The Dirt on Ninth Grave: A Novel by Darynda JonesThe Dirt on Ninth Grave: A Novel by Darynda Jones

The Dirt on Ninth Grave: A Novel

byDarynda Jones

Hardcover | January 12, 2016

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In a small village in New York Charley Davidson is living as 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.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. 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. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantmen...
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Title:The Dirt on Ninth Grave: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.62 × 6.39 × 1.16 inPublished:January 12, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed At first I was not sure about this book, but I loved the way Charley's family and friends were there for her while not revealing themselves to her. There were lots of scenes to laugh at and lots to adore, I definitely enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was just fun to read. It was so funny and brought back the lightness of the earlier books back into play.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Charley Love how this takes everything in an unknown direction. I wish Charley was a friend of mine. She is kick ass and so funny. Cookie is awesome, very down to earth and go with the flow....
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ms. Jones Can Do No Wrong At the beginning of 2015, I decided to discover some really good Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series. Charley Davidson, though well known amongst bloggers that I follow, was something I’ve always felt like a series I would not be able to enjoy. But the increasing noise from others about the books could no longer be ignored. In March, I gave in and picked up the first book. It only took one book and the rest, as they say, is history. *** Warning: Some spoilers up ahead *** [THE DISAPPEARING ACT OF CHARLEY DAVIDSON The end of book 8 showed how Charley lost her marbles when she had to give up their daughter for hers and the world’s sake. She unleashed unimaginable sorrow with the choice they had to make. She literally vanished into the thin air, to Reyes’ heartbreaking woe. Ms. Jones, at least, made sure she gave us a glimpse of where Charley ended up. So you can only imagine how anxious I was for the 9th book. SLEEPY HOLLOW, NEW YORK Meanwhile, Janey Doerr was found in a back alley without any memories and recollections of who she was. But with the small town spirit and the generosity of strangers, she was able to find a place to live and a job waitressing at a diner. In an honest-to-goodness Charley Davidson fashion, Janey was able to make friends left and right. There were Cookie and her husband, Bobert; the diner owner who let her get away with a lot of things; the handsome strangers who she seems to keep bumping into; and the few dead people who honed on her like a heat-seeking missile. Oh and there was that dead dog with the affinity to showers and a thirteen-year-old angel who propositions her any chance he gets. So maybe not remembering things about your life wasn’t so bad after all. STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN If you’re one of those people who have followed this series and have been feeling blasé about the last few instalments, you’re in for a treat! Reading book 9 is like starting anew. I especially enjoyed watching Janey and Reyes pussyfoot around each other. It’s like Ms. Jones gave us an alternate universe where Charley is newly discovering the hotness that is, Reyes. It is also fun to watch her discover her powers (mostly by accident) and meet all the dead people that sought her light. At the same time, I would’ve liked to see her react differently to the unusualness of meeting dead people. I thought Janey could’ve at least tried to act terrified at first because she wasn’t used to seeing them all her life. (hide spoiler)] IN RETROSPECT This was a wonderful instalment that shows how long series should be done. Ms. Jones was able to freshen it up without veering away from the story arch she’s started. You will laugh, you will cry and in the Reyes-Dutch fashion, it will get you hot under the collar!
Date published: 2016-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.25 stars--something a little different and yet familiar 4.25 stars---THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE is the ninth installment in Darynda Jones’s CHARLEY DAVIDSON urban fantasy series focusing on part time PI/ full time Grim Reaper Charley Davidson. SOME BACKGROUND: This is the continuing story of Charley’s life as the Grim Reaper, the corporeal spirits who have yet to pass, and the man to whom she has pledged her undying love-the son of Satan-Reyes Farrow. Charley Davidson is the key to saving or destroying the world. If you have not read the previous installments there may be some spoilers. Told from first person point of view (Charley) THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE is a bit of a departure from the series as our heroine wakes up in the small town of Sleepy Hollow with no memory of her past. The amnesia follows the heartbreaking events of EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK and focuses on Charley through several weeks as she tries to come to terms with the ability to ‘see dead people’ and the loss of everything and everyone she has ever loved: Enter Reyes, Cookie, Uncle Bob (Ubie), Osh, Angel, Garrett and a host of others, dead people, and demons from her past who tread lightly in the path of the woman now known as Janey Doerr- a bumbling waitress at the Firelight Cafe who believes she is from the future. As Janey continues to search for the truth, our small band of family and friends keep an eye on the woman they love. Strawberry Shortcake and Artemis make a cameo appearance. And the local cop who saved ‘Janey Doerr’ has some nefarious plans for our broken heroine. Throughout THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE we follow Charley ‘aka Janey’ as she endeavors to unravel a mystery involving the antique storeowner Mr.V and his missing family, as well as the infiltration of what appears to be the Russian Mob which in my opinion reads more like a ‘red herring’ that is irrelevant to the entire story and series but for all intents and purposes brings together several people from Charley’s past. Meanwhile, as per usual, Charley is visited by several corporeal beings who have yet to cross to the other side, in the hopes, of passing on a message to loved ones, or to help Charley in what it is she is supposed to do. Darynda Jones continues to add her off-beat humor, sarcastic witticisms, and funny one-liners but because of Charley’s amnesia some of the humorous moments are few and far between as our heroine must come to terms with what she has lost-Janey ‘Charley’ knows that she has lost something fragile and small; someone she has left behind and spends the majority of the storyline feeling powerless and lost (herself). The relationship between Charley and Reyes is seductive and provocative as Reyes heats up the pages with his need and protectiveness of the woman he loves. THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE is an intriguing but slow building installment that followed many paths to reveal a little more about Charley’s history-from the beginning of time-and why it is, so many gods, demons, fallen angels and angels are battling for control of Charley Davidson, but saying that, NINTH GRAVE did not reveal its’ purpose until the very end. We spent much of the storyline focusing on ‘Janey’s’ need to save the family across the street, and solve the mystery about one family’s numerous dying children. Charley’s true purpose is slowly revealing and with it comes the inevitable possibility that when the time comes, there will be many broken hearts and painful tears. Reyes knows that Charley must discover who she is without any assistance from the man that she loves, or the people in her life. But it is the loss of someone close that will aid Charley in the recovery of her memories, and all that she holds dear. I will add, that at times, I kept thinking that part of the premise felt familiar-too familiar- that I was confusing it with another UF series, so much so, that I thought I was reading –ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN by Jennifer Estep. Jennifer’s heroine works at a diner frequented by all of her friends and supernatural beings, and is constantly investigating strange happenings in and around her small town (similarly to NINTH GRAVE). I love both Darynda Jones’s CHARLEY DAVIDSON and Jennifer Estep’s ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series-a compliment to both authors. If you are a fan and have read BOTH series, please let me know what you think after reading THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE.
Date published: 2016-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Dirt on Ninth Grave She has no memory of where she came from but she senses a dark force that wants to harm her and her only saving grace comes in the form of a new friend that makes her feel almost safe in this enthralling urban fantasy. Intriguing events and spine tingling tension draws the readers into the story as Janey realizes that she can see ghosts and that the people entering her life seem to know things about her but are hiding the information with lies and half-truths. The spine tingling tension builds throughout the story as Janey tries to learn whom she can she trust while discovering who is harming some of her friends and excitement continues to build as she begins to realize that she can’t outrun the past and that there is more going on than she could have imagined which of course has lots of emotional turbulence flying from the pages which holds the reader captive. The sizzling chemistry between Janey and Reyes builds to scalding proportions as she becomes determined to get to the bottom of what he knows no matter what which has a relationship building between them despite the fact that she knows he’s hiding things from her. Strong, compelling characters grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning while the fast paced plot and smooth flowing plot keeps reads on the edge of their seats with lots of suspense, excitement and romance. The scenes are well written and full of vivid details that make it easy for the reader to become immersed in the story and makes the characters come to life. There was so many unexpected twists and intriguing events happening that I was completely glued to the pages of this story with the suspense keeping me on edge and anticipating what would happen next. In fact, I would have to say that this Charley Davidson novel was one major twist in her life and that surprised me all around and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
Date published: 2016-01-04

Editorial Reviews

"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