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Second in the Darynda Jones' award-winning paranormal series that's "hilarious and heartfelt, sexy and surprising." (J.R. Ward)
When Charley Davidson 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. A friend of Cookie's named Mimi disappeared five days earlier. This friend then sends Cookie a cryptic message telling them to meet her at a nearby coffee shop. The coffee is brewing, but Mimi's still missing. There is, however, a clue left on the bathroom wall: a woman's name, scribbled by Mimi. Mimi's husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.
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. And if they 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?
Here is your signpost for the most hilarious read of the summer: Second Grave On The Left.
About the Author
Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart® for Best Paranormal Romance for her manuscript First Grave On The Right, DARYNDA JONES can't remember a time when she wasn't putting pen to paper. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, aka the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.
LORELEI KING has recorded over 200 audiobooks, including several titles from Janet Evanovich's bestselling Stephanie Plum series and Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson series. Her many awards include the 2008 Audie Award for Female Solo Narration for Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas, the Radio Times performer of the Year for The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, and AudioFile Earphones Awards for Eleven on Top and Twelve Sharp, both by Janet Evanovich. AudioFile also deemed her one of the "Best Voices of 2008."--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B004TLHNOC
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (August 16, 2011)
- Publication date : August 16, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 2654 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 321 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,748 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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- Always so creative and clever.
- Unexpected plot twists.
- Crazy and exciting.
- More Reyes
- Every character has a bit of an attitude and a big personality.
- They are all too cool.
- Charlie is so brazen.
- Very entertaining story.
- It gives all the feels. Even some sad ones but the story is well balanced.
- And of course, more Reyes.
What is not to love?!
Charley is back and still searching for Reyes while taking on a missing persons case, both of which she's successful in accomplishing. Things don't move in a straight line but it's easy to get immersed in the story as it moves along. It turns out, Reyes was where I figured he'd be and that was in her building, the basement was where his corporeal body was located. Despite Reyes telling Charley to leave him and let him die, she didn't give up and not only found him but prevented his incorporeal self from killing his own corporeal body. Which leaves the question of why Reyes didn't just do it in the first place. Head scratcher that. Following her rescue, she binds Reyes so his corporeal and incorporeal selves are one and he's no longer able to travel like he had been. This also means that he won't be popping up randomly to save her life but I'm not sure what it means if she tries to summon him. Perhaps she'll solve the murder of his Earthly father that landed Reyes in jail in the first place and get him out. That would probably be a good thing because in showing her hand, Charley put herself on Satan's radar and since Satan is the father Reyes grew up with in Hell and has been looking for the key to heaven to conquer it, Charley is kind of on her own. She tries to go to the jail to see Reyes but he denied her application so who knows if she'll try again or if she'll be able to speak with him for help but I'm sure future books will see it played out.
There's Mistress Marigold to consider as well who may be of assistance. Charley contacted her after coming across a blurb on a webpage for the grim reaper to contact Mistress Marigold. Charley does eventually after having a couple of decoys send a communication. Somehow the mistress knew they weren't the real grim reaper. There was lots of interesting stuff, most of what I was interested in reading though was at or toward the end of the book which made me impatient a time or two as I read through the other stuff Charley was involved in and looking into for her PI work. Charley is threatened, beat up, and almost killed a few times but still kind of just throws herself into danger. It doesn't seem prudent on her part to do so for one thing, especially since I don't think she knows how to fight and can't handle weapons well. Charley does learn a bit more about her powers so there's that, especially since she releases her light and burns through the demons that had been torturing Reyes' body in the basement.
Book #2: Charley Davidson Series
Rating: 4/5 stars
Charley Davidson’s life is never, ever simple or stress-free or safe. As a private investigator Charley expects a certain degree of crappiness but when she goes looking for Cookie’s friend Mimi, the degree of crappiness seems to rise exponentially. In the span of no more than two weeks, Charley is stabbed and/or cut multiple times, super glued back together multiple times, shot at, and, concussed multiple times. At least there is never a dull moment in her world :)
Cookie’s friend Mimi is the last person on Earth who would simply abandon her family and go on the run but that is exactly what she has done and no one seems to know why, not even Mimi’s husband or parents. The only thing anyone seems to be sure about is that Mimi had a damn good reason for leaving behind everything she holds dear and the only clue she left is a random name and set of numbers on a bathroom door in a local diner. Sure, Charley should be able to figure that out, right? As the digging in begins in earnest, Charley and Cookie quickly figure out that Mimi’s disappearance is nothing short of a hot mess that began more than twenty years ago with the disappearance of a young girl.
And so the hunt begins. Mimi’s disappearance quickly becomes a total goatf**k with dead bodies piling up all around and an evil puppet master pulling a lot of strings simultaneously. Those strings are attached to a lot of people who all seem to have gone to school together and to have been involved in or know about what happened twenty years ago to the young girl who went missing. Clearly, Mimi is terrified and if Charley and Cookie can’t put all the piece of the puzzle together, Mimi is sure to meet the same fate as her classmates. Oh, did I mention the puppet master has enough pull and cash to have hired some seriously ugly assassins? Yeah, this story has assassins too! One other little tidbit, as this particular story progress, Charley’s Grim Reaper powers seem to be progressing as well and man, oh, man can she do some cool stuff!
