Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Paranormal Mystery, Romantic Elemenets
As if Charley Davidson doesn’t have enough going on she has to worry about twelve hellhounds that are hot on her trail. She is, after all, incredibly pregnant and feels like she could pop at any moment. And just her luck the twelve deadly beasts from hell have chosen this time to escape to this plane and make Charley their target. Now Charley is living on the grounds of an abandoned convent as she thinks that is the only place that they can’t get to her. And if hellhounds weren’t enough Charley has a new case to hold her attention: a decades-old murder of a newly vowed nun that she sees in the shadows of the convent.
With her husband’s strange behavior, the still-unsolved murder of her father, and Charley’s tendency to attract the undead, her hands are full and also tied. The angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil but that doesn’t stop them from lurking on the borders of the said ground like evil sentries so now Charley has been forbidden from leaving the sacred grounds. At least she has her loyal team with her and being the scrappy bunch that they are they aren’t about to let a few thirsty hellhounds deter them.
Charley wants answers and is powerless to get them even while the team scours the prophesies to find clues on the Twelve and how to kill them or at least send them back to hell. At least the mass of friends they have accrued helps. They show her that everyone in her recent life has been somehow drawn to her as if they are all part of a much bigger picture. Charley is comforted by their presence but that good feeling doesn’t last long. She is about to get the surprise of her mixed-up, crazy supernatural life.
This is a series that gets better with each and every book. Charley is a wonderful character that makes for laugh out loud books that keeps readers guessing just what trouble Charley will end up getting into next. With all her friends and family readers are guaranteed never to be disappointed in this series. This one will also have readers eagerly reaching for the next book to see how things turn out. Charley is one of those characters readers would love to have in their real lives as there is never a dull moment with Charley around. This is a must read.
I give this one 5 red roses