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Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3)

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  17,785 ratings  ·  1,727 reviews
Third Grave Dead Ahead is the third installment of Darynda Jones' award-winning paranormal series that's "hilarious and heartfelt, sexy and surprising." (J.R. Ward)

Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she's drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes F...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene FrostDarkfever by Karen Marie MoningDark Lover by J.R. WardMoon Called by Patricia BriggsMagic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Best ADULT Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
117th out of 2,141 books — 4,277 voters
First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesSecond Grave on the Left by Darynda JonesThird Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda JonesFourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda JonesFifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
Grim Reaper themes
3rd out of 98 books — 153 voters

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Suzanne (Doppleganger)
This book was fabulous! I can honestly say I loved every single page, and not because of Charley's severe coffee addiction. That's just a bonus.

I loved this book because Charley gets funnier, Reyes shows more of his hot devilish side, Cookie and Charley have the most hysterical dialogue, and Wong is...still in the corner.

Somewhere about halfway into Third Grave it hit me that I was completely wrapped up in the plot. Charley isn't just the grim reaper, Reyes' love interest, or a crazy woman in...more
"Death comes to those who wait. And to those who don't. So either way…"

I could never get tired of our dear Charley Davidson. First Grave on the Right and Second Grave on the Left were both incredibly funny and smart. Third Grave Dead Ahead is no exception. It only took about 10 pages for me to be falling off my chair laughing.

The plot in Third Grave Dead Ahead is similar to the others. Charley gets a case; trying to find a missing person, while dealing with Reyes and the other pain in the butt...more
The UF genre needs more series like Charley Davidson, and more heroines like Charley. Series like this are the reason I became obsessed with the genre in the first place. Series that make me seriously entertain the thought of an alternate world out there, one where the Son of Satan grim reapers, werewolves, vampires, angels, and the whole lot run free. I've always considered a healthy belief in "What if's" to be essential for one's mental growth, so no, I'm not at all concerned about my sanity a...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This is actually the first book in the series that I've read, but it was fairly smooth sailing despite that fact. It did take me a while to get used to the quirky/corny humor. But I have to say, I enjoyed the time I spent with Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Garrett and the others. Don't let the silly humor fool you. Darynda Jones writes a good quality mystery story.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur in the February 2012 Issue.
Dead on Arrival…

I’m starting to wonder how many more directions we’ll get to these graves. Right, left, ahead… I don’t even know if Charley knows where she’s going anymore. I just hope the cemetery isn’t that big. Personally, I just want to know the directions to the exit.

Third Grave Dead Ahead is the third installment of the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. Charley once again is pulled into a murder case, this time involving a possessive doctor and his missing wife. She’d like to be a...more
SubterraneanCatalyst -Censorship is for the Weak
I enjoy reading about Charley and her adventures with Cookie and the hot steaming tease that is Reyes. This book was better than the other two installments because we're getting more information about what Charley really is- we know she's a Grim Reaper. But what else is she capable of? Reyes has been hinting at this since the last book I believe and although that isn't expounded upon in detail here- we do get to see where this whole train is headed toward.

[I don't know who this man is..he'...more
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
This whole book made me sleepy...well, except some of the Reyes scenes!! The problem is Charley is refusing to sleep and things are getting pretty crazy. Every time she goes to sleep, Reyes shows up and he is angry. Granted he wants her but he doesn't want to want her and Charley doesn't like that. Who can blame her?

I'm not sure what it is about this series but it has sucked me in. I love all the snark, I love how dangerous and angry Reyes is, I love how crazy Garrett is and how sweet Cookie is...more
Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres*

This review will not contain spoilers for this book, but do not read it you haven't read books 1 and 2 in this series.

Another wonderful installment in Darynda Jones' hilarious and sexy Charley Davidson series!

Third Grave Dead Ahead begins almost where it left off - with Reyes back in jail and pisssssed at Charley. Since she bound him to his corporeal body he is stuck in jail and can't visit her incorporeally...except that he can. Every time Charley falls asleep he visits her, which would be HOT...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 4-4 1/2
*Genre* Urban Fantasy

*Review Spoiler Free!*

Paranormal Private Investigator and Grim Reaper Charley Davidson has more than a few problems this time around. Her main problem is the fact that she can’t sleep without having Reyes Farrow jumping her bones every time she closes her eyes. Reyes is extremely angry at Charley to the point where he ends up using her in a big way and now I’m extremely anxious to read the next installment to see what happens next.

Charley is still one of the...more
Hershey  (Wants to be Magneto)
One thing you need to know about the Charley Davidson series: It is damn addictive!

