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dirt on ninth grave book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

The Dirt on Ninth Grave is the ninth book in the Charley Davidson series written by Darynda Jones. Although I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, I was pleasantly surprised with Jones’s writing style.

Jane Doe has no idea who she is or where she came from–hence the reason for the name. All she knows is that she is in New York City working in a diner, trying to remember her past. Well, that is before she realizes that she can see dead people…and to say that it surprises her would be an understatement. Pair that with everyone around her seeming to know more about her than they’re willing to admit, and things begin to get interesting.

But that’s not it! Add in a smolderingly hot guy and someone who is out to kill her into the picture, and life is downright intriguing.

Will “Janey” remember who she is in time to save herself? Or will her amnesia cost her her life?

Starting off, I was a bit worried to start reading this book since it’s the ninth book in the series. After reading it, I am definitely intrigued enough by both the story line AND Jones’s writing style to start the series from the beginning.

Jones uses quirky dialogue to make her characters unique, and the fact that Jane doesn’t remember anything makes this an interesting ‘beat the clock’ type of book.

The narrative in this novel is pretty simple, nothing flowery or lyrical. However, that didn’t make me bored at all. The storyline was so mind-blowing that the only major flaw I noticed with Jones’s writing was the way that she described Reyes every time he came into the picture. He is described as hot, and although he sounds that way, I got a little annoyed with the girls flocking to him all of the time.

Now to get to the nitty gritty–I did notice quite a few grammatical/spelling/etc. errors, and I did my best to ignore them. As a former editor, it was definitely noticeable to me, but maybe it won’t be to someone who doesn’t edit and revise professionally.

All in all, I think this is a great book, and I will soon be reading this series from the beginning.


Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Macmillan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.