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Darynda Jones is an American New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Charley Davidson Series and Darklight Trilogy.

Her works have won several awards, including a reputable RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier.

A natural storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of raffish damsels and heroes in distress for any hapless soul who happened by.

Darynda currently lives in the Land of Enchantment, normally known as New Mexico, with her husband who she has been married to for over 25 years, and two beautiful sons.

More about Darynda Jones

Genres: Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult

Born: 1965

United States


Betwixt & Between

  1. Betwixt (2020)
  2. Bewitched (2020)
  3. Beguiled (2021)


  1. Fire of the Frost (2021)


  1. We (Heart) the Holidays (2022)

Sunshine Vicram

  1. A Bad Day for Sunshine (2020)
  2. A Good Day for Chardonnay (2021)

Charley Davidson Series

  1. First Grave on the Right (2011)
  2. For I Have Sinned (2011)
  3. Second Grave on the Left (2011)
  4. Third Grave Dead Ahead (2012)
  5. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (2012)
  6. Fifth Grave Past The Light (2013)
  7. Sixth Grave on the Edge (2014)
  8. Seventh Grave and No Body (2014)
  9. Eighth Grave after Dark (2015)
  10. Brighter Than the Sun: A Charley Davidson Novella (2015)
  11. The Dirt on Ninth Grave (2016)
  12. The Curse of Tenth Grave (2016)
  13. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (2017)
  14. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (2017)
  15. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (2019)

Darklight Trilogy

  1. Death and the Girl Next Door (2012)
  2. Death, Doom, and Detention (2013)
  3. Death and the Girl He Loves (2013)

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Betwixt & Between


Divorced, desperate, and destitute, former restaurateur Defiance Dayne finds out she has been bequeathed a house by a complete stranger. She is surprised, to say the least, and her curiosity gets the better of her. She leaves her beloved Phoenix and heads to one of the most infamous towns in America: Salem, Massachusetts.

She’s only there to find out why a woman she’s never met would leave her a house. A veritable castle that has seen better days. She couldn’t possibly accept it, but the lawyer assigned to the case practically begs her to take it off her hands, mostly because she’s scared of it. The house. The inanimate structure that, as far as Dephne can tell, has never hurt a fly.

Though it does come with some baggage. A pesky neighbor who wants her gone. A scruffy cat who’s a bit of a jerk. And a handyman bathed in ink who could moonlight as a supermodel for GQ.

She decides to give it three days, and not because of the model. She feels at home in Salem. Safe. But even that comes to a screeching halt when people begin knocking on her door day and night, begging for her help to locate their lost objects.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1734385212
Publisher: Darynda Jones

Forty-something Defiance Dayne only recently discovered she comes from a long line of powerful witches. Added to that was the teensy, infinitesimal fact that she is what’s called a charmling. One of three on the entire planet. And there are other witches who will stop at nothing to steal her immense power, which would basically involve her unfortunate and untimely death.

No one told her life after forty would mean having to learn new life skills—such as how to survive a witch hunter dead set on killing her—or that the sexiest man alive would be living in her basement.

Whoever said life begins at forty was clearly a master of the underappreciated and oft maligned understatement.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1734385250
Publisher: Darynda Jones

Newly indoctrinated witch, Defiance Dayne, discovers there’s more to life after forty than she'd ever imagined possible. Especially if one is a charmling, one of only three in the world, with enough magics to make her a target for every power-hungry warlock out there. When one of them sends a hunter to town, she knows it’s time to take her talents seriously before the hunter takes her life.

She decides she has three things to do before she can die. Find out who killed her beloved grandmother, teach her BFF the finer points of spellcasting before she blows up the world, and figure out how serious her relationship with the Adonis living in her basement really is. If it’s heading in the direction she’s hoping for, she can die happy. Though, admittedly, she’d rather not. Die. Happy or otherwise.

None of that will matter, however, if she can’t figure out how to foil the supernatural assassin who’s been sent for her. Until then, it’s business—and hopefully romance—as usual. Now if she can only figure out how to tame a lacuna wolf.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1734385267
Publisher: Darynda Jones


Fire of the Frost

A midwinter holiday fantasy romance anthology…

From Darynda Jones, a standalone novella set in a world where vampyres are hunted for sport. The only thing standing between them and total annihilation is Winter, a warrior bred to save them from extinction. Forbidden to fall in love, Winter cares only about her oaths… until she meets the devilish prince of the underworld.