In the meantime, Reyes’ delectable corporeal body is still missing and not only are the authorities looking for him but so are Charley and a whole host of demons (literally!) ready to claim Reyes and make their way to this plane en masse. Still able to separate from his corporeal body, Reyes continues to appear to Charley and warns her that finding his corporeal body and saving it would be a serious violation of his wishes and is certainly something she should not pursue. Seriously? He has met her, right?? One would think the Son of Satan who has lived for thousands of years would have heard the phrase “dog with a bone” at least once in his many lifetimes. As you should expect by now, in addition to looking for Mimi, Charley is also looking for Reyes and is hell bent on saving his body. What she doesn’t expect is who she will get help from in this pursuit and what lengths she will have to go to protect the man(ish) she so clearly loves.
The Bottom Line: Charley Davidson is my hero!! Even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds she never fails to fight for all she is worth and does everything within her power to help her clients. To Charley, nearly every life is precious and if she can help someone in need, she will do so even if it requires super gluing her back together. But aside from all the mushy stuff, I love Charley’s sense of humor and extreme sarcasm. Even though the situations she is in are serious and often dire, Charley never loses her smart mouth and that sure makes the read all the more enjoyable. As with book one, I liked the plot and the twists and turns of this read but am truly more enamored with the characters. Jones writes a solid, full-bodied (and sometimes incorporeal!) character that is easy to get attached to. Her plots aren’t so dense that you get lost and the dialogue and interaction between all of the characters is generally light and easy to follow. In all, Second Grave on the Left is an enjoyable read that certainly does not suffer from the dreaded sophomore slump.
Top reviews from other countries
The romantic arc plays second fiddle to the ostensible investigation involving a missing old friend and a bunch of suicides, accidents and maybe-murders which are almost certainly suspicious. Here the story mixes Charley’s ability to see and speak with the dead and – as they pass through her en route to the other side – to experience their lives and memories secondhand, along with time-honoured private investigator stuff.
It’s all quickly-paced, rapid reading, with the witty one liners and snappy banter rattling off every page. The main plot, regarding the fallen angel Rey’aziel and his unfeasibly hot body, barely progresses while every other thread scampers along, but that’s the core to the series so you can’t expect to many revelations all at once. We do learn a lot more about Reyes’ origins and, in turn, Charley’s personal mysteries, but there are plenty of threads left dangling for future episodes.
There’s a lot to enjoy in this easy-going adventure and none of it requires too much reader input, nor is it particularly gruelling or gritty. Think Stephanie Plum with a spookynatural twist and you’ll be on the right wavelength. You don’t need to have read the first book in the series to enjoy this one. There's more thoughts on plot and character over at murdermayhemandmore.net
The writing is sharp and sassy and packed with attitude without being nasty. It's a thoroughly entertaining romp. I’d be happy to read the next one in the series.
synopsis: charley davidson,part-time PI,full-time grim reaper.the deceased find her very sparkly,and demons find her irresistible.however,charley doesn't have time to dwell on this:shes got a missing woman to track down.meanwhile,Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the son of satan) is haunting charley.hes left his corporeal body because he's being tortured by demons who want to lure charley closer.but if the demons get to her,they will have a portal to heaven...
this books starts off a week after the last novel,which though in itself can be read as a stand alone novel,i would recommend reading the previous book first,which gives the two main characters more depth and shows the progression in their relationship.the story is well paced and action packed.i especially enjoyed the witty banter throughout.the characters,both main and secondary,are unique and refreshing and not the usual set-up and style of characters seen consistently in other books.i especially like the relationship between charley and her uncle Bob(AKA Ubie depending on charley's mood).charley is an extremely likable character,who may have supernatural abilities but still has flaws and doesn't always get everything right.Reyes is a very unique lead male.at times he is dark and sexy and almost likable and other times there is a total mix of feeling i had towards him,which to me honest left me begging for more of him!the ending was great,leaving me impatient for the third book in the series(Which i have pre-ordered)
my only criticisms of this book are that i feel the wrap up to the case was a tad quick,though the ivestigation was good,i would like to have seen the culprits reaction on getting caught.further,i,like another reviewer, believe that charley should not have been as forgiving towards her father,even more so as their relationship is not overly a bonded father\daughter relationship.
nevertheless,this is a great story,with a great underlying plot,that keeps the book fresh and exciting and a great addition to this series.i think the author has a lot to offer,and i for one will be waiting to receive every helping of Charley Davidson i can get!!
i believe people who like books such as Kerri Arthur's Riley Jenson series would enjoy this.
Otherwise, I love Charley Davidson, the story, and Darynda Jones for writing it!