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Fifth Grave Past the Light

Charley Davidson Series

Darynda Jones

St. Martin's Press

Never underestimate the power of a woman

on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high.

                                                —T-shirt

 

Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper.  She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire.  However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case.  Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth…but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.  When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma, is the serial killer’s next target Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’ help.  Arsonist or not, he’s the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.

 

Charley Davidson is at it again in Fifth Grave Past the Light, the sexy, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling series by Darynda Jones.

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Ask me about life after death.
—T-SHIRT OFTEN SEEN ON CHARLEY DAVIDSON, A GRIM REAPER OF QUESTIONABLE MORALS
 
 
The dead guy at the end of the bar kept trying to buy me a drink. Which figured. No one else was even taking a second look and I’d dressed to the nines. Or, at the very least, the eight-and-a-halves. But the truly disturbing part of my evening was the fact that my mark, one Mr. Marvin Tidwell, blond real estate broker and suspected adulterer, actually turned down the drink I’d tried to buy him.
Turned it down!
I felt viola
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REVIEWS

Praise for Fifth Grave Past the Light

 

Praise for

FOURTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET

 

“The fourth entry in Darynda Joness wildly popular Charley Davidson series is every bit as solidly successful as the first. In fact, this might be the best yet. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet continues to blend paranormal, romance, and mystery better than any other contemporary work out there…At its heart, Charley is still perfectly Charley, well-adjusted PI/grim reaper, and one of the elements that works so well is that right strike of outrageous humor one moment and teeth-chattering suspense the next.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers

 “A great book…snappy writing and quirky dialogue…one of my favorites.”—Fiction Vixen

 

THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD

 

“Jones perfectly balances humor and suspense.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

“Wickedly witty…will delight aficionados of humorous paranormals.”—Booklist (starred review)

 

“Charley Davidson is one of the most fun characters I have had the privilege to read. She is witty, independent, and lives a little on the crazy side of life.”—Dark Faerie Tales

 

“Absolutely amazing…a thrill ride from the very first page until the very last.”—Red Hot Books (5 stars)

 

“A hilarious, wickedly sexy, action packed, mystery that will have you howling with laughter… A strong character driven series, this urban fantasy takes you on a crazy laugh filled adventure with strong emotional story lines, multiple subplots, charismatic characters, and witty dialogue.”—Smexy Books  

 

“Love!”—Oh My Books! (4 ½ stars)

 

“A barrel of laughs mixed with some intense action. Jones' trademark humor makes this series a must read for urban fantasy readers who like a good laugh with their suspense. Jones gives readers some of the most entertaining characters to come along in a long while.”—Debbie’s Book Bag

 

“Hilarious engrossing paranormal mysteries with absolutely no vampires or werewolves…with an easy-to-root-for herione.” —Quirky Girls Read (A+)

 

 

SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT


“Jones perfectly balances humor and suspense in [this] paranormal thriller featuring grim reaper, PI, and ‘all-around badass’ Charley Davidson…It’s the distinctive characters, dead and alive, and the almost constant laughs that will leave readers eager for the next installment.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

“This is an amazing book and a fantastic series! In a lot of ways it is similar to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series only ten times better!” —Night Owl Reviews

 

“A saucy sequel…Readers will be captivated by Charley’s near-death adventures.”—The Associated Press

 

“Four and a half stars. Snarky, sassy Charley is back and taking no guff in Jones’s action-packed new offering…There is murder and mystery aplenty…fun.”—RT Book Reviews

 

 

 

FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT

 

“Sexy, sassy . . . Jones’s characters, both living and dead, are colorful and endearing. . . . Cheeky charm . . . sarcastic wit.”The Associated Press

 

“Jones’s wickedly witty debut will delight aficionados of such humorous paranormals as Casey Daniels’s Pepper Martin Mysteries and Dakota Cassidy’s Accidental Friends series.”—Booklist (starred review)

 

“Jones skillfully establishes the novel’s setting and keeps up the pace with plenty of action. And let’s be honest—the sex is pretty hot, too. Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon and other authors of paranormal romance will love this series debut.”—Library Journal (starred review)

 

“Fast-talking Charley’s wicked exuberance and lust for life will appeal to fans of MaryJanice Davidson and Janet Evanovich and maybe fill a hole for those mourning the recently canceled Ghost Whisperer.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“Jones makes a truly memorable debut with her unique tale that is sexy, mysterious, and sarcastically fun!”

