Published by St. Martin's Press on October 31st 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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?
Please be aware that this review will include spoilers for the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones, so if you haven’t read them yet, what are you waiting for!
This book was generously provided to me by Netgally and the publisher for an honest review.
The Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones is probably one of my favorite series of all time. I randomly discovered this series through a friend last year and seriously this is probably the fastest I have ever powered through a book series that contains as many books as this one does. The series centers around Charley – Private Investigator, Grim Reaper, God – as well as her merry band of friends and family. In every book, Charley solves a mystery for the living and a supernatural mystery, all while trying to keep those same friends and family I mentioned alive, keep the peace with the supernatural, and protect her baby from the evil minions that are always trying to find and kill her since she is basically prophesied to be the savior of the world. All in a day’s work for Charley.
In the Eleventh book in the series, Eleventh Grave to Midnight, we watched at the end as Charley’s husband, the always hot and sexy Reyes, went into the God Glass to release the tormented souls that didn’t belong there, so that Charley didn’t have. Unfortunately, this awoke his god-side, who doesn’t necessarily play by the rules of Charley’s world. Now in The Trouble with Twelfth Grave. the penultimate book in this series, we see that she is tasked with helping a friend who is a suspect in a murder she didn’t commit, as well as trying to find a killer who is targeting specific people and violently murdering them. In addition to all of that, she has to track down her wayward husband before he decides he might want to rain down death and destruction on the world and right now she is really hoping he isn’t the one who is committing all the violent murders. /p>
As usual, this book hit all the right buttons for me. It has a kickass heroine who always seems to do what is right no matter what the cost, and she never lets her godhood go to her head. It has a very, very sexy leading man, even though you really don’t know what his intentions are in this book. And while there weren’t quite as many sex scenes as there have been in the past, the main one was a scorcher. Literally a scorcher (you will see it when you read it!) Darynda Jones has an amazing talent of being able to make you laugh and cry in the same chapter, sometimes on the same page! This series can be both laugh out loud funny, but also deliver some pretty harsh gut punches. I don’t cry at many books, but I have cried during a few of these. And I am not going to lie, this book shocked the crap out of me a couple times, and, I of course, won’t mention those specific instances because they are major spoilers, but I will say I am still a bit traumatized.
So, if you love tough female characters who happen to be absolutely hilarious, a cast of characters who are equally charming and loveable, a fantastic story that has been developed and honed over 12 books so far, with riveting mysteries to accompany each book, do yourself a favor and pick up this series if you haven’t already. You won’t be sorry.