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.
Also listen to the first book, First Grave on the Right
©2011 Darynda Jones (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
Favorite reads are urban fantasies featuring adults, with a firm twist of tasteful erotica, shaken well with plenty of humor & wit over ice.
Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series is fresh, interesting, and moves at a good pace that keeps my interest without feeling rushed. The characters are great, a little quirky, and unpredictable and the some of the dialogue is so hysterical that my occasional snorts and giggles get funny looks and the cocked eyebrow from husband sitting on the other end of the couch trying to read the news.
Even though there's humorous moments, I don't mean to give the impression the book is predominately a comedy, it is most definitely a paranormal fiction/mystery with plenty of story including some rather chilling moments.
There is sex, but not so much that you get the feeling the story is only a serving tray for its delivery. But it's well done enough that I get that warm, fuzzy feeling that I've come to love from my fiction/paranormal/mystery/romances.
Lorelei King does a stupendous job narrating. Her voice and inflections seem to be a perfect match to for text...great author/narrator team!
Yea for me that I've found this series, just my kind of read/listen. I just happen to like my scary with a good plop of funny topped with a nice rich foam of steamy sex (of the non-vulgar variety.) LOVING this series!
If you liked the first novel, which I did, you will like the second one, which I did. I have to say the main plot, the one that she needs to resolve with her private investigation skills, to be contrived and a little predictable. But for some reason it really didn't bother me. I was so fascinated with what was going on with Reyes and Charlie's family and her cast of kind of assistants that there was plenty of other things to entertain me. By far my favorite parts of these novels are the chapter titles and Charlie's internal dialogue both of which have made me laugh out loud, even while running uphill which is really saying something.
Oh, yeah! If for NO other reason, the smart mouth come backs the Charley Davidson comes off with. I swear, I called my friend Mary, told her buy the audio book, and that we were going to listen to it again together and take notes! It was an awesome story ~ LOVED it, but the zingers fly fast and hilarious throughout.
Honestly, the JD Robb books. Charley's smart mouth and kick ass attitude remind me so much of Eve Dallas. She's just an all around take charge kinda' gal. She's more irreverent than Eve (if you can BELIEVE it) but of course, we're talking paranormal here.
In this book? Wow, there were so many ~ but right off hand, and no spoilers because this is early on, is the dead guy in Charley's friend and assistant's car. Only it wasn't REALLY a dead, just his ghost, but of course, Charley can see him, because she IS the Grimm Reaper, and OMG, hilarity ensues.
It made me laugh so hard I couldn't keep it in. I was listening at work w/ headphones, I was kept giggling and laughing out loud, so people were giving me looks like I was crazy, and asking me what in the world I was listening to. LOVED it!
Love this series. Have book 3 loaded on my phone now to listen to ~ I had never listened to Lorelei King before. One of the things I do is when I find a narrator I really like I tend to buy other books they've narrated. She did a fabulous job w/ this series, so I'll be hunting down more books she's narrated. LOVED her! She brought Charley to life!
This is a great story. Charlie Davidson, grim reaper, is witty and funny as she tries to solve mysteries as she talks to the dead. The stuff she says is just hilarious. Plus she is surrounding by her family and friends that only add to the craziness of her life. And we can not forget Reyes Alexander Farrow, the man's sexiness jumps out at you from the story.
One of my favorite scenes in this book involves the homeless man, I think the conclusion of his small story was just perfect.
I did listen to this book. Lorelei King does a fabulous job with the narration. The way she reads teh story kept me engaged and really made Charlie come to life.
I love this urban fantasy series. It has a little bit of everything in it-paranormal, romance, mystery, and adventure. I can't wait for the next book to see who is bothering Charlie now and what Reyes has in store for her.(
A mom, a wife, a friend, a happy ending addict, an audiobook junkie, a wine lover and geek wanna -be. I'm constantly looking to be blown awa
Wow! This is an impressive follow-up to FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT. Darynda Jones delivered without skipping a beat. If you love the first book in the Charley Davidson’s series, you will love this new addition even more. If you are new to the series, although is not extremely important to start with the first book, I say why not? Why pass on a downright entertaining listen that is only going to enhance the enjoyment of this entry.
Sookie, Stephanie Plum! Move over girls!! There’s a new girl in town! And NO! This is not a bumper sticker! This is exactly how I feel about this fabulous creation by Darynda Jones.
Yet another example of Lorelei King’s talent, her perfect approach and execution of these novels is nothing short of fantastic, I think she found the ideal blend of, Mercy (Mercy Thompson series) and Stephanie Plum (Stephanie Plum series) to perform Charley’s POV, giving her a unique tone and personality, one that brings her to life better matched than our inner voice, which is close to impossible to do, but my God she’s done it with Charley.
Charley’s inner dialogue is delightfully carried out, wholly conveying the humor and sarcasm, in a manner that yields a very likable character; simple and real and never over the top. Reye’s voice is perfect; his mysterious and sexy manner is absolutely believable and hot. She also gives the remaining cast of secondary characters a unique take not only with their voices but with their overall delivery.
The timing, approach and pace, are perfect for the story.
The Mercy Thompson and the Stephanie Plum series are also narrated by this incredibly talented artist and are two of my favorite series, common denominator? Lorelei King!
I love this author, and man oh man, did she ever select the right narrator! (At least, one would hope that its the author who has some say in who narrates her hard work.) Lorelei King is completely awesome in her role as Charlie Davidson, and brings such life (pardon the pun, as Charlie is the Grim Reaper) to the story that it literally makes you laugh out loud. (Really, you have no choice -- you MUST laugh out loud!) :) Keep 'em coming, Darynda and Lorelei!
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
This is a great waste of time - - and I mean that in only the kindest sense. No great messages, no moral codes, no subtext, this is just plain fun. The second in the series, it's a much better written book (the editing shows up on this one), and the narrator is just magnificent. Perfect story for when you want to veg out and listen to a comic book of a novel. Well done.
LOVE this writer and her story, made me laugh out loud more than once, the heroine i s not all super natural and has a really sarcastic side.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
A fun story, Charley's humor keeps the book interesting. Her sarcastic wit, esp. with Uncle Bob makes me chuckle. Unlike a lot of paranormal stories, this one doesn't have loads of sex scenes. There is a clear cut plot, with a couple of sub plots. Definitely worth a credit.
Lorelei King is a fantastic narrator.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Absolutely fantastic Series, that is made even better by a Narrator that just fits the book. I would of been happy if this had cost me 2 or 3 credits (shhh don't tell Audible). Darynda Jones can't write fast enough for me.
Don't hesitate, your waisting good listening time.
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