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"Jones perfectly balances humor and suspense in her tight second paranormal thriller featuring grim reaper, PI, and 'all-around badass' Charley Davidson ... The fiery relationship between Charley and Reyes will satisfy paranormal romance fans, but it's the distinctive characters, dead and alive, and the almost constant laughs that will leave readers eager for the next installment."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
"Snarky, sassy Charley is back and taking no guff in Jones’ funny, action-packed new offering ... There is murder and mystery aplenty as Jones’ fun read."
--RT Book Reviews
 
"A fun fantasy book ... Charley is a fantastic character – smart, witty."
--Portland Book Review
 
"Charley Davidson leaves all other paranormal heroines in the dust."
--BookLoons

From the Back Cover

If you hang around with dead people, life can deliver a whole world of trouble.

Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time P.I. and full-time Grim Reaper. The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible…

“Darynda Jones perfectly balances humor and suspense in [this] paranormal thriller.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

When Charley and Cookie, her best friend slash receptionist, have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally.) has left his corporeal 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.

“This is an amazing book and a fantastic series! Similar to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series only ten times better!” —Night Owl Reviews

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?

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Charley Davidson (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312360819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312360818
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (440 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

She can be found at http://www.daryndajones.com

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By kimbacaffeinate on December 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
What was my opinion of Second Grave on the Left?

I "abso-freaking-lutely" loved it. Darynda Jones is a genius. This is her second book in the Charley Davidson series, and it delivered all that I had hoped for and more. The storyline is fresh, with a strong cast of characters. The writing is tight, fast paced, incredibly witty and left me wanting more.

Protagonist Charley Davidson can see the dead; in fact she is a Grim Reaper. She helps souls cross over into the light. She is also a private investigator who has been helping her uncle and the police force solve cases since she was five. Charley is one of my favorite fictional characters alongside such greats as Harper Blaine from the Greywalker series by Kat Richardson and Mercy Thompson from the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Charley is tough, smart and protective of the living and the dead. What sets her apart is her witty, sarcastic personality and fearlessness. My sides literally hurt from laughing. Get out a highlighter when reading this, because she delivers some one-liners you will want to repeat.

Second Grave on the Left picks up a few weeks after the last novel left off. It has Charley taking on a case involving a group of high school students from twenty years ago. Her father a retired police officer is receiving threats from a recently released felon. Cookie, Charley's BFF and assistant extraordinaire, has a ghost in her car trunk. We learn more about Reyes, the supernatural, super sexy, son of Satan. He has been a part of Charley's life since birth. Reyes has saved her from near death, has aided her in learning her abilities and given her an orgasm that no mortal man can match. The interaction between Reyes and Charley is intense, fueled with sexual tension and sarcasm.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jen (Red Hot Books) on January 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am completely, totally, 100% crazy about Charley Davidson. This book picks up right where the last one left off, taking me on yet another ride filled with mystery, action, snark, angst, and sexual heat. If you are not reading this series, you should be.

In this installment, Charley puts on her PI hat to help her friend Cookie search for a missing woman who Cookie knew in childhood. It turns out that Mimi is one of half a dozen people from the high school who have met an unsavory fate in a short period of time. And 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.

In the meantime, the sexy and mysterious Reyes is back... albeit in pseudo-spirit form. Charley is just as drawn to him as ever. (And frankly, I think I might be nursing a major crush on him, myself.) Unfortunately, he is in deep trouble. Demons who have escaped hell are holding his 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. He'd rather let them kill him than risk them getting to Charley. So she is on another race against time, to save the life of the man she can't live without.

I am completely captivated by the whole Charley/ Reyes dynamic. It's so... epic. Even though they have been sleeping together since the very beginning of the series, the author makes their relationship this amazing tension-filled powder keg. I don't know how they're going to make it work, but I want them to... SO MUCH.

Charley is a phenomenal heroine. She is powerful and brave and loyal and so damn funny. The great supporting cast is back. Though I'm not feeling the love for Charley's dad right now, Cookie, Uncle Bob and even Garrett continue to pull their weight as great characters. But it's Reyes who steals the show. Seriously. I'm going to stop gushing now. 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. April Holgate TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Love this series!! Charley is a kick butt character!! Love her sass and spunk! I am all about a gal who speaks fluent sarcasm! She really is a fun character to read.

The story this time is multi-faceted and ever moving. It even had me guessing in the end! A real treat as I am usually onto the mystery a couple chapters into a book. So, kudos to Ms Jones!

So many wonderful characters introduced here. I also loved the visits with ghosts and other supporting cast from the first book.

I am definitely a fan of this series and hooked! I will have to hurry on to the next book!

The steam factor is light. There is a touch of heat here and there but no real steam. Not a complaint just on observation.

I listened to the audiobook and found it was read by one of my favorite narrators, Lorelie King. She is always a delight and gives me happy ears every time!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bookenz on July 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Some spoilers here, so don't read if you're sensitive. I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it enough to go on to the second. I'm starting to notice a pattern though, which is that we need to endure the tiresome mystery contained in each book in order to get to the good parts, namely the relationship between PI/Grim Reaper Charlotte ("Charlie") Davidson and the male lead Reyes Farrow. These scenes are very good and there aren't nearly enough of them. In this case, we have to listen to all the myriad details about Charlie's friend/assistant Cookie's missing friend Mimi, and the so-called repartee and sarcastic one liners between Charlie and Cookie as they go about gathering clues.

I'm not done with the book yet, but it's frustrating. I keep thinking, yeah, yeah, now get back to sexy Reyes. The author has kind of a flip writing style and has given Charlie a smart-ass attitude which can be fun, but sometimes annoying because it's overdone. Charlie jokes about everything, even when she's in great danger and I would like to see her take things more seriously because if she doesn't, how is the reader supposed to. The interactions with the ghosts and the cute bail bondsman Garrett are interesting too, and I enjoy the flirting with Garrett.

I'm also tired of Reyes always being in a comma or injured to the point of death, and he and Charlie only meet in spirit and not in the flesh, usually for sex. Not that I'm complaining about the sex scenes, although more detail wouldn't hurt ("girl parts," seriously?). I'm over half way through the book and we only get small bits of interactions between Reyes and Charlie, and I hope this book and the others in the series improves on this. I want less of Charlie/Cookie and more Charlie/Reyes. The author has created a really interesting world and a fascinating character in Reyes, and he is very much underutilized. If I didn't think this series had great potential, I wouldn't bother posting a review.
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