Book Title and Author: Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #13
Publication Date and Publisher: January 15, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 304 pages
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Date Read: November 11, 2018 (e-arc)
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.
When I picked up my first Charley Davidson book last fall, I didn’t expect to fall in love with Darynda Jones’ fantastic series and the equally wonderful cast of characters or speed race my way through books 1 through 12 within a two week span! Then I reread them again this spring in anticipation of Summoned to Thirteenth Grave, the final book in the series because I wanted to savor each book and make sure I was ready to say one last, bittersweet goodbye to a series that is truly one of my all-time favorites.
As much as I hate to see the series end, I can say that I’m one-hundred percent thrilled with the way Jones wrapped everything up! The thirteenth and final installment is just a brilliant and fitting ending for Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Amber, Uncle Bob, Garrett, Osh, Angel…well, all Charley’s tribe! I’ll definitely miss a character who loves coffee as much as I do!
What I loved most in this book was that there were no loose ends for the characters and although there were many moments, well a lot to be honest, that brought tears to my eyes, the endings were not improbable or far-fetched, but made sense for each character and what we’ve grown to know and love about all of them. Jones even left it open for a possible…PLEASE…Beep spin-off, which I know so many lovers of the series will die to read!
I’m going to miss Charley and her snarky sense of humor and Reyes with his smoldering glances but most of all, I’m going to miss the friendships that Jones wrote so well. The entire series has not just been about solving mysteries, saving people, fighting demons, or saving humanity, but building friendships and relationships that have been woven as threads throughout each book. These relationships are the heart of the series and one reason why I’ve loved the books so much. I would honestly love to spend time with Charley and Cookie…and stare at Reyes for a while.
Book 13 has a truly a wonderful cast of characters, a fantastic plot, and is an extraordinary ending to an incredible series…if you haven’t read the first twelve books, then you need to run and do so now before Summoned to Thirteenth Grave is released on January 15, 2019!! They really are one of my most beloved series ever, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Bye, Charley and the gang, you’ll be missed! I’ll be waiting with anticipation for what Jones has in store for us next!!
**Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC to read in exchange for my fair and honest review.**