Book Review: Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #13)


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)

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

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:

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.**

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18 thoughts on “Book Review: Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #13)

  1. Ohhh, what an endorsement! You read them all in two weeks? Another friend recommended this series to me, so I just bought book one the other day! Now the problem will be WHEN can I pick it up. I have so many plans for holiday reading! But gosh, reading this, I want to pick it up today! Can’t wait either way! I’m reading Homegoing right now and am engrossed. Have you read it? Happy snowy Tuesday, my sweet friend! Xoxo 🥰

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    1. Oh yes! I was on blog hiatus at the time and on FMLA leave from work undergoing tests and waiting for my Lupus diagnosis, so I had time to kill. But still these are so addictive you can sit down and read one in a few hours like I did with book 13! I think you’ll love them and hope you get a chance to read the series soon! I haven’t read Homegoing, but I’ve got it and have meant to for a while. I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Happy snowy Tuesday to you too, sweet friend!! We’re about to start Christmas baking…yummy! 🎅🎄❤

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  2. Great review, Stephanie! I haven’t heard of this series before. I am glad it wrapped up so well for you!

    P.S miss you on the threads. How is your Dad?

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    1. Thank you! It’s a really great series and I’m really glad it ended so well. Sometimes they just don’t or the series don’t end when they need to!

      Miss all of you too! I’ll be on soon once school settles down. For the most part he’s doing better every day although he’s impatient to get better sooner. The cold weather and lots of snow we’ve had this past week took a bit of a toll on him but it’s supposed to warm up tomorrow, so I hope that makes him feel better than he has the past couple of days. It wasn’t anything serious, he just felt icky with the damp and below freezing temps and was fighting off an infection. Thanks for asking!! ♥

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      1. He seemed a little better today. He just can’t shake his cough from when he had bronchitis and that’s really hurting his chest and ribs since they crack open your ribcage when they do open heart surgery. He says he needs to go to the Bahamas….I think he just wants to go on vacation but his dr wont approve that just yet!


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