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Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper Extraordinaire, is back in this sexy, suspenseful novel of supernatural shenanigans. 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? Here is your signpost for the most hilarious read of the summer: Second Grave On The Left.
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
Five Stars! The second book is even better than the first!
Second Grave on the Left picks up just a few days after the dramatic conclusion of First Grave on the Right. Charley is awakened at an ungodly hour by her best friend/secretary/ neighbor/ gopher/ shoulder to lean on, Cookie. Cookie throws a clash of clothes at her and urges her to get dressed immediately. After much prodding, Cookie gets Charley out to her car with little explanation. When Cookie tries to shove Charley in the trunk, Charley puts her foot down. She refuses to be stuffed into the trunk because she really does not want to ride in the trunk at this time of night without good reason, and there is a dead guy's ghost in the trunk. Finally, Charley drags it out of Cookie where they are going and why. They are headed to a coffee shop, but not for coffee much to Charley's dismay. Cookie's best friend, Mimi, is in trouble and is insisting on meeting Cookie alone. Needless to say, whenever Charley is involved you can expect a hurricane of trouble. Charley and Cookie find themselves plunged into a missing person investigation when Mimi fails to show. More disturbing, Mimi's high school classmates are dying. On top of the new investigation, Charley manages to find that her biggest problem of all is Reyes. He is mortal danger again and Charley is in a race against time to find him before his mortal body dies. Reyes, however, has other ideas and is not cooperative. Can Charley catch a killer, find Reyes and manage to stay in one piece?
What I Liked:
- I love that this book immediately picks up where book one left off and drops us right back into Charley's chaotic world. This book is just as good as the first, if not better. Charley is back with all of her saucy, sarcastic commentary. I adore Charley and I can assure you that this never a dull moment in a day in the life of Charley Davidson. You can expect a passel of trouble, gallons of coffee, ghosts, interesting wardrobe selections along with a Bugs Bunny comforter and a good dose of flippant remarks thrown into to all the chaos. If you are looking for a new heroine who is sure to make your laugh, look no further, Charley is your gal!
- I like that Ms. Jones always weaves a complex story with many interlocking story lines. This book presents numerous plots that converge to form a fun read. This book has a lot going on!
- Again there are ghosts popping in and out of Charley's day. From the strange homeless man found in the truck who leers at her in the shower to her crime fighting partner, Angel. Mr. Wong remains a ghost of few words...make that no words. This time around there aren't quite as many ghosts popping in and out of the book so it makes for a bit smoother read.
- Reyes returns and he is sexy, sultry, and a load of trouble. I liked that in this book there are more revelations regarding him, and some are jaw dropping. All in all, he remains a bit of an enigma. It seems that he just might be able to bring about the apocalypse with his unique heritage. Still, he proves that he is devoted to Charley and it seems he is going against his destiny all in order to protect his Dutch. He might be a big pain in Charley's ass, but he can sure steal a scene when he shows up.
- Charley manages to earn a few more bruises and injuries, basically she gets her butt kicked a few times. This time, though, she grows and begins to tap into her own unique abilities and she starts using some of her powers. I like that she is evolving and hopefully soon she will be able to kick some butt and take names!
- I love that this series always ties everything off at the end and refrains from cliffhangers!
- Once again, this book is full of hilarious t-shirt and bumper stickers at the beginning of each chapter. I find this quips so funny and I think they are a great addition to the book.
And The Not So Much:
- I was a bit disappointed that Reyes didn't have as big of role in this book, and that there were no toe curling, smoldering scenes. Again, he spends the entire book in his incorporeal form, so that doesn't allow for the sexy hookups that readers are craving. Take heart, there are still some intimate encounters with lots of sparks, but we aren't treated to the "get out the fan out" scene that we got in book one.
- As I mentioned, there are not as many ghosts in this one, and I kind of missed Charley helping all the ghosts to the other side. There is something very rewarding when she helps a deceased find closure and move them on. However, less ghosts popping in and out makes the read a bit less chaotic.
- Ms. Jones again presents a busy plot. There are numerous characters coming and going and it is a lot to keep track off. This is not an issue if you read this in a reasonable amount of time. If you take your time, you may find yourself flipping back to refresh your memory on who is who in this one and how they all fit into the plot.
- I still can't figure out what Garrett's role is. I get the feeling that he could be a love interest for Charley, and he is obviously interested in her. Yet, there is no movement toward a romantic relationship. Truth be told, Charley would have an easier go with Garrett vs. Reyes. I love the scenes with Charley and Garrett, they have one of those fun, antagonistic relationships that I adore.
Darynda Jones proves once again that her first book was no fluke. The Charley Davidson Series is one of my favorite series right next to Kim Harrison's The Hollows and Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series. If you are looking for a fast, furious read with a snarky heroine who just so happens to be the grim reaper, get this. In fact, drop everything and go get these books now! I am just sorry that I delayed in reading the sequel. You can bet I will be starting book three Third Grave Dead Ahead ASAP!
"I'm an excellent liar. Ask my dentist. He swears I floss regularly."
"With a sigh,I realized I was getting way too much exercise. I'd just have to counteract it later with cake."
"Cookie was excellent at keeping the coffee fresh and the hugs warm. Or maybe it was the coffee warm and the hugs fresh."
"WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GET SCARED HALF TO DEATH TWICE? ---T-Shirt."
"I STOPPED FIGHTING MY INNER DEMONS. WE'RE ON THE SAME SIDE NOW. ---T-SHIRT."
"Or maybe I'd have my bikini area waxed by a German female wrestler, which would be more fun than talking to my sister on the phone."
"I did a search on how to detect demons and received a slew of no-help whatsoever for my effort."
"I woke up at four thirty the next morning---also known as five minutes past ungodly---and lay in bed, wondering why in the name of St. Francis I'd woken up at four thirty in the morning."
"Because you're the reason I breathe."
"WHERE AM I GOING AND WHAT AM I DOING IN THIS HANDBASKET?---BUMPER STICKER."
"You're about as helpful as a spoon in a knife fight."
"Oh, no, you don't," I said as Cookie headed for the maker. Well, not the Maker, not like God, but the coffeemaker."
I purchased this book. All opinions are my own and I received no compensation for this review.
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