This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #12
Genres: Action, Contemporary, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Length: 7 hours
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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?
My anticipation for The Trouble with Twelfth Grave was filled with excitement and a twinge of reluctance. I was expecting that once again Charley or Reyes would be holding back a big secret that, if only they had been honest with each other, would not have led to landing in hot water. Phewww, this story was really, really good! Love Charley, she is better than ever! As always, I love that in addition to the main conflict there was a side dish of mystery to be solved and a few reveals that surprise Charley.
Reyes had been sent into a hell dimension in the previous installment because some innocent souls had been sent there and he had volunteered to go check things out. He absolutely did not want Charley to go there herself. It was supposed to be a simple in and out type of visit but things did not go as planned. What came out of that hell dimension was not Reyes, as in Charley’s husband, but rather a feral version of Reyes. This version did not remember who Charley was to him and he was not interested in playing nice. Umm, yeah, that hurt Charley a little bit, and it was also a wee bit confusing.
Charley being who she was tried for several days to “handle” the situation herself but when it became apparent that she was not going to be able to get feral Reyes to see reason, she called in the help of her friends. Hilarious as only Charley can do it. The only problem is that no one could find Reyes and if he did pop-up he quickly outmaneuvered them. Once bodies start piling up though, Charley had to consider her options of how far she would be willing to go to if she could not get her “husband” to see reason. Unwilling to give up on Reyes, Charley gets creative but when she finds out what it is that feral Reyes is really seeking she was put into a situation where she must make a decision that could break her heart.
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave is a wonderful installment in this series. I enjoyed it because even though there was much conflict in this story, it was not because Charley was holding back some vital piece of information. When her character got in over her head she was very willing to include her friends to help her solve her dilemmas. The ending was very satisfying but then it quickly ended on a cliff hanger that absolutely left my heart in a shredder. I couldn’t believe what happened and I cannot wait for the sequel to this book. I absolutely am in love with the Charley Davidson series and I highly recommend this series and The Trouble with Twelfth Grave! It was a fabulous read!
*Thank you to Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press for this eARC of The Trouble with Twelfth Grave*