Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson series) by Darynda Jones ★☆☆☆☆ #BookReview


Primary Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Published: 15 January 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
Page count: 304
Format: eBook
Memorable Factor: Yes, but for the wrong reasons
Cover: Okay
Pacing: Okay
Ending: Disappointing
Would I recommend it: No

My rating: ★☆☆☆


Summary from Goodreads
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plain for eternity – which is the appropriate amount of time 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 Reyes and her daughter, Beep, but 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? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

My Thoughts
I have enjoyed this series. It is kind of like the Stephanie Plum series (by Janet Evanovich) only the main character in this book, Charley Davidson, is the Grim Reaper and a freelance detective and there is a whole lot of paranormal thrown in the mix. It has been a fun ride overall, but I have to say this is the worst book of the bunch. This was such an incredibly unsatisfying ending to the series… heck, it wasn’t even an ending! Here are my pros and cons:


  1. I enjoy the quirky quotes, mostly about coffee, at the beginning of every chapter.
  2. It is over and I don’t have to be disappointed further.


  1. There were too many revelations in this final installment that were just ridiculous. No hints were ever given that some of these final storylines would go the direction they did. It is obvious the author just threw things into this story to give all the main characters some kind of closure.
  2. Too many deaths! No reason to kill characters off other than the obvious need of the author to have an ending of some kind for all of them. Made zero sense.
  3. The Uncle Bob (Ubie) character was completely unrecognizable in this book.
  4. Cookie was essentially absent from this story and she is what really helped to make this whole series fun.
  5. The main storyline throughout the entire series wasn’t wrapped up! OMG! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! I’m so angry.

It is hard to write a review for the last book in a series without it being enormously long or revealing a ton of spoilers, so I know my review above may not make a lot of sense to folks that haven’t read this series for themselves. I’m so angry about how this series ended that I almost don’t even want to write a review! The only thing I can think of is that the author is planning on doing a spinoff series in order to complete the story. I have heard rumors to that effect… but what a disappointment that is for readers of THIS series.

Before this book, I would have recommended this series to anyone that wanted a light, fun read… most books were solid three stars for me. But this last book makes me want to tell everyone NOT to read any of them. That is how much this book irritated me. For reference, here are my ratings for the other books in this series:

First Grave on the Right – ★★☆☆
Second Grave on the Left – ★★☆☆
Third Grave Dead Ahead – ★★☆☆
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet – ★★☆☆
Fifth Grave Past the Light – ★★★☆
Sixth Grave on the Edge – ★★☆☆
Seventh Grave and No Body – ★★☆☆
Eighth Grave After Dark – ★★☆☆
The Dirt on Ninth Grave – ★☆☆☆
The Curse of Tenth Grave – ★★☆☆
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight – ★★☆☆
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave – ★★☆☆
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave – ☆☆☆☆

If you like Stephanie Plum, you will like Charley Davidson. Just know that the ending to the series is completely unsatisfying and borderline ridiculous.

10 thoughts on “Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson series) by Darynda Jones ★☆☆☆☆ #BookReview

  1. Well, that’s disappointing! The series sounds like one I would probably enjoy. But I don’t know if I can start it knowing it doesn’t end satisfactorily. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  2. I’m so sorry to read this but I was fearing something like that… I really enjoyed the first books on this series but in the 8th book things start to go not so well anymore and I was fearing a slow decline in the series. I would go on and finish it anyway but I’ll do it with lowered expectations…

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  3. The plot does get a little weird in general toward the end, but they were still generally 3 star books to me. Easy, escape reads – know what I mean? But with no real conclusion in book 13 it just made me angry. At least they are fast reads and you could probably finish it quickly. I’d be super interested to hear your thoughts on book 13 when you reach it.

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  4. Ha ha ha! You should’ve known from the 2nd sentence of the Goodreads summary that it would be crap. “She’s been kicked off the earthly plain for eternity”, where ‘plain’ should be plane. If an author’s so lazy he or she can’t even be bothered to make sure the spelling in their summary is correct, they aren’t worth your time. It does sound like an interesting concept, though…

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  5. Not to wrap up the main storyline when readers have been following it for 13 books is unforgiveable! There’s an implied contract between author and reader and this is a breach of trust. A shame, because the series sounds like something I would like.

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  6. Amen! I’ve seriously never been so angry in my life about a book! I’m fine if she wants to do a spin-off series, but at least wrap up this one in a reasonably satisfactory manner.


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