Third in the award-winning paranormal series that’s “hilarious and heartfelt, sexy and surprising.” (J.R. Ward)
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 parthuman, 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?
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Charley Davidson is one funny, witty, pain-in-the-butt Albuquerque PI. She used to be a consultant to her police detective dad, and is now a consultant to her police detective uncle. But there’s more the Charley than “Danger” and “Will Robinson” – her tits. She’s also a grim reaper. Not the DeadLike Me type either, but the kind chosen from birth, can speak every language known to man, see the dead and let them pass through her, and remember everything from birth kind. That’s a hard burden for a girl who’s just trying to make rent and avoid getting killed while doing it.
Just like in First Grave on the Right and Second Grave on the Left, this third book in the series blends great comedic style, scorching, blistering sex, and serious drama. At the end of the last book, Charley bound Reyes to his corporeal form. He is mad and he is taking his anger out on Charley by intruding into her life day and night. In the meantime, Charley is hired by a man to find his wife, except she’s sure that he killed his wife, or at least believes he killed her. This book has more twists than a Chubby Checker song. It also has a painful development in Charley’s relationship with her father, and a promising new friendship between Charley and a local biker gang.
I’m not going to lie. The only two reasons I purchased the Charley Davidson series were because: (1) it fit the paranormal/urban fantasy mystery genre; and (2) Lorelei King narrated it. As usual, she doesn’t disappoint. If you’re familiar with Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you know how well Ms. King pulls of snarky, and there’s plenty of snark in these books. She gives great cop voice, and there are a ton of cops in this book. Lorelei King even does a good biker gang…wait, that sounded wrong. You know what I mean. In one of the books, she even clucks like a chicken. The things a narrator does for her art.
Its all been said by others before me so all I can add is close your curtains, lock your doors, turn your phone off, order in and sit back and ENJOY.
Sassy, Dangerous, Addictive!
I could listen to this series repeatedly! The narrator is one of my favorites, the characters are fantastical, flawed, and interesting. I can't wait to see where the story goes next!
I really enjoyed this book, so far the whole series is great.
I like the humor, as well as the fast paced story line. Perfect for listening, while on a long drive.
All the books I have listened to have been great, This series is in the top 3.
Yes, I couldn't stop listening, I can't wait for the 4th book.
Story is great and the narration is fantastic in this one
I wanna see what happens next and the audio book now really got me invested so I cant wait for book 4 ^^
Confrontation between Earl and Charley
I am an artist who paints romantic landscapes in soft pastels.
Book 3 - Third Grave Dead Ahead had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end!! Loved all three books....just wonderful, but, this one left me craving more and I can't wait for book 4 to come out!!
This author has such a great sense of humor. Lorelei King narrates each character perfectly. My advise? If you like humor, mystery, unique characters and excellent writing, you'll reallly like this audio book.
This year, it's the best. Without a doubt.
Oh, when Charley finally meets the gang who owns the mental hospital where she goes to talk to Rocket. I loved this whole scene! Was funny and touching, and why I love Charley so much.
It's hard to choose, there are so many great scenes, but I love when Charley and Reyes come face to face for the first time since she's bound him to his physical body.
Hilarity abounds w/ Charley Davidson is around!
This is the BEST series I've listened to this year ~ the stories are incredible, and filled w/ hilarity, but Lorelei King adds to that w/ her awesome narration...she does these voices SO well, it's as if she were born to be Charley!
If I could recommend one Audio series for everyone to listen to to judge audio books by, it would be this series, I love it that much!
Unwasted Words Reviews
Hijinks and hilarity ensue when the Grimm Reaper is on the case.
Charley's functioning on a diet of coffee, coffee, and coffee, at this point she's more likely to be a portal to Starbucks than the other side. Her self induced insomnia is due to one scorned son of Satan passionately haunting her dreams. Every time Charley closes her eyes she's bombarded with some transcendental loving via one smoking hot Reyes Farrow. Normally a little visit from the Prince of Darkness is welcomed but the Big Bad is angry and doesn't seem to want to be with Charley in her every unwaking moment.
Good thing there's work to fill in all her new free time not spent in bed. This go around Davidson is in search of a potential client's wife, but with Charley's semi coherent caffeinated skills she detects the good doctor isn't quite as good as he appears. Unfortunately he's also the least of Charley's man troubles. Davidson is having daddy issuses, along with running into problems with a motorcycle gang, a victim's very large brother, and a sadistic murder,on top of Reyes' big bad baby woes about being bound, leaving Charley in need of an industrial sized can of man repellent.
Charley's going to need a triple venti latte to save a few lives, uphold her portal duties, solve the case of the doctor's missing wife, help Reyes, and start to realize exactly what a Grimm Reaper can do.
The Charley Davidson books are probably my favorite audiobook series. The combination of Darynda Jones and Lorelei King is to die for. Third Grave Dead Ahead is another expertly narrated book. King infuses life into Jones' characters. I don't think anyone else could so genuinely portray Charley for the funny, quirky, completely oblivious, ADD prone heroine and make her even more lovable than King does. I truly believe the audiobooks provide the best experience for this series.
Darynda Jones yet again gifts us with another outstanding book. She weaves a world rooted in reality but filled with the paranormal. I seriously wonder about Jones' mental stability since she comes up with the craziest asides in the form of Charlie's solitary thoughts. She gives us great dialogue that's full of heart and hilarity. But all the fun is just a layer of frosting on top of a deceptively strong series of story lines. You don't realize it until the end because you're enjoying the journey Jones is taking you on but each book is filled with interesting threads and an amazing series plot. Her ideas are only supported by the great line up of characters, though sometimes I think their sense of humor is a little too symbiotic. I can understand her family and friends having that kind of connection but a newly acquainted FBI agent? The weird Stepford comedic sense is the only qualm I have. Everything else was wonderful.
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