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?
Worldbuilding: OMG how I missed this fascinating world of the badass Grim Reaper, full of ghosts, gods, magic artifacts, plus armies of angels here and there.
Characters: The ever-charming Charley starts out strong with her snark for the win. I missed her and Reyes, and kept missing Reyes for a good bit of the story. Poor Charley…but she’s so entertaining she could probably just tell the time for half a novel and still have my full attention.
Plot: The story picks up right where the previous novel ended, with Reyes missing and Rey’azikeen (I probably spelled that wrong – screw it, lol, you know who I mean!) at the wheel things got tenser and tenser until I thought my eyes would pretty much pop out. The mystery of the murder victims is also interesting, casting doubts and suspicion on our beloved Reyes and his multiple evil sides. The story is very tense and full of action, and the almost-ending was very cool, touching, and rewarding. But then the actual ending came and it almost broke my heart and all I can say is: seriously, Darynda Jones?!?!?!?! Seriously?!?!?!?!?! Arrrrrghhh! I might not survive this series, for freak’s sake!
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Charley’s POV. Snark galore voice – my fav ever. Nobody can say anything as awesomely as Charley can xDDD
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb, autobuy series forevah <3 I recommend The Trouble with Twelfth Grave to masochists who love snark galore, uber hot chemistry in millenia-long love stories, and getting the rug pulled from under their feet with each installment of a series when it all seemed to be as good as any Charley-involving situation can be – because let’s all face it: damn it, Charley!
My only complaint is that while I’m writing this review the novel isn’t even out yet, technically, and I have to wait a whole freaking year for the next one. This is unusual and terrible cruelty, sigh.