RT Books Reviews

 

“It’s a fun, sexy, exciting read.”—Suspense Magazine

 

“A true paranormal princess has been proclaimed. Bravo Ms. Jones, you have just hit the big time. . . . A brilliant novel . . . Do not walk; run to get your copy of First Grave on the Right when it debuts.”—Night Owl Reviews

 

This book is full of surprises and fun to be had for all. I barely finished this book and already can’t wait to visit with Charley Davidson again in the next novel, Second Grave on the Left. First Grave on the Right deserves nothing less than a Five Angel, Recommend Read status.”Fallen Angel Reviews

 

“Hold on to your hats and get comfortable, you won’t want to get up for a long, long time as Charley Davidson sweeps you in and holds on tight.”—The Romance Reviews

 

“A smashing, award-winning debut novel.”—Goodreads

 

“In the currently crowded paranormal world, First Grave on the Right is a bright beacon of originality. Jones writes with a sharp, addictively acerbic sense of humor, and she combines genres with the carefully controlled precision of a master literary mixologist.”Reader to Reader . . .

 

“A fast and fun read [that] will leave you begging for more.”Fresh Fiction

 

“This book takes a humorous view on the old Grim Reaper cliché. Charley is a smart, enjoyable character with enough snark to keep one laughing even as the plot darkens.”Affaire de Coeur

 

“The best debut novel I’ve read in years! Hilarious and heartfelt, sexy and surprising . . . I’m begging for the next one!!”—J. R. Ward, New York Times bestselling author of Lover Avenged

 

“I am furiously envious of Darynda Jones and rue the day she came up with this concept, damn her eyes. First Grave on the Right . . . kidnapped me from the first paragraph, and didn’t let go until the exceedingly yummy conclusion.”—MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of Undead and Unwelcome and Me, Myself and Why?

 

First Grave on the Right is smart, sharp, and wickedly entertaining. Grab this one.”—Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author of Fired Up

 

First Grave on the Right is witty, darkly thrilling, and oh, so sexy!”—Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Whisper

 

First Grave on the Right is a phenomenal debut! This series opener has it all—rollicking humor, sizzling sexual tension, and a spine-tingling mystery. I’m eagerly awaiting the next Charley Davidson tale!”—Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author of Pleasure of a Dark Prince

 

 

Praise for

FOURTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET

 

“The fourth entry in Darynda Joness wildly popular Charley Davidson series is every bit as solidly successful as the first. In fact, this might be the best yet. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet continues to blend paranormal, romance, and mystery better than any other contemporary work out there…At its heart, Charley is still perfectly Charley, well-adjusted PI/grim reaper, and one of the elements that works so well is that right strike of outrageous humor one moment and teeth-chattering suspense the next.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers

 “A great book…snappy writing and quirky dialogue…one of my favorites.”—Fiction Vixen

 

THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD

 

“Jones perfectly balances humor and suspense.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

“Wickedly witty…will delight aficionados of humorous paranormals.”—Booklist (starred review)

 

“Charley Davidson is one of the most fun characters I have had the privilege to read. She is witty, independent, and lives a little on the crazy side of life.”—Dark Faerie Tales

 

“Absolutely amazing…a thrill ride from the very first page until the very last.”—Red Hot Books (5 stars)

 

“A hilarious, wickedly sexy, action packed, mystery that will have you howling with laughter… A strong character driven series, this urban fantasy takes you on a crazy laugh filled adventure with strong emotional story lines, multiple subplots, charismatic characters, and witty dialogue.”—Smexy Books  

 

“Love!”—Oh My Books! (4 ½ stars)

 

“A barrel of laughs mixed with some intense action. Jones' trademark humor makes this series a must read for urban fantasy readers who like a good laugh with their suspense. Jones gives readers some of the most entertaining characters to come along in a long while.”—Debbie’s Book Bag

 

