Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones

Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda JonesThird Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #3
Published by Macmillan Audio on January 31, 2012
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! 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. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. 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 hellbent on murder when the devil’s son just won’t give up?

Beginning Third Grave Dead Ahead I almost reached my tolerance level towards the Charlie and Reyes back-and-forth, not-really-a-relationship dance. I was so close to saying heck with this series because these two were working my nerves something fierce! But the duo that is Charlie and Cookie are what saved Third Grave Dead Ahead and this series for me; almost like Stephanie and Lula did for me in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.

I love, love, love Lorelei King’s narration of Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series. Between the story and her narration I so easily get sucked into each book and hate when it ends. At this point I no longer hear Stephanie Plum’s voice in my head because the writing of Charley’s character is finally able to speak for itself and show the distinctions.

As I stated before Cookie and Charley really saved Third Grave Dead Ahead for me because with the way things were going with Reyes I was so over their ‘romance.’ My hope when it comes to these two is that they finally realize that the world doesn’t revolve around either of them outside of them being mythical creatures and that they either choose to be together or figure out a way to work together to deal with the chaos that has been hinted to coming their way.

Outside of a few character issues I thoroughly enjoyed Third Grave Dead Ahead. Quite a few scenes at the end have to go down as my favorite, especially the moment when Charley expressed to Reyes that she no longer wanted to play the never ending game between them. This was the moment I started to get what all the hype about Charley’s character was about.

  • Charley and Cookie are the best! They’re like a modern Lucy and Ethel. lol. Glad you’re enjoying these. There’s still plenty of bumps ahead, so buckle up. 😀

  • Ah, I love reliving these with you. As soon as the series ends, I am going to do a re-read but on audio. I love Reyes and Charley is such a riot. Sometimes I laugh so hard I cry. They do have some romantic struggles, don’t they? I cannot believe the final book is coming soon…

  • I do love this series. Lorelei King really helps it a lot. She does such a good job bringing out the humor in this series. I do agree with you about the relationship issues in this series (though it has been a long time since I listened to the early books). I’ve never been on of the people who loved Reyes. I don’t hate him, but he is no where close to my favorite book boyfriend. I could name 10+ people in front of him. Charley and Cookie’s BFF relationship is probably my top relationship between BFFs though. Great review.