The Dirt on Ninth Grave: A Novel (Charley Davidson Book 9) by Darynda Jones (Epub)



Ebook Info

  • Published: 2016
  • Number of pages: 337 pages
  • Format: Epub
  • File Size: 0.96 MB
  • Authors: Darynda Jones


In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her-even from her new and trusted friends-the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

User’s Reviews

New York Times 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. She penned the international bestselling Charley Davidson series and is currently working on several beloved projects, most notably the Sunshine Vicram Mystery Series with St. Martin’s Press and the Betwixt and Between Series of paranormal women’s fiction. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. –This text refers to the paperback edition. From Publishers Weekly Jones’s fast-paced ninth Charley Davidson novel (after 2015’s Eighth Grave after Dark) alternates between the comical and the mystical. Charley, who’s suffering from amnesia and is known as Janey, has been working as a waitress at the Firelight Grill in the Hudson River town of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Unaware of her paranormal powers, Charley is perplexed by her ability to see dead people and understand multiple languages. Charley attempts to see the humor in her everyday life even as she feels the otherworldly forces around her. Meanwhile, she’s attracted to customer Reyes Farrow and seeks to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the family of Mr. Vandenberg, a nearby shop owner. Fortunately, Charley’s unexplained supernatural abilities prove beneficial to her amateur sleuthing efforts. Charley’s adventures build to an apocalyptic conclusion that uncovers the true meaning of her life. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, ICM Partners. (Jan.) –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. Review “Sexy, sassy…Jones’s characters, both living and dead, are colorful and endearing.” ―The Associated Press on First Grave on the Right“Jones’s wickedly witty debut will delight.” ―Booklist (starred) on First Grave on the Right“Jones perfectly balances humor and suspense…will leave readers eager for her next installment.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Second Grave on the Left“Charlie continues to fascinate.” ―Booklist on Third Grave Dead Ahead“Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet continues to blend paranormal, romance, and mystery better than any other contemporary work out there.” ―Heroes and Heartbreakers“Jones has hit on the perfect recipe for a wisecracking, wickedly funny romp that is edged with truly chilling danger…sexy and mysterious.” ―RT Book Reviews on Fifth Grave Past the Light“Delivers plenty of thrills and laughs, as well as a deliciously explosive climax.” ―Publisher’s Weekly on Sixth Grave on the Edge“Übertalented Jones keeps stirring the pot and throwing in crazy new developments, guaranteed to keep her characters and readers zanily off balance.” ―RT Book Reviews on Sixth Grave on the Edge“Hilarious, terrifying and poignant – a truly tremendous read!” ―RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on Seventh Grave and No Body“Seventh Grave and No Body is Charley at her finest!” ―Fresh Fiction“Action, action, action, all encased in snappy, funny dialogue…Charley is a sassy, funny woman a reader cannot help but love.” ―Romance Reviews Today on Eighth Grave After Dark“As always, there is plenty of the weird and wacky, but there is also a heaping dose of high-stakes drama and poignancy. This is one fantastic read!” ―RT Book Reveiws (4 ½ stars) on Eighth Grave After Dark –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. Read more

Reviews from Amazon users, collected at the time the book is getting published on UniedVRG. It can be related to shiping or paper quality instead of the book content:

⭐ I struggled a bit with how the gang kept Charlie in the dark in this book. I won’t mention anymore due to spoilers but I wish they had handled her dilemma differently. Despite that, I still very much enjoyed this book and I liked how Charley came back to herself even if it was sad.While Charley wasn’t herself, a part of her still was. She got herself in all kinds of trouble trying to help people and still solved cases that were pretty exciting. There seemed to be a lot in this book.-a store owner’s family was being held captive-a headless horseman-a very disturbed cop-a good cop with a dangerous entity inside him-a baby killer- and last but not least, a love matchOn to book 10…OVERALL SERIES DESCRIPTION: Heroine, Charley Davidson, Private Investigator and Grim Reaper. She’s a portal for the dead to pass through to heaven. Hero, Reyes Alexander Farrow, Son of Satan and portal to Hell. Since Charley can see and talk to the dead, she has helped her former cop father and current cop uncle solve cases. The main focus in each book are the cases Charley solves with the help of her best friend Cookie, her uncle and the dead victims. The side focus is the romance between Charley and Reyes and the impending war with the demons that is predicted.

