Coming to the end of the wonderful, jaw-dropping, occasionally hilarious and always engaging Charley Davidson series (saga) from Darynda Jones.
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
The second-to-last book in the ongoing saga of Charley the Grim Reaper brings everything to the table – great victories and even greater losses, questions, dangers and a few laughs as the tale picks up just after the end of Eleventh Grave in Moonlight left off. No rest for the struggling to defeat wicked, Charley is possibly the only person convinced that Reyes is still somewhere within the evil got released when the God Glass shattered, in her living room. Of course, the angels, led by Michael aren’t taking any of this lying down, and Charley and Cookie have an awful feeling that this version of Reyes is responsible for a series of murders as he pops about searching for something he’s convinced that Charley has. When you add in Amber’s determination (with her deaf BF Quenton) and their own ‘detective agency’, Pari the tattoo artist being a suspect in the murder of a man she dated -TWICE – who has turned up dead, the asylum being razed and Charley losing track of Rocket, Blue and Strawberry, and none of the answers just sitting on a shelf waiting to be noticed, the action is never-ending and full of surprises, some revelations and plenty of smart-ass comments, life-threatening impulsive actions and Cookie doing a strip-tease with a lightpole while staging a ‘diversion’ and the emotions in this one are present, palpable and occasionally in conflict.
But, as Charley is the only one who actually needs to believe that Reyes is within the dangerous, threatening and often sulky god that seems to be determined to threaten her and those she loves, and her own determination to get a ‘stay of execution’ for this god from his brother, the one who tricked him into creating the dimension attached to the God Glass, and the niggling thought of the actual culprit in the murder, not to mention her clearing Pari the tattooist for a murder she didn’t commit -her friends, however pushed to their limits of what is possible are ever-confident in Charley – and a children’s tale, a series of 3 books provide an interesting perspective, some answers and a key word that bring things into perspective for Charley – with a bonus for Beep – just as our world is coming under fire….
But, Charley is herself – loving, determined, protective and ever-loyal – and her defiant sacrifice for Cookie at the end of the book leads us into the finale – a challenge where everything she’s learned, and even things she hasn’t yet, will come into use – as we say goodbye to the series. You can’t even begin to understand this series of events unless and until you’ve read the entire series in order. It’s one of the best hideaway and read series that I’ve encountered in a long time- with characters that breathe and laugh and plot mischief in the corner, while tossing the dice on the chance that something they’ve thought of will work. You won’t regret the time – and not having to wait ages for the penultimate story will be your reward.
“It’s weird how you can be in love with someone one day, and hunting them for sport the next.”
Title: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #12
Also in this series: First Grave on the Right, Second Grave on the Left, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge
Genre: 18+ Read, Contemporary Paranormal Mystery, Ghosts, Humor elements, Murder, Mystery Elements, Paranormal, Romantic Elements, Suspense Elements
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Published on: 31 October, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 15 minutes
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Charley Davidson never signed up for all this. But since she was the one chosen for this job, Charley’s going to be the best Grim Reaper she can be—even if her life becomes a living hell. Literally. Not only is she trying to fight off an entity brimstone-bent on destroying the world, she must find a way to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband. Would it kill him to sweep Charley off her feet every once in a while? Really? Meantime Charley is also tasked with uncovering a murder—as well as covering one up. Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her daughter and Charley is on the brink of crying uncle. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows she must step up to the soul-saving challenge. If only her number-one suspect didn’t turn out to be the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. But all’s fair in love and eternal war, right?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.