Charley Davidson: A Series

Finally, I’d found a series that I could enjoy and stay entertained with! Darynda Jones‘ Charley Davidson series is the perfect series for romance lovers, mystery lovers, paranormal lovers, and even action lovers! Charley Davidson is the heroine of this beloved series (Of course! It’s named after her!), and she is amazing and kicks butt! Reyes Farrow is her love interest and is drop dead amazing and swoon-worthy! Cookie is her beloved best friend who keeps Charley on her feet! Every character within this series is so amazing and likable that you can’t help but love each and everyone of them, despite their faults!

Private investigator Charlotte Davidson was born with three things: looks; a healthy respect for the male anatomy; and the rather odd job title of grim reaper. Since the age of five, she has been helping the departed solve the mysteries of their deaths so they can cross. Charley’s dealing with a being more powerful – and definitely sexier – than any spectre she’s ever come across before. With the help of a¬†nuisance skip tracer, a dead pubescent gang member named Angel, and a lifetime supply of sarcasm, Charley sets out to solve the highest profile case of the year and discovers that dodging bullets isn’t nearly as dangerous as falling in love. –Goodreads

Darynda Jones makes it her mission in writing to portray Charley as human, even though she’s supernatural, Charley makes mistakes and suffers with the same things that anyone would–all while the dead pass through her! She struggles with her life and everything she goes through in the series, that it’s sometimes hard to read her describe how she feels. Though, Darynda Jones will make anyone laugh! Charley is a hilarious and unique character that stays the same beloved person through the whole series!

If you enjoy Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series, then Charley Davidson should be your next series to read! There’s twelve books out and the thirteenth and final book comes out this January! Be on the look out!!!

Thriller/Suspense Fiction

Thriller/Suspense Fiction is a genre of fiction that causes the reader to have several overwhelming feelings of anxiety, suspense, and excitement. While you’re reading this genre, you’ll be on the edge of your seat and biting your nails the whole way through the book. Thriller/Suspense Fiction is often riddled with plot twists and cliffhangers, and it often overlaps with other genres, such as Mystery, Crime/Detective, and Horror Fiction. The Aurora Public Library District has tons of Thriller/Suspense Fiction on its shelves and also in digital format as downloads from the Indiana Digital Download Center.


If you’re looking for a Psychological Thriller, then Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn, and Tana French are some great authors to start with. Psychological Thrillers play tricks with your mind as you read them; you might think you know how a story is going to end up, but the author will throw you through a loop right at the end. If you’re wanting to read a more Political or Spy Thriller, then some great authors to start with are Vince Flynn, Daniel Silva, David Baldacci, and John le Carr√©.


Lee Child is known for his complex writing with flawed protagonist Jack Reacher. His novels are often violent, but filled with every ounce of suspense that you could hope for. Start with Killing Floor.


Lisa Gardner writes fast-paced novels with realistic and natural characters. Her novels are often richly detailed with accurate forensic details and descriptions. Start with The Perfect Husband.


Jeffery Deaver is also known for his twisting plots and fast-paced writing, as well as his strong, believable characters. He also explores the antagonist’s (or the bad guy’s) side of the story. Start with The Bone Collector.


Mary Higgins Clark is considered to be the “benchmark” of the Thriller/Suspense genre. She writes fast-paced fiction, typically about women and children, but without the vulgarity that usually accompanies a Suspense novel. Start with The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories.


Stuart Woods captivates his readers immediately with complex twists and non-stop action. While his books are often political or legal, readers will enjoy the fast pacing and quick dialogue as they breathlessly turn the pages. Start with Under the Lake.


Tami Hoag is another Thriller/Suspense writer whose novels typically feature women in danger. Readers will get the perspectives of both the protagonist and the antagonist of the story, as well violence and an edgy atmosphere. Start with Ashes to Ashes.


Other notable Thriller/Suspense writers include James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Ken Follett, Jeffrey Archer, Dan Brown, Ruth Rendell, and Jo Nesbo. Do you have a favorite Thriller/Suspense writer? Maybe you know someone new that you think we should have on our shelves. Stop in and let us know!

Happy Reading!