Series: Charley Davidson

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

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

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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
Amazon | Audio | Goodreads
four-stars
three-half-flames

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. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

Review Breakdown
Characters
three-stars
Narration (Audio)
four-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

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The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Posted January 15, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 8 Comments

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

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Brighter Than the Sun by Darynda Jones

Posted October 6, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

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What dead would Darynda Jones like to have dinner with?

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Posted May 19, 2015 by Jennifer in Author Guest Post | 18 Comments

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BEP! Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

BEP! Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

Posted October 22, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 8 Comments

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Take a Look into Cookie Kowalski’s Journal

Take a Look into Cookie Kowalski’s Journal

Posted May 27, 2014 by Jennifer in Author Guest Post, Blog Tour | 25 Comments

THIS JOURNAL BELONGS TO COOKIE KOWALSKI Dear Journal, I know it’s been several years since I wrote, but I now know things I never dreamed were possible. Never in a million years. And I felt I should write them down so I never forget. Alzheimer is a real possibility. And today I learned not to take my time on earth for granted. Or my daughter, for that matter. Even though I thought divorce was the most painful thing I’d ever go through, I now realize that my life hadn’t really begun until after. It all started when I moved into a new apartment building right after the papers were signed almost three years ago. I met a young woman that day who would change my […]


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Hashtag Holy Cliffhanger! Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones

Posted May 27, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

Wow Charley is really getting on the social media band wagon. There was so many hashtag moments and each was funny. But if I had to pick one of Charley’s hashtags to sum up Sixth Grave on the Edge it would be #HOLYSHIT. Why a 3.5 rating vs an 4 Rating I want to know Mr. Wong’s story. He’s been around since First Grave and we still don’t know much about him. Jones gives us a little tease about him in Sixth Grave but I’m ready to know who and/or what he is. I think he’s a spy for someone but I could be wrong. Come on Wong spill already. Charley needs to grow up. I love her snark and humor but by book 6 […]