Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: October 31st, 2017
Synopsis: Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidentally 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 write 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?
I never said I would die without coffee. I said others would.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know how much I LOVE the Charley Davidson series. So, I immediately jumped as soon as I saw The Trouble With Twelfth Grave offered on NetGalley. And I have a feeling that my entire town heard my shrieks of happiness when I was approved. So, did it live up to my high expectations? HELL YEAH!
Before I start, let me warn you that this is definitely NOT a series you can jump into the middle of. If you try, you will be completely lost. Picking up where the last book left off, Charley is her usual snarky, sassy, lovable self, and each chapter has a “Charleyism” saying like the one above. She’s working multiple cases while trying to deal with the downward turn her life has taken. Not only is she missing her baby daughter who remains hidden because of the evil who’s after her, but now her beloved and incredibly hot husband Reyes, is, well, let’s just say he’s not himself. Thank goodness she has her trusty back up team to help and support her. Her friends and family are incredible, and as formidable as Charley is, she would be lost without them.
While Charley brings much needed humor to the story, this continues to build upon the mythology arc behind the series, which has grown much darker, especially in the last few books. As in the other books, there are multiple subplots, and I once again was amazed at how Darynda Jones is able to successfully juggle them all without the plot and characters suffering from lack of development. I swear, every time I finish one of these books I’m left thinking “This should not have worked!”
The Trouble With Twelfth Grave is another fantastic entry in the Charley Davidson series and is sure to please fans of this popular series. It ends with a huge cliffhanger which has left me both longing for and dreading the release of the final book next October.