Review & Contest: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson (# 8)
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages:  293
Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review



With twelve 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.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….


Review:  This series has been on my radar for a very long time.  But for some reason, I just hadn’t gotten around to reading them.  So when I was asked to do a feature on Eighth Grave After Dark, I knew it was time to finally jump into the paranormal world of Charley Davidson.  I’m have to start out by saying that there were moments when I was pretty lost since I hadn’t read the previous books in the series.  There was a storyline that had continued from earlier in the series.  I didn’t quite understand all the relationships between people… and there were a lot of characters.  If I could go back and read this book in order of the series, it probably would have been a bit more satisfying.

All that said, I did enjoy the book.  The world that Ms Jones has created is odd, unique and actually pretty interesting.  And there is a whole lot going on.  The book opens as Charley is helping her BFF Cookie get ready for her wedding to Charley’s uncle.  The wedding is going to start soon when a cop that Charley has worked with in the past comes to her for some help find a missing girl (here’s the mystery part of the story).  If that wasn’t enough, throw in the fact that Charley is VERY pregnant and her life and that of her unborn daughter’s as well are in danger.  As I said there’s a lot going on and it kept me on my toes trying to keep up.

Ms Jones has an interesting writing style with a touch of snarkiness to it.  She was able to touch my emotions.  I laughed out loud and found myself tearing up.  I was surprised by this fact considering I wasn’t as invested in the characters as I would have been if I had read the rest of the series.  That said, I felt more often than not that Ms Jones assumes that the reader has read the series and therefore while she does a little “catch up”, she really jumps into the action and leaves the reader to sink or swim.  A few times I had to stop reading and try to figure out if I’d missed something and then just chalked it up to not having read the series.

In the end, I enjoyed the book.  It caught my attention and kept me turning the pages.  The mystery was a little light, almost as a little filler to the overarcing plot. I’ll definitely have to go back to book one to see what I missed and how the characters got to where they are.  But I got the feeling that this was a privotal book in the series and having not read those earlier books I’ve missed all the building to this point.  I wouldn’t recommend jumping into the series as I have, but do recommend trying this series.








photo credit: Donita Massey Privett

Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a RITA Award for best first novel for First Grave On The Right. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Jones lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.


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16 thoughts on “Review & Contest: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

  1. Bonnie Hilligoss says:

    I have not read the series, but not sure why since they all sound great. I will move them up on my list!

  2. Diane Sallans says:

    haven’t read it yet, but I’ve seen a lot of good comments so I’d like to.

  3. anne says:

    I have read several of the books and enjoyed them greatly since this series is unique, captivating, intriguing, and written so well. The character Charley is special and I love to follow her adventures. Thanks for this great giveaway and fabulous feature.

  4. Judy Cox says:

    No, I have not read this series. I would love to read the series because these books sound very good. I know I will enjoy this. I will have to put this on my TBR list.

  5. Jen B. says:

    I haven’t started this series yet even though it’s been on my wish list for a while. I haven’t started it recently because I have been completing other series first (like Black Dagger Brotherhood and Stephanie Plum). One of my friends this series is funny like Stephanie Plum but with elements of urban fantasy. That sounds awesome!

  6. Jess1 says:

    I haven’t read this series yet, but have read some good things about it. Still trying to catch up on other series.

  7. Janie McGaugh says:

    I have been reading this series, and Charley’s quirky character is my favorite thing about it, followed closely by Reyes.

  8. BookAttict says:

    What’s not to totally love about this series?? ….From the one-liners at the beginning of each chapter– to the hilarious dialogue and classic Charley Davidson snark—and that’s before even mentioning Reyes– the hottest (literally) bad-boy ever!

  9. I’ve wanted to read this series for a long time! Good to know that I should definitely start at the beginning. I have tried jumping into other series in the middle and sometimes it’s okay, but sometimes not. So it’s good to know that this one might be okay but would be better knowing all the background first.

  10. Joanne B says:

    I have not read this series yet. It does sound intriguing with Charley being able to see and help the dead and then there is her relationship with Reyes.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Sarah Jordan says:

    I FINALLY read the first book in the series last month and it was everything I’d hoped for. Smart, snarky, kick-ass heroine, hot sizzling (literally!) alpha male, a great supporting cast, good mystery and fun world. Now the rest of the series is on the top of my TBR pile, but my local library only had #6, so I’m waiting for #2 to read this series in order:-)

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