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The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave A Novel by Darynda Jones St. Martin's Press Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 31 Oct 2017


If you are looking for a fast paced urban fantasy with plenty of snark and a delightfully quirky cast of characters look no further. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave is the newest addition to Darynda Jones’s long running series featuring grim reaper Charley Davidson. It’s been a while since I’ve read one of Jones’s novels, but I was able to quickly catch up and understand what is going on. Still I highly recommend reading the novels in order. If you like one you are likely to enjoy the others. Charley Davidson is a character with a unique outlook on life. Her narration is hilarious, which makes up for weaknesses in the plot.

Basically most of The Trouble with Twelfth Grave involves running from one place to another hoping to find and stop Reyes who has become an angry and unpredictable god. Charley’s godhood is repeatedly expressed, though not seen, as she tries to find out whether he is linked to the attacks on sensitive humans. Planning is not Charley’s strong point despite her ability to name just about anything and trade quips with the best of them.

Is the book a fun read? Absolutely! It doesn't have much plot, but it is exciting and funny. I’d recommend it to fans of the series, but it isn't good enough to provide a reason to start reading the series if you haven't already read a few of Jones’s novels.

4 / 5

I received a copy of The Trouble with Twelfth Grave from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave. Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally 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?

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