Sunday, June 1, 2014

Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

If you hang around with dead people, life can get pretty complicated. Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Complicated is her middle name. The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible.

When Charley and Cookie (her best friend/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Cookie's friend Mimi disappeared five days earlier. Mimi then sends Cookie a cryptic message telling Cookie to meet her at an nearby coffee shop. The coffee is brewing, but Mimi's still missing. There is, however, a clue Mimi left on the bathroom wall: a woman's name. Mimi's husband explains to them that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old high school friend had been murdered. The same woman whose name Mimi had scribbled on the bathroom wall.
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...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? Can she keep those she loves out of harm's way? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel her as she does?
My Thoughts:
These books are addictive. With Charley there are usually several mysteries going on at once. Cookie has a friend who is missing that they need to track down. While they're working on that, Charley finds a dead person that she needs to help. At the same time, she needs to find Reyes as soon as possible and he is not cooperating.

Charley is hilarious. I love her sarcasm and sass. She has this secret and has to be careful who she shares it with. She has more supportive friends than she realizes, though. I also love Reyes. Sure, he's the son of Satan, but you can tell he cares about Charley. He may be dangerous, but he seems like a good guy.

There are also continuing mysteries. For example, will she ever find out more about her roommate Mr. Wong? Why does Reyes call her Dutch? I can't wait to keep reading!

My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !

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