Winner of the Golden Heart(R) for Best Paranormal Romance for her manuscript First Grave on the Right, DARYNDA JONES can't remember a time when she wasn't putting pen to paper. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than twenty-five years and two beautiful sons, aka the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.
Though PI and grim reaper Charlotte "Charley" Davidson's fourth outing (after 2012's Third Grave Dead Ahead) still features the paranormal mystery series' trademark wry humor, it disappoints by settling into a narrative holding pattern. Having spent months recovering from post-torture traumatic stress with pajama-clad television home shopping, Charley regains a lease on life after being hired by Harper Lowell, whose wealthy family refuses to believe that, as she claims, someone is trying to kill her. Additional complications are added by Charley's romantic tension with hunky "son of Satan" Reyes Farrow, whose recent involvement in illegal cage matches may be linked to a spate of demonic possessions. Jones relegates too many of her entertaining series regulars to brief cameos, while underplaying what initially promises to become an escalation of the war between heaven and hell over control of Charley. Fans can hope, however, that the sequel teased at this volume's conclusion will restore the luster to a formerly strong series. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, Janklow & Nesbit. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Jones perfectly balances humor and suspense." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD"Wickedly witty...will delight aficionados of humorous paranormals." --Booklist (starred review) on THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD"Charley Davidson is one of the most fun characters I have had the privilege to read. She is witty, independent, and lives a little on the crazy side of life." --Dark Faerie Tales on THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD"Absolutely amazing...a thrill ride from the very first page until the very last." --Red Hot Books (5 stars) on THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD"A hilarious, wickedly sexy, action packed, mystery that will have you howling with laughter... A strong character driven series, this urban fantasy takes you on a crazy laugh filled adventure with strong emotional story lines, multiple subplots, charismatic characters, and witty dialogue." --Smexy Books on THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD"Love!" --Oh My Books! (4 1/2 stars) on THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD"A barrel of laughs mixed with some intense action. Jones' trademark humor makes this series a must read for urban fantasy readers who like a good laugh with their suspense. Jones gives readers some of the most entertaining characters to come along in a long while." --Debbie's Book Bag on THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD"Hilarious engrossing paranormal mysteries with absolutely no vampires or werewolves...with an easy-to-root-for herione." --Quirky Girls Read (A+) on THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD
This well-done audiobook is the fourth entry in Jones's paranormal romance series featuring Albuquerque, NM, private detective Charlotte "Charley" Davidson. Secretly the grim reaper, Davidson employs her ability to see dead people to her professional advantage. While pursuing her career and navigating her unusual relationships, she aids a woman whose life is in imminent danger. All characters, paranormal and otherwise, are well drawn, and the witty narrative deftly employs sarcasm, implication, and understatement. Narrator Lorelei King is excellent as the voice of Charley and equally adept at portraying all the characters. -VERDICT Recommended for those who have enjoyed the previous series entries and those looking for other series a la "Sookie Stackhouse" or "Stephanie Plum."-Sandra C. Clariday, Tennessee Wesleyan Coll. Lib., Athens (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.