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

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

I received an ARC of the book via NetGalley, recommended by Marissa Sangiacomo. Thank you, both, for a great weekend read. 🙂

I was introduced to the world of Charley Davidson in the eleventh book, (my review) and was utterly hooked. I bought the previous ones over the last year and finished book six recently.

Charley Davidson, private investigator and a civilian consultant for the police department (her uncle is one of them), a Goddess (not kidding) with attention deficit disorder, is the heroine of this series. She is a person wrapped in compassion, loyalty, intuition, and ability to detect a lie. She can talk to ghosts, a pretty handy superpower if you ask me. Most of her cases are solved based on these abilities.

If not for the complexity of the cases, the variety of eccentricities the characters show that keeps me hooked to this series. Ms Davidson is one the most kick-ass, cool, hot, and hilarious investigators I have ever read about and I read a lot of crime thrillers and the likes.

Darynda Jones has maintained the overall tension and suspense from the series with The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12). The general theme of Charley getting into trouble investigating (the pickle reference in the book summary is apt) the baddies and Cookie coming to her rescue (and Rayes) is still going on super duper good.

The children are going up (Cookie’s) and planning to become investigators following Aunt Charley’s path.

Charley’s daughter is getting some attention. It may or may not be of the right kind.

Cookie, friend and co-investigator (Charley thinks Cookie is her assistant. Pfff) baffles her unsuspecting husband and some not so innocent bystanders with an exotic performance on the street (the best comedy scene from the series ever?).

Rayes (an odd God and husband) is who he is not and he turns out to be what we are made to think (by him, not the author) he is not. Confusing? Good. Read the book to clear it up.

Drama is superb. Burning hot, not just smoking anymore, Charley and Rayes have some moments poor old Gods will have a tough time to forget.

I hear the next one is the last book in the series. While I am relieved at the possibility of knowing about it all real soon, can’t say I am not sad that Charley will be bidding us goodbye.

Hate the cliffhanger, Ms Jones. But I will be waiting for the next one biting my nails (or reread the whole series) because I love Charley and still have three more books to finish (and some novella).



The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones

Series: Charley Davidson #12

St. Martin’s Press

Mystery & Thrillers

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Publication: October 31st

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth instalment 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?

So what say you?