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Second Grave on the Left: Charley Davidson, Book 2 | [Darynda Jones]

Second Grave on the Left: Charley Davidson, Book 2

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 08-20-11
    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 08-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE these books!"

    Charley Davidson is a fun character and is so well written. The storylines in this book are great and surprising. I can't wait for the third book. The narrator is one of my favorites.
    You can not beat a great story AND a great narrator!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine Wasilla, AK, United States 08-20-11
    Kristine Wasilla, AK, United States 08-20-11
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    Darynda Jones knows how to please!! Her characters are fantastic and the narrator sublime as per usual with Ms. King!! I am dying for the next installment!!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Mount Vernon, WA, United States 09-23-11
    Judy Mount Vernon, WA, United States 09-23-11 Member Since 2006
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    "What happens if you get scared half to death twice"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Mount Vernon, Washington USA 09-23-11
    Amazon Customer Mount Vernon, Washington USA 09-23-11 Member Since 2006
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    "What happens if you get scared half to death twice"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne-Marie Newport News, VA, United States 11-20-11
    Anne-Marie Newport News, VA, United States 11-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Sanity is back-ordered."

    Where am I going? And why am I in a handbasket? -bumper sticker

    Charley is attracting more than lusty looks and spectral strays these days. Oblivious to the warning signs from her aptly named trusty sidekick, Danger. NOT Will Robinson (the hypocrite). Charley Davidson just can't seem to steer clear of Harms Way, one block south from cruising down Suicide Street, in Darynda Jones' Second Grave on the Left.

    Death is NOT a Morning Person -teeshirt

    You know your day is going to suck when your wake up call comes a mere two hours after it's predecessor in the form of the neighboring Cookie monster and her shank-shape nails attached to ninja fingers poking and probing while being pelted with random articles of clothing, and being held down with binding bedsheets, the torturous nightmare just won't end. Death is desperately fighting not to go into the bright light. That the Cookie monster evilly switched on. Days like this must make being the living embodiment of the punchline to a "Why did the chicken cross the road" joke suck.

    Carpe Caffe -teeshirt

    Turns out Cookie's friend Mimi is missing. Dressed to the nines in hobo gear, Char and Cook set out to a local coffee shop to meet Ms. MIA. Surprisingly missing Mimi is no where to be found. But have no fear Grim Reaper extraordinaire and super sleuthing PI Charley is on the case. Unfortunately, the deeper they delve into the Mimi's life the more death they uncover, and it's looking like Mim's on someone's hit list. Charley is dead by association.

    If you drink, don't park. Accidents cause people. -bumper sticker

    Mysteries are mounting, and multiplying like rabbits. Like, Who is that dead guy in the trunk?, Why is Charley's dad acting so strange?, and Where in the world is Reyes Farrow's body? Yes, things aren't so heavenly for Hellboy and Grim girl. It's your classic emo love story, boy wants to kill his corporeal body, girl is holding out on boy until he changes his mind. Farrow has hidden his body which is under siege by demons and is slowly slipping away, but it's a trap he won't let Charley spring otherwise Satan's minions could capture their one way ticket to heaven. How far will he go to insure Charley doesn't fall into the wrong hands? To what lengths will Charley go to save Reyes' body? Can their tentative relationship survive the consequences?

    Careful or you'll end up in my Novel -teeshirt

    Darynda Jones' followup to First Grave on the Right is just as fun, witty, and hard to put down. Charley is a wonderful heroine. I just want to live in her head. Jones' finds a way to make Charley's outrageous thought process sound clever and funny while coming across real and charming. The threads were pulled in so many different directions but the story didn't feel bogged down by too much information, or too many things going on. There were some unexpected twists but everything came together in the end with a nice lead in to the next book.

    Team Awesome. -teeshirt

    There is a magic that is created when you pair up the right words with an amazingly talented narrator. Lorelei King is hands down one of the best vocalist in the audiobook industry. I purposely pined for and solely bought the sound version because the imaginary voice in my head can't match King's performance. She could win an oscar for her portrayal of Charley. I highly recommend the audiobook, it even had extra features you don't normally get in this format. After the book ended there was an interview with Jones conducted by King and the first chapter of Third Grave Dead Ahead.

    Chicken Pot Pie My THREE Favorite Things. -teeshirt

    Second Grave on the Left is a solid four on my favorite things list. I have fallen hard for the adventures of the spunky Port-A-Portal. This is a great book with lots of fun and laughs, that you have to read just to meet Danger and Will Robinson's newly named friends. If you liked the First Grave on the Right check out the one on the left!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa Smalltown,AL 08-06-13
    Leesa Smalltown,AL 08-06-13 Member Since 2012

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Where have I been?"

    This is just one of those series that I saw but I just skipped on by it due to other books catching my attention more. Boy I'm glad I finally stopped and took this series out for a try. I just love it and now I'm hooked and I will continue on the Charley Davidson path. I love the humor and the Grim Reaper combination.

    So YES use those credits for this series!!!!!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 04-10-12
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2010

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "Better N Better"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 03-21-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "ANOTHER WINNER"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela United States 09-15-11
    Pamela United States 09-15-11 Member Since 2004

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "What a wonderful waste of time!"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Ormond Beach, FL, United States 09-02-11
    Kim Ormond Beach, FL, United States 09-02-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Fabulous premise, laugh out loud, great narrator!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you want to get your friends interested in paranormal fantasy, this would be a great first series! They would surely be hooked after meeting Charley Davidson.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    The story lines move along at a snappy pace and Lorelei King is a genius pick as the narrator. I love they way she delivers the main character, Charley's humor. I found myself laughing out loud more than once.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I know the third book is on it's way and I can't wait!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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