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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?

©2012 Darynda Jones (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 03-21-12

AWESOME, A PERFECT BOOK IN A PERFECT SERIES

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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To Die For

What did you love best about Third Grave Dead Ahead?

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Meh

I am a big Lorelei King fan, so I think that part of why I keep listening to this series is because of her. Some of the writing is good. I like the interaction with Swopes and with the Yost/Dean family. The story is one that I am intrigued by, I like the whole Grim Reaper who hasn't fully tapped into her gift storyline. Halfway through this book I was swearing that I wouldn't get the next book but the end saved it for me. Charlie is too schizo for me to be a fan. She goes from being a woman who can't make a good decision when her love life is involved to a woman who interacts with her assistant/friend like a 13 year old girl, (I hate listening to a grown woman act and speak like a teenager), to an actual grown up. I'm on the fence about the series.

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  • Ali
  • Middletown DE
  • 02-19-12

Light Hearted and Dramatic, amazing 3rd book

I enjoyed the first two books, but was hooked on the third book. The series is typically light hearted and slightly dramatic. The third book went from slightly interesting to riveting. I was astonished near the end when tears came to my eyes, as I empathized with Charlie. You need to listen to the first two books to understand the third but it's worth it. The narrator is one of my favorites.

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Best one yet!

If I could have given this book 10 stars I would. I love the series and wondered how Darynda Jones was going to keep it going. Now I know and can't wait until the next book.

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  • Sunshine
  • Vincennes, IN, United States
  • 09-03-12

Another winner!

If you could sum up Third Grave Dead Ahead in three words, what would they be?

Sassy, Dangerous, Addictive!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

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!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gabrielle
  • jackson, MI, United States
  • 08-13-12

Great listen

Where does Third Grave Dead Ahead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

All the books I have listened to have been great, This series is in the top 3.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I couldn't stop listening, I can't wait for the 4th book.

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  • Stacy
  • Pikeville, KY, United States
  • 07-18-12

Danger & Will Robinson

Where does Third Grave Dead Ahead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This whole series is definitely one of my favorites and this book is the best so far. Just to put that in perspective, I read/listen to over 200 books per year with at least half of those are audio.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Third Grave Dead Ahead?

It was definitely the shock, but I can't say more without giving it away.

What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

She truly brings the characters to life, but she's never let me down as a narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There's so much humor in all the books of the series and this one added a serious note to the series. I cried after the big twist of this story. I can't wait to see the direction the story takes in the next book.

Any additional comments?

Darynda Jones is a fantastic author and this series is one of the best I've read. If you like humor along with your woo-woo stuff then you can't go wrong with any of these books. I definitely recommend this series to anyone and everyone.

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Best one yet.

This was the best one in the series yet. It was action packed and I wasn't sure what was going to happen next. I actually listened to it in one sitting and went to bed extremely late simply because I had to know what was coming. It definately set up what is coming next at the end and that really makes me want the next book now. The narrator has definately grown on me and did a good job.

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  • Eugenia
  • Chatsworth, CA, US
  • 06-21-12

The BEST one in series!

That's NOT to say that the first two were chopped liver! I ADORE THIS SERIES! Can I say that loud enough with enough !!! ?

It's just that the plot and the characters are being developed so beautifully and I am totally enthralled with Lorelei King's narration. She brings Charley to life and her talent at interpretation is boundless.

This is truly a wonderful series and I await more with great anticipation.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful