Sunday, August 7, 2016

Book Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Second Grave on the Left 

by Darynda Jones 


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?

My Rating:


We're back with the second book of the Charley Davidson Series and things are heating up. Reyes is awake and escaped from jail but he is not in the clear yet.  When he visits Charley in his battered incorporeal form, her hunt to find his body increases along with looking for her missing friend. 

This book is a roller-coaster of events, I don't know who is friend or foe. Charley has to trust her guts if she is going to make it out of this adventure alive. She will have to use more than her outgoing personality to the get clues that are right under her nose.

Once again Darynda Jones has impressed me with her characters and stories and I can't wait to learn more. I have put a hold on the third book, so it's just a matter of time before I get to read that book as well. 

Reyes is my new book boyfriend. But don't tell my fiance LOL. 

About the Author:

 NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at

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