Jun 092014
Review: Second Grave on the LeftSecond Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones
Published by St. Martin's Press on Aug 16, 2011
Genres: Adult, Humour, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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?

Oh let me count the ways I love this book. Sassy. Sarcastic. Ridiculous sitatuations. Grim reaper. Hot smexy guys. And the list goes on and on.

I loved the first book so much that I had to pick up the second book right away. And I read it right away, finishing in less than 24 hours. I couldn’t put it down, I had to get as much fun and excitement as possible, as fast as possible.

All of the characters from the first book are back, with Cookie having a very prominent role this time. She’s not as level headed in this book, but it seems to be due to the fact that she’s right in the action instead of safely on the side lines. Her actions and reactions only made me love her more, she’s such a sweetheart. And such a good sport about everything that happens.

Garrett is fast becoming a favourite character too. He seems to be becoming less a potential lover and more potential sidekick with a lot of inappropriate joking. There is a hospital scene that had me totally giggling in amusement.

Overall, I loved this book as much as the first one. It was such an entertaining story. The characters are so much fun, and are very lovable. I already have the third book, and you better believe that I’ll be reading it soon.

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