Of Fate and Fire by Amanda Bouchet

The Kingmaker Chronicles meets modern-day New York City! Piers, an exiled warrior from Thalyria, finds himself in the Big Apple just before the holidays. The world and everything in it might be utterly foreign to him, but that won't stop Piers from helping to complete a vital mission for Athena and protect Sophie, a French teacher from Connecticut who's suddenly knee-deep in inexplicable phenomena, danger, and henchmen after an Olympian treasure that should never have ended up in her hands—or remained on Earth after the Greek gods abandoned it.

The King of Hel by Grace Draven

A novella-length expansion of a stand-alone short story in which a cursed mage-king from a frozen kingdom is obligated to marry a woman of high-ranking nobility but meets his soulmate in a lowly scribe.

Familiar Winter Magic by Jeffe Kennedy

It’s holiday time at Convocation Academy, but best friends Han and Iliana are finding it hard to celebrate. As a familiar, Iliana is facing her assignment to a life of servitude to a wizard, very soon. And Han… despite being tested by the oracle daily, he is still uncategorized. As Iliana and Han face being separated forever, they at last find the courage—or desperation—to break the rules and acknowledge their deeper feelings for each other. But it will take more than true love to save them from the laws of the Convocation…

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B09JBFX8KK
Publisher: Brightlynx Publishing


We (Heart) the Holidays

We romance authors love our readers, and this humble holiday cookbook--in which we share a few stories and recipes we genuinely use during the holidays--is a small, heartfelt token of our tremendous appreciation for you. Thank you from the bottom of our collective heart for loving romance. Thank you for being the best readers on the planet.

Thank you for believing that reaching out and telling someone you love them matters. May we all change the world for the better in our own little way this holiday season, even if it's through making a cookie from this cookbook and sharing it with a friend, a neighbor, your children, or a stranger. XOXO from the We (Heart) the Holidays cookbook gang.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B016V5C9JW
Publisher: Bemis Promotions

Sunshine Vicram

A Bad Day for Sunshine

Del Sol, New Mexico is known for three things: its fry-an-egg-on-the-cement summers, strong cups of coffee―and, now, a nationwide manhunt? Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff―thanks to her adorably meddlesome parents who nominated her―and she expects her biggest crime wave to involve an elderly flasher named Doug.

But a teenage girl is missing, a kidnapper is on the loose, and all of this is reminding Sunshine why she left Del Sol in the first place. Add to that the trouble at her daughter’s new school, plus and a kidnapped prized rooster named Puff Daddy, and, well, the forecast looks anything but sunny.

But even clouds have their silver linings. This one's got Levi, Sunshine's sexy, almost-old-flame, and a fiery-hot US Marshal. With temperatures rising everywhere she turns, Del Sol's normally cool-minded sheriff is finding herself knee-deep in drama and danger. Can Sunshine face the call of duty―and find the kidnapper who's terrorizing her beloved hometown―without falling head over high heels in love...or worse?

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1250149459
Publisher: Griffin
A Good Day for Chardonnay

Running a small-town police force in the mountains of New Mexico should be a smooth, carefree kind of job. Sadly, full-time Sheriff―and even fuller-time coffee guzzler―Sunshine Vicram, didn’t get that memo.

All Sunshine really wants is one easy-going day. You know, the kind that starts with coffee and a donut (or three) and ends with take-out pizza and a glass of chardonnay (or seven). Turns out, that’s about as easy as switching to decaf. (What kind of people do that? And who hurt them?)

Before she can say iced mocha latte, Sunny’s got a bar fight gone bad, a teenage daughter hunting a serial killer and, oh yes, the still unresolved mystery of her own abduction years prior. All evidence points to a local distiller, a dangerous bad boy named Levi Ravinder, but Sun knows he’s not the villain of her story. Still, perhaps beneath it all, he possesses the keys to her disappearance. At the very least, beneath it all, he possesses a serious set of abs. She’s seen it. Once. Accidentally.

Between policing a town her hunky chief deputy calls four cents short of a nickel, that pesky crush she has on Levi which seems to grow exponentially every day, and an irascible raccoon that just doesn’t know when to quit, Sunny’s life is about to rocket to a whole new level of crazy.

Yep, definitely a good day for chardonnay.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1250233127
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Charley Davidson Series

First Grave on the Right

Private eye Charlotte Davidson has always had three things ever since she was born: looks, a healthy respect for the male anatomy, and the odd job title of grim reaper.

She has been helping the departed solve mysterious deaths ever since she was five, so it’s no surprise that they approach her after three lawyers from the same law firm are murdered.

Working with an annoying skip tracer, a dead gangbanger and unlimited sarcasm, Charley embarks on a mission to solve the highest profile case of the year.

It’s then that she learns that dodging bullets is nowhere as dangerous as falling in love.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0312360801
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
For I Have Sinned

Welcome to the sexy, suspenseful world of supernatural mischief created by New York Time and USA Today bestselling author Darynda Jones.

In For I Have Sinned, Charley assists a woman understand and come to terms with how she died; giving her the closure she needs before passing through to the next life.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2011
Ebook: B00FY0ZCP4
Publisher: Piatkus
Second Grave on the Left

Charley is hurriedly woken up in the middle of the night by her best friend Cookies who claims they have a meeting with a friend of hers who disappeared five days earlier.

They don’t find Mimi upon showing up at the coffee shop, instead discovering a clue on the bathroom wall. The woman whose name is written on the wall is Mimi’s old high school friend whose body was found brutally murdered a few weeks earlier.

Elsewhere, Reyes Alexander Farrow, otherwise known as the Son of Satan, is on a desperate haunt for Charley.

Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down Mimi?

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0749956097
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Third Grave Dead Ahead

Paranormal private eye is Charley Davidson is back! And she is spending an unhealthy amount of time drinking unhealthy amounts of caffeine just to stay awake, because she keeps seeing Reyes Alexander Farrow whenever she closes her eyes.

Charley is basically the reason why Reyes—the half human, half supermodel son of Satan—will spend the rest of eternity in prison.

She now has to find a missing person, deal with an egotistic doctor, calm ill-tempered dad and face off with a destructive motorcycle gang.

But how can she do all this when the devil's son is hell-bent on revenge?

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0312360825
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

Charley Davidson has decided to take a couple of months off after her last case went terribly wrong.

When a woman however shows up on her doorstep claiming that someone is after her life, Charley forcefully drags herself to the woman’s aid. It all nonetheless becomes clear when everyone the woman knows claims she has lost her mind.

Elsewhere, Reyes Alexander Farrow—the son of Satan—is after Charley's life having got out of prison.

Just when it seemed as though life was getting back to normal, Charley is hauled back into a world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans in this animated fourth installment of the Charley Davidson Series.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0749959173
Publisher: Piatkus
Fifth Grave Past The Light

Charley Davidson’s appearance is everything but that of your ordinary grim reaper, yet she has vowed to reap grimness wherever she goes. Her quest is however sidetracked by the Reyes Farrow, the sexy son of Satan, who moves in next door. Being the primary suspect in her arson case, Charley vows to keep her distance until she uncovers the truth.

When dead women however start appearing in her apartment, Charley has no option but to seek his assistance—especially when it becomes evident that her sister Gemma is the next target for the serial killer.

But to protect Gemma, Reyes will demand a terrifying price.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0749959180
Publisher: Piatkus
Sixth Grave on the Edge

Most girls would think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow. Paranormal private investigator and grim reaper novice Charley Davidson however isn’t most girls.

She is madly in love with the sultry son of Satan and wants to spend the rest of her dark life with him.

When she happens to come across Reyes's FBI childhood file, Charley can’t resist opening it. That’s where the fun begins.

First, Charley discovers a naked body in the front seat of her in her car.  Then a man loses his soul in a card game.

When you add a deaf boy who sees dead people, a woman being chased by mobsters, and a guilty-looking Reyes, things get quite messy for Charley.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0349403458
Publisher: Piatkus
Seventh Grave and No Body

Twelve of the most vicious beasts form the pits of hell have escaped and are after Charley Davidson's soul. But Charley has better things to deal with than a horde of grumpy hellhounds.

First, her father goes missing without a trace and her former BFF is relentlessly after her. Add onto that the fact that the authorities are being puzzled by a series of suicides, while her sexy fiancé has drawn the interest of a local celebrity.

Charley decides to get herself a pet as a way inculcating a sense of responsibility. But how can she save the world from sinister forces when she can't even save her own goldfish?

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0349403434
Publisher: Piatkus
Eighth Grave after Dark

A heavily pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge in an abandoned convent; the only place that the twelve vicious beasts that have escaped from hell can’t reach her.

While at the convent, she picks up the case of a newly-vowed nun who was murders several decades ago.

With the death of her father still unsolved, and her husband behaving mysteriously, it’s safe to say that Charley's hands are more than full.

Unable to get the answers she wants, her loyal team members will have to go out of their way to help her find the answers she’s looking for.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0349403489
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Brighter Than the Sun: A Charley Davidson Novella

Reyes Alexander Farrow, the sultry son of Satan, has suffered the torments of the damned.

