Warning: Minor Cliffhanger (That..should not be where this story ended)
Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hell-bent on murder when the devil’s son just won’t give up?
“No. This has to do with drugs.”
My jaw fell open and I almost lost my toothbrush.
“You’re on drugs?” “No. You are.”
“I’m on drugs?” I asked, stunned. I had no idea.
As you might expect from the warning at the top, Third Grave Dead Ahead is a bit more dark than the previous two installations in this series. Yet, it is also rib crackingly funny. And there is so much going on in this book, just like every book so far. Charley is pulled in a hundred different directions at once.
And she isn’t sleeping. Seriously, she hasn’t slept in like two weeks. It makes her even more incoherent than normal. And ridiculously funny. Charley has always been amazingly scattered both intentionally and not. This just ups the ante. In all of the best ways possible. Mostly because a lot of it is centered around her lover, Reyes, who is very angry at Charley for saving him. Which means he is lashing out, sexually. Every time Charley nearly falls asleep, there Reyes is to sex her up. It is perfect.
There are just about a million things Charley has to do this book, too.
- There is a missing woman Charley has been hired by her husband to find. A husband who basically reeks of guilt, because he just isn’t acting right. Despite being a very good story, it really just distracts from the rest.
- Reyes has escaped prison again. This time, he has given up on dying, because Charley has trapped him in his body. Which he is very, very angry at Charley for, yet he can’t help but be enchanted by her. Instead Reyes wants her to find Earl Walker, his “father”, who definitely isn’t dead. It has the benefit, for Charley, of being able to free Reyes from jail forever if she finds Earl, because Reyes is only in there because he was framed for Earl’s “murder”. She would have done it anyway, though, because Earl is an awful human.
- There is a doggie, the best doggie in the world. Yes you are the best doggie ever Artemis! Yes you are! Some fucking asshole decided to poison Artemis and her doggie friends, and Artemis is the only one to have survived. Charley has been tasked by a biker gang to find the lowlife who did this so they can make him, or her I guess, pay for their crimes against humanity and dogkind alike.
- There is a little girl following Charley around with a knife. Never saying a word.
- Charley is under constant threat from demons.
And more. How could there possibly even more that happens in this book? Seriously, so much happens! It is a fun book, but by god it is jam packed.
The side characters really make this fun, though. Charley relies on all of her friends and family in the best ways. They fit each other well. They have the best chemistry. It isn’t just the chemistry between Reyes and Charley, but Charley and everyone she comes across. Charley is the ultimate people person. Whether that person is dead or not, it doesn’t matter to Charley.
I really love this because of how much fun it is and the relationships between the characters. I’m just plain enjoying myself. There is something freeing about reading a book that has nothing to disappoint you on, because you aren’t expecting anything but to be entertained.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Charley Davidson series page!