Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review: Darynda Jones – Second Grave on the Left

Charley Davidson Series:
Book 2:
Second Grave on the Left: Charley Davidson and Crew

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?
Yet another fantastic installment of the Charley Davidson series!  Darynda Jones just took this series and ran with it, Olympic gold medal style (can you tell the Olympics was on recently? Lol).  I simply devoured this series, with no breaks between books. Yet again Ms. Jones had me laughing so hard I cried. There was this one passage that had me laughing so hard and for so long that my co-worker was looking at me funny. So I sent him just that passage and had him rolling too. He hadn’t read any of the book didn’t know anything about the series but could laugh right along with me on this one and he’s a tough audience!  
In this book Reyes has escaped protective custody and is haunting Charley, not that she minds the haunting. But what concerns her is his body, he’s told her he’s being tortured but she can’t find him.  Charley makes it her mission to save his body from being tortured despite Reyes opinion on the matter.  This is one of the very few things that has irked me with this series, Charley can be rash when it comes to Reyes and completely disregards his warning or feelings in a matter and does things that directly affects him in the exact opposite way that he wanted.  A prime example is she tends to blabbermouth to everyone what he is, but she doesn’t tell anyone what she is fully. Which I find hypocritical and irksome, she knows he wouldn’t want everyone and their mother knowing what he is, yet she keeps on telling people.  A small detail but annoying nonetheless at least to me. 
What I do love about Charley besides the obvious humor I’ve already raved about is her willingness to help.  All walks of life and departed come to her for help and she doesn’t turn people away, she helps in any way she can. I also love how the cases come together. She takes random facts that may not have much significance elsewhere yet somehow puts it all together and solves the unsolvable.
What I adore about this series are all of the side characters. They are all larger than life and fully developed. There are no bad characters in this series! I love them all, from Cookie to the ghostly Angel. Even Charley’s bane of her existence Sykes is a great character. Their interactions are always amusing and he is quite sexy in his own right!  Even Charley’s uncle is hilarious and quite lovable as your favorite fictional uncle. I don’t think this series would be as good if it weren’t for the supporting cast of characters. 
Amanda P ratings 4 half moons

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