Series: Charley Davidson #12
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 31, 2017
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Brief, explicit sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
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?
After the cliffhanger that was the ending of ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT, I couldn't wait to find out what happened with Charley and Reyes in THE TROUBLE WITH TWELFTH GRAVE. As the series progresses, the stakes in each book are raised and THE TROUBLE WITH TWELFTH GRAVE is no exception.
Though at times it got a bit hard to follow (Charley is running on low amounts of sleep for most of the book and a bit scatterbrained), THE TROUBLE WITH TWELFTH GRAVE starts to answer some of the big questions of the history between Charley and Reyes before they were Charley and Reyes, and the mythology Jones has created. It's fascinating stuff, even if a bit convoluted.
Some of the best moments of this book are the interactions between the various characters, and for me, especially the scorching chemistry between Charley and Reyes. It's taken eleven books of buildup to get the relationships to the places they are in THE TROUBLE WITH TWELFTH GRAVE, but it's totally worth it to see the easy camaraderie between Charley and Cookie, or the back and forth between Garrett and Osh.
This installment in the Charley Davidson series is definitely not the place to start if you're a new reader. There's a lot going on and you'd be missing out on a lot of development if you were to start here. If you've missed just a couple books though, you'd probably be able to catch up on what is going on, though.
THE TROUBLE WITH TWELFTH GRAVE is going to be a satisfying read for readers of the Charley Davidson series. It's got everything that readers expect from this series - Charley snark, the ensemble of characters we've come to know and love, and a few mysteries for Charley to solve. A quick read as well, it is definitely worth picking up if you're a fan of Charley.Series Titles:
- First Grave on the Right
- Second Grave on the Left
- Third Grave Dead Ahead
- Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet – 4/5
- Fifth Grave Past the Light – 4/5
- Sixth Grave on the Edge - 4/5
- Seventh Grave and No Body - 4/5
- Eighth Grave After Dark - 4/5
- The Dirt on Ninth Grave - 3/5
- The Curse of Tenth Grave -4/5
- Eleventh Grave in Moonlight - 4/5
- For another series by the same author, try the Darklight series by Darynda Jones.
- For another series with a main character who can talk to the dead, try the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price.