With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.
Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.
While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, 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. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….
First thing I want to say is I loved this installment of the Charley Davidson series but at the same time I hate it.
More on that later.
Now for the review just click below but beware for mild spoilers if you haven’t read Eighth Grave After Dark.
As it says in the blurb, Eighth Grave After Dark picks up 8 months after Seventh Grave and No Body and that means a very pregnant Charley who’s ready to pop! The story begins with Charley and company preparing for the wedding of- guess who? Cookie and Uncle Bob! Since Charley and Reyes are forced to stay in abandoned convent to hide from the hell hounds who can’t enter, the wedding is held there. Just like the other Charley Davidson novels, Charley gets involved in an investigation of a missing girl related to an FBI agent while also investigating several other things like Reyes’ parents and who killed her father. Both things she was told not to do. Of course Charley’s not the only one who is hiding things from her spouse so is our beloved Reyes. Some things never change.
Don’t worry, we do get to Beep’s birth but after that…..WOW……so many things happen that I still can’t believe it happen. Just going to say these words: Hell. Lucifer. Mr. Wong.
As for the ending, had a feeling it was going to end that way when I read the blurb for The Dirt on Ninth Grave. Now we have to wait until January 2016 for it to come out!
Curse Darynda Jones for that ending but at the same time I have to applaud her for that ending twist because now the Charley Davidson series is heading towards a new direction and storyline.However, that ending will leave you in tears and dying for the next novel.
.Think I’m going to reread the series to pass the time until 2016 but I will be counting down the days until The Dirt on Ninth Grave is released.