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UPDATED Series Saturday: Charley Davidson Novels by Darynda Jones

Posted on August 22, 2018 at 2:32 PM by Lindsey Kult

Charley Davidson Collage with the 13 book covers

After a much too long break we are finally getting back to our Series Saturday! This week's Series Saturday is Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson series. This is a goofy fantasy romance series without any mythical species.


Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance


Albuquerque, New Mexico

Location in Library: 

Adult Fiction, AF JONES

Meet the Character: 

We hope that you don't have to meet the main character of this series anytime soon, as Charley is the Grim Reaper! Spirits who are lingering around have to pass through her to get into heaven. If they are unwilling, she can use force to help them along. In addition to this very important job, she's also a private investigator in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Coming from a family of police officers, she is great at this - but it helps that she can use the spirits of the dead to aide her investigation!
Her most useful "aides" are Angel and Rocket. Angel was killed at the age of 13 during a drive-by shooting. He's Charley's most reliable investigator and is protective over her.
Rocket is a departed who died in a mental asylum in the 1950's. He is a
clairvoyant and knows the exact moment someone has passed and keeps track by charging the names in the walls of the asylum. 
Among the living Cookie and Uncle Bob help Charley close cases. Cookie is Charley's best friend, sole employee, and neighbor. She is always willing to go with Charley's outrageous ideas and completely trusts her boss. Her 12 year-old daughter, Amber, is like the niece Charley never had.
Uncle Bob or Ubie is, well, Charley's uncle! He's a detective with the Albuquerque Police Department. Charley has helped his career by asking the departed for information on crimes and passing their information on to Ubie. Having a high ranking ally in the police department allows Charley to get around the law in very illegal ways.
Garrett Swopes is another Private Investigator who loves or hates Charley depending on his mood. He's good at what he does and is Ubie's go-to skip tracer.
Reyes Farrow is the literal son of Satan and has similar powers to Charley. They're drawn to each other peanut butter and jelly, but with a lot more heat! He was wrongly convicted for his "father's" murder and spent 10 years in prison for it.

Number in the Series:

There are 13 books in this series and it is rumored that book 13 will be the last one. It comes out in January 2019. 

  1. First Grave on the Right
  2. Second Grave on the Left
  3. Third Grave Dead Ahead
  4. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
  5. Fifth Grave Past the Light
  6. Sixth Grave on the Edge
  7. Seventh Grave and No Body
  8. Eighth Grave After Dark
  9. The Dirt on the Ninth Grave
  10. The Curse on the Tenth Grave
  11. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
  12. The Trouble with the Twelfth Grave
  13. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave

Final Word:

With the series wrapping up in January 2019, this is the perfect time to reread the whole series! However, these books are not for everyone. They have plenty of action and comedic relief, but also have more sexual situations and swearing than many of our patrons enjoy. You also must suspend your beliefs for these books - this series is about the Grim Reaper!