Review: Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2) by Darynda Jones

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Review: Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2) by Darynda JonesSecond Grave on the Left
Series: Charley Davidson #2
Author: Darynda Jones
Pages: 307 (Hardcover)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Source: Borrowed
Purchase: AmazonTBD (affiliate link)

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?

4 Stars

Picking up a week after the first book, Second Grave on the Left starts with Charley picking up three new cases! First, her BFF Cookie’s friend has gone missing. Second, there’s a dead man in Cookie’s trunk! Finally, Reyes is injured but has hidden his body from Charley. Clearly, she’s going to be very busy for the entire book, which I couldn’t put down! Well, I did put it down to take a nap, but then I jumped right back into it!

Second Grave on the Left once again uses humor to balance out the darker themes of the book. Charley continues to be snarky and sarcastic, while the rest of the cast has their own quirks and fun personalities. Of course, Charley also has to learn more about her powers as a grim reaper. Trying to track down Reyes’ body while fighting off demons caused her to unleash some unusual abilities that she didn’t even know she had! I was a bit mad at her for something she does at the end. I know she felt like she needed to do it, but it’s really messed up. But it also made me need the next book immediately!

As for the mysteries, Second Grave on the Left certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. The dead man in Cookie’s trunk was more like a side plot, but it was still interesting. The main mystery was Mimi’s disappearance along with the deaths of several of her classmates from high school. Someone was obviously trying to keep a big secret from coming out. And it was big! I was shocked! In fact, that whole high school secret would have made its own engaging read. I love dark secrets!

I really enjoyed Second Grave on the Left. It certainly doesn’t suffer from Second Book Syndrome and it left me wanting more! I’m especially intrigued by Reyes. We learn a lot more about him this time around, and he’s turning out to be a lot more complicated.

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