Review: Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