Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

January 23rd, 2017 Kimberly Review 72 Comments

23rd Jan
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #11
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.

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The Charley Davidson urban fantasy series is one whose books I completely devour. I love Charley, melt over Reyes and adore the secondary characters from demons to besties. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight brings us one step closer to the conclusion of this series and with it comes revelations, turmoil and a cliffhanger ending that has left me anxious for book twelve.

At this stage of the game, it is seriously hard to keep this spoiler free for those not caught up in the series. However, I have made every effort to do so. If you haven’t read this series, go directly to your bookstore, library, online retailer or audio store and pick up First Grave of Right. I own the series in hardcover but plan to do a complete re-read on audio.

In Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, Charley is worried about keeping Uncle Bob alive, investigating the Fosters, handling a stalker case, and dealing with a God. In other words, things are perfectly normal. Just add coffee and the sizzling hot son of Satan.

Unlike the turmoil in Curse of Tenth Grave, things felt a little more mellow. Say hello to snuggle time with Reyes and some traveling. Jones used these moments as a lesson for both Charley and the reader. We gain a better understanding of the true scope of Charley’s powers. These scenes fed my inner nerd, but there was also an incredible intimacy.  It captures the trust and love between Reyes and Charley.  It was both beautiful and mind-blowingly hot! While miscommunication still dogs this couple, we see them make some strides here.

Some of the threads in the last few novels were closed and with them came intense action scenes and high body counts. We also gained more knowledge and had questions answered. Of course, Jones also succeeding in providing more questions that I need answers to now! I thought the thread and closure to the Foster case reached a satisfactory conclusion. The case involving the stalker was an interesting one, and we got to see Charley test some of the lessons she learned. Dealings with the God were hard on Charley, but oh momma did we learn things. Like how Charley became a reaper! Yep, you need to bump this up your reading list!

With everything that is happening, Charley is still Charley, and we do get moments of laughter and snark. I continue to love the quotes and memes at the beginning of each chapter and Charley’s quirky way of naming body parts and inanimate objects.

For me, Eleventh Grave in Moonlight was brilliantly paced and showcases the many sides of Charley. I enjoyed the wealth of information and closure of threads. You can feel Jones moving us to the final book(s). It has me both ecstatic and nervous. Jones always ends her books with something jaw-dropping or with a one-line zinger that has you screaming what?!? All I can say is I cannot wait until The Trouble With Twelfth Grave release October 31, 2017. (Psstt. Don’t read the synopsis of 12 until you read 11..it will spoil it for you)


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72 Responses to “Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones”

  1. Dragonfly

    I tried not to read much because I’m on book 2 and just reading the blurb spoiled a few things for me but I’m glad to know the series continue to be so good!

  2. Lakisha

    I am in LOVE with this series! Is it true there will only be 12 books? How is this even possible? Hurry October.

  3. Debbie Haupt

    I have one thing to say Kim THANK YOU for turning me on to this series, I’m only on book three but with all the drama going on now I’m kind of glad I can read knowing that if i HAVE to read the next book ASAP I can 😉
    Great review and you did a good job of keeping it spoiler free!

  4. Laura Thomas

    I added this to my must read list recently. So glad you loved it. Sorry I didn’t read your review as I’ve yet to read the book.

  5. Michelle

    Ahh, I’ve been meaning to start these for forever! So glad they continue to be awesome, even this far into the series 🙂

  6. Nise'

    Thanks for the heads up not to read the blurb for 12 since I am not quite finished with 11! One of my favorite series too.

  7. Sophia Rose

    Yes, I thought this one felt a bit more mellow too. Made me nervous because I knew it wouldn’t last and wow, that finish showed that I was right. 🙂

  8. Cyn

    I really need to get on this series ASAP! You know it’s good when book 11 is still a 5 star read! Sounds like a good time to binge read if the series might be ending soon. Great review, Kim!

  9. Kristin

    A White Chocolate Mocha with one shot of Raspberry review!!!!! PERFECT!!! Mine is going up tomorrow and I think I need to add the disclaimer about book 12’s synopsis to my review. Hopefully you won’t mind if I copy that 😉

    You’re absolutely right about being lured into the nice and fuzzies and then BOOM! Shit gets real. Darynda is really good at that 🙂

  10. Rowena

    I’m seeing reviews on this book all over the place. I’m really missing out. Thanks for another fabulous review, Kim!

  11. Katherine

    I’ve had the first book sitting on my shelf for ages and then my library just uploaded the audio to their digital site so I think I’m going to go that route because I might get to it faster. This is not a book I want to miss! Any series that’s this much fun at book 11 is one I need to read soon!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The audio series is fantastic. I have OCD, and since I started reading the series I need to finish it that way…I’ve already got their voices in my head..LOL However, I have been picking them on audio and will re-read them that way.

      • Stormi Johnson

        Yes, I am listening so I get one when I have a credit to do so with so it’s slow going cause it’s hard to decide what series gets my credit when I have one….lol.

        • kimbacaffeinate

          I feel you. I keep buying 3 extra credits all the time. I should do 2 credits a month, but doing 1 and buying some on sale makes me feel more in control!

  12. Tanya

    OMG, the end had me screaming. I wanted more! So much new information is coming out and I have questions. So many questions!

  13. Maggie

    I don’t see a lot of 5 cups from you Kim but I have come to expect 5 cups whenever one of Darynda Jones comes out – I have heard wonderful things about the series. Glad to see you enjoyed this book as well.

  14. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m thrilled you were so thrilled with this installment, Kimberly. This is a series I intend to keep on top of – which shouldn’t be difficult considering there’s 10 out that I haven’t read…no waiting. 🙂

  15. Kay

    I have been meaning to read this series since FOREVER. Perhaps now is the time. 🙂 Have you ever tried any of them on audio?

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have listened to a sample and wholly intend to listen to the entire series when this ends. The reason I haven’t is that once I begin reading I have created the voices in my head, and switching to audio made me nervous.

  16. Nick

    I love that this series just continues to impress, Kim! It sounds like it was a whole lot of fun. Glad you enjoyed it! Maybe someday I’ll catch up lol!

  17. Quinn's Book Nook

    I skipped your review because I haven’t read this one yet. Well, actually I’ve only read the first book, but I loved it and need to read more. I’m glad to see you’re still loving the series.

  18. Ethan

    This is such a cool concept! I love the idea of an investigator with supernatural elements. It kind of reminds me of Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series.

  19. Melliane

    I had the book a few days ago but I still need to read it so I confess that I skipped your review but I’m curious!

  20. Berls

    I’m so excited to listen to this one. I read a pre-arc back in October… Darynda told us not to read it because it was going to be REALLY different, but I told her I couldn’t not read it. I could promise I would do a reread of the new one though. I’m so anxious to see what’s changed. Based on your comments, I have a feeling that the killer of a cliffhanger stuck! Great review 🙂

  21. Silvia

    I’m really happy you loved it SO much! I’ve only read the first two books, but I already have up until number nine, so I just need to find the time, sit and enjoy the read! Preferably with a cup of coffee 😉