Title: Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
Author: Darynda Jones
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Charley Davidson (Book #11)
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 1250078210 (St. Martin’s Press)
ISBN-13: 978-1250078216 (St. Martin’s Press)
Reviewed by: Kristie
A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah…demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.
Quick & Dirty: Charley’s crazy quirkiness is back in full form. She learns more about her powers and about Reyes. A must read for people who love this series.
Opening Sentence: I lay on a psychiatrist’s couch, a couch I’d named Alexander Skarsgard the moment my gaze landed on its buttery curves and wide back, and wondered if I should tell Dr. Mayfield about the dead kid scurrying across her ceiling.
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight continues the crazy that is Charley Davidson. This series is so much fun, hilarious and quirky and it also has some really emotional moments because as funny as this series can be it also has some really serious moments. I still very much enjoy the Charley Davidson series. The series has gotten more complex and Charley is still trying to understand her incredible powers.
This novel picks up not too much longer after The Curse of Tenth Grave. Charley is continuing her private detective work when as case she never expected falls right into her lap. A case that allows Charley to continue to look into the family that took Reyes from his birth family. Reyes is not happy about this case and keeps pressuring Charley to drop it. Charley is also worried about her Uncle Bob, he has only a few days left to live and the search for the man who kills him is not looking too good. Uncle Bob who knows nothing about his impending death is blocking Charley from her search because he doesn’t want her to leave her apartment, ever. Thankfully, Charley never pays much attention to what other people want her to do.
Charley’s cases have her all over the place mentally and physically. This is the novel that answers a lot of the questions that we had about the Fosters, those nasty people who took Reyes as an infant. Let me just say that this storyline was quite a shocker and it does take up most of the book. Then something really strange is going on with someone really close to Charley, they haven’t been acting like themselves and no one has noticed until something entirely eerie happens. Then Charley is informed that someone has disappeared but everything else unfortunately takes up most of her time so this story is left open.
For full disclosure, I did read an ARC version of Eleventh Grave in Moonlight. There were quite a few word errors which I can overlook but I do wonder if I was missing some of the story since my version clocks in at almost 70 pages shorter than what Goodreads says is how long it should be. I know they don’t always match but there is one storyline that seemed to be completely overlooked, unless it will be acknowledged in book twelve.
Charley is still her funny, quirky and overly optimistic self. She is reeling with the news about her “powers”. Reyes takes a huge role in this book helping Charley learn more about herself while teaching her some of his own secrets. Their relationship takes an even hotter turn when they both find some intense pleasure due to their powers. Charley learns a really harsh lesson that involves what she can and can’t do.
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight ends with a crazy cliffhanger. I was surprised by the events that happened at the end but I wasn’t surprised by the outcome. I knew that was coming for a long time. (As of writing this, I checked out book twelve, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave. I didn’t realize the synopsis was released. Don’t read it unless you want something major spoiled.) I would not wait to read this book though, Charley does some growing up and some major plot points happen. I’m really excited for the next installment in this series. It continues to be one of my favorite urban fantasy series.
“So, my uncle keeps trying to arrest me,” I said to him. “And my husband is trying to bully me into dropping a case that could lead us to a treasure trove of answers.” I settled an angry gaze on him. “And then there’s you guys.”
He tilted his head to the other side.
“You know what?” I asked him.
He continued to stare, ambivalent.
The fury that had been pooling like a bucket of gasoline in my stomach ignited.
“I’m with Angel. I quit, too.”
It would be so easy. To just quit. To walk away. To disappear.
Then reality bitch slapped me upside the head.
Charley Davidson Series:
12. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (October 31, 2017)
FTC Advisory: Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press provided me with a copy of Eleventh Grave in Moonlight. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.