⭐ I felt that there was much to this book that reminded you of where this all began, how things were left in the last book, and where we might potentially be going further along. I’m very 50-50 on long series like this because sometimes the author just goes on too much and you lose the feeling that you had towards the characters by the end when you eventually give up. It’s a dangerous thing that you do because it makes you wonder where they’re original thoughts and plans for these characters and their stories were supposed to end and where the publishers or fans pushed them to continue. The last book or two before this really was making me wonder when this was going to end because it was losing all the flair that it had in the first three or four. This book was that spark that made you realize why you got into the series in the first place, why you loved the characters, and why you kept coming back for more.I have read reviews in the past with people complaining or loving one or two things, or both: The sazzy dialogue, especially with Charley, or the writing of Reyes and how “hawt” he is. The former really never bothered me throughout the series. In fact, I love it. I think it makes the character’s unique, they stand out much more compared to other books in this genre, and it makes you smile or laugh out loud. Sometimes it gets slightly annoying because there are some serious scenes you want Charley to take seriously, but I wouldn’t change her for the world. This flaw is a huge character trait that highlights just how remarkable and loveable she is. When it comes to the later, with how the author writes about Reyes, I can understand the awe that women in the book have about him. But to me it is a bit much. I don’t need to be reading about it in every scene with him in every chapter. It’s too overwhelming and it becomes discouraging. It’s nice and all that he’s a hot man and the ladies are attracted to him, but isn’t it a bit much? And it’s egoistical of Charley to accept the women flocking towards him, married or not. I don’t see any reason to needing that in the book. I have the picture of Reyes in my mind – I don’t need to be reminded about it every thirty seconds in the book. So I have to agree that it’s a bit much. And looking at people through his eyelashes, or lowing his head like he’s a dog that’s sizing up his prey…let’s take it down a notch.The book is written very well, but there are editorial errors in it. The wrong “their, they’re, there” being used, missing quoting (“) marks in the beginning or ending of sentences (at least two that I caught), or incomplete or confusing sentences because a word or two were missing from that sentence. It’s very annoying having to stop your reading groove to re-read a sentence more than once. Especially if there was a long wait to the book. Unless the draft is a complete mess and needed an overhaul, I feel like simple things like this could have been caught.The book was a great pace. You never got bored with anything. You would have some ideas about what was to come, what would happen, how she would get her memories back, what her “case” was really about…it was nice. New things, old things…it was very refreshing. I loved the way that her friends and family were all there around her, whether she knew it or not. I wouldn’t say that it was bad that they were pretending to be other people to give her the time and space to work through her own issues. I understand how the author placed and plotting things out and I have to commend her on doing a really good job with this. It really can make a person very empathic towards the situation that every character faced. And once more, I loved Charley and Cookie in this, and we had a traditional Reyes.I will be reading the next book and I do hope that this series comes to an end in a satisfying way. Through this book and series you could tell how much Charley and Reyes love one another and how the odds were against them. I felt really bad for all characters throughout this book and what they were all going through and it just really made the characters, the plot, the series and this book so much more stronger and completely believable.

⭐ I rarely write reviews, but this book is worth the time. I can honestly say the Charley Davidson series, besides Harry Potter, are my favorite books….ever! I love the genuine relationship between the characters and the pace of their dialogue, how it ebb and flows, depending on who is “speaking”. The plot is always surprising, and laugh out-loud entertaining. I appreciate the depth of the conflict Charley, her friends, and newly introduced characters experience. Yet find the jovial, comical manner in which it is dealt with, refreshing. The balance between the “consequential” and humor, of a single event, is flawless in all of Ms. Jones’ books. I loved the way the book began, as if Charley, a.k.a Janey, was living life normally… for a person suffering from amnesia. It was a believable and again, entertaining. After reading the ending of book 8, my heart was broken for Charley, and I didn’t want to relive that desolate feeling in this book. I never felt a “heaviness” while reading this book until the end, when Janey remembers her past as Charley. While I felt the expected emotions when reading of her sorrow when giving up her child, I was not bogged down by them due to the nature of the writing. I also loved the clarification about the whats, or rather whom’s, in regards to Charley and Reyes. The revelations in The Dirt on Ninth Grave, inspired hope, excitement and intrigue for the books to come!

