Review: Eleventh Grave in the Moonlight by Darynda Jones

Reviewed by Jen

Somehow Darynda Jones manages to up the stakes with every single installment of this series. I will admit, there have been times that the shockers or cliffhangers frustrated me. But not this time. The end of this book left me hungry for more. I am already anxiously awaiting 12th Grave to see where the story goes next.

But I suppose I should back up and talk about what happened before the last few pages. This series lost a little something for me in the installment where Charley had amnesia. The book after that was an improvement and this one has all of the magic of my favorites in the series. Sometimes it takes me a minute to reacclimate to just how snarky and out there Charley’s internal dialogue is. But as I sink back into it, I really do enjoy her silliness and irreverence. That’s especially true now in juxtaposition to the power she has turned out to be.

There is so much backstory and complicated world building to understand now. I am grateful the book begins with a bit of a recap in the form of Charley talking to a therapist. Yeah, it’s kind of a device for sure, but it served its purpose well.

What I really liked about this story is that Charley’s core mystery is tied directly to Reyes and the couple who kidnapped him and gave him to the monster who raised him. Usually there is an unrelated plot thread that Charley has to solve is a PI, but here it’s all relevant to her family and loved ones. I dig that.

I also dig Reyes. I mean really really, really dig Reyes. He is so sexy and tortured and self-deprecating. Yeah, he’s also powerful, and he loves Charley and their daughter so much. My ovaries could explode.

The secondary characters remain a strong dynamic as well. Like Uncle Bob. Great stuff happening there. Cookie’s daughter Amber. Awesome. Oh, Osh, my how I love thee. I can’t wait until Beep grows up and we see your love story. He is one of my favorite characters and there is so much depth to mine there.

There’s lots of action. Big revelations. Sexy times. And laughs. It was everything I wanted from a Charley Davidson book. And I am truly excited to see what happens in book 12. Bring it on Darynda.

Rating: B+

*ARC provided by publisher

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Eleventh Grave in the Moonlight
by Darynda Jones
Release Date: January 24, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

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