Blog Tour (Reviews + Giveaways): Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Welcome to our stop on the Charley Davidson Blog Tour to celebrate the upcoming release of the final book: Summoned to Thirteenth Grave.

You can find the following in this post:
• Review of First Grave on the Right (reread)
• ARC Review of Summoned to Thirteenth Grave 
• Fun Facts List
• TWO Giveaways 

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series! 

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity—which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer. 

She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. Now that she’s 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? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

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First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson Book 1) by [Jones, Darynda]
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"Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people." I was hooked when I read this sentence in the blurb. Charley is one of the most awesome, unique, loyal, sassy characters ever. She is hilarious and has such a great sense of humor, I just love the way she is with people. She is a magnet for trouble. She is strong and brave, and will dive head-first into any dangerous situation. Besides private investigating and being a grim reaper, she also helps her uncle Bob, who is a detective for the Albuquerque Police Department, solve cases. Being able to see and talk to murdered/dead people will make it easy to figure out who the killer is. Charley and uncle Bob have the best relationship, it is unusual, but you can really feel the love between them. There is a lot going on in this book, but the author made it work perfectly. It never felt too much or chaotic. 

More than 6 years ago I was introduced to the Charley Davidson series. I had no idea what I was signing myself up to. I had no idea how much these characters would mean to me. This was the first time I reread this book and I fell in love with this book/series all over again. This is one of the few series that has me laughing out loud one moment, and in tears the next. Darynda Jones has such an incredible story-telling ability, and she enchants me with her words each and every time. She has created the most awesome characters, and I love them all so much. I can't believe Charley's adventure's are coming to an end in January. It is going to be very difficult to say goodbye to all my favorite characters. This series is hilarious, action-packed, and so original. It is also very emotional at times, and I cry at least once a book. I highly recommend this series to everyone, and I really hope you guys give it a chance.

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave: A Novel (Charley Davidson Series Book 13) by [Jones, Darynda]
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**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

This is it. The conclusion to the Charley Davidson series.I thought I was ready for this book, but boy was I wrong. I was prepared for anything, and made sure to keep tissues close by, because I knew I would need them. This review will contain spoilers if you haven't read the previous books in the series. So think twice before you continue reading. If you read the previous book, you know Charley did the one thing she was explicitly told not to, which resulted in her paying the price: being kicked off the earthly plain for eternity. But of course she makes it back to earth because there is a battle to be fought. This book was action-packed, mysterious, hilarious, emotional and amazing. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave was perfect.

It was also very emotional for me, because I spent more than six years hanging out with Charley and her tribe. Six years of going on crazy adventures, laughing and crying with them. Each and every character in this book has a special place in my heart. Darynda Jones, like in her previous books, found a way to add twists and turns to the story. There were still so many secrets to be revealed, and some of them shocked the hell out of me. Don't expect this book to only focus on the battle, if you know Charley, she can multitask like no other. She won't leave any case unsolved, and I loved that the author included them into the story. I am also happy that we got to see every character again. I am going to miss them so much, and they will hold a special place in my heart forever. It will take some time for me to get over this series. The only upside to the conclusion of this book is that there will be a spin-off focusing on Charley and Reyes daughter Beep.


First Grave on the Right
The concept for First Grave came about while Darynda was working as a sign language interpreter in her hometown. She stole many of the names from students at the schools where she worked, including Reyes, Garrett, and Amber. As far as Darynda knows, they have all forgiven her for her thievery. 

Second Grave on the Left 
Uncle Bob is a combination of two people: Darynda’s oldest brother, Luther, and the principal at the high school where she worked for several years. 

Third Grave Dead Ahead 
This was originally titled Third Grave Straight Ahead, but Darynda’s web designer, Liz Bemis, asked her to change the name to Dead Ahead. Firstly, it fit the content better, and secondly, Liz got tired of spelling the word Straight wrong while updating the website. Dead is much easier to type. 

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet 
Quentin Rutherford makes his first appearance in this book. While his first name was stolen from Darynda’s little brother and his last name stolen from yet another Jr. High student, Quentin is physically sculpted from her oldest son, Jerrdan, a bona fide blond-haired, blue-eyed devil with a sparkling smile that melts even the staunchest of hearts. And, like Quentin Rutherford, he was born Deaf. Not that he let it stop him for a second. 

