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Fifth Grave Past the Light

(Charley Davidson #5)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  35,138 ratings  ·  2,948 reviews
Never underestimate the power of a woman on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high.-T-shirt Charley Davidson isnt your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. Shes more of a paranormal private eyegrim 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 he ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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He’d gone back to staring into his wine, to running his finger along the rim of his glass. The movement mesmerized me. Without breaking his gaze, he said, “Come here.”

–Fifth Grave Past the Light (July 2013)

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His mouth sought mine, the contact rough, raw, and he drank me in as though my kiss were the only thing keeping him alive.
–Fifth Grave Past the Light (July 2013)

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It all started with a key, a cheating man and a gun shot.

Charley, my book BFF has gotten into it again. She confronts a clients nasty husband, she is confronted by questions from the police, she's forced into therapy, her room is filled with blonds, she has a horrible life/death experience and Reyes is just down the hall in all his pure hot steamy sexyness. No, that is not all of it just the holy crisps parts for me. The best was of course Reyes just down the hall, va va voom ! The worst, the br
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"His mouth sought my ear. 'You would still feel pity for me?' He nipped at my earlobe. The small amount of pain caused a sharp spike of arousal. 'I am a monster, Dutch. A demon. Unworthy of you.'"

I previously claimed to hate erotica. Did I really mean that? Nooooooooo. Not when Reyes is involved. Give me more of that shit.

Saying Charley Davidson is an interesting character is saying Homer Simpson's a little bald, or Mr. Burns is a little evil. It's a wee bit of an understatement. Here, we have o
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
It's just another day in the crazy life of private eye ~ and grim reaper Charley Davidson as her apartment slowly fills up with dead blonde women. But it's never anything as simple as just a serial killer case for Charley...there's an arsonist that just may or may not be her sexy neighbor, Reyes, and a whacked out cheating husband that she has to set up!

Okay, so things never change with Charley. Yes, the case with the blonde women was really intriguing. I really enjoyed how everything set up. Th
Freaking men. It didn't matter what the problem was, they saw only three solutions to it: food, sex, war.

because if you don't, he might start a war

I love Charley! I can relate to all of her snark and some of her silliness. (Luckily, none of her almost-getting-killed, constantly-being-beat senseless.) She names everything - all of her body parts, car, furniture, even her shower (Hector). I have a pillow that I sleep with that I named Phil, so I get it. My husband is totally jealous of Phil. W
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Easily the best book in the series so far. This one was genuinely funny and full of entertaining details like how Charley manages to live in an apartment full of ghosts, including one under the bed, and another in the shower.

Best of all was the complete turn around of Reyes' character. Suddenly he is the guy next door, working as the chef in Charley's father's bar and actually being nice. I must admit I was well over grumpy Reyes in the last book but I can really enjoy this new version. Hope it
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
A copy of Fifth Grave Past the Light was provided to me by St. Martin's Press for review purposes.

'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.'

Charley Davidson is, as usual, up to her elbows in work and she's the only one equipped to handle it. Her apartment has suddenly been taken over by a few dozen ghostly blonde women who show no interest in passing, she almos

I would sell my soul to Darynda Jones if it meant she wrote these books in half the time and promised not to stop. Never stop writing Jones, NEVER STOP.

Fifth Grave was just as good, if not better than the first four. I know I've expressed how much I love Charley and the gang before, but you guys, I feel like I can't even physically express how much I obsess about adore them!

Okay, so this maybe sums it up...

Ok, ok, I'm trying to rein it in, I promise!

Some things I loved about Fifth Grave P
2.5 stars - Spoilers and Lots of Ranty Thoughts

I'm not sure how to rate this, I mostly liked it but I also had loads of issues with it. So for now, I'm giving it 2.5 stars. However, I may or may not change it to 3 stars once I'm not quite so pissed off.
I do think fans of Reyes, and the series in general will love Fifth Grave. Unfortunately for me, I LOATHE Reyes, and he was the main reason I wasn't impressed with Fifth Grave.

Random ranty thoughts:

-I couldn't take Charley and Reyes's relationshi
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
BREAKING NEWS: Reyes Alexander Farrow, the prodigal son of Satan and self-appointed protector of the grim reaper, one Ms. Charlotte Jean Davidson, has been seen laughing in public and showing all signs of an actual sense of humor. This unexpected display of real human emotions has caused an uproar in all of New Mexico. Female residents of Albuquerque have stopped all their activities and rushed to witness this miracle. Traffic has yet to return to normal.

Darlings, if you liked Reyes before
Krystin | TheF**kingTwist
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I wish Charley was my friend. We could get drinks, gossip about people (both alive and dead), maybe smoke a little oui'd in our pyjamas and then pass out watching Rick & Morty.

This time around Charley is dealing with a lot. And it starts from page one - a cheating husband, gunfire, being confronted by the police about how exactly she manages to solve cases the way that she does. Not to mention, her apartment is filled with dozens of dead women who may or may not have been
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
Dear Charley,

We need to talk.


It's not you, it's me. I'm tired of every female out there drooling over Reyes and being reduced to a va-jay-jay every time he enters a room. I'm tired of former best friends who do their best to hurt you.

But most of all, my dear, I'm tired of you getting tortured over and over again. It feels that all Mrs. Jones thinks about are new and creative ways to hurt you physically. Don't get me wrong. I'm all in for a little tormenting, but I've been getting that lately wi
Oh my! Yes, yes, yesyesyes!

This is probably my favourite one in the series so far. Along with the usual snark and steamy supernatural sex, we've got one of the most interesting mysteries Charley's had to date, and we finally get some real info about how Charley became the Grim Reaper. Oh! And some lovely feel-good moments too (not just the spicy ones,either).

Nicely done, Ms. Jones. Nicely done, indeed!
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
This was an intense story and loved every bit of it. I am really enjoying this series and need to get the next book :)
Learned a little more of Reyes but in the end who could say no to that gorgeous man. I know I wouldn't.

Re-read: 6/14/19
Still love this series. Some parts in this book was hard but it shows how human Charley is and that she can be just as vulnerable as anyone else. I have to say as her series continues I feel as if Charley is starting to come into her own personal team. Though sh
And that, folks, is how you perfectly write a cliffhanger. I'm so excited to read what Charley's response will be!

I'm on the fifth installment of this series, and I swear, I'm not exaggerating when I say that it just keeps getting better and better. When I read book 4, I thought to myself, "Oh, this book is the best in the series. Surely, nothing can top this." but then I read this one, and I was taken aback, because it was...much better.

The unconventional relationship between our female lead (
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, really....

I love the tone of the books! I love Charley! I love the concept!!! I hate how shallow the love interest is!!! As a good GR friend of mine says, Charley is fangirling on Reyes at all times, he wants to posses her, f*%k her, and leach her out of any self-confidence and respect, does not help any of Charley's causes, takes decisions that concern her unilaterally, pressures her into whatever he wants, and we are still supposed to believe that HE is a GREAT GUY???? It just does
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm really starting to notice just how much this action-filled mystery/UF has become an eros-fest. Not that it's TOO much out of place, considering just how much regular, plain geekiness shines on the pages from this, my hometown Albuquerque.

So I've got a big handful of steamy sexiness on one hand and a huge-ass spicy burrito on the other. Sometimes it's REALLY hard to choose. Trust me. Give me Christmas or give me death.

Fortunately, our favorite Grim Reaper is surrounded by both Christmas and
Yaaaayyy!! I hope there are TONS of this series, it's just so GOOD!!! As long as Charley & Reyes end up together & have a bunch of babies I'll be a happy camper!


EEEEEPPPPPPPP!!!! I may have to curse in order to express my emotions for this one. I FUCKING LOVED THIS BOOK!!! This is probably my favorite in the series just because of the progression in Charley's & Reyes' relationship. They are so fucking adorable together I can't handle it. I get giddy & giggle, smiling like a loon. Reyes i
MissBecka Gee
I think this was my favourite so far!
It starts off a little slow, but when it picks up it gets really exciting!!!
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Holy Moly! Best one so far.

Book 5, Charley's main case is solving a possible 20 year serial killer case. A lot of dead women ages 7 and up, all with the same M.O., showed up in her apartment at the same time. Based off clothing, she can tell they died in different year spans.

Some side cases involve Charley investigating a cheating spouse, and she is still searching for the arsonist from book 4. This time she has as an inkling who the arsonist is and turning that person in could be tricky. No ma
Wanda Pedersen
Halloween Bingo 2021

3.5 stars?

Once again, I am shirking my reading responsibilities and having silly fun with Charley Davidson. I may have to throw a library book or two back unread, but I had to follow my bliss in this case. It seems that each year I can find a way to read another Darynda Jones book for Bingo.

Jones keeps Charley's life pretty frantic. This outing, she ends up with the ghosts of 27 victims of a serial killer inhabiting her apartment—a definite impetus to discover the man res
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I FINALLY got around to reading this .... all I have to say is ... HOLY EFFING HELL!!!!! My favorite one so far!!!!

He asked her to marry him! He frickin asked her to marry him!!!!!!! Gah!!! Now I gotta wait for the next one... Really?!?!? My only complaint is that the book wasn't long enough.... I need Sixth Grave like NOW....

I was also doin a lot of this throughout the book... ESPECIALLY during the end!!
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Seena Seena
Nov 10, 2012 marked it as to-read
And now I need to wait 7 months and 28 days until the next installment. 240 days. 5760 hours. 20736000 seconds.

Not that I am counting or anything but that is totes BULLSHIT!

h o l l i s
Okay. Feeling a bit back on track with this series now. I think this was honestly my favourite so far. We got a lot of new information, we had a really great Murder of the Week mystery, and the romance didn't manage to annoy me. Win!

While I do sorta have an issue with the stunning amount of trouble Charley gets herself into -- shot and stabbed and abducted and etc etc -- Jones did actually weave some of that into the narrative to make it kind of tongue in cheek.. only to literally pull the rug o
Feb 19, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fav-book-series
I've recently discovered this series and I'm so glad I got to read the four books in a row because, as much as I enjoy them, the snail pace at witch the story arc is developing is maddening.

From the blurb, it looks like the Reyes/Charley relationship is finally getting somewhere. I hope this will be accompanied by more focus on Charley's powers and her discovering what they actually are. Less tell, more show, please !

Oh, and on a totally shallow note, here is my fan-casting if this is ever m
He handed me a glass of red wine. Another nicety I hadn’t expected.
“A toast?” he asked, raising his glass.
“What are we toasting?” I clinked our glasses together, then brought mine to my lips.
“The fact that a girl I know named Charley survived another day.”

I'll drink to that too. But before I do, I want to share my feelings with the world...





The number you have called if currently unavailable because the owner is lying dead on the floor due to too much fangirling and crying and generally going cra
Aug 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read this series for a long time and I wasn't sure if I would still like it and remember what it was about. But I was unnecessarily worried.

As a rule, I don't like funny books. I just rarely find them amusing, and most often they irritate me. This is one of the exceptions. I admit that this series balances on a very fine line between what amuses me and what makes me roll my eyes. But so far, most of the time, it has managed to stay within this boundary.

Charley is a heroine that is impos
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Title: Fifth Grave Past the Light (Book 5, Charley Davidson series).
Author: Darynda Jones
Published: June, 2013
Format: audiobook via www.audible.com
Narrated by: Lorelei King

Genre: Fiction, adult fiction, mystery, mystery-thriller, paranormal, fantasy, steamy-sexy scenes, adult themes/language/situations, murder mystery, crime, law enforcement, private investigator, female MC.
Read: (listened to) July 3-5, 2015

My goodreads rating: 4.5 "I'm addicted to this series" stars. (1-5 scale).

Brief remarks:

Is there anything left to say about this series/books that
hasn't been said before?
Ok, how about:

~If you haven't read these already, what are you waiting for??

~There are heaps of sarcasm and humor on all books.

~Most body parts and material possessions get named!

~The sexual tension(and release) is off the charts!

~The mysteries, plot, climax, discoveries, characters, etc. They're all so much more polished than in previous books. I've loved all books in this series, but this book is by far the best
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
I just love Charley! Another great book in the series.
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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, and her books have been translated into 17 languages. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, certain they went away the better for it. Sh ...more

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  • Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson, #4)
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson, #6)
  • Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, #7)
  • Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8)
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