Series: Charley Davidson #3
Author: Darynda Jones
Pages: 310 (Hardcover)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she's drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hellbent on murder when the devil's son just won't give up?
Third Grave Dead Ahead starts thirteen days after Second Grave on the Left. That’s also how long Charley has gone without sleep. Whenever she nods off she somehow summons Reyes and he is not happy at all. They still have mind blowing sex, but there’s anger there as well. Of course, Charley also has to take on another case. This time a doctor’s wife has gone missing and Charley knows that he did it, because he’s reeking of guilt. And on top of that, her father wants her to quit her job! What’s a reaper to do?
Third Grave Dead Ahead didn’t start off as strong for me. It felt like the author was trying to cram in way too many jokes all at once. It was a bit much and they soon lost their humor. They got funny again once the laughs were spread out amongst the plots, which got crazy toward the end and saved my rating! I wasn’t sure about the missing wife mystery at first because I figured that it would go one of two ways. One, there’s so much evidence against the husband, that he must have killed her, and it’s just a matter of how he’s gotten away with it. Two, there’s so much evidence against the husband, and yet he didn’t do it! Once the reveal came, I was underwhelmed, but then there’s a twist! What is the matter with people?!
As for the whole Reyes mess, there’s some quite emotional scenes and some eye-roll worthy ones. As we know, he isn’t happy that Charley bound him to his body and that he’s back in prison. Well, he’s powerful enough to bring about the apocalypse so I doubted he would stay barred for long. He also sets up Charley for a side case involving the man he supposedly murdered ten years ago. The ending to that had me rolling my eyes, because it was just too unbelievable and convenient and honestly, it didn’t really add much to the overall story.
The very last chapters of Third Grave Dead Ahead were great though! I totally didn’t see any of that coming! I was shocked! And I was certainly glad that I had the next book on hand.