Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
Also by this author: First Grave on the Right
Series: Charley Davidson #2
Also in this series: First Grave on the Right
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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…
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.
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?
I read the first book in this series a long time ago and during the 24 Hour Readathon I wanted to read something that I knew would be quick and easy to read because I already knew the characters and world.
This one starts off with us joining Charley on her next case. This involves the death of a woman who is connected with Charley’s friend Cookie. Since Charley is a PI she takes on this case while also trying to figure out where Reyes has gone to and what he got himself into.
I felt that the murder mystery in this one was good but the bigger thing that the book seems to be about is Charley finding Reyes body. He has locked up his human body somewhere so that the demons from hell attack him and not get to Charley, who is the human key to the gates of heaven. I don’t remember how much of this was explained in the first book but I really loved spending the time in this book to learn more about who Charley is. I also love that Charley set out to finally learn more about Reyes and what his purpose on Earth really is. I enjoyed seeing this side of Reyes being a protector and what he is willing to do in order to save the world from crashing down if the people from hell were to gain access to heaven. I love the battle that will probably ensue in later books as this balance is tested.
As usual I did love Charley’s humor throughout the book because she is a one line queen and will keep you laughing even though there are serious things happening. I liked having more information on who exactly Reyes is and where this series might be heading. I enjoyed this book for the information that it gave since the action was a little lacking. I can’t wait to see how the next book goes and where the larger story arc will take us.