Review: The Trouble With Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones

Review: The Trouble With Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones
The Trouble With Twelfth Grave

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Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on October 31, 2017
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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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?

The Delight

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


    1. I don’t blame you for having that strategy, Renee. It has been with great impatience a few times that I waited for the next installment.

      You betcha! 🙂

  1. I heard a lot of great things about this series, but haven’t read it myself. It’s great when a series keeps going strong and the author stays true to the characters. It seems there’s a lot going on in this one and after that cliffhanger ending you’re probably looking forward to the next book.

    1. It has definitely been a fun series from start to finish. One more book and then it’s over. ): But yes, each one with the cliffhangers has kept me in high anticipation for the next one.

  2. I am going to be sad to see the series end, but that cliffhanger has me dying to get to thirteen already! I didn’t know Beep was getting a series. Kind of like the Chicagoland Vampires where Merit & Ethan’s baby is getting her own series too. It’s going to be weird to see my favorite characters in parental roles instead of front and center.

    1. It’s been such a pick me up each year to get the new release and tear through it. I’ll miss it too, Tanya. Oh yes, from what I’ve heard, we’re getting a sub-series about Beep. 🙂