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Review: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

Seventh Grave and No BodyTitle: Seventh Grave and No Body

Author: Darynda Jones

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Charley Davidson (Book #7)

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250045649 (St. Martin’s Press)

ISBN-13: 978-1250045645 (St. Martin’s Press)

Reviewed by: Kristie


Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

Quick & Dirty: Dark, yet fun and quirky urban fantasy series about a grim reaper. Charley balances several cases while newly pregnant.

Opening Sentence: If the woman howling from the backseat of Agent Carson’s black SUV weren’t already dead, I would’ve strangled her.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Charley Davidson keeps up her misadventures in the seventh installment of her urban fantasy series. A newly pregnant Charley has to undergo some significant changes in this book including going without her drink of choice, coffee. Seventh Grave and No Body has a lot going on and the story does jump all over the place much like Charley’s crazy personality.

Charley is super excited about her pregnancy, which is still in the early stages. She isn’t quite as excited about the prospects of giving up her drink of choice: coffee. (Although a reasonable solution is quickly found.) Her pregnancy also doesn’t stop her from doing stupid things like putting herself in danger. She continues to solve crimes with the help of her ghost friends. In this installment, she is trying to solve several cases. The one for which the book is titled is a case that is quickly skimmed over so I was a little disappointed about how that one was wrapped up.

Reyes is still as sexy as ever and when a woman’s attention gives Charley a case of jealousy she becomes even more reckless. Reyes wants to protect Charley from the Hellhounds that are after her but he can’t when she is constantly slipping away from him. Because of these series of events insecurities in their relationship are addressed.

I feel like Seventh Grave and No Body has everything that I love and enjoy about the Urban Fantasy genre. It is another funny and quirky novel in the Charley Davidson series but some really serious events happen so you might not walk away from this one on a happy note. Even though this is a funny, clever series, I felt many emotions during the reading of this novel including frustration and sadness.

I thought that Charley was all over the place in this novel. She had quite a few cases/events going on and it was a bit hard to keep track of what was what and who belonged with the different cases. I will say that I read book one and then skipped to this one. I think knowing the basis of the series really helped me out and I didn’t feel lost when reading book seven. Honestly, it makes me want to go back and read the rest, hopefully soon. Having said that, I did feel that this was a filler novel leading up to the major events that will happen in book eight, Eighth Grave After Dark.

The side characters are just as hilarious and kooky as this series is and I really like the way Charley interacts with them. This series wouldn’t be what it is without these well thought out side characters.

Overall, I devoured Seventh Grave and No Body in a quick amount of time. It did seem to be all over the place but I was still entertained by this read and I can’t wait to pick up the next one in the series.

Notable Scene:

“There are always loopholes, Reyes. I found one with you. You didn’t did like you were supposed to that day.”

To say he was astonished would’ve been an understatement. He gazed at me, completely stunned, his eyes watering from the turbulence rocketing through him. “Then I should have died, and you risked your life needlessly.”

“What did you just say?” I marched up to him, appalled he could even think such a thing.

“You risked your life for me.” He took my shoulders into his hands. “When are you going to learn, Dutch: No one matters but you and the baby. You keep risking your life—“ He threw one hand out to indicate our surroundings. “—on things that are not the least bit important.” He stepped even closer. “On people who committed suicide and crazy chicks in cemeteries and—“ He stopped and dropped a heated gaze on me. His voice cracked when he said in a hushed tone, “I can’t lose you.”

“And I can lose you?” I asked, almost screaming at him.

He lowered his head and pinched the bridge of his nose with his thumb and index finger. Then he admitted what was probably his greatest fear. “I don’t know how to win. I don’t have the faintest idea of how to kill The Twelve. And when I saw your name on that wall.” His breath hitched in his chest. Then he focused his coffee-colored gaze on me. “If you die,” he said with a savage vehemence in his voice, “I will go straight to hell and kill every demon there. Or I’ll perish in the attempt.”

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

9. The Dirt on Ninth Grave


FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Seventh Grave and No Body. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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