Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

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Posted January 18, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda JonesSecond Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #2
Published by Macmillan Audio on August 16, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Lorelei King
Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Sixth Grave on the Edge
Also in this series: Sixth Grave on the Edge

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 listen of the summer: Second Grave on the Left.

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones was another story that I can’t seem to rate, or should I say that I’m not 100% confident in my rating for it. The story of Second Grave on the Left was highly entertaining and something I’m glad I experienced but the characters of Charley, Reyes, her dad, uncle, Garrett, and just pretty much everyone except the ghosts got on my nerves.

With the way things ended in First Grave on the Right I tried not to assume too much for Second Grave on the Left because of how different Darynda Jones writing is. The way things started in this second installment I knew that I was going to love its story and I had hoped that I would be able to cement my thoughts on Charley’s character.

For Charley’s character I think I’ll need more than 2 books in this series to get used to. But for Second Grave on the Left she came off as really selfish and bland. The selfishness didn’t really become clear for me until the end when she did what she did against Reyes, like how can you make a decision like that for him when he told you his reasons why.

Also, for some reason I had a real problem with Lorelei King’s narration. As I was listening to Second Grave on the Left I couldn’t help but hear Stephanie Plum and Joe Morelli’s voice throughout all of its story. Lorelei King’s narration is hands down a top favorite but I don’t know if it was the humor of just the voice inflections put on Charley and Reyes’s character that made it hard to separate the two.

I don’t know, I’m just going to rate Second Grave on the Left for its actual story and just not included all of what I thought about the characters, otherwise this would be getting a rating of under 3.

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About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at

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