“Hilarious engrossing paranormal mysteries with absolutely no vampires or werewolves…with an easy-to-root-for herione.” —Quirky Girls Read (A+)

 

 

SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT


“Jones perfectly balances humor and suspense in [this] paranormal thriller featuring grim reaper, PI, and ‘all-around badass’ Charley Davidson…It’s the distinctive characters, dead and alive, and the almost constant laughs that will leave readers eager for the next installment.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

“This is an amazing book and a fantastic series! In a lot of ways it is similar to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series only ten times better!” —Night Owl Reviews

 

“A saucy sequel…Readers will be captivated by Charley’s near-death adventures.”—The Associated Press

 

“Four and a half stars. Snarky, sassy Charley is back and taking no guff in Jones’s action-packed new offering…There is murder and mystery aplenty…fun.”—RT Book Reviews

 

 

 

FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT

 

“Sexy, sassy . . . Jones’s characters, both living and dead, are colorful and endearing. . . . Cheeky charm . . . sarcastic wit.”The Associated Press

 

“Jones’s wickedly witty debut will delight aficionados of such humorous paranormals as Casey Daniels’s Pepper Martin Mysteries and Dakota Cassidy’s Accidental Friends series.”—Booklist (starred review)

 

“Jones skillfully establishes the novel’s setting and keeps up the pace with plenty of action. And let’s be honest—the sex is pretty hot, too. Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon and other authors of paranormal romance will love this series debut.”—Library Journal (starred review)

 

“Fast-talking Charley’s wicked exuberance and lust for life will appeal to fans of MaryJanice Davidson and Janet Evanovich and maybe fill a hole for those mourning the recently canceled Ghost Whisperer.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“Jones makes a truly memorable debut with her unique tale that is sexy, mysterious, and sarcastically fun!”

RT Books Reviews

 

“It’s a fun, sexy, exciting read.”—Suspense Magazine

 

“A true paranormal princess has been proclaimed. Bravo Ms. Jones, you have just hit the big time. . . . A brilliant novel . . . Do not walk; run to get your copy of First Grave on the Right when it debuts.”—Night Owl Reviews

 

This book is full of surprises and fun to be had for all. I barely finished this book and already can’t wait to visit with Charley Davidson again in the next novel, Second Grave on the Left. First Grave on the Right deserves nothing less than a Five Angel, Recommend Read status.”Fallen Angel Reviews

 

“Hold on to your hats and get comfortable, you won’t want to get up for a long, long time as Charley Davidson sweeps you in and holds on tight.”—The Romance Reviews

 

“A smashing, award-winning debut novel.”—Goodreads

 

“In the currently crowded paranormal world, First Grave on the Right is a bright beacon of originality. Jones writes with a sharp, addictively acerbic sense of humor, and she combines genres with the carefully controlled precision of a master literary mixologist.”Reader to Reader . . .

 

“A fast and fun read [that] will leave you begging for more.”Fresh Fiction

 

“This book takes a humorous view on the old Grim Reaper cliché. Charley is a smart, enjoyable character with enough snark to keep one laughing even as the plot darkens.”Affaire de Coeur

 

“The best debut novel I’ve read in years! Hilarious and heartfelt, sexy and surprising . . . I’m begging for the next one!!”—J. R. Ward, New York Times bestselling author of Lover Avenged

 

“I am furiously envious of Darynda Jones and rue the day she came up with this concept, damn her eyes. First Grave on the Right . . . kidnapped me from the first paragraph, and didn’t let go until the exceedingly yummy conclusion.”—MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of Undead and Unwelcome and Me, Myself and Why?

 

First Grave on the Right is smart, sharp, and wickedly entertaining. Grab this one.”—Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author of Fired Up

 

First Grave on the Right is witty, darkly thrilling, and oh, so sexy!”—Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Whisper

 

First Grave on the Right is a phenomenal debut! This series opener has it all—rollicking humor, sizzling sexual tension, and a spine-tingling mystery. I’m eagerly awaiting the next Charley Davidson tale!”—Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author of Pleasure of a Dark Prince

 

Reviews from Goodreads

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Darynda Jones

  • New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart® and a RITA® for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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