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
Because it is a fun story and I started to grow attached to the characters
Developement of Characters and fleshing out some side ones
Yes but I didn't mind having it split into two parts, it gave me an additional interview with the author which was nice
This was a great second book. The storyline kept moving along at a quick pace and kept me guessing as to who the bad guy was and why. I thought this book was better than the first because all the setup was already done. I liked the snarky humor and loved the t-shirt and bumper sticker tags at the beginning of the chapters. The narrator was fine but I'm still not convinced she was a perfect match for the character. I did like her voice though.
Yes, if they had read the first book in the series. I don't feel you can jump in without reading the first book.
The family dealing with each other towards the end.
I figure Cookie is a two pack a day character
Yes, cause I work 10 days
The author talked about her influences for how she created Charley, and I liked all of them.
32 year old female in the DC area with a terribly long commute and high standards for my audiobooks... I like science fiction, science, instructional, and humorous novels.
I didn't really like this book but I didn't hate it. Mostly the only issue I had is the writing style is... Let me see if I can explain this properly: when you read a lot of brain candy-type novels (lighthearted romance or fiction) you tend to skim them fairly quickly because for every 10 pages there is only one solid page of real information or character development.
These books (at least the first and second) bear those same marks. It's the written equivalent of a Darma (a la Darma and Greg) character - such a free spirit, but such a boring free spirit who can't speak very well. I might have enjoyed this book more if it were something I was reading and that I could skim. Fast forwarding isn't really the same thing.
SO glad the third book is out! I already bought it and downloaded it, ready for another fun, fast-paced, well-written tale of Charley---a great character.
Lorelei King performs this series so beautifully that I can't imagine any other voice. She really does a marvelous job of defining each character and infusing the perfect blend of wit, sarcasm and feeling into Charley. She really makes this book come alive.
Love a story w/ humor,romance,adventure, w/out a lot of bickering,& good deals.
Darynda Jones is a very talented author who is getting better with each book of this series.
The character of Charley Davidson, the heroine, is a great creation. There are so many aspects of her character and she is discovering more about herself and her powers in each book. The hero is out of this world, forgive the pun, a guy who is supposed to be created from evil but is in fact one of the toughest fighters for good.This series and the supporting characters are very unique. There are some serious issues but packed in great humor, and it just keeps getting more and more interesting as the series goes on. Looking forward to the next book.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
Totally enjoying the characters in this series and the author has brought alot of laughter to the storyline. Thoroughly enjoying the books
Not much to say however, I do love this series. My new favorite author. Her humorous writing is hilarious, witty and unique. Lorelei is an excellent narrator for this series.
My advice, if you luv urban fantasy with a different twist, get this book. Each character in this is well thought out and has a "voice" of their own.
Highly recommend this series.
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
I am totally enamored with Charley - and with every other character in Jones' hysterical take on what it means to be the Grim Reaper - whether you asked for it or not.
There are many women who write well, some humorous, some serious, but Jones puts forth a brilliant first effort in the Charley Davidson series that has me alternately admiring her writing skills, and rolling on the floor laughing at her humour. You really LIKE Charley, Cookie, and the gang, and want to see them succeed in their lives - - because even if you are the Reaper, you don't 'have' to be "Grim." I listened to First Grave on the Right, like I do so many other books, from the Audible.com site. Read by the wonderfully talented Loreli King, whose voice carries every character she ever does with aplomb, I gulped down the first installment in a day, then immediately grabbed Second Grave on the Left, and tonight, in the middle of the book, my battery on my Zune went down - OH, the Humanity!!!! Guess I will just have to sleep tonight instead of sitting up all night listening again. I have a fresh bag of coffee beans and a whole Sunday to enjoy the rest of this new obsession of mine.
While I have made mention of the humour in Jones' series, the pathos of the story of Reyas and his life is a crushing reminder of just how vicious and uncaring fate can actually be. It doesn't matter if you are the six-year-old with leukemia, or a Son of Satan, (who is SO unlike his father) come to Earth to live as a 'real boy' only to have his dream turn into a nightmare. Life can be a series of horrors the likes of which even Poe or Dostoyevsky could not do justice to - Jones does a moving rendition of the pain that humans can cause in another persons life with a depth of caring that is both well considered and well written.
Bravo, Ms. Jones. I see that Third Grave Dead Ahead is scheduled for publication January, 2012. I have already set it on my calendar to grab it as soon as it arrives - I can hardly wait!
Courtesy of Lost Art Audiobook Review
Charley Davidson is one funny, witty, pain-in-the-butt Albuquerque PI. She used to be a consultant to her police detective dad, and is now a consultant to her police detective uncle. But there’s more the Charley than “Danger” and “Will Robinson” – her tits. She’s also a grim reaper. Not the DeadLike Me type either, but the kind chosen from birth, can speak every language known to man, see the dead and let them pass through her, and remember everything from birth kind. That’s a hard burden for a girl who’s just trying to make rent and avoid getting killed while doing it.
Like First Grave on the Right, this second book in the series is a stellar read, and again, Ms. Jones dresses up a serious theme in humor to make it more palatable. Here, Charley has to find a missing wife and solve the cold case of a teenage who disappeared without a trace over a decade ago. Ms. Jones pulls no punches there. And then there’s Reyes. Charley needs to find him to keep him alive, but he doesn’t want to be found. He’d rather let his body die, even if that brings about the end of the world. What’s a Grim Reaper to do? I loved this audiobook, but then again, I’m a sucker for bad boys. Son of Satan – how much more bad can a boy get?
I’m not going to lie. The only two reasons I purchased the Charley Davidson series were because: (1) it fit the paranormal/urban fantasy mystery genre; and (2) Lorelei King narrated it. As usual, she doesn’t disappoint. If you’re familiar with Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you know how well Ms. King pulls of snarky, and there’s plenty of snark in these books. She gives great cop voice, and there are a ton of cops in this book. Lorelei King even does a good biker gang…wait, that sounded wrong. You know what I mean. In one of the books, she even clucks like a chicken. The things a narrator does for her art.
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