⭐ Charley Davidson, resident bad-ass grim reaper, finder of trouble in all sorts of places and the only woman who has the enviable position of being Mrs. Reyes Alexander Farrow, is in a bit of a pickle. Forget all you think you know about Charley because our poor girl not only has amnesia but she’s run away from all she’s known and loved and is working as a waitress in the small town of Sleepy Hollow, NY. While her memories may have taken a vacation, trouble has not. As per her MO, Charley puts herself in the middle of a possible hostage situation and becomes the obsession of a stalker who may or may not be dangerous. And those pesky departed who just keep showing up out of the blue are really making her doubt her sanity. Then there are the random strangers who seem so familiar, yet she can neither confirm nor deny that she actually knows them.But enter the-hotter-than-Texas-in-the-middle-of-July fry cook, and all thoughts of rhyme or reason go out the window. Just the nearness of Mr. Tall, Dark and Dangerous make her hormones stand at attention and salute. Regardless, she knows they’re all keeping things from her, but she can’t let that stop her. One way or another she’s going to have to come to terms with who or what she is. And if the power she feels raging through her is any indication of things to come, she may just destroy them all before she gets the chance.After the last book, where so much happened that my head is still spinning, I didn’t know what to expect with this installment. Okay so Charley’s got amnesia…blah, blah, blah. Well, leave it to Darynda Jones to take her series to another level. The storyline, albeit different from what we usually get, was exactly what was needed. I felt the deeper meaning of Charley’s amnesia. She was so heartbroken over the sacrifice she made to save her daughter’s life that she mentally shut down and removed herself from anyone and everything that would remind her of what she lost. To have Charley just settle back into her regular grind would have been totally unrealistic.This book was filled with the usual “Charley-isms” and her sarcastic, grim reaper humor.” I can’t count the times I laughed out loud. There were also moments of sadness that instilled my absolute awe of Ms. Jones’s ability to blow my mind with her character connection. Hint: pay close attention to Dead Guy towards to end of the book. I’m totally convinced that Darynda Jones is a freaking genius. The way she intricately weaves her tales and pulls the reader in. Yep, she’s got mad skills, and I can’t wait until the next book!Reviewed for The Romance Reviews – ARC received from the Publisher

⭐ 6 Because What Else Would I Rate This Books Stars!“I’ve loved her for centuries,” he said. “And I will love her until the stars burn out.”I inhaled this book, i couldn’t put it down, armageddon could’ve come and go and i would be still attached to this book. I loved it, this is a series i can’t get enough from, DJ manages to keep me intrigued and entertained and in love with all the characters no matter how many books she drags the end. Hopefully, she will drag it out for like 50 more books?! Will not stop reading this series ever!”When the icy liquid landed, he bolted upright and shot out of the booth. “Holy shhhh,” he said, his voice cracking, the sudden chill to his twigs and berries taking his breath away.””I shook out of his hold and offered my best dollar ninety-nine smile.””Before I’d realized that heat was coming from him, I thought I’d entered menopause early.”“Hey, Bobert. How’s it hanging?” “Little to the left. You?”Anyone who is familiar with this series knows what happened on the last one. We get to see Charley trying to find out who she is and what is her purpose in life. I laughed out loud a lot and we get to see Reyes through new/old eyes…which was just awesome…”I was such a dorknado.”“Nobody smiles this early. It’s illegal in seventeen states.”

⭐ Marie’s Tempting Reads Netgalley ARC Review:The Dirt On Ninth Grave was everything I hoped for…AND MORE! The end of Eighth Grave left me wanting…no needing…no CRAVING Ninth Grave. It was fantastic with almost all our favorite characters and a few more added into the mix. With poor Charley’s amnesia, her friends and family come to support her and watch out for her while she has no idea who she is or what she is. During this time we get to see the sparks fly anew between Charley and Reyes as she finds her way back to the person she was. With more twists, turns, and more nail-biting moments, as well as some moments that left me teary-eyed and moments that were just so…Charley, that I found myself laughing and shaking my head while muttering, “yep, that is DEFINITELY a Charley thing!”.The moment I started reading I was transported to the BEST place on earth…wherever Charley and Reyes was, which in this book, was Sleepy Hollow, NY, working as a waitress in a little cafe. Even though Charley can’t remember her name and is currently going by the name Jane Doe, her attraction the sexy new chef, Reyes Farrow, isn’t any less sizzling then when she was Charley. Reyes, along with Garrett, Cookie, Charley’s Uncle, Osh, and Gemma, are trying to let Charley remember on her own, everything she forgot. Even as Jane, she seems to go willingly into trouble as she tries to help people. She still manages to get herself into sticky situations that had me doubled over laughing! And when she finally gives into the temptation that is the sexy Reyes Farrow, the sparks are still as hot, steamy, and irresistible as ever!If your looking for the one read that is a GUARANTEE to please you over and over again, then The Dirt On Ninth Grave is IT. Miss Jones is an absolute STAR. This book gets an OUTSTANDING FIVE SHOOTING STARS! Its writing at its finest with The Dirt On Ninth Grave. A MUST HAVE BOOK! I will be rereading this book again and again, until the next one…that is a promise!

