Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7) by Darynda Jones (Review)

19286674Title: Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7)

Author: Darynda Jones

Genre: Paranormal Mystery Romance

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Published: October 21, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press








Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.



Karen Ponders


Just finished up the latest Daryenda Jones book Seventh Grave and No Body. This is the seventh full length Charley Davidson book in the series, and Jones has written a fast paced, action packed and gripping paranormal mystery romance.  The series centers around Charley Davidson ADHD  private investigator extordinaire.  She has a crime solving clear rate that is unparalleled, and she works as a consultant for the Albuquerque  Police Department.  She has been working for them a very longtime as her father is a retired cop and her uncle is still on the force.  You see Charley can see dead people, and they usually point her in the direction of the dastardly person who bumped them off, if they were bumped off.  Charley happens not to be psychic, or even dropped on her head as a kid, she happens to be the Grim Reaper, as in robe wearing, scythe carrying Grim Reaper, but not as creepy, kinda shiny and with a lot more ADHD involved.  She also has one killer sense of humor.  That sense of humor is what keeps these books fresh, as Jones writes her books with such affection and heart you can’t help to be swept away by plot and the characters.  One of the highlights of reading a Jones book is seeing what each chapter little saying will be, they are hilarious fortune cookies of fun.

Charley is surrounded by a cast of wonderful friends, family, ghosts and demons that make this and everyone of Jones’s books such a enjoyable read.  Throw in the scorching hot love between Charley and her demon lover Reyes Farrow, and you have perfection.  Charley has some of the best friends a Grim Reaper could want and her relationship with her BFF Cookie is true blue, hopefully nothing ever damages this perfect union.  Yes, I worry as no one or nothing is ever safe in a Charley Davidson book, as death comes to us all.

In this newest book The Dealer who was introduced in Sixth Grave and on the Edge, and is now a regular in Charley’s motley crew; we find out his name, Charley trust him and Reyes doesn’t.   Can anyone say conflict! During this read I wonder if The Dealer isn’t to Baby Farrow what Reyes is to Charley? Spin Off Series.

Reyes and Charley are together a lot in this book, and the banter between both of these supernatural beings is fantastic.  Even when these two characters fight, they do it with love.

As with all of Jones’s book Charley has several mysteries to solve, and also she finds puzzle pieces to the mystery which is her own existence.  The author leaves enough threads hanging to keep me wanting the next book, as I finished her latest, but she also gives me enough answers that I never feel created or strung along, like a addict waiting for her Charley fix.  Charley said it herself in this book she is addictive.    Warning, if you start this series you won’t be able to stop until you have scarfed down all the chewy, fluffy goodness that is Charley Davidson aka The Grim Reaper.


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NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.



Last Light (Night Owl Trilogy Book #2) by M. Pierce (Review)

19286534Title: Last Light (Night Owl Trilogy Book #2)

Author: M. Pierce

Genre: Sold as Contemporary Romance/Erotica, but so much more.

Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

Publish Date: October 28, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin Griffin




Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead …


Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret …



Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper in the highly anticipated second book in the Night Owl Trilogy.



Karen Ponder’s


Last year I wrote a open letter to M. Pierce about his book Night Owl. I don’t know if the author read it, or if anyone did. I read the book shortly after it was released and I wrote my thoughts and feelings, but I didn’t post a review until much later; life got in the way.  I did, however, tell everyone who would listen that they should read the book.

Now I have finished the second book Last Light in the Night Owl Trilogy.   The books starts simply


December is the cruelest month to die in.


That pretty much sums up the Last Light, Matt Sky aka M.Pierce, the character, not the author is dead. Or could he be both the character and the author? Or maybe M. Pierce is living on a speck of dirt that landed on a clover flower and is being held in by the trunk of a elephant. Damn. Sorry, I regressed and started to ponder the workings of the universe. Okay, back to the review. Anyone who read the epilogue of Night Owl was shocked to discover this event, and left many readers and reviewers reeling.


So fast forward a few months to Matt Sky’s memorial services and the hunt for W. Pierce the person who published Night Owl. Okay are you confused yet? Night Owl is also a fictional book in the book Night Owl and Last Light.   The book has gone viral and everyone is out for blood as this tawdry piece of erotica is expunging the brilliance that was M. Pierce.   The ribald read is selling like hot cakes, pirated and shared, all over the internet.


The book at it’s core is a love story, but not the safe type of love story some readers gravitate to. This is a messy love affair, full of lies, deceit, and sacrifice. A love that is all encompassing, and one where the other person is willing to do anything to make sure that the love survives no matter what.   What price would you pay for love, and what sacrifices would you make for that love and what lies would you tell for that love to survive?  On the flip side of this is the selfishness that sometimes comes with love, the need to be cocooned with the one you love, safe and protected from the outside world.

Both Hannah and Matt are evolving as characters. Their relationship with each other devolves and evolves because of secrets and lie.  I feel at times that Hannah slipped  in her sense of self.  I am assuming that the author has indented for this to happen, as this is not the last in the chapter written for these characters.   Matt is dysfunctional, but he is Matt, who else would he be if he wasn’t a mess.  Life is messy sometimes and so are the people in it.   If you want nice and neat don’t read M. Pierce.

Should you read M. Pierce’s Night Owl Trilogy Last Light, the answer is yes. I am not going to say that the book is awesome, cause if I hear that adjective used by a reviewer one more time I may puke.   If you want a thought-provoking read that might turn you into an author stalker, this book is for you. If you want fluff and bubble gum romance, then don’t read this book. If you are looking for complex characters with complex motives, then this book is for you. If you are looking for a cardboard cut out of Prince Charming, then pass on this book as Matt Sky/M.Pierce is too screwed up to ever be Prince Charming. Thankfully. If you are looking for a riveting plot that will keep you up all night reading, then this book is for you.

Do I have to agree with how the characters act in a book to rate the book a good read.  NO.  The author is the creator of the realm that he has thrust the reader into, it is not up to me to agree with the characters actions in order for me to appreciate the story.  Does M.Pierce push limits and take me out of my own reality, heck yes and that is why it is fiction.  Will some readers be pushed by this book absolutely, and it won’t be for everyone. But make no mistake, it is well worth the read.

I received a ARC of this book via Netgalley. Yadda Yadda Yadda all opinions are my own. It doesn’t happen too offend, cause I don’t kiss authors behinds.   If you are an author and want behind kissing find another reviewer, on another blog.


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I’m an avid reader and bestselling author living in Colorado.  I own a rabbit named Laurence (named after Laurence Sterne).