|Title: “The Trouble with Twelfth Grave”|
|Author: Darynda Jones|
|Pages: 304 (Hardcover)|
|Publisher: St. Martin’s Press|
|Release Date: October 31, 2017|
I love this series! This is the twelfth book in the Charlie Davidson saga and every time I finish one, I torture myself for months wishing I somehow read the book slower. Daryndra Jones’ books are like extra rich morsels of chocolate, you can’t eat just one. When I first started this series I read the first six in a row, they were that addictive. Let me give you a general idea of what the series is about then we’ll delve into this specific book.
Charlie Davidson has always known she was different. I mean, it’s kinda unusual to be able to see dead people. It’s not so unusual though if you’re the grim reaper. She’s also an investigator in her spare time, it keeps her coffee cup full and a roof over her head. Actually, being a grim reaper can really help you be a successful PI. When you can just ask the dead guy who his killer is, your success rate soars. Charlie certainly has no trouble finding cases, the dead come to her. But before she helps them “go to the light” they want her to solve their murder. Complicating her life is a dark entity who invades her dreams and has been following her all her life. Now she’s not so sure he’s dead.
Yes, you have to suspend disbelief… for about ten minutes. Then you’ll be so engrossed, addicted and curious you won’t be able to put the book down until you get to the newest that I’m about to tell you about. I’m going to try and be careful for those of you who are lucky enough to just be finding Darynda Jones’ books. I don’t want to add “spoilers” that will ruin some of the best things about the first eleven books. This is going to be a very general review.
For those of you who have read the previous “Eleventh Grave” book, I’ll say the cliffhanger that we’re left with heats up to molten temperatures. Charlie will have to make a choice between fighting against Rayes or with him. But no one will tell her why she’ll have to make such a terrible decision. Of course, as she delves into this overwhelming problem, life goes on. People die and need her sarcastic and irreverent help. On top of that, her uncle needs assistance with some seriously gruesome frenzied attacks. To Charlie, they look supernatural. Who or what would be mauling the general public? Is it connected to the Rayes dilemma? There are only a few days to figure it all out.
This has to be considered a 5+ read. (Go Here to learn all about my Rating System.) Addicts of Jones’ series will find some long awaited answers to some of the most twisted riddles. Not only that, the book is just a good, solid mystery where you root for the good guy and want to see the protagonist win the fight. I can’t say enough good things about this series and this, the latest saga of Charlie Davidson. I not only laugh out loud but crave the next chapter. I truly mourn the last page of every Darynda Jones book I read. I’ll warn you though, this one ends with a HUGE cliff hanger, even bigger than “Eleventh Grave” left the reader last time. Hehehe. You’re gonna wish Ms. Jones could write faster. You’re gonna beg for more and if you’re lucky enough to be starting this series then damn, I’m jealous.
START FROM THE BEGINNING of the series, “First Grave On the Right“. This is not a series that can be read out of order, in fact, I suggest you read the last 25% of the previous book, “Eleventh Grave In Moonlight” again before starting this new suspenseful read.
One last thing to entice the newbie to try this series. Jones’ books gives the reader extra bonuses with every new chapter in the form of hilarious, rib tickling quotes, here are a few to whet your whistle…
“I chose the road less traveled. Now I’m lost.”
“There is nothing to fear but fear itself. And spiders.”
“Whoever is in charge of making sure I don’t do stupid shit is fired.”
“God gives us only what we can handle. APPARENTLY, GOD THINKS I’M A BADASS.
“Sometimes I write “drink coffee” on my to-do list just to feel like I’ve accomplished something.”
“I lost my virginity but I still have the box it came in.”
“The fact that there’s a Highway to Hell and only a Stairway to Heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers”