Book Review Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eleventh Grave In Moonlight: Charley Davidson 11

In A Nutshell: Eleventh Grave In Moonlight is an urban fantasy that delivers a dose of humour, a dash of horror, and a measure of evil. Prepare to expect the unexpected…This book is not as good as its predecessors.

The Protagonists:Private Investigator Charley Davidson, can see ghosts and supernatural beings. It’s a gift she has possessed since childhood. The reason is she is a goddess (and Grim Reaper) reborn in human form. Perhaps that explains why Charley is so crazy and kind, fiery, feisty and fun. This series has some of the best one-liners. A must for urban fantasy fans.

The Plot:Charley is trying to solve a case that involves people who kidnap babies. It may be the same people whose religious sect kidnapped her husband when he was a baby. She is also investigating the stalking a teenage girl and is trying to keep Uncle Bob alive. Oh she also has to deal with the angels on her tail.

Darynda Jones storytelling in the fantastic Charley Davidson series is splendid. It’s best for newbies to start with book one First Grave on the Right. The supporting characters are all equally vivid and compelling. In book eleven some loose ends are concluded, and we get a long look into Charley’s past.

However, this book fell short. It tried to encourage the use of the c-word. The rationale was to empower women, to reclaim the word but it was never a woman’s term. It just seems like another taboo to break, without reason. The reclaim and liberation idea was also in juxtaposition with Reyes (Charley’s husband) behaviour. For he seems to be the one responsible for initiating sex and the direction of their relationship. So much for woman power! The sex scene itself is without the class or quality. There was an awful lot of loving going on while Charley claims to be missing her daughter and no improvement in the verbal communication that plagues Charley and Reyes relationship. It was also disappointing to see a character killed off (no spoilers here) instead of developed into something. It felt like a literary cop-out.

The work remains stunningly original, compelling, funny and fresh. The plot is exciting and unpredictable. The writing is sharp and intelligent and leaves us with a cliffhanger.

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Book Rating

Sexual Content: 18
Language: 18
Violent: 15
Would I read the next one or reread ?: Probably

My rating system (* = star)
0* Could not finish this book (waste of time)
1* Finished the book but didn’t like it.
2* Finished the book it was okay.
3* A good read worth your time.
4* An excellent read often with a novel concept or unusual plot.
5* A magnificent read. A prominent example of the genre.

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