I'm completely obsessed with this series.

I think there should be more books like the Charley Davidson series. A concoction of all the elements a reader would love. For those of you who are still wondering whether to read this series or not, just go ahead and buy the book. You will not regret it.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“The top five things you never want to say to a grim reaper:
I’m dead tired.
You’re killin
Some Spoilers

Charley, Danger and Will Robinson are back and better than ever. Charley is trying her best to stay awake to avoid Reyes who is visiting her in her sleep. Reyes is furiuos that Charley bound his incorperal self to his human body, thus leaving him vunerable. Even though he's angry at Charley he can't help smexing her up when he sees her. There's a lot of tension and resentment between Charley and Reyes, both hurting one other in order to protect the other. Unfortunatley for Charley...more
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks. I have some great quotes posted with my review on the blog. :)

This right here, my review for Third Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones, is turning out to be one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever had to write. Not because I was sorely disappointed in the book but because it was such a fan-freakin’-tastic read I am afraid I won’t be able to put into words how much I enjoyed it! I mean, I want to go and find the highest hill in my area, climb on top of it a...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Just when I thought this series couldn't get any better, a new Charley Davidson book comes along and shows me just how very, very wrong I was. This story was absolutely amazing, taking me on a thrill ride from the very first page until the very last. Now that the book is over, I'm left stunned, satisfied, a little shaken-up, and mostly desperate... for the next book to come out.

As the story begins, Charley is fighting to stay awake. That's because every time she closes her eyes, Reyes is there....more
Review Posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog Rating: 4.5/5

“How many cups of coffee have you had today?”

I counted on my fingers before remembering they should remain on the steering wheel at all times when driving. “Seven,” I said, swerving to narrowly miss a horrified pedestrian.

“Just seven?”

“And twelve-halves.”

Charley running on days of no sleep. Oh yes…take a moment and imagine that, if you will. That’s what she’s in the middle of as THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD opens, because every time she...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
This is one of those rare series that I've consistently given 5 stars to. I'm very stingy with my 5 star ratings, but these stories have everything that I enjoy. A strong protagonist, engaging mysteries, lots of humor, enjoyable secondary characters, and a male love interest that has me drooling all over the pages.

Simply put, I can't get enough of Charley and Reyes.

The dynamics in their relationship take an unexpected turn in this third installment and we see a side of Reyes that is a little u...more
This series has convinced me that Darynda Jones has to be one of the coolest people to hang out with.
Third Grave Dead Ahead has to be the best Charley Davidson installment yet. One of my favorite heroines is back and sassier than ever. We even got more Reyes in this one. The humor doesn't stop, but it's not the only emotion you feel. The action is non-stop and it's so hard to put down!
Well developed supporting characters are just as important to me in a book as good main characters. The story ju...more
Brigid (is a massive coffee addict)
Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones Review

I’ll put it simply: I love this series to pieces. A lot of my friends, here on Goodreads, hate hate HATE this series. I could fucking care less. I love Charley. She’s snarky, hilarious, and could care a fuck what other people think of her. She’s got her girl bud Cookie to back her up, except when in comes to stealing coffee. I love that there’s girl friendships in this series. There are no cat fights or slut shaming. I’m so happy about that! I’m a...more
Carolyn F.
Oh my gosh! Great book! Thanks to all the so-so ratings from other readers, I came to this book thinking it would be just okay and I'd have to struggle through it. The opposite happened. I started this book last night and read for about an hour, slept, worked 8 hours, did a bunch of errands, did some laundry and dishes, and STILL managed to finish this book tonight because I was pretty much carrying it around as soon as I got home. Who needs to actually see the shirt as you're folding it? It's m...more
Feb 02, 2012 Cassandra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who can find a funnybone on their person
This was better than the first two, something I didn't think was possible.

Helpful warning: don't start this book if you have things needing taken care of, like kids, significant others, animals...etc...or if you have to pee, even slightly. You won't be able to put it down and it's kinda big.

Another whole year to wait! Dang.
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
"OMG!!!!! To my sweet Dayrnda why must you do this to me.....*sigh*."

My Thoughts:
Oh Me, Oh My, Charley & Reyes WHY? WHY? WHY?

Darynda sucked me back into to the world of Charley Davidson. In this third installment of Charley’s series, we find Charley try to solve yet another missing person case. But not everything is as it seems. Charley meets some new friends and says good bye to some old.

I am not sure anything will be the same in Charley’s world after Third Grave Dead Ahead.

