Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

Posted January 25, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda JonesEleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #11
Narrator: Lorelei King
Published by Macmillan Audio on 01-24-17
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
Source: Author
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A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.

I listened to Eleventh Grave in Moonlight in one sitting!

Charley usually has a few “irons in the fire” and she really juggled few more issues this time around. There were a few mysteries, some she was paid to figure out since she’s a P.I. and all. (One can’t live off of just coffee, although I think if someone could it would be Charley and Cookie.) The other mysteries were a little more personal, which is the case with all the books in Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series but they’ve never crossed over Charley’s job as much as the case of the Frosts aka the elderly couple that kidnapped baby Reyes all those years ago just to give him to the master, Earl Walker.

About 80% of the plot of these books are focused on the case(s) that Charley and Cookie are working on with the other 20% being part of the overall series arching plot line about Charley, Reyes and the fate of the world as we know it. I would say Eleventh Grave is more 90/10 but that ending will be a big jumping off point for The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (October 31st, 2017). Do not read the synopsis for The Trouble with Twelfth Grave BEFORE finishing Eleventh Grave in Moonlight.

I feel like Jones is leading us to the end of the series by spoon-feeding us salsa verde, only to hold mocha frappes over our heads and making us jump for them. I cannot wait to see what is in store for Charley and Reyes next.

Lorelei King delivers another stellar performance. She proves again, why the Charley Davidson series is an audio only series for me. She delivers Jones’s one-liners and snarky humor to perfection like no else could. If you have not listened to this series you really should even if you’ve already read it. DO. IT. ON. AUDIO!


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.

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: three-half-stars
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4 responses to “Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

  1. I love your review because you broke down your rating by story and characters for me. I totally agree on your assessment b/c where the characters hold up the story and her writing is phenomenal, the plot this time around confused me by the time the end of the book came around. I was left with more questions than answers! Unfortunately, her books always make me bawl like a baby and snort out loud so I can’t seem to rate them low. Few other series consistently bring such snort-inducing entertainment. *shoulder shrug*

  2. I couldn’t agree more about the audio – I read this in October as an ARC and as soon as I finish my current audiobook, today probably, I’m planning to listen to it. It was good (great!), but just not the same without Lorelei.

  3. I have about 2 hours left in this book. Just finished up at the food court. So far, I’m loving it. I want to think I read somewhere that 12 was the last book, but I could be wrong. I love Lorelei King. What did you think of her Scottish accents?