Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Early Review : Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson) by Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson—grim reaper extraordinaire, private investigator . . . meh—is practicing her profession under the influence, caffeine and copious amounts of it, due to an extreme desire to induce insomnia. Every time she closes her eyes, Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan, is there. Only thing is, he’s a tad peeved. She did bind for all eternity, so it’s hard blame him. But 13 days without a wink is bound to bring out the crazy in a girl. So, when a man hires her to find his wife, Charley accepts the job with one goal in mind: Put the man behind bars, and not the wet kind. She can sense the guilt waft off him and vows to find the woman’s body and prove he’s a murderer. 

In the meantime, Reyes is back in prison and none too happy about it . . . so Charley thinks, until she is carjacked by the dark-haired rake, who swears the very man he went to prison for killing is not only alive, but close by. And he wants Charley to find him. 

While a visit to her old friend Rocket sheds no light on Reyes’s situation, Charley finds out the man’s wife is still alive and time is running out. Finding her before she dies would be a miracle, but she has to try. Together with the help of a fashion-impaired receptionist named Cookie, Charley sets out to bring the bad guys to justice. She just hopes Reyes is not one of them. And that she’s not hallucinating from her self-induced bout with insomnia.

This is one of those rare series that I've consistently given 5 stars to. I'm very stingy with my 5 star ratings, but these stories have everything that I enjoy. A strong protagonist, engaging mysteries, lots of humor, enjoyable secondary characters, and a male love interest that has me drooling all over the pages. 

Simply put, I can't get enough of Charley and Reyes. 

The dynamics in their relationship take an unexpected turn in this third installment and we see a side of Reyes that is a little unnerving, along with a side that exposes his vulnerabilites.

He seems to be a little more deserving of his nickname, "Son of Satan", when his mean streak appears. He has his reasons. Desperation being the main cause. But we also see a softer side of him when he is reunited with people that he cares about deeply.

Although I didn't see many of the romantic elements that I enjoy in Charley and Reyes' relationship, I found the tension and the uncertainty hanging between them exciting. One thing is for sure, their relationship could never be considered stale or predictable. 

As with previous installments, Charley has her hands full with multiple mysteries occuring simultaneously. She attempts to locate a missing spouse, assists a local biker gang, and searches for the man that Reyes is spending time in prison for supposively killing.

As always, I enjoyed every single moment of this story. I never know what Charley will do or say next. But what I do know is that she never disappoints. 


2shay said...

Thank you for your review. I love this series.

ajisainokimi_32491 said...

thank you for the lovely review. i am sure darynda jones appreciates it. :]

Alexa said...

So many people are starting to read this series lately. I have a copy of the first book but I have yet to read it, this is the story of my life just encase you were wondering.

Thank you for the great review of this book, you have inspired me to try to make time for this series.

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