Thursday, December 4, 2014

Darynda Jones’ Seventh Grave and No Body

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda JonesWhen some readers see the word paranormal, they automatically reject the book. That’s sad because they could be missing out on a fascinating story.

The Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones has a paranormal flare, but is an enthralling series that deals with much more than just the grim reaper and demonic creatures. It also deals with family issues, friendship, compassion, and loyalty.

Narrator Lorelei King does a superb job giving each of the characters their own unique voice. Her mannerisms add depth to the story as she changes from super silly to serious when needed. Her cadence draws you as she captures the essence of everyone from the sassy Charley to the typical teenager Amber. 

SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY finds Charley, the grim reaper, dealing with a hand full of issues. She’s helping her detective uncle investigate a rash of suicides, her father has disappeared, a dead girl wants her to find her body and 12 hellhounds are out to killer her. She’s having to do all of this without caffeine due to her unexpected pregnancy with her sexy fiancé, Reyes, the son of Satan.

The author blends humor with the paranormal adding elements of realism to create a well-blended story. The characters are quirky and likable. With rich detailed descriptions, the author places the reader/listener in the supernatural world as quickly as she placed them in the New Mexico setting. 

The story is fast-pace and action driven. There are twists and turns that will have you holding your breath, along with the steamy dalliances between Charley and Reyes. There are laugh out loud moments, as well as times that will tug at your heart.

SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY shouldn’t be read/listened to on its own. To completely understand Charley’s actions and all that is going on, the prior installments in the series need to be read/listened to in order.

Between the talented writing of Jones and the mesmerizing vocals of King, the world of Charley Davidson comes to life in such a way as to make you believe all things are possible and that the grim reaper is a sassy P.I. living in New Mexico who just wants to help people. Who knew the grim reaper could be so funny as to name not only her car, but her sofa, her shower, her brain, her head and a whole lot more.

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones, Charley Davidson Series Book #7, Narrated by Lorelei King, Macmillan Audio, @2014, ISBN: 978-1427244376, Unabridged, 9 Discs, Run Time: 10 Hours and 30 Minutes 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have you ever tried a genre you didn’t think you’d like, but found out it was one you really liked after all? Are you a Charley Davidson fan? If so, who is your favorite character in the series?

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  1. I am certainly a cross-genre reader. And benefit from it. Some of my favourite books don't fit into genres anyway. Ruling out a particular genre is a limitation that my greedy self is not prepared to apply.

  2. I like a supernatural thriller, and the humor would be a bonus.

  3. I used to live in NM. That's a great setting.

  4. Mason - Thanks for sharing this. There are definitely some series like that, where it's best to read the novels in order. I'm glad you enjoy this one.

  5. I tend to pass up paranormal novels. Perhaps I should give them a try.

  6. I don't like to read paranormal novels. However, I didn't think I would like to read Science Fiction and now I'm a huge fan. Thanks for your daily reviews! I love coming here each day.

  7. A humorous grim reaper. That could bear looking into. Thanks.


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