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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Title: Second Grave on the Left
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson, book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: E-book
“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?"
Second Grave on the Left is book two in the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.

I have been waiting for a while to write this review because this book was so good that I just wanted to write: it was awesome, better than the previous one, a funny ride that you won’t be able to put down, a book you need to read NOW. But I know that is not enough for many of you, even though it should be, you should believe me when I say it was great and go running to the bookstore to get it, not expecting more details but I know your greedy minds will want to know more, so let’s try to do this again…

Second Grave on the Left picks up couple of days after the events in First Grave on the Right with an investigation in the middle of the night with Charlie wearing bunny sleepers. Charlie is helping her best friend Cookie investigate the disappearance of her friend Mimi, while also dealing with Reyes own vanishing from the hospital and his wish of letting his human body perish and of course some smaller cases including a ghost or two, that’s how our Grim Reaper/P.I. Charlie rolls.

“You are a professional investigator, right? Warren asked
I squinted. “Define professional.”

Charlie has come a long way accepting who and what she is while dealing with sex on a stick also known as Reyes. What I love the most about Charlie is the way she looks at life, she is smart, witty and with a great sense of sarcastic humor. She is one of those persons you would love to have as a friend in real life.

I reached an arm over his head and pulled it onto my shoulder.
“Please,” I said, rolling my eyes.
“I got shot in the shoulder you’re leaning on.”
“You’re on pain meds,” I said, patting his head roughly. “Suck it up.”

In Second Grave on the Left Charlie is still discovering what she can do and how to use it for her advantage and while everyday she is transforming and becoming a more kick-ass heroine she is still the same woman we have learned to love. I can say Charlie has become one of my all time favorite heroines in the Urban Fantasy world.

“No offense,” I said, disappointed, “but that doesn’t really help.”
“I know. I suck at all of this supernatural stuff. But I fry a mean chicken.”
“Oh, good. I hate it when the nice ones get fried.”

In Second Grave on the Left we learn more about dreamylicious Reyes but still he is a mystery, a mystery I would love to unwrap, slowly, literally! Even though there is no sexy time in this book the sexual tension between these two is skyrocketing and in a sense also gratifying.

There is not a bad or lacking secondary character in this book, they all provide something good and interesting to the story, from the new bad guys to the recurrent characters we love like Cookie, warren and Charlie’s uncle Bob. Mrs. Jones does a great job in her characterizations making them all interesting and endearing.

I really loved First Grave on the Right and had big expectations for Second Grave on the Left, expectations that were not only met but also surpassed.
There was never a dull moment during the whole book, Second Grave on the Left grabbed me with its scythe and didn’t let me go until I reach its end, an end I didn’t want to get to, because I wanted this book to last forever. Second Grave on the Left is one of those books that you want to read fast because you want to know what is going to happen next, but at the same time you want to read it slowly because you don’t want it to end, that was the very big dilemma I encountered with this book and I’m blaming Darynda Jones and her bewitching writing for it.

Second Grave on the Left it’s one of my top reads this year. Believe me it’s a book you need to get your hands on as soon as possible. It’s not necessary to read First Grave on the Right before but I will recommend you to do it. There is some back-story that is worth knowing, also there is Reyes *swoon* and it’s a wonderful book, so let me make things easier for you and decide for you… you have to read it first, done.
The end of Second Grave on the Left was not a cliffhanger but it was one that would leave you biting nails and sending your manicure bills to Mrs. Jones. The next installment in this series Third Grave Dead Ahead will be available February 2, 2012 and needless to say I can’t wait to read it.

Each chapter begins with a saying from a T-Shirt or a bumper sticker, my favorite were:
  • What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?
  • I stopped fighting my inner demons. We’re on the same side now.
  • Upon the advice of my attorney, my shirt bears no message at this time.
My Verdict: 5 Paws

Other books in the series
First Grave on the Right
Second Grave on the Left
Third Grave Dead Ahead (02/02/2012)

Other reviews Goodreads


  1. I won book 1 yesterday :D wohooo! That was all from me, lol

  2. Great review Marcela! Although your original idea for it was good too. lol As you know, I LOVED this book too. :)
    And woot blodeuedd! You got book 1!

  3. Awesome review! So excited about this series now!
    I'm off to go and try and get my hands on the first book now as a treat as I hand in some Uni work tomorrow!

  4. Blodeuedd, Lucky girl. I hope you'd like as much as I did and be ready to get book 2 after finishing First Grave on the Right.

    Julie, Jajaja yes, sometimes when I really like a book a lot I don't know what to write, I just want to scream to the world it's great and get it now, but...

    Ally, Yay to getting book 1. I'm sure you'll love it. I can't wait to hear what you think about it.

  5. I loved this book also and the quotes are truly hilarious. I said earlier that Darynda should go into the t-shirt business and make t-shirts with the quotes. I think I will have to make me one.

    Is it weird that I am typing them all down so I can remember them?

  6. GREAT GREAT REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I adored this book, it was one of those that I had to update my GR status with the funny lines from because I HAD to share. And the end!!!!!! AAAHHH!!!

  7. Grrr...I really REALLY need to read this damn series! paycheck for September is going to include book 1 & 2 of this series! Fabulous review Marcela and I'm so happy that you are enjoying the series thus far. I really didn't think I wanted to read this series when book 1 came out but between your review and Julie's I know I can't miss this train!

  8. Sherri, It's not weird, I have my favorite quotes highlighted in my reader.
    Darynda sells some t-shirts, bags and other products with quotes from her books. You can find them here

    Pam, Thank you. I loved it too.
    My sister read it too and she said I loved it so much because I'm just like Charley, same sense of humor and all, ok missing the Griper part but you get the idea. ;)

    Deanna, Yes! You can miss the train and I'm glad it's picking you up in September. I can't wait to hear what you think about it.


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