Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

9565045Second Grave on the Left
(Charley Davidson #2)
By: Darynda Jones
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: Aug. 16, 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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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?


1thoughtsCharlie is the grim reaper, the portal to heaven, she can communicate with the deceased, she is a private investigator during the day, oh yeah and she is in love with Reyes, who just so happens to be the son of Satan.

In the second intallment of Charley’s story we are taken on another one of Charley’s P.I. jobs. Her best friend/neighbor/assistant, Cookie, finds out that her friend has gone missing and Charley takes the case to figure out where her friend Mimi has gone. However, things start looking bad when Mimi’s old classmates start turning up dead and Charley has to figure out what the connection is before time runs out.

Reyes also makes a bunch of appearances as well but he’s in his incorporeal form. Charley finds out that after his escape from prison, he was captured by demons and is now being tortured by them. Reyes refuses to tell Charley where his body is because he feels that it’s a trap and that the demons are really after her. After all, if they get Charley, they get the portal into Heaven. However, his body can only take so much before it dies and neither of them know what will happen if Reyes were to perish.

Again, Darynda has done a great job writing an entertaining story that will have the readers laughing and on the edge of their seat until the very last page. Even though Reyes is the son of Satan and he threatens Charley a lot, you sort of don’t hate the guy for it. As a young boy he was kidnapped by a cruel man who tortured and beat him. Not only that but you add the fact that for centuries he was a General in his father’s (Satan) army, what do you really expect? Not only are the characters developed well but the story flows beautifully. Everything that is written has a purpose and is never lacking in entertainment. I will definitely be keeping up with this series. I cannot wait to see what crazy adventure Charley goes on next. Not only that but I really want to know more about Reyes.


1favequote“I’m an excellent liar. Ask my dentist. He swears I floss regularly.” -Charley


Previous reviews from Charley Davidson
First Grave on the Right


One Thought on “Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

  1. I love this series!!! 😀

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