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Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Jul 20, 2015

Book 8
Charley Davidson series

Sometimes I wonder if the purpose of my life is to serve as a cautionary tale to others. ~T-shirt

Charley Davidson has enough going on without having to worry about twelve hellhounds hot on her trail. She is, after all, incredibly pregnant and feeling like she could pop at any moment. But, just her luck, twelve deadly beasts from hell have chosen this time to escape onto our plane, and they've made Charley their target. And so she takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can't get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. Of course, if hellhounds aren't enough, Charley also has a new case to hold her attention: the decades-old murder of a newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows of the convent. 
Add to that the still unsolved murder of her father, the strange behavior of her husband, and Charley's tendency to attract the, shall we say, undead, and she has her hands full…but also tied. While the angry hellhounds can't traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders like evil sentries, so Charley has been forbidden from leaving the sacred grounds. Luckily, she has her loyal team with her, and they're a scrappy bunch who won't let a few thirsty hellhounds deter them.

While the team scours the prophesies, searching for clues on the Twelve, for a way to kill them or at least send them back to hell, 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. Their presence is comforting. But the good feelings don't last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

I gave this book a 

Jones takes things to a whole new level in Eighth Grave After Dark. It has all your favorite heart palpitating moments. Hilarious comedic one-liners and mysteries frame this story. Reyes and Charley face their new destinies, surrounded by friends and foes. Fans of the series will have many of their burning questions answered. Forewarned, Darynda Jones has the ability to lead readers down paths they had no idea existed. You will taken by surprise. Eighth Grave After Dark is a game changer. The superb writing and brilliant imagery Jones delivers will have you begging for The Dirt on Ninth Grave in 2016.

Note:  Coming October 6th Brighter Than the Sun will be available.  It is a novella told from Reyes POV
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Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub Date: May 19, 2015

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