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Summoned to 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 open-minded.”

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.

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