Fifth Grave Past the Light 
This book was fun to write! Darynda was trying to come up with something truly creepy to throw into the book, and she figured what would be creepier than having an apartment full of departed women crawling up the walls, skittering across the ceiling, and huddling in the corners? Also, it is one of the hotter books, so that was fun, too. Because, you know, Reyes. 

Sixth Grave on the Edge 
Darynda really wanted to open this one on a humorous note. She wanted to have Charley on a stakeout with a departed elderly man, who also happens to be naked, riding shotgun. Which begs the question: Are we really stuck in (or out of) whatever we are wearing when we die for all eternity? ‘Cause that would suck. 

Seventh Grave and No Body
Osh’ekiel was originally supposed to be in one book only. And he was supposed to be a very bad guy. But Darynda fell in love with him while writing the book and decided to redeem him and give him a bigger role. Just how big his role would become didn’t come to Darynda until plotting Eighth Grave. He has been one of her favorite characters since she wrote that first scene with him. 

Eighth Grave After Dark 
Darynda wanted to really turn the tables on Charley and force her to have to stay in one place, thus the sacred ground of the convent came into play. It was fun and challenging to write a “locked room” mystery, so to speak, but that’s why she loves writing so much. 

The Dirt on Ninth Grave 
One of Darynda’s favorite books in the series, she looked forward to writing this book ever since she came up with the concept while plotting Sixth Grave. Part of what makes a romance so fun is the falling-in-love part, and she wanted Charley to fall in love with Reyes all over again. This book was doubly fun because the audience knows all the characters’ backstories, and they get to watch in anticipation as Charley slowly unravels the mysteries of her past, while seeing her fall head-over-heels for the same guy all over again. 

The Curse of Tenth Grave 
This book had one of those too-close-for-comfort calls. Right before Tenth Grave went to print, after going through editors and copyeditors and readers of all shapes and sizes, a savvy proofreader let Darynda in on a little secret: A Sherpa is part of a culture, not an occupation. Thanks to this razor-sharp reader, Darynda narrowly escaped insulting an entire culture in one fell swoop. Aka, her worst nightmare. Her gratitude is unending. 

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight 
Darynda dreamed of going to Scotland for so long, she finally decided to just put it in one of her books. She had Charley accidently materialize in the magical country, only to find out weeks after finishing the book that she would finally get to go there herself. In person. For realsies. It was even more magical than she’d imagined it would be, and she can’t wait to go back. 

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave 
This book has one of Darynda’s favorite epiphanies EVER!!! She thought, what if someone out there in the universe, a child perhaps, knows everything about Reyes and Charley? Everything starting from their supernatural heritage to their human identities? And what if that person wrote a book about them? Or a series of books? Say, perhaps, a set of children’s books and Garrett just happens to stumble upon them while doing research? How fun would that be? And the international bestselling children’s book (fictionally speaking) The First Star was born. 

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave 
By far the hardest story in the series to write, penning the last Charley book was a bittersweet experience. But Darynda knew she had to go big or go home, so what better way to go out with a bang than to end the world as we know it by starting the zombie apocalypse? Because that’s what writers do. We start apocalypses. 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.



  1. I cannot wait for Thirteenth Grave! But at the same time, I really want to wait... I don't want it to end!

  2. I have to know how it all ends!

  3. This final book has me so sad. I have no idea what I’m going to do with myself after I finish it.

  4. I will probably forever mourn the ending of the best book series....

  5. Darynda is the best. I love this series and am sad that it’s the end. I’ve even gotten my mom addicted.

  6. Charlie is my friend in my head. I can’t wait for the last book to come out.

  7. Thanks for the escape into Charley's world! Absolutely loved her series.

  8. Darynda Jones is my rock star in the reading world. I just love her. Charley Davidson is the best character in the world.

  9. Absolutely love this series! It's one of the best series to escape in.

  10. So excited about Thirteenth. Sad the series is coming to an end

  11. I need to know how it all ends but more so i just need more CHarley this way its both even if its bitter sweet to see it end but looking forward to what ever Darynda has cooked up next

    Beverly Gordon

  12. ive been binging this series all week

  13. This is the last and I will miss this series.

  14. I began with the first book, had lunch with Darynda in Ruidoso with the sixth book, and now it's ending. I'm looking forward to the book but mourning the ending.

  15. I can't wait for the book but will be so sad to see it come to an end. :) :(

  16. Necesito saber cómo termina esta serie que me enamoró desde el primer libro ;;. Yo tendré que esperar mucho para tener la traducción del último libro TT.
    Aceptaré spoilers, jajaja.


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