Review: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones

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?

OMG, Ms. Jones has gone and done it again. Every time you think her books can’t get any better the next book comes out and is better than the last. This book was simply put. EPIC. I don’t even know how to put it in words without spoiling anything, so I will just make it short and simple.
Just know going into this book that there will be some pretty major plot-twists. Things we thought we knew from book one are all off the sudden not what we thought they are. And it blew my mind. Also know that this book will leave you hanging with a MAJOR cliffhanger that had me screaming. Even now writing the review I still don’t know what to think about all of it and that ending.
The book starts off pretty much were the last one ended and oh boy poor Charley barley gets to breathe let alone sleep. I think she gets like a couple hours of sleep throughout the book. She is after Reyes trying to get him to come back to her. Body and soul. Of course that is not easy with everyone breathing down her neck. Archangels, God, hell hounds and so on. As that would not be enough, she also has a case she is taken on and that case proofs to be more than she first thought, While we get not as much PI work from her se still get to see her work and work through things including the dilemma with Reyes. She discovers some pretty shocking things along the way. One thing is for sure no matter how beaten and battled Charley is, she never loses her sense of humor. She still full of snark but that doesn’t mean she cares less. Oh no we saw how much she really cares for her friends and family in this book.
Reyes, it is not secret that I have a hate-love relationship with him. But holy smokes did he push my patience with him this book. I think about half way I was ready to give up on the book on him and I needed a break from him. Of course I didn’t but I got close. We don’t get to see him all that much and yet he is always close.
Osh. OH MY OSH. That man-child-demon snuck into my heart from the first time we met him. I knew he had great potential and I was not wrong. He really shined in this book.
Garrett of course was all smexy and loyal and helpful and showed how much he is willing to give to help the gang out.
Of course we have out lovely dead people, that always help, Rocket, Strawberry Shortcake and even Blue. Some big and heartbreaking things are happening that will impact them all in a big way.
We also found out what happened to Taft, I think all of that will somehow tie into everything that has been going on, it has to.
Last but not the least we have Ubi, Cook, Amber and Quentin, while we not get to see super much of all of them they all still play a major part of the overall plot.
Overall we get a lot of things answered and some are truly shocking. The same with the ending of this book. OMG it had me in tears, my heart was ripped out and stumped on and then the unspeakable happened. I still don’t know which shocked me more and I think I will need a while to process it all.
I’m very curious to see how she will end it all in the next book, I just wish I could read it now and wouldn’t have to wait a year.
I rate this book a full 5 ★

Some of my favorite quotes:
“So, what did you tell Uncle Bon?” I asked, unlocking Misery’s secrets and her doors.
“That we were going to see a movie.”
I bit my lip, then asked, “And he bought that?’
“Of course, only his exact words were. “Tell that niece of niece of mine if she gets you arrested, I’ll make sure she never see the light of day.”
“So, he totally bought it. Awesome.”
I once made pot of coffee so strong, it opened a jar for me -T-shirt
I’ll tell you what is wrong with society. No one drinks from the skulls if their enemy anymore. -T-shirt
I try to one day at the time, but lately several days have attacked me at once. –Meme

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

Will be available October 31st 2017


Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.


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