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Third Grave Dead Ahead

(Charley Davidson #3)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  38,654 ratings  ·  3,060 reviews
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 Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, d ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Timothy Baril Not scary. Not at all. But lots of awesomeness. Oodles of it. You'll reap all kinds of laughs. Won't be grim at all. Well, maybe a little. But mostly …moreNot scary. Not at all. But lots of awesomeness. Oodles of it. You'll reap all kinds of laughs. Won't be grim at all. Well, maybe a little. But mostly not at all. (less)

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Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
“There comes a moment when you know you just aren’t going to do anything else productive for the rest of the day.”

I needed a quick pick-me-up, so I thought why not turn to my favorite grim reaper, Charley Davidson!

Book 3 picks up shortly after the events of book 2. Charley must deal with the fallout from what she did to Reyes. She also must stay awake to avoid intimate encounters with the son of Satan, so she has been awake for almost two weeks, which does not put her in the best state of
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones is a 2012 St. Martin’s Press publication.

This third installment in the Charley Davidson series deals with the fallout from the controversial conclusion of book two.

Let’s just say Reyes a quivering with rage and leave it at that. Meanwhile, Charley’s father tries to convince Charley to find a new occupation, while she tackles a missing persons case. Not only that, Charley faces the irony of dealing with a motorcycle gang, along with Reyes’ unrelenting adv
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
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
dressed in a pair of comfortable jeans, a loose black sweater, and a pair of killer boots I got off a biker for a lap dance. He was pretty darned good, too, after I got past my aversion to back hair.

Oh, Charley - she just cracks me up!

In this book, Charley is asked to find a missing person, but she is sure that the guy who hires her is actually the person's killer. She is also suspicious that this guy will try and kill her too when he realizes that she knows the truth. Of course he's going t
This series is so freaking good!
Favourite characters: Charley (of course) and Rocket (dude is adorable & funny!).
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
When I start a new series I like to keep going until I finish it, but Charley Davidson is making it tricky for me!

Charley herself is good apart from a tendency to make too many dumb jokes. I really enjoy her weird abilities and the way she sees ghosts. They make some of the best characters in the book! However her love interest leaves me disinterested. Reyes may have arms of steel (?) but he makes himself totally unattractive with his temper tantrums and the way he treats Charley.

So much possib
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
"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 bu
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dija by: The cover
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
I'm starting to feel a bit conflicted with this series. I like sassy, smart-mouthed Charley and really like her role as the Grim Reaper, an entity that can be used by departed souls to cross to the other side, which means she meets some very interesting souls. It also makes her job as a PI interesting when she can use ghosts to tail suspects or find out if someone is dead. However, I found her constant wisecracking a bit heavy handed, particularly early in the book and for a smart girl she does ...more
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 b
3.5 Stars

As usual I laughed my ass off (got weird looks from my hubby all the while, lol!) at Charley’s antics. The mystery was addictive, but I put a few things together way before Charley should have. I was surprised by at how things got serious real quick and there were grisly parts that creeped me out and wrenched my heart! Darynda really put Charley through the ringer in this installment! Betrayals from loved ones and something sad at the end made me feel terrible for Charley!

I wished we g
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Read April 2015
What can I say besides I love Reyes but I also like Charley's sarcastic remarks.

Re-read for a challenge
Krystin Rachel
“But give up my business? The same business I'd built from the ground up with my own two hands and designer Louis Vuittons? The same business for which I'd sacrificed blood, sweat, and tears? Well, maybe not sweat and tears, but there was blood. Lots of blood. Give it up? Not likely. Besides, what else would I do? I totally should've gone to Hogwarts when I had the chance.”

Here I am, back again on this Charley Davidson bike...See what I did there? Like Harley Davidson?
There's also a
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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.
Kat Valentine
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reyes is back and he isn't happy! When charley bound his soul to his body so that he couldn't to harm to himself,it set's reyes off and so every time charley falls asleep reyes comes to her hotter,sexier and madder then the last time .And if not being able to sleep isn't bad enough,,charley and crew out off on another case. Theirs a lot of twist's and turns for our favorite grim reaper and reyes has much planned for charley and company!!
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'
Lisa Kay
Quote at the beginning of Chapter 2
★★★½✩ While I love Lorelei King, who narrates the audiobook with a wonderful tone of sarcasm, I also got the Kindle version from the library and ending up going with that one for the majority of the book, so I won’t review the audiobook.

Okay, so it has been about five years since I read the last book in this series. Wow; time flys. I had to go back a review the “buddy reads” threads I participated in for the first two books to recall all the character
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Seriously, there's too little Reyes in this series. Also, I'm having so much mixed feelings towards Charley; sometimes I so sure that she just is that dumb, and sometimes I'm sure she acts dumb on purpose....
Rate: 2.5/3 stars.
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
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
Third Grave Dead Ahead is the third installment in Darynda Jones's paranormal mystery series titled: Charley Davidson. Charley is our heroine in this series, and she is in fact the Grim Reaper. I love this concept! ...and I love her! Charley is just an amazing heroine! She's got attitude, loyalty, a wild sense of humor, and a real-life dream man. Yep, sexy, sexy dream man...

The series as a whole presents an ongoing story line that would be best enjoyed in order; however, there is a separate myst
Christen (GoldiloxReads)
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

Full review to come.


Actual review

Since reading the third book, I went away for the weekend, during which period I have also read the fourth book. I was very disappointed with that one, so I'll do my very best to remember the awesomeness of this one.


Lead me not into temptation. I can find it myself. - T-Shirt

The most important change for me in this book is Reyes. Yes, he's the Big Bad and the supermodel son of Satan, but I prefer him
I almost busted out the 'because I have to finish the series' shelf for this one. Definitely not my favourite. Things were already kind of OTT and they definitely got worse in THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD. Not to mention one aspect of the Murder-ish Mystery of the Week was painfully obvious and hurt my soul. The romance continues to frustrate me almost as much as some of the ridiculously stupid interactions between Charley and her bestie/secretary Cookie. But I still live with scenes with the uncle. S ...more
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Many have recommend the Charley Davidson series to me and now I’ve finally picked it up. I’ve been really enjoying this series and how things are progressing. The series does need to be read or listened to in order.

Third Grave Dead Ahead is full of mysteries, betrayals, heartache, and revelations.

There is a lot going on in this installment; with three different mystery’s happening, understanding exactly what Charley can do, and Charley now trying to get in and out of the asylum without the bik
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
UF goodness continues.

No, Charlie isn't Gaiman's Death, nor is she a Reaper from Bleach. She IS, however, an Unknown Quantity who still believes she's Normal Folk.

That, with the snark and the UF goodness of solving murders with supernatural powers, the wicked (often truly so) reveals from people she trusts the most, and the whole general STAY AWAKE AT ALL COSTS vibe... it manages to come down to earth quite nicely.

That, and I don't blame her son-of-Satan boyfriend for being super pissed at her
Poor Charley. This girl gets betrayed by more people. It’s really sad because she is the most loyal person, like ever. Always sticking her neck out for everyone. I can’t wait to read the next book. I honestly don’t know how Reyes and Charley can ever be together after everything that’s happened. They both do too many things to hurt each other. It’s baffling because we also know how much they love each other.
Aly (In Wonderland)
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, fantasy
Charley is still lusting after a creep who threatened her with a knife, and then threatened her family.

I'm honestly worried.


Geri Reads
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely my favorite one in the series so far. Some parts are really hard to read and a lot of things that happened are game changers.

Charley have been in danger before but she's always managed to inexplicably get out of it by sheer luck or by being saved just in time. She was never in danger like she had been in this book.
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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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Charley Davidson (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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