Book Review: Darynda Jones’ Seventh Grave and No Body

Posted March 15, 2015 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

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Book Review: Darynda Jones’ Seventh Grave and No Body

Seventh Grave and No Body


Darynda Jones

urban fantasy that was published by St. Martin's Press on October 21, 2014 and has 336 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include First Grave on the Right, Second Grave on the Left, Third Grave Dead Ahead, "For I Have Sinned", Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Death and the Girl Next Door, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Eighth Grave After Dark, The Dirt on Ninth Grave, The Curse of Tenth Grave, Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

Seventh in the Charley Davidson comic urban fantasy series and revolving around Charley, a very cheerful grim reaper.

My Take

It’s weird. I like this series and most of the characters. I especially like the twist Jones has put on the grim reaper. Charley? I’m six of one and half a dozen of the other about her. She is funny. She’s also incredibly annoying, and I hate that Jones pulls out the worst of the tropes with her.

Charley is pregnant, the baby is incredibly important in the fate of the world, and the hounds of Hell are after her. So, does she accept that she could use, NEED, extra protection? Nah. Where’s the fun in that????? Okay, it seems there are some moments when it’s safer if Reyes isn’t with her. Not so great for Charlie, though. Then there’s the I-gotta-be-there-to-fight-the-demons-and-put-everyone-in-danger-because-they-have-to-protect-me trope.

Yeah, it would just kill Charley if Satan would win”, but don’t let that stop me from putting myself — or Beep — in danger. Oy. Ooh, poor baby, Charley thinks that Reyes thinks she’s inept. Well, duh.

The text messages are fun. The idea of practicing keeping a goldfish alive so Charley will be ready for the baby is…scary.

Eeek, I didn’t know there were three types of possession: infiltration, oppression, and possession.

If you’ve been following the series, this is a can’t miss. There is simply too much happening in this one.

All that Thirteenth stuff can be confusing to follow, since Reyes is also the Thirteenth Beast while Charley is the Thirteenth Warrior. And everyone is willing to die to save everyone else. Hopefully, someone will live to benefit from all this dying.

I’m hoping that the refuge Charley and Reyes are heading to will work. That Charley won’t decide she’s bored after a couple hours, and just has to step outside the safe zone. I am curious to know what she’ll name everything there *eye roll*.

The Story

Hell is after Charley, and Reyes is determined to keep her safe. If that means plastering himself to her side, it’s all to the good.

Of course, said plastering does not endear Charley to Reyes’ legions of fans at the bar.

The Characters

The now-pregnant Charley “Dutch” Davidson runs a private detective agency, is the grim reaper, and is engaged to the Son of Satan. She’s also the Val-Eeth, the thirteenth one since before the creation of our sun. Beep, a.k.a., the Daughter of Light, is the nickname she’s given the baby. Misery is her Jeep Wrangler. Belvedere is her new goldfish. Zeus is the demon-killing dagger. Artemis is her ghostly Rotteweiler protector. Gemma is her psychologist sister. Denise is the wicked stepmother. Leland is her suddenly secretive dad.

Cookie Kowalski is her best friend and secretary, her best researcher, her neighbor, and totally in love with Uncle Bob. Amber is Cookie’s daughter. Quentin is a young deaf man whom Charley took under her wing, and Amber is crushing on.

Reyes Alexander Farrow, a.k.a., Rey’aziel, is the Son of Satan, and he wants Charley. He’s done quite a lot to be close to her. Bought her father’s bar, Calamity’s. Bought her apartment building — and removed the bedroom wall that separated her room from his. Charley named his shower “George”. Teri is the manager he hired for the bar so Reyes can bodyguard Charley.

Special Agent Kit Carson is with the FBI and a friend of Charley’s. She’s also made use of Charley’s special (unknown to Carson) abilities. Angel is a thirteen-year-old gangbanger who works as Charley’s assistant. He’d died in the ’90s. Mrs. Garza is his “mother”, and she loves that. Rocket Man, a savant who died in the ’50s, now writes the names of those who died on the old asylum walls. Well, he used to write the names of the dead. Blue Bell is his five-year-old dead sister who lives with him at the asylum (yep, Reyes bought this too to ensure Rocket would be safe). Strawberry Shortcake lives with them too; she’s Officer David Taft‘s sister.

Albuquerque PD
Robert Davidson, Uncle Bob, a.k.a., Ubie, is a detective with Albuquerque PD (his new nickname is “Traitor Joe“). Captain Eckert is Bob’s boss, and he blackmailed Charley in Sixth Grave on the Edge, 6.

Judge “Iron Fist” Quimby has banned Charley from her courtroom. The case Ubie is listening to is about a woman, Vikki, poisoning her husband, Steve. ADA Nick Parker is the prosecutor.

Garrett Swopes is a skiptracer who’s been to Hell and got revived. Marika is the woman Garrett thinks had his baby, Zaire. Bondye is God. Dr. von Holstein was translating the book, Cleosarius’ prophecies, Garrett brought back from Hell.

Mrs. Allen is one of Charley’s neighbors. Mr. Wong is the departed soul who came with Charley’s apartment; he stands sentry in a corner of the living room, his back facing out. Charley has recently learned that he’s an ungodly powerful being.

The Dealer, a.k.a., Osh’ekiel “Osh” Villione, is a demon who deals in souls. Hey, it’s his sustenance. He’s a Daeva demon, a slave renowned for his prowess as a gladiator.

Deputy Warden Neil Gossett works at the state pen in Santa Fe where Reyes was jailed, and he spilled the beans. Dollar sicced Zeke Schneider on Reyes and Charley. Bruno Navarra, a.k.a., Bumpy, was in prison with Reyes and knew Zeke Schneider, Sr.

The Twelve are Hellhounds after Charley. Prophecy says the Thirteenth Warrior will be the undoing of the Daughter of Light.

Charley’s ex-BFF, Jessica Guinn, is dead after events in Sixth Grave on the Edge. Her sister Willa‘s only son, Dustin, is dying.

The young victims include…
Vanessa, Jessica, and Lydia Weeks who explains that the Hellhounds were summoned. The suicide victims include Fabiana Marie Luna, Anna Michelle Gallegos, Theodore James Chandler, Phoebe Durant, and Mr. Trujillo. Mrs. Chandler is the one who draws attention to the common thread all the “suicides” share. Sandra Rhammar was the only holdout on the jury until they coerced her into changing her mind. Lacey Banks has a missing body.

Ramona was Charley’s very best friend when she was young. Wynona Jakes is a fake psychic Uncle Bob fake hired to get a rise out of Charley. Father Glenn is a new client. From the Vatican. Seems they have an extensive file on Charley. Sylvia Starr is a reporter with the hots for Reyes.

The Cover and Title

The cover is very adult pinks in the gradated background of purple flowing into a deep pink and flowing into a darker pink to lilac. Just below center is a pink alligator belt turning on itself with a rhinestone skull of a buckle. The title and author’s name is in an embossed white.

The title is where we are in the series, the Seventh Grave and No Body.