Review – Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9565045-second-grave-on-the-left

Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2)
by Darynda Jones

Summary: 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?Here is your signpost for the most hilarious read of the year: Second Grave on the Left.

Source: I purchased a hardcover.

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Review:

I loved Second Grave on the Left. It was funny and entertaining, which put me in a great mood. I am a big fan of urban fantasy and while I do like more serious ones, this series kind of fills the void left behind the Sookie Stackhouse series for me.

It was tough to get into at first because Charley can be so damn cheesy, but it didn’t take long for a smile to appear on my face as I realized that is just simply who she is and I wouldn’t want her any other way. She thrives off coffee and showers instead of sleep, solves cases with her best friend, and has a weird obsession with the son of Satan.

In Second Grave on the Left, Reyes disappears and it’s up to Charley to find him. He’s being tortured by demons, but insists that Charley can’t find him because it’s a trap and she’ll die if she tries to fight them. She’s the key to heaven and he’s the key to hell and the demons shouldn’t get their hands on both. But she’s determined to save him because no one has any idea what will happen if she doesn’t.

Second Grave on the Left was fun, full of adventure, and humorous. I love the plot and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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