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

Oct 30, 2017

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?



Oh, Reyes! How I've missed you! You too, Charley! Twelfth delivers delirious and passionate as only Jones can. Be prepare as Cookie enchants you with her infinite wisdom. True to form, Jones wields another transcendental mystery, speckled with the sensual, the unknown, and a breathless ending. Left hanging by our nails at the end of Twelfth Grave, we have questions. Jones' uncanny ability to hide answers to long awaited questions were ingeniously veiled. Jones plays her cards close. Never giving away too much before her final Charley Davidson hurray. The yearning for all things Reyes ways palpable. There will never be enough scenes to appease those with a thirst for Reyes Farrow. He as well as Charley are the embodiment of the series. An HEA will be the only ending this fan can foresee. How Jones will deliver is a mystery in itself. Although I yearn for the next book in the series, it will come with a heavy price for this reader. It means saying goodbye to a beloved series, and the characters that have become my friends. Saying hello in passing will never be the same as embracing them. A must read book and series, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave shines.

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Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub Date: October 

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