Series Catch Up: Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones

Posted January 11, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | , , | 8 Comments

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Series Catch Up: Charley Davidson by Darynda JonesThe Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #9
Narrator: Lorelei King
Published by Macmillan Audio on January 5th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads

In a small village in New York Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her-even from her new and trusted friends-the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

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My Favorite in the Series!

After my binge listens of Eighth Grave After Dark and The Dirt on Ninth Grave I’m now firmly back on the Charley bandwagon. The amnesia plot really worked for this installment. It was fun to watch Charley act like Charley even if she didn’t know who she was or her “new” friends.

Charley might have been living as Janie Doe but she was the same snarky, coffee loving gal. Compelled to give nicknames to people, things and body parts. It was refreshing to not have all the names as usual, though. That is one of my big turn offs about the series.

After the gang found out at the end of Eighth Grave they were warned by Charley’s sister, Gemma to take it slow with Charley. To let her remember things on her own. So watching Bobert (Uncle Bob aka UB), Cookie, Osh, Garrett and Reyes plant themselves into Charley’s new life to watch over her was like watching the Three Stooges. It was funny to see them come up with ways to dance around the truth when Charley asked them questions about why they were lying to her (you know, because Charley has the power to tell if someone is lying).

I loved seeing Charley rediscover Reyes. It was funny, hot, sweet and a little heartbreaking.

And keeping true to the series there was a mystery or two to be solved. Charley was pulled in of course by the people around her that needed help. The gang sat back and watched her do her thing and stepped in when they couldn’t sit back anymore.

Lorelei King delivers another stellar performance. She proves again, why the Charley Davidson series is an audio book only series for me. She delivers Jones’s one-liners and snarky humor to perfection. King is Charley.
I really enjoyed The Dirt on Ninth Grave, it brought back my Charley mo-jo.
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Series Catch Up: Charley Davidson by Darynda JonesEighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #8
Narrator: Lorelei King
Published by Macmillan Audio on 05-19-15
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs
Source: Library
Audio | Goodreads

With 12 hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can't get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally, since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley's been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can't traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn't know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he's near, but naturally he swears he's fine. Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life.


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Charley and the gang deal with two issues as usual. A case about a missing girl and the overall story ARC of the series in Eighth Grave After Dark. The highlights are . . .

  • a wedding takes place
  • a birth takes place
  • Mr. Wong is FINALLY relieved for who he really is
  • Charley finds out her celestial name
  • shit just got real


He grinned again. “Do you need anything else?”


One corner of his mouth rose. “What’s that?”

“It induces labor. It’s about time for Beep to move out. Cut her hair. Get a job. I need a flat belly.”

“Have you tried crunches?”

“I just don’t get it. I’m supernatural. You’re supernatural. Why can’t we have one of those quick pregnancies like Bella and Edward? Gwen from Torchwood. Scully. Deanna Troi. Or even Cordelia when that demon impregnated her. Twenty-four hours later, bam! Demon child.”

“Aren’t they all?” Cookie said, garnering herself a glare from her daughter. Ah, to be thirteen again.


I listened to Eighth Grave After Dark in one day. It was that good. I know others had issues with this one but I had none.


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My death will probably be caused by being sarcastic at the wrong time. – TRUE FACT


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About Lorelei King

Lorelei King is one of the most successful and accomplished American actresses working in the UK today, appearing in numerous films and television shows. Lorelei is also a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell among others.

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.

About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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8 responses to “Series Catch Up: Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones

  1. Patti (@TheLoveJunkee)

    Aaahhhh! I haven’t started reading this yet because I’m going to the signing with KMM on Monday. Super excited to see Darynda Jones but impatient to read the book 🙂 Glad to see everyone’s loving it – I know a lot of peeps were frustrated after Book 8.

  2. I so loved this book and watching Charley fall in love with Reyes again. I don’t know that I could read these books. I started off on audio and I love King’s narration. It just wouldn’t be the same.