Arc Review – The trouble with twelfth grave by Darynda Jones

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October 30, 2017 by ceresbooksworld


The trouble with twelfth grave by Darynda Jones

Book 12 in Charley Davidson series

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication date: October 31st, 2017

Source: eArc from

Rating: 4 hearts




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?


It’s always a pleasure to read Charley and discover all her adventures; this book is no exception to the rule. Reyes is no longer himself since he returned from his hell dimension but Charley still believes in him and she’s convinced that there is still a part of him inside the god he is now. She will try to find him while conducting the investigation to find a murderer and she will also cover a murder to save a friend.

And yes Charley will still have a busy week but as always she will be helped by Cookie, Uncle Bob, Osh and Garrett.

I liked this book, more than the previous one, we find the atmosphere of the first Charley and what happens to her is always extraordinary. In spite of all that happens to her, Charley keeps her legendary humor that is her protective shell, she tries to help everyone and in the end she doesn’t always succeed.

I’m not going to talk about the story any longer but know that all the characters you love are present, as far as I’m concerned I love Osh, I like his little demon side and the fact that he wants to protect Charley and Beep is great.

I look forward to the book 13, yes I know, the 12 is not out yet I want more but you will understand when you read it because Darynda Jones is torturing us with this end. At some point will Charley and Reyes be happy? Can we expect a happy ending for them and Beep or is that the problems falling on them are just beginning?

In any case, Darynda Jones has still succeeded; this book is full of action, humor and adventure.

Quick Word: A book rich in adventure, entertaining and taking.

About the author

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at



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