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?
Things were left in a rather ticklish spot at the end of Eleventh Grave so I fairly pounced when Twelfth Grave came available. The Charley Davidson series continues to charm, wow, and crack me up even a dozen books in.
The Trouble With Twelfth Grave is the latest in this cackle-inducing, pulse-pounding urban fantasy featuring a goddess-grim reaper and her badder than the baddest son of Satan husband and the rest of her gang of misfits. This series is meant to be read in order and really makes the best sense that way especially now that the series plot has gotten so complex with the reveals and world building.
The book opens pretty much where the last one left off. Reyes is back, but he’s different. Someone’s killing people in horrific and mysterious ways. The Catholic church along with the angels of heaven are watching Charley like a hawk. Amber and Quentin are starting their own amateur investigation firm. Cooky and Ubie support Charley as always. Officer Taft is still missing and Charley? Well Charley hasn’t slept in days because a certain sultry dark god keeps invading her dreams while evading her traps.
So much is going on and the stakes are higher, but I appreciate how the author stays true to the roots of the series when it comes to what makes Charley a fantastic heroine and the plots into page-turners. There is all the world in trouble stuff, but also murder mysteries and seeming unrelated troubles for Charley to work out. The banter is witty and several times had me snorting or laughing aloud.
And oh yes, we did manage to end on a shocking cliffie. Stay tuned for Thirteenth Grave.
An abso-fab blend of humor, mystery, passion, and paranormal all in a powerhouse urban fantasy series. Don’t miss it, UF fans!
I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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