Eighth Grave After Dark

Charley Davidson #8

Reviewed by Melanie on August 16, 2017


This was probably my least favorite book in the series so far. While all my favorite things in this series were there, the crew being trapped on a convent was a bit stale. Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Ubie and the rest of the crew are all working together, trying to figure out how to defeat the hell hounds that keep the sacred ground surrounded.

While the story has plenty of conflict, most Charley stories have a bit more action, and a lot more laughs. Out of all of the books this one was the most serious, and while the subject matter was a bit deeper than usual, the story didn’t move along as quickly as usual.

While I enjoyed the story moving forward, it felt like it took a long time for the story to really get rolling and not just Charley describing how sexy Reyes is, which was even more repetitive in this book, almost like Jones wasn’t sure how to move the story along, so five paragraphs describing Reyes’ eyelashes would suffice.

I loved that Cookie and Uncle Bob’s storyline move forward, and the moment was my favorite part of the book itself. We’re looking forward to the next book, but hope that it moves more in the direction of the Charley Davidson we know and love.

Eighth Grave After Dark Book Cover Eighth Grave After Dark
Charley Davidson #8
Darynda Jones
Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Mystery
Macmillan Audio
May 19, 2015

Sometimes I wonder if the purpose of my life
is to serve as a cautionary tale to others.

Charley Davidson has enough going on without having to worry about twelve hellhounds hot on her trail. She is, after all, incredibly pregnant and feeling like she could pop at any moment. But, just her luck, twelve deadly beasts from hell have chosen this time to escape onto our plane, and they've made Charley their target. And so she takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can't get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. Of course, if hellhounds aren't enough, Charley also has a new case to hold her attention: the decades-old murder of a newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows of the convent.
Add to that the still unsolved murder of her father, the strange behavior of her husband, and Charley's tendency to attract the, shall we say, undead, and she has her hands full…but also tied. While the angry hellhounds can't traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders like evil sentries, so Charley has been forbidden from leaving the sacred grounds. Luckily, she has her loyal team with her, and they're a scrappy bunch who won't let a few thirsty hellhounds deter them.

While the team scours the prophesies, searching for clues on the Twelve, for a way to kill them or at least send them back to hell, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they've accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. Their presence is comforting. But the good feelings don't last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

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