Saturday, July 22, 2017

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

Book 29 of my 2017 Reading Challenge
read from May 20 - 28

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones
Book 11 in the Charley Davidson series

Summary (via Goodreads)
A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part-time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those that want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of powers and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.

My Opinion
Meh, not my favorite book of the series.  It was slightly annoying that simple communication could've wrapped up some of the problems before they actually became problems.

And I don't know what was going on in the last book or this one regarding the sex scenes.  It's like either a different writer has taken over or the author felt that readers were tired of the same two people together and needed to spice things up.  No matter what the reason for the changes are, it's not working for me.  This isn't porn, stop using the 'c' word in the dirty talk.  And if you have to, don't use it that often; 4 times in a single page and twice more in the same paragraph on another page is a bit much.  Use a thesaurus.

As always, I liked the funny sayings that start each chapter such as the t-shirt slogan "My entire life can be summed up in one sentence: "Well, that didn't go as planned.""  I LOVED the E. Corona quote "She has been through hell, so believe me when I say, fear her when she looks into a fire and smiles."

Even though this was a bit of a disappointment I will continue the series.  Especially after the cliffhanger the book ended on -- the author has not lost her touch there!

A Few Quotes from the Book
""First, how did your day with Mr. Farrow go?
 "Wonderful. We went to the Sahara. And he threw me off a building. Other than the building thing, it was fab.""

"I studied the run-down hotel. "I essentially killed those men. Am I slated for hell?"
 He stepped to me. Put his fingers underneath my chin. Raised it until our gazes locked. "You're a god, Dutch. And the reaper. You don't get slated. You are the slate.""

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