Friday, February 10, 2012

Review: Second Grave on the Left

Second Grave on the Left
Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT is the second book in the Charley Davidson series. I recommend reading the first book before reading this one. This book picks up about a week after the first book ended.

Charley Davidson, Private Investigator and Grim Reaper finds herself with pickles. When life gives you pickles, what do you do? You let your witty, sarcastic personality and fearlessness guides you through solving the mystery of where in the world is… Reyes Farrow's corporeal body. Reyes goes missing for the purpose of hiding his corporeal body from Charley.

Charley is working on a missing person’s case while she tries to find Reyes; therefore, Charley utilizes her PI skills to aid her friend, Cookie, in searching for a missing woman. The missing woman, Mimi, is a friend of Cookie's who recently asked for help, then disappeared. It turns out that Mimi is one of six classmates from Mimi's high school who have met an unsavory fate in a month’s time. Whoever is behind it all has a long reach, because Charley finds herself in real danger more than once over the course of her investigation.

Demons who have escaped hell are holding Reyes' body captive. They're torturing him, hoping to draw Charley out... to capture her and the portal to heaven. Charley only cares about saving Reyes. But he doesn't want to be saved. Reyes would have to kill Charley if he thought the demons would gain access to her and the portal.

The storyline is fresh, with a strong cast of characters. The writing is tight, fast paced, incredibly witty and left me wanting more and chuckling out loud gaining odd looks from those around me. The story delivers a spunky heroine, witty best friend, ghosts, multiple mysteries to be solved, and most important of all: a tortured hero.

SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT was filled with mystery, action, snark, angst, and sexual heat. It is a unique mix of Chic lit, detective suspense, and urban paranormal genres. FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT was definitely not a "one hit wonder" and I look forward to reading THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD.

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