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Review: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones

Title: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

Author: Darynda Jones

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Charley Davidson (Book #12)

Publication Date: October 31, 2017

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250147557 (St. Martin’s Press)

ISBN-13: 978-1250147554 (St. Martin’s Press)

Reviewed by: Kristie


Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

Quick & Dirty: Charley must stop Reyes before those closest to her get hurt in his hunt to find whatever it is he is looking for.

Opening Sentence: Few things in life were more entertaining than haunted houses.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Charley Davidson’s crazy, all-over-the-place antics continue in The Trouble with Twelfth Grave. This time Charley has the added benefit of hunting down her really hot husband who may have turned back into the evil god he once was. I really look forward to her strange sense of humor and the chuckle I get from whenever I read this series.

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave picks up immediately after Eleventh Grave in Moonlight and the aftermath of Reyes going into the god glass. Did Reyes turn into his ultimate evil self? Charley refuses to believe it but after bodies turn up killed in strange ways, Charley has to prove that it isn’t Reyes killing these people. Reyes is searching for something and Charley is forced to stop him before he finds whatever it is he is looking for. As things go with this series, Charley is solving more than one crime at a time with her outside the box antics which definitely keep me guessing how she’s going to solve one problem after another.

Charley’s friend Peri is in trouble when one of her ex-boyfriends ends up dead and all signs point to her as being the killer. Charley concocts a plan that helps to clear Peri’s name while at the same time trying to uncover the real killer. There is a lot more interaction between the angels and Charley in the hunt for Reyes. A prophet has also been writing stories about Charley and Reyes that may even give her some insight into her troubles with Reyes.

Charley is hilarious and crazy but at the same time she is so down to earth for what she is. Her methods to solve her cases are so unorthodox but incredibly fun and crazy. Reyes is even more dark and dangerous than usual. His struggle with his dark side leaves some crazy times for Charley.

I hate to say that this felt like a filler novel but it really did. Although, major stuff happens on the Reyes storyline that really helps move that part of the story along. I talk about how funny I find these novels but there are some sobering moments throughout the story too. The ending has a major cliffhanger.

In the end, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave has it all in terms of fun, craziness, sadness and heartfelt situations. If you don’t mind humor that may be a little low brow at times, other times very clever, you should really check out this unique Grim Reaper series.

Notable Scene:

He practically scowled in response, clearly disgusted with me. “You’re still in love with him,” he said, his gaze boring into mine. “You believe that somewhere inside me is your Reyes. Your Rey’aziel.” He pulled me closer. “But what you don’t understand is that I was always lurking.” He clamped his free hand around my other arm. “I am not Reyes.” He pulled me close enough to see the sparkling flecks of green and gold in his coffee-colored eyes. “I am not Rey’aziel.” He walked forward, pushing me until he’d backed me into a wall of some kind. A rock, its sharp edges cutting into my skin. “I am Rey’azikeen.” He tightened the vise-like grip he had on my arms. “A god, even stronger now, thanks to you.”

Charley Davidson Series:

1. First Grave on the Right

1.5 For I Have Sinned

2. Second Grave on the Left

3. Third Grave Dead Ahead

4. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

5. Fifth Grave Past the Light

6. Sixth Grave on the Edge

7. Seventh Grave and No Body

8. Eighth Grave After Dark

8.5 Brighter Than the Sun

9. The Dirt on Ninth Grave

10. The Curse of Tenth Grave

11. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

12. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan provided me with a copy of The Trouble with Twelfth Grave. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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