Summoned to Thirteenth Grave

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave

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Now that Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is back on earth, it's time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.
Publisher: New York, New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250149411
Characteristics: viii, 292 pages ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Summoned to 13th grave

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pondgrl
May 13, 2019

Hard to say goodbye to a wonderful cast of characters! I can't wait to see what Ms. Jones comes up with next - I hope it's as wonderful as Charlie Davidson!

Loved this series, so sorry to say goodbye to Charley and Reyes. Don't count out Beep and Osh...

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Feb 05, 2019

While I'm sad that this series had to end, I really feel that the wrap-up was well done. I was surprised she was able to do so as quickly as she did! I'll certainly miss Charley and her crew - it was a fun ride while it lasted.

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MHanover10
Feb 03, 2019

Oh my, oh my, why does this series have to end!!! I absolutely love all the characters and what a great way to wrap this series up if it has to wrap up. There are so many things that are resolved in this book, revelations, a few ah ha moments and I think I might have shed a few tears. I do hope Darynda continues with some of these characters in a new series because I'm not ready to let them go. One thing I recommend about this series is to listen to it. The narrator does a fantastic job giving a voice to these characters and making them come to life like I think Darynda meant for them to be. Please, please, please read this series. You won't regret it at all.

I received a copy from NetGalley for my honest review. And when I saw I was approved, I did a fist in the air at work.

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LoveChild60
Jan 20, 2019

Darynda Jones NEVER disappoints! I enjoyed this novel as much as her first. I HATE that shes stopping the series tho. I'm sure I'm not the only one. I think it could have gone on for quite a good while,and been as funny and a good read as her first, but, it happens. I'm very sorry to have it end. I will continue to read all of the novels Jones puts out, but I will forever miss Charley, Reyes and the Gang!! Happy Reading!

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emerge
Dec 23, 2018

Book #13…..when you’re writing a series about the Grim Reaper, somehow that seems an appropriate number to end on. Yep, you heard me. From now on you’ll have to find another reason to visit Albuquerque because Charley Davidson & Co. are signing off. But first…a few loose ends.

As the book opens, Charley pops up back on Earth after being banished to darkness for over 100 years. Or as she describes it “exiled in hell with no light, no hair products & no coffee”. Reyes finds her in no time & after an…er…”warm” welcome, brings her up to speed.

It’s kind of a good news/bad news situation. The good: he’s fine, Beep’s fine, all the gang are fine. The bad: it seems he accidentally opened up a hell dimension & demons are pouring through. LOTS of demons. While they’re slurping up human souls, a shade has descended on the city & it’s spreading. There’s no time to waste & Charley & Reyes are soon hunkered down with their crew as they brainstorm ways to banish the nasty creatures snacking on the good citizens of Albuquerque.

As usual there are numerous story lines & Charley must keep herself highly caffeinated if she’s going to multi-task her way through the whole mess. Everything is aligned for a final showdown between the forces of good & evil. And while it’s maybe not be as epic as I was hoping, it does provide answers to long running questions. Trust me, there are some jaw droppers here ( looking at YOU, Uncle Bob )

Story lines & character arcs are tidied up as you’d expect in a final instalment. My only quibble would be this is more saccharine than we’re accustomed to given Charley’s tendency to shoot from the lip. But when you’re wrapping up a series, it has to be a challenge to say good-bye without getting a little misty. The author could have kept it going (I imagine her publishers wished she had). But I applaud her for ending things while the story lines were still strong & original. Of course I’ll miss the characters but for me, one of the things I always looked forward to were the headers of each chapter. So on that note, I will leave you with this…..

Trust me. You can dance.

— Vodka 🍸

Ciao, Charley. Thanks for the laughs.

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