#MissionBBA Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones (Audiobook)(Rating 4.75 Wine Glasses)

Posted September 19, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 8 Comments


From Goodreads: 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 read of the summer: Second Grave On The Left.

Bought for Myself
Overall Rating 4.75
Audio Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.75
Character Rating 4.75

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NOTE: I wrote this after reading First Grave on the Right and stick by it now. This is the kind of Urban Fantasy novel I can get behind: Funny and Witty with a kick-butt, hard-headed, walking disaster heroin in Charlie Davidson.

Audio Review: Lorelei King does an EXCELLENT job with the narration of the audiobook. She has great pacing and excellent “voices” for the many characters!

What I Loved: There is very little I didn’t LOVE about Second Grave on the Left! We had more of the characters I love: Cookie, Charlie, U.B., Reyes, and the rest of the merry band of misfits. The case of Cookie’s missing friend Mimi takes us on some very fun twists and turns. Through that case we get introduced to a few new characters that I hope stick around! Also, the more we learn about Charlie (and the more Charlie) learns, the more emotionally you become invested in her day to day life. There were many times when my emotions ran from laughing out loud to crying for her. Also, I am so glad that we got to learn more about her dad, stepmom, and sister. Giving nothing away, *snicker*, but I was floored right along with Charlie when her assumptions were just plain wrong.

What I Liked: Darynda has some very witty dialogue and has great timing on when to use it. Charlie is one of the most likable smart asses ever written!

Complaints: None

Why I gave it a 4.75: This was a great installment and other than a small cliffy at the end—PERFECTION. Yes folks I am not a fan of the cliffy though in this case it was a small one LOL

Darynda Jones

Books in Series:
First Grave On The RightSecond Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2)Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)

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8 responses to “#MissionBBA Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones (Audiobook)(Rating 4.75 Wine Glasses)

  1. Christi Snow

    I have this one on my TBR, but need to go re-read the first one (or at least re-scan it.) I need to do this SOON!!! smiles…

  2. Bella

    Wow, good to know. I had seen book 1 on goodreads a while back and read the summary but wasnt sure about it b/c it didnt stand out to me. Glad I read your review though or I might of missed reading it completely.

  3. Melissa (Books and T

    Oh how cool! I'm not a cliffie fan either, but I can't wait to dive into these. BTW, saw the grim reaper and wondered what my migraine was doing here. 😉

  4. Amanda

    I've got First Grave on the Right on my Kindle somewhere. Sounds like I need to go track it down and read it. 🙂 Then read this one.