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Early Review: The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

The Curse of Tenth GraveTitle: The Curse of Tenth Grave

Author: Darynda Jones

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Charley Davidson (Book #10)

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250078199 (St. Martin’s Press)

ISBN-13: 978-1250078193 (St. Martin’s Press)

Reviewed by: Kristie


As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

Quick & Dirty: Another hysterical, non-stop crazy ride with my favorite grim reaper.

Opening Sentence: Ignoring the dead girl standing next to me, I crossed my bare feet on the cool windowsill, took a sip of piping-hot coffee, and watched the emerging sunrise from my third-story apartment window.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Curse of Tenth Grave is another fun and wild ride with Charley Davidson. If you LOVE books with humor and sarcasm than you really need to pick this baby up. I would suggest that you don’t start here because you really need to know the previous events of this world. Previous events are explained for those who need a refresher but it may not mean anything to someone who isn’t familiar with this world. Please don’t read the rest of this review if you don’t want previous book spoilers.

Charley has been back from New York for less than a week. Her apartment and life changed completely in that month that she was gone from New Mexico but it doesn’t take her any time to jump right back into the private detective world. When one case doesn’t exactly end the way that she thought it would another case is forced upon her. Charley’s favorite Assistant District Attorney (and by favorite, I mean mortal enemy) presents a case (under the force of blackmail) of an innocent man being charged with murder. Charley must discover the real murderer or some really strange things will happen with the criminal justice system. But since Charley can never do one thing, she must solve more than one mystery at a time while being followed by not one but two paranormal teams.

Charley’s relationship is also on the rocks after what she learned about Reyes in the previous book. She isn’t sure if she can trust him or not. Plus she is upset by the fact that he hasn’t even touched her in the few days that she has been back. She is contemplating what she must do with her precious god glass that no one can know about (except of course Cookie and whomever she feels must know about it).

Charley is back to herself in this one. The humor was non-stop and over the top. I couldn’t stop laughing. I even had to read some of the portions to my friends to spread the funny. The only thing is with all the humor it is even more devastating when the serious portions of the story happen. A couple major things are revealed that really took my breath away so be prepared.

Reyes is mysterious in the beginning, I believe he was on edge because of all the changes Charley has been going through. I was amazed how much background of Reyes is finally revealed. As a reader, I was really excited getting to know Reyes more. It just blew up this world even more. *mind blown*

The Curse of Tenth Grave was action-packed and fast moving. Charley just doesn’t stop. It feels like being in the mind of someone who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Some of that humor really comes out of left field. This was a really fast read for me. I would have read it a lot faster if life hasn’t gotten in the way.

Overall, this is a really fun series that runs the gamut of emotions.  I am amazed at some of the things that Charley can get away with. She definitely has no worry about her life span in front of mobsters and police alike. If you are a fan of this series, you won’t be disappointed by this book. Secrets are revealed and that major emotional ending that sets up the fight that Charley will have to prevent in book eleven. Book eleven can’t come out soon enough plus I really need that spin off with Beep. I’m already anticipating what will be done with her character.

Notable Scene:

“They are very upset,” he said, almost giggling. Which was odd. Normally, if the supernatural world was upset, Rocket was upset.

“I know, I know. I broke the rules.”

“You didn’t break the rules,” he said, shaking his head, suddenly serious. “You broke the rule.”

Figured. I was always breaking some celestial being’s rules. They could bite my ass. Every last one of them. I was doing the best I could with what they gave me. If they wanted me to do better, they should have graced me with the Girl’s Guide to Grim Reaperism. Instead, I somehow ended up with Harry Potter’s map where I had to solemnly swear I was up to no good before it would show me anything. And I couldn’t lie about it, so I had to constantly be up to no good. It was exhausting.

Charley Davidson Series:

1. First Grave on the Right

1.5 For I Have Sinned

2. Second Grave on the Left

3. Third Grave Dead Ahead

4. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

5. Fifth Grave Past the Light

6. Sixth Grave on the Edge

7. Seventh Grave and No Body

8. Eighth Grave After Dark

8.5 Brighter Than the Sun

9. The Dirt on Ninth Grave

10. The Curse of Tenth Grave

11. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (January 12, 2017)


FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan provided me with a copy of The Dirt on Ninth Grave. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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