Review: Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Posted January 2, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave

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Series: Charley Davidson #13
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on January 15, 2019
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

When it comes to the last book in a fabulous and fun series, I find myself fumbling for what to say.  Like everyone else I go into grand finale books with the mixed feelings of sadness and excitement because ‘this is it!!!’, right?  So, my game plan was to savor and take my time… shot that sucker to pieces.  I devoured this book in one day.  Other fans will not blame me.


Summoned to Thirteenth Grave is well, the thirteenth and final book in the Charley Davidson series.  It is the final installment in a story that began thirteen books ago so newbies put down the book and back away.  The one you are after is the white one with the word ‘First’ and ‘Grave’ on it.

The last book ended on a shocker.  We all gasped when Charley was given a totally impossible choice, but, she’s Charley so it was no choice at all.  She broke the rules to save some one dear and paid the consequences.  Now, she’s back and finds herself with her usual frenzied to-do list: solve a few mysteries, avoid a few homicidal demons, negotiate some big-time family secrets, and stop the end of the world in three days.  Nothing to it as long as Bunny her Bunn Coffee Maker keeps the liquid elixir coming.

I really do not want to spoiler anything for those who are at the height of anticipation for this book so this will be more about my impressions and a few non-specific highlights.  First of all, I appreciated the the last book allowed for time with the whole gang to hug, wrap up last times, and say their good-byes for the readers.

The reunion was great and everyone had their part to play to help Charley.

There are some absolutely caliente delectable moments for Charley and Reyes.

The action and excitement never quits as Charley tracks down key facts that will lead her to the solution for their big problem.

I’m still somewhat upended about some of the surprise plot choices.  Not sure how I feel about one or two of them and will have to give that some time to percolate whether I liked it or not.  These are not negative niggles so much as I got taken by surprise and need to process.

Okay, one niggle.  That last line of the book.  Seriously?  It was sort of fun, but now I will exsanguinate slowly until Beep’s stories begin and I get the answer to the burning question.  Kidding.  It wasn’t that huge of a cliffie, but I am pretty curious now.

So, my fellow Charley Davidson enthusiasts, this was a solid and sensational read.  I do have a case of last book depression.  No, I don’t know for sure if there will be a new season, but I’m hanging to that hope hard.  For those who have not picked these up yet, I can highly recommend them for Urban Fantasy fans who also enjoy colorful characters, clever mysteries, and a nice slow burn romance and series plot.

My thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.





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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

I had a good time with this one too and I can’t wait for the spin off ones!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yes! Bring on Osh and Beep and Amber and the rest. 🙂

3 years ago

I have heard nothing but good things about this series. Glad you enjoyed the final book.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

I came to the series around the release of the fourth book and was thrilled with the mashing of urban fantasy, humor, and mystery. It’s been a fun ride ever since. 🙂

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

I can’t believe a thirteen-book series could end on a cliff hanger! How mad is that? At least you say it wasn’t a massive cliff!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yep, it was there a question mark. LOL I have been assured that the younger generations are going to get their stories in a spin-off so its not quite the worst. But, I did groan a bit. LOL

Melanie Simmons
3 years ago

It was an interesting ending to a series. I’m eager to tackle Beep’s series now too. There were quite a few things that caught me by surprise. And Rocket! Poor Rocket.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh yeah! She left me gaping at that.
The Rocket thing is one of the ones that I had conflicted feelings about. Poor guy, indeed!