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

Second Grave on the LeftSynopsis:

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?

My thoughts:

In this book we have Charley racing against time in order to find Reyes’s body to safe his life and a case that involves a friend of Cookie missing. It is very fast paced and Charley has hardly a minute to breath between all the things going on. It is hinted that there is much more to Charley than we or her thought and that she has more powers than she know. But she has to figure them out on her own, according to Reyes. He keeps showing up but won’t tell her where is body is located which causes quite the stir between the two.

I really like Charley she is smart, sassy, and won’t give up. No matter what who or what is after her. She is also quite funny and has sarcasm on hand like no other. The only thing I find a little tiring is her thing for naming things, that is kind of getting old but I can overlook that and just concentrate in the rest of her and her story.

Reyes, man I don’t know, I love him, the next minute I hate him. There is still so much we dint know about him. I really do believe that despite being the son if Satan he is a good guy. I really do have a hate-love relationship about Reyes.

I love that we get so much Cookie in this book. She just balances Charley out a bit or it would be all a little much. I really hope Cookie will get a guy in the future books, she derives to be happy and have someone.

Last book I wasn’t sure about Garret, but I really start to like the guy and think he makes a great friend for Charley. The end in the hospital just proofed that and warmed my heart.

Overall, this was another action and humor packed book with tons of suspense that kept me guessing until the end. And a little after since it has a very mild cliffhanger, maybe not as much as a cliffhanger but a very good line into the next book. There was some romance but nothing that took away from the story or was ill placed.

I rate this book a 4★ and can’t wait to get to the next book.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“You hit me again,” I said, growing oddly annoyed.

“Ya think?” Evil Riggs said. Smart-ass.

“Part of my brain hurts. I demand to know what that part of my brain is called and what its job is.”


“…and then she glared at me, the same glare my stepmother used to give me when I gave her the Nazi salute. That woman was so touchy about her resemblance to Hitler.”





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

    1. Yeah, I’m so glad I started it. Just a little while ago I was laughing way to hard. Almost wet my pants 😀
      Can’t wait to get further into the series

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