Darynda Jones comes back to the blog today with the second in the Charley Davidson series, a complex combination of snark, dead people, mystery and some death-defying moments, not to mention the son of Satan and the Grim Reaper all in
Second Grave on the Left
Picking up a few weeks after the conclusion of the first book, Reyes is now missing and in bigger danger than expected, Cookie’s new /used car has a dead guy in the trunk, Ubie has placed a tail on Charley to keep her safe and find Reyes, since he knows that Charley will find him – and a whole other case with a missing woman and a collection of her high school classmates turning up dead, with her very innocent husband being charged with a murder. While in the recap it sounds rather confusing – the complexity and sheer number of characters that pop in and out of this story add a depth and some clever moments that play on Charley’s abilities, Cookie’s loyalty and the people they both encounter – fans and not.
With the hunt for Mimi on the front burner, and a very powerful and rich person seeing that Mimi isn’t found, Charley and Cookie are criss-crossing New Mexico as they talk with people involved in Mimi’s case, ferret out a kindergarten teacher with a drinking problem, discover the reasons a cop went missing some three years earlier and, as always, battles with Reyes as he’s determined to leave his corporeal body behind for the demons that are hunting him, hoping to use him as a key to taking over the world, and to Charley – allowing them access into Heaven. Still not fully aware of all she can do, a threat to her father’s life from a knife-wielding assailant determined on killing her, a rogue gunman and a very telling recording that does serve to bring Charley and her sister closer together again, there were so many twists, turns and false starts in this one that the actual solution and the choices Charley made only serve to bring us further into the conflict between Reyes and his father, and the one that she will have to have with him after defying his wishes, despite his very clear and reasoned explanations… well, more clear than most of what he shares with her.
I’m truly enjoying this series with the moments to laugh out loud at the start of every chapter – where a snarky t-shirt or bumper sticker is quoted, to Charley’s actual humor – occasionally dark, always sarcastic – and who names their boobs, ovaries and TOES? That girl! There’s a real sense of someone desperate to do good, bring comfort to those who’ve passed and are stuck as they don’t know ‘how great’ it is on the other side, and while she’s desperate to prove both her independence and self-reliance, she only stays snarky and pouty for a bit – always finding some justification and reason for other people’s interference (or help). A mini-cliffy into the third book – as a long awaited email finally arrives – and I can’t wait for the next.
Title: Second Grave on the Left
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #2
Also in this series: First Grave on the Right, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Genre: 18+ Read, Contemporary Paranormal Mystery, Ghosts, Humor elements, Murder, Paranormal, Romantic Elements, Suspense Elements
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Published on: 24 April, 2012
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 30 minutes
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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?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.