Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

What happens when the Grim Reaper loses her memory?

If the Reaper is Charlotte “Charley” Davidson, then you find her waiting tables in a little diner in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and going by the name Janey Doerr.

Narrator Lorelei King does a superb job giving distinct voices to the numerous characters. King’s cadence and flare with vocals enhances this tantalizing tale. King’s spot on performance adds depth and dimension to Charley and the gang.

Charley wakes up in the alley behind the diner with no memory. The diner owner gives her a job and she begins trying to figure out who she is and why she can see dead people. Before long she gets to know a new waitress named Cookie and a number of regular customers who all seem to know more about her then she does herself. Charley finds herself especially drawn to the sexy, mysterious customer named Reyes, who is always around and soon becomes a short order cook at the diner.

When the family of a nearby shop owner is held hostage by thieves, Charley/Janey can’t help but get involved. With the help of a teenage ghost, Charley/Janey is determined to free the family even if it means she could get killed. On her quest to help others, Charley learns who she really is.

Author Darynda Jones continues to blend mystery, the paranormal, humor, romance and suspense with a story that will hold you captive. The characters are quirky and likable.

The story flows fast with twists, turns and a few surprises. The paranormal seems every day through the rich descriptions of the author.

THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE can be read/listened to on its own. However, for a deeper understanding of the characters and the plot, the series should be read/listened to in order.

With the trio of Jones, King and Davidson you will be laughing out loud one minute and on the edge of your seat in suspense the next.

The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones, Charley Davidson series (Book #9), Narrated by Lorelei King, Macmillan Audio, @2015, ISBN: 978-1427264046, Unabridged, 8 Discs, Run Time: 10 Hours 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio 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. I hope I've enticed you to check out the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. It's a fun series.


  1. Book nine? I have some catching up to do..

  2. That's a really interesting premise for a story, Mason. I have to admit I'm not much of a one for the paranormal element. But still, the premise is intriguing. Glad you enjoyed this.


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