Review: Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6) by Darynda Jones

May 22, 2014 Review 4 ★★★★

Review: Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6) by Darynda JonesSixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #6
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: Excerpt
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 20, 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kate
4 Stars

Sexual content

Several steamy sex scenes

Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it's time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?

Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn't come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she's used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.

Every time I pick up a Charley Davidson book, I'm concerned that maybe, just maybe, I'm misremembering how good the previous books were. After all, there's no way Charley can be that snarky, Reyes can be that sexy, and Cookie can be that sweet, right? And yet, with every one, my love of this series is reaffirmed, and SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE is no exception to that rule.

Jones takes the reader on an action-packed ride in SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE and I, for one, definitely enjoyed it. Charley is one of my favorite urban fantasy heroines - the combination of sarcasm, backbone, and determination to solve problems along with her sometimes slightly selfish outlook and obliviousness give her a good balance. She's not your average little Ms. Perfect urban fantasy heroine with her special powers and automatic awesomeness, she has to learn how to use what she has and as the series has progressed, we've seen her grow and change as she's gone through the various experiences both good and bad, and it's rewarding and satisfying to continue that. Plus, with Reyes and Charley getting to interact in person more often, we get to see Reyes' super protective side, and his romantic (or slightly stalker-y and creepy- in a loveable way, of course) gestures. And the chemistry between the two continues to be smokin' hot.

My one complaint is that while the formula for the books remains the same - Charley gets and solves a case or two, plus some additional tidbits are revealed about her history or Reyes or something else from the overarching plot line - they're starting to get a little more confusing. As the series has gone on, regular characters have been added and then frequently pop in for sporadic appearances. Unfortunately, this means that there's a lot of characters to keep straight, and there was very little recap on what had happened in previous books. Usually, authors go overboard with repetition, so I appreciate the minimalist approach, but unfortunately, it's a fine line, and Jones misses the mark in that regard. While it would still be an enjoyable book, a reader new to the series may not understand all the interactions, and it may not be as rich an experience.

Obviously I've professed my love for Charley and Reyes, but SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE serves up many of my other favorites too - especially Cookie and Uncle Bob. Plus, Jones' humor continues to delight, and just enough details are revealed that I'm not even annoyed that I now have MORE questions about, well, everything! Luckily, SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY, the next installment in the Charley Davidson series, comes out in a short five months. I think I can wait that long - what about you?

Series Titles

  1. First Grave on the Right
  2. Second Grave on the Left
  3. Third Grave Dead Ahead
  4. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet – 4/5
  5. Fifth Grave Past the Light – 4/5
  6. Sixth Grave on the Edge
  7. Seventh Grave and No Body

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4 Responses to “Review: Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6) by Darynda Jones”

  1. ROBIN B

    I just love this series, you know it’s going to me so good that you just can’t put it down!

    • Kate

      Right? These are ones where I clear off my schedule for a Saturday and don’t leave my room until I’m finished!

  2. Mina

    … that sounds as if I should start reading that series real soon. Like, now.
    And for the missing repetitions: if you have read the whole of Gin Blanco, yep 1 to 10, in more or less one go, believe me, you are relieved if someone tells you that there is a series without those…
    Thanks for the review!

    • Kate

      Ha, Mina, as a Gin Blanco fan I totally understand where you’re coming from there! It’s a super fine line for series authors, especially since some people really like the repetition, and some people hate it. And then there’s people like me, with terrible memories who read way too many books….