His only source of hope is Charley Davidson; the one woman who sparks up a light that no mortals can see; a light that only the dead can see.

Narrated from Reyes’s point of view, this novella tells of the first meeting between the two, and how their relationship has proved to be the one thing that can either save or destroy him completely.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B0122RZPJO
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The Dirt on Ninth Grave

Jane Doe, who works at a New York diner, doesn’t know who she is or where she comes from. So one can only imagine how shocked she is when she realizes that she can see dead people.

Worse off is that the people entering her life know a lot about her. Her only hope is the diner's handsome fry cook. With him, she feels safe. But no one could ever run away from their past.

When she discovers lies about the man he was beginning to trust, Jane Doe sets off on a mission to recover her identity and restore what she had truly lost.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0349411415
Publisher: Piatkus
The Curse of Tenth Grave

Charley Davidson, a part-time private eye and full-time grim reaper, has throughout her life asked several questions. "How can I possibly see dead people? Who is the drop-dead supernatural being following me?"
How to trap not one, but three gods has however never been among them. Until now…

When it becomes apparent that those gods have come to earth for the sole purpose of killing her daughter, Charley has little choice but to go after them, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

The only problem is that she fell in love with one of the gods a very long time ago.

Can one ultimate death change his omniscient spots, or is his loyalty strictly reserved for his brothers?

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0349411422
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

Other than infidel husbands, missing persons, unruly wives and womanizing business owners, Charley Davidson's typical day revolves around demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people: a lot of dead people.

Being a part time private investigator and a full-time grim reaper, Charley has to strike a balance between the good, the bad, the undead, and those who won't rest until she's dead.

The dark powers from the pits of hell will stop at nothig to ensure that she is exiled to the darkest corners of another, forever.

Good thing that her husband, the son of Satan, won’t let that happen.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0349411446
Publisher: Piatkus Books
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

“This time she is not uncovering a murder, but covering one up.”

Reyes, the sultry son of Satan, has been breathing fire and brimstone ever since he made his way out of a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him.

While attempting to domesticate the wild, untamed being that was once her husband, Charley also has to deal with all manner of weird beings that tick her off daily.

Add to that to the challenging task of keeping her startup PI business afloat, and dealing with the Vatican's inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the verge of giving up.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0349417776
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave

Charley Davidson the grim reaper is furious. Kicked off the earthly plane for eternity, she returns after a paltry hundred years in exile. Would the hope that not a lot has changed, be pushing it?

Charley missed her daughter. She also missed Reyes, and Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. However, now that she has returned to earth, it's about time she put all those burning questions to rest.

What exactly happened to her mother? What truly killed her? Who killed her? Are cupcakes or caffeine heal a broken heart?

This entertaining novel marks the end of the Charley Davidson Series in one epic battle between good and evil.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0349417783
Publisher: Piatkus Books

Darklight Trilogy

Death and the Girl Next Door

Lorelei has been raised by her grandparents ever since her parents mysteriously disappeared ten years ago. Clinging onto her best friends for support, she is finally beginning to accept that her parents are never coming back.

For Lorelei, high school life isn’t as bad until the day that Cameron Lusk, the school introvert, starts stalking her; standing outside her house, night after night.

When a rugged and sexy Jared Kovach joins their school, a fierce enmity is born between him and Cameron.

What exactly does Jared know about Lorelei’s parents? What will any of them do when Death comes knocking at their door?

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0312625207
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Death, Doom, and Detention

“It was all so exciting. Goodbye normal. Hello dark and eerie.”

Whereas her best friend, Brooklyn, is determined to help Lorelei improve on her gift, Lorelei has to deal with the fact that her body has been taken over by Satan's right-hand man. Another thing is that she also has a huge crush on the Angel of Death.

Adding onto her troubles is the fact that a dark force is in town, determined to strangle her to death.

The gang have a paranormal champion, but what happens when the only person capable of saving them suddenly changes alliances?

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0312625214
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Death and the Girl He Loves

Lorelei McAlister isn’t the kind of girl to want the fate of the world on her shoulders.

Having seen dreadful horrors where her friends are getting killed, Lorelei leaves her hometown and joins a boarding school.

It however isn’t a safe haven for her, as someone there knows who she is and what she harbors inside her soul.

Nothing changes for Lorelei, as she keeps seeing death, destruction and the end of the world.

She starts accepting the fact that people will always want her dead regardless of where she seeks refuge.

Lorelei has to act quickly, as the lives of her friends and family are in more danger than ever.

Author: Darynda Jones
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0312625221
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin