Book Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
(Charley Davidson #2)
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published August 16th, 2011 by St. Martin's Press

If you hang around with dead people, life can get pretty complicated. Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Complicated is her middle name. The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible. 

When Charley and Cookie (her best friend/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Cookie's friend Mimi disappeared five days earlier. Mimi then sends Cookie a cryptic message telling Cookie to meet her at an nearby coffee shop. The coffee is brewing, but Mimi's still missing. There is, however, a clue Mimi left on the bathroom wall: a woman's name. Mimi's husband explains to them that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old high school friend had been murdered. The same woman whose name Mimi had scribbled on the bathroom wall. 

Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He's left his body because he's being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can't let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they'll have a portal to heaven...well, let's just say it wouldn't be pretty.Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Can she keep those she loves out of harm's way? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel her as she does? 

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My thoughts…

‘Second Grave on the Left’ picks up right where ‘First Grave on the Right’ left off with a new mystery for Charley to solve. Charley’s receptionist and best friend, Cookie, is worried about the sudden disappearance of Mimi, her friend. Mimi's husband explains to them that his wife had been acting strange. As Charley and Cookie dig deeper, they discover someone from Mimi’s past has been killing off a group of her high school classmates.  

In the meantime, Charley is also trying to find the sexy and stubborn son of Satan, Reyes. He left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. Reyes left his body because demons are trying to draw Charley closer to him, if the demons get to Charley, they'll have a portal into heaven. Reyes can't let that happen. Since he left his body, it’s being tortured by demons. Charley being Charley can’t allow the torture to continue and she must find Reyes corporeal body before it’s too late. She would do anything to save him.

The mystery behind Charley and her powerful abilities are becoming very interesting. As she learns more about her abilities she also discovers that there is more to be The Grim Reaper than she originally thought.

Once again Darynda Jones did not disappoint. There was more suspense and action in this book than the previous. Charley still gets into all kinds of trouble and this book was exactly what I expected, humorous with endearing characters (Uncle Bob, Rocket, Angel, Garrett and Cookie) and of course the sexy son of Satan, Reyes. This series is pure entertainment and I love it.

“Make it quick," I said when I picked up.
"Okay. Two men from the FBI are here." Cookie said. Quickly.
Crap. "Men in black are at the office?""Well, yes, but they're actually in more of a navy."Crapola. I so don't have time for men. In any color. "Okay, two questions. Do they look mad, and are they hot?"After a long, long, pause, Cookie said, "One, not really. Two, no comment at this time. And three, you're on speakerphone."After another long, long pause, I said, "Okie dokie then. Be there in a jiff.”
Darynda Jones, Second Grave on the Left
“His gaze slid over me like a veil of fire. He could ignite my deepest desires with a single glance. I decided right then and there no more reading romance novels by candlelight.” Darynda Jones, Second Grave on the Left

Happy Reading -J


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