Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones
is number thirteen and the last in the series. But thirteen
is a lucky number for her and those that have followed the
Grim Reaper Charley Davidson.
There is some element of Christianity in the book with saten,
devils, and angels. Jones noted, “I do believe in the
afterlife and think we do go on to something bigger and better.
Having grown up in a religious home, I never believed when
we die that is just the end I don’t think ghosts are
real even though I had a couple of experiences that are difficult
to explain. Yet, I heard from readers who told me about their
experiences, and my good friend told of something that happened
to her. There is no way explaining what happened without bringing
in some spirituality. I am not closing any doors and remain
This book opens with Charley returning to earth after being
exiled for a hundred years in another realm. But like dog
years having a one to seven ratio, there is a one to ten ratio
since 100 actually is ten days on earth. After returning the
first thing she does is rekindle the desire and love she has
for everyone in her family including her daughter, husband,
and Uncle. She then combats with her husband Reyes those trying
to take over Albuquerque New Mexico and find ways to keep
her daughter Beep safe.It all comes to a head in an epic showdown
between good and evil.
Jones has had challenges in her life. “I have ADHD.
My imagination goes on forever and never stops. On the other
hand, sitting down to write is sometimes difficult. I have
learned little tricks, like if I eat a low carb diet I can
focus better. I think overall it has helped me more than it
has hurt me.”
“Also, after I found out my son was deaf I decided to
become a sign interpreter. It has helped me respect different
cultures and see things from their point of view. My mind
has to work in a certain way to connect the word to the sign.
Because I have a deaf son I went to school to communicate
better with him. I wanted to have conversations with him about
anything. I also think it has helped me write because it has
opened my mind. My deaf son is now 29, and I can talk about
anything, while my hearing son holds stuff back.”
Unlike many paranormals Jones is able to balance successfully
humor and suspense. Fans of this series will not be disappointed
with the ending.