⭐ After she disappeared at the end of book 9, Janey aka Charley will wake up in a small town with a big legend, Sleepy Hallow. She was saved by a cop but I won’t get about him, it would be a spoiler. But a woman named Dixie offered her a cot and a job at her diner. Janey has four regulars and a fellow friend. A cop maybe named Garrett, her friend’s husband Bobert, a dark sex on a stick man named Reyes, a soulless top hat wearing Osh, and her friend Cookie. She has amnesia, but she starts seeing transparent people, a rowdy rottie named as stated on her collar Arttie, a 13 year old horn dog named Angel and a few people that show up at the diner including one that is the key for her memories to return. But no matter who she is now, old instincts are hard to ignore, meaning she will get into trouble more times then she thought. She knows she has powers but can she handle them when her temper will cause the earth to blow?***Beep was only mentioned a couple of times but her body knew she lost someone behind that was precious but she never could remember who or what she lost.

⭐ I am an avid, avid fan of Darynda Jones and have read everything she’s written so far, and I really, really love this series. In my opinion, this book is the best of the series yet. It was touching watching Charley and Reyes rediscover each other, and I enjoyed immensely seeing the tender side of Reyes. Yes, it’s been there in the previous books, but not as much as in this one. There was so much love throughout this story, and not just between the two protagonists, but it was so vivid coming from all the people who love Charley, those who dropped everything to come and help her through this precarious time of her life, and her love for them, too. I still found Charley frustrating at times, as Reyes does, because she so enthusiastically throws herself out there in harm’s way. I wonder if that will change at all, seeing as how she’s now a mom. Of course, she doesn’t have custody, so maybe not. I can’t wait to see how things may change now that she knows who she is, and knows more about who Reyes is. I’m always excitedly waiting for the next book from Ms. Jones’s pen. She can’t write fast enough for me!

⭐ “I’ve loved her for centuries . . . and I’ll love her until the stars all go out.” [Reyes speaking to Charley]Roller coaster much? What a ride! Janey, Bobert, Irma, Mable, Dixie, Lewis . . . where do I start? I felt lost at the beginning but quickly began to see the path Jones paved for the story, not without twists and curves, jerks and snaps, and of course, memories of heat and friendship, of course fowl play and the blood, always with the bloody violence. At times, existential questions come into play that really challenge me as a reader, but I’m a tried and true Charley Davidson fan so it’s all good. Seems like Charley and Reyes have more work to do so my next question is . . . Is it out yet? The next book, I mean. By the way, I’m so glad that Beep’s okay. I was so worried, very worried about Charley between books eight and nine. However, I’m really concerned for both of them now! I’m just saying, these Gods are way scary. Good read, Darynda.

⭐ This book made me wish I read slower. It’s well written and so full of back story and little quips from the past stories it will warm your heart and make you laugh! The love and devotion between these characters, Janey/Charlie, Reyes Osh, Agent Carson, Robert and Cookie is almost it’s own character.In the 9th installment of the Charlie Davidson series, after waking in an alley with nothing but the clothes on her back, Janey/Charlie wonders through this book while trying to figure out who and what she is. She’s still the same quick witted, jump (and fall through a ceiling) before she thinks, so full of concern and love for the ones around her you just can’t help but return her love.The last 30 minutes of this book tore me apart! Happy tears and hints of horrible heart break and wonderful reunion in the (hopefully) many many books to come!!Bravo Darynda!!


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