Review: The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones (@Darynda, @StMartinsPress)

Posted June 30, 2016 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 9 Comments


Review: The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones (@Darynda, @StMartinsPress)
The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #10
Published by St. Martin's Press
Published on: June 28, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

Cliff Hanger Mystery Suspense

This series took a bit of a detour with the last installment, but Charley is back in this thick of things in THE CURSE OF THE TENTH GRAVE. Her stint in amnesialand did serve a purpose which became clear in this latest book as did a number of other elements that have been kicking around in the background. Par for the course, there’s a murder to solve, a curse to unravel, a blackmailer to thwart, and a world to save.

Davidson begins to set a plan into motion using all of the knowledge she’s gained which unfortunately also caused some strife in her relationship with Reyes, but it turns out that he’s been keeping just as many secrets from her as she has from him. They talk it out over a heated game of Twister, reconnect with LOTS of sex, and eventually end up on the same page which considering the elephant in the room was pretty remarkable.

The Lyle Fiske case was another mind buster that could only be solved by the world’s most unconventional PI. Charley accomplishes this seemingly impossible feat with two sets of ghost hunters stalking her every move thanks to a viral video while also saving a homeless girl who’s slated to be Harbor House’s tenth victim, and humbling Nick the Pri—Parker with a mind blowing revelation. All in a day’s work for this grim reaper!

This volume wasn’t without its heartbreak, following the loss of a key figure in Davidson’s life, it’s now Reyes’ turn to suffer a similar blow. The emotional torture doesn’t stop there either because another pivotal secondary character’s fate is on the chopping block, and the bad news just keeps on coming when the author announces that this person is destined to burn in the fiery pits of Hell. Euum, say WHAAAT!?

THE CURSE OF THE TENTH GRAVE was classic Darynda Jones with a dollop of oh-no-you-didn’t!



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9 responses to “Review: The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones (@Darynda, @StMartinsPress)

  1. I didn’t really read this review as I just started the series and I have only listened to book one. I have book two coming up to listen too. I am not sure what took me so long to try this series as the first one was a lot of fun. 🙂

  2. So that person headed for hell was dropped – just a quick 1 sentence – in Reyes’s novella (Brighter than the Sun). I remember because I went, “wait, what?!” and rewound it to listen again. So I’ve been waiting and waiting for some more info. Killed me where she left is, can’t wait for January. I seriously enjoyed this one 🙂
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