Audio Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Posted January 27, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

Audio Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda JonesSecond Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #2
Narrator: Lorelei King
Published by Macmillan Audio on 08-16-11
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
Source: Library
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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?

At the end of the audio book there is a short interview with Jones and she states that Charley is a kind of mix between Stephanie Plum, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lorelai Gilmore from the Gilmore Girls. Now I’ve not read the Plum series yet nor have I watched the Gilmore Girls but I can see some of Buffy in Charley.

Both Charley and Buffy are one of a kind (well Buffy is you don’t count Faith and the end of the last season). Charley like Buffy is special and finding out more about herself and her powers as she goes. Yeah she is the grim reaper, but what does that all mean and what cool powers does she have?

Charley finds out a little bit more about what it means to be the grim reaper in Second Grave on the Left. But there are still tons of questions in that department.

Ok so the formula for this series seems to be that in each book Charley has a mystery/case to solve using her P.I. skills. While a larger plot goes on with her and Reyes and what they are and what they can do for the existence of the world.

The cases in book one and two have overlap with her Uncle Bob’s (or UB as Charley likes to call him) police cases. In SGOTL, Charley helps UB solve a mystery about a missing person while working a case about a different missing person that is friends with Charley’s BF, Cookie. (I so picture Charley and Cookie as Thelma and Louise)

We have another funny and snarky case to solve and more romantic tension between Charley and Reyes. I find myself not caring as much about the “side” stories in this series as I don the “main” story of Charley and Reyes. I like to think of Charley and Reyes as the meat and potatoes of the series and all the other plots the gravy on the potatoes. Jones has developed some fun and interesting characters.

After the way SGOTL ended I can’t wait to listen to book three, Third Grave Dead Ahead. I absolutely love the narrator of these books. She does a great job with the character’s voices and personalities.




“If it has tires or testicles, it’s gonna give you trouble.—Bumper Sticker”

“He was like chocolate-covered heroin, and I was an addict through and through.” (Charley’s thoughts on Reyes)

“For the first time in my life, I was in a shoot-out. A real, honest-to-goodness shoot-out with a bad guy. And, apparently, we both sucked.”

About Lorelei King

Lorelei King is one of the most successful and accomplished American actresses working in the UK today, appearing in numerous films and television shows. Lorelei is also a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell among others.

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.

About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. 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 almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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