be unrelated dots to the good doctor and the arrows really start pointing to him, he is more then what he seems.  If only she could prove it. The more dots that are connected the more she realizes how difficult it will be to actually prove the circumstantial evidence. Then there is Reyes, Reyes is one of the most intriguing males in any series. We get glimpses of him but never a full picture. The more we find out the more intriguing he becomes.  In this book, he’s hunting his “father”. The danger surrounding this case doesn’t seem to be more than previous cases but this one may just break Charley and your heart breaks a little for her.
As with the previous books we get our cast of characters! I don’t think this series would be the same without them. I just adore all of them.  In this book we get the addition of a motorcycle gang that hangs at the institution that Charley goes to, to visit Rocket. I am really interested to see where Darynda Jones takes us with this gang. Charley’s father got a bug up his a$$ about protecting Charley from herself, even as he himself put a target on her. There is a possible romance budding between Cookie and Charley’s uncle!  And our sexy Garrett, when Reyes is MIA we still have him and I’m not complaining!

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