Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #2
Published by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Press on August 16, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Length: 9 hours 30 minutes
Oh I forgot how funny this series is! I had planned on continuing it quite a while ago, but you know how that goes. First you want to read this book and then you have this review and then all of a sudden a year and half have passed! But I’m going to get to meet Darynda Jones in October so I wanted to get caught up 🙂 Thank goodness I did, I was laughing by the end of the first chapter of Second Grave on the Left. And I needed and good laugh right now!
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.
I just love Charley’s sense of humor – it’s very sarcastic and self-deprecating. I think she uses it to create this barrier between herself – because she’s this Grim Reaper – and others. And I just adore her best friend Cookie. It was a bummer that Cookie’s daughter wasn’t really around in Second Grave on the Left – I feel like I remember liking their interactions too. Guess I’ll have to read on to see.
Things with Reyes would probably be my one and only sore point in Second Grave on the Left. Charley is trying so hard to find him despite him telling her not to… And I couldn’t quite understand why she wouldn’t listen to him. I can’t elaborate without being spoilery… But I just felt like she should have had a bit more trust in his judgment considering he knows way more than her and has yet to let her down. But then again, I could be way wrong.
I continue to enjoy the Grim Reaper side of things and I’m eager to see her Charley’s talents develop – I think we’re seeing hints that she may become seriously bad ass (as a opposed to seriously lucky) as the series progresses.
I think I’ll jump right into book 3, so it may not be long before I know 🙂 And with a fantastic narrator like Lorelei King, it’s fast going. Her voices are great, she sounds just like I think Charley should and I have no trouble listening at my favorite speed: 2x. She’s definitely one for the favorite narrators list!
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