For those of yo...more
I usually don't beg. Well not often, but when I didn't win an ARC contest that Darynda was holding for Third Grave Dead Ahead, I might have succumbed. I subtly let her know that I was really bummed to not get to read her third book in the Charley & Reyes series as soon as possible. She suggested that I could try and contact her publicist and see if I could get one from him. So of course I immediately emailed that wonderful man, laid out my resume of blogs/twitter followers/FB reach (heh) and...more
Another fatastic addition to this series. Again, just when you think it couldn't get any better, she does it again.

I very quickly felt sorry for Charley in this book. She hasn't slept for 13 days becasue every time she does Reyes is there within seconds. Hang on, that's a good thing right?... wrong! Charley is devastated that Reyes refuses to let her into the prison to see him. He is so angry at her for binding him and his anger carries on into their incorporeal encounters. In the beginning of...more
I immensely enjoyed reading these series, especially the main character Charley, her power and all that crazy attitude of hers and LOL-worthy lines, but I'm getting tired of the same old underwhelming plot.

This book is getting too repetitive for me to handle; Charley with her PI cases that I don't give a damn about, her running bad jokes (it was funny at first, now its really grating on my nerves) and the never-ending description how hot,sexy, bad boy-brooding Reyes is. I mean, seriously, I got...more
Third Grave Dead Ahead
3.5 Stars

A solid story and likable characters but the snarky humor is starting to get old.

Charley is a great heroine - strong willed, witty and sarcastic. She is, however, having some problems with the men in her life - Reyes is having some anger management issues (that tends to happen when you bind someone against their will), her father is suffering from an overdose of guilt, Garrett's desire to strangle her is reaching epic proportions, and Owen Vaughn still hates her w...more
C.L. Parker
Here's the thing ... It's taken me quite some time to get my thoughts together to do this review, simply because I was blown away by this book! I'm not saying I'm anywhere closer to actually formulating coherent thoughts, but I'm going to give it a shot anyway.

To say that Darynda's writing has improved from it's already fantastic level seems silly because as authors, every word we write should be a step toward improving our craft. Darynda is no exception to this rule. I have no idea how this wom...more
Oh Charley, Charley, I love you.

In this installment we pick right back up after the events of the previous book. Charley has "rescued" Reyes by binding him to his corporeal body. That is a pretty darned bad thing for the Son of Satan. For one thing, his human self is a convicted murderer and is thus behind bars in a maximum security prison. For another thing, when he can't go all astral-projection-smoke-dude, he can't swoop in and slice people in half with his lethal smoke sword a...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
I'd actually fudge a bit over 4♥'s on this book. I LOVE the humor, adore it, but I wasn't on board so much with the Reyes fan club. Well, this book finally starts to lead Charley towards my thinking which made me happy as a clam.

It was a little slower going getting into the story at first. It seemed to be stuck on the Reyes fixation, but once it became clear that it wouldn't remain so I was smitten. I will say, I figured out a few key points really early on. But there was one set-up I fell for,...more
4.5 Charley, The Grim Reaper, she has what every women wants Reyes Farrow. A man so hot so gorgeous legs weaken just looking at him. She has a family- a father who loves her, a sister who ? , and an Uncle. Then there are her friends, Cookie her trusted side kick, Angel the departed gang-banger, Mr Wong in the corner, the dead girl with the knife and Garret. Her dream job as a PI.
Oh, but not all is good in Charley land. Reyes escapes from prison, and gets her to help him. Pain, suffering and ext...more
I loved this one!Abso-freaking-lutely.And not because we get to see Reyes in the shower,really. Ok that may add to the cause a little bit,buuut,really it was amazing!I can't get enough of this series.And of Reyes.and Swoopes.Ok,ok and the newest added to the list,Donovan. [I have a feeling he will ascend pretty quickly this list]. What bothered me is that I forgot not to read this in the night.I should have remembered that I will wake everyone in the house because of my laughter.Seriously,I don'...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Mar 11, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: U/F fans who like quirky humor
4.5 stars

Third Grave Dead Ahead is a very fun book to read. It's not really a paranormal romance series. The Charley Davidson series is a combination of urban fantasy and mystery liberally mixed with humor and sexual tension. For being the Grim Reaper, Charley has a seriously goofy personality. Reyes, the Son of Satan, is just as sexy as ever. Third Grave is fun reading, with a wee bit of violence, without being too dark.

Lots of good stuff happens in this book. Reyes, in his corporeal form, int...more
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NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. 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. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davids...more
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