Review: Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Reviewed by Jen

I almost didn’t read this book. Despite the love I had for the 12 books that came before it, the line in the blurb about 100 years passing was almost enough to make me skip this final book in the Charley Davidson series. And that would have been such a huge mistake. I don’t want to spoil the plot for you, but if this set-up is what’s holding you back, don’t let it.

Aw hell, I don’t know how I can talk about this book at all without at least a little bit of spoilage –at least on that front—so read at your own risk.

You still there? OK. The book does not jump 100 years in the future. It just feels that way to Charley. Instead, she lands back on earth a mere 10 days after she left. Of course, her sacrifice and the repercussions still had a dramatic effect. For Charley, of course, because she HAS lived a hundred years without her loved ones… and for everyone else because they thought they would never see her again. So this was like a homecoming in more ways than one.

Remember when Charley broke Reyes out of the God glass? This book is about facing the consequence of those actions. Demons are infecting the living and an area of infection is growing from Charley’s apartment outward. Charley and Reyes must figure out not only how to fight the demons, but to contain the encroaching dimension before it takes over the world. To do that, they have to rally the troops.

Big hats off to Darynda Jones, because she brought back just about every living side character (and a couple of dead ones) we’ve met over the course of this series. Not only do we get to spend time with them, Jones gives them a resolution. Of course, she sets many of them up for the Beep spinoff books: the bikers, Amber and Quenton, Osh. (I’ll come back to him in a minute.) But also, we learn more about Rocket and his sister and Strawberry –and their stories are resolved. Gemma. Uncle Bob. Remember that warning about him a few books back? We finally understand it. And wow… I didn’t see that one coming.

At the center of it all is the deep and abiding love Charley and Reyes share for each other and their daughter. It drives everything they do. And even after all this time, these books are so funny and sexy, I didn’t want to put this down.

Then, there’s the ending. It’s so bittersweet. I can’t tell you more and I’m not sure how I feel about it. But knowing a Beep series is ahead, it was probably the best resolution I could hope for. I’ve got to say, I am so intrigued about Osh… about what happened to him… and the role he will play in the future. Jones knows how to whet the appetite, I’ll tell you that.

Obviously, this book is not a starting point for a new reader, but it is an ending worthy of the series. Longtime readers don’t want to miss it. And new readers… go back to the beginning and check out First Grave on Right. Prepare for one hell of a ride.

*ARC provided by publisher

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Summoned to Thirteenth Grave
by Darynda Jones
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press


  1. Hahahaha! This is why I NEVER read book blurbs in series I already read! I would have flipped too! I’ve had a bittersweet relationship with the series, but felt it ended wonderfully. I love how the author brought back all those characters… Some of the twists were a bit crazy, but it was the finale, so I went with it. I do look forward to Beep’s stories!

  2. Jacqueline Nicholson says:

    I enjoyed it too. It was nice to see what all the charaters was up to and how they moved on. SUCH A SWEET ENDING.

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