Review ~ Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones @darynda #CharleyWeek

Posted October 1, 2013 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 1 Comment

Review ~ Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones @darynda #CharleyWeekSecond Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 16, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 307
4.5 Stars

When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. 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 found 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? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

Cookie is definitely a big player in Second Grave on the Left! I love her, she is so energetic and sarcastic. Perfect partner for Charley! They have a case related to a friend of Cookie’s who has disappeared. The plot gets bigger and bigger including having a couple of federal agents involved.

“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

We also have the sidebar investigation into the location of one Reyes Alexander Farrow. His non-corpeal form is making his visits and doing what he can to keep Charley from finding his physical body. She is determined though, and seriously, how long can he string her along with just the dreams? She needs to get a hold of that boy!

The story is fast-paced and full of action. Charley is a brave, ass-kicking hero, but can she weather all that comes her way and still stay unscathed? I love this series. So much packed into 300 pages, that you feel like you are racing through and then it all ends too soon. Definitely an un-put-downable book!

About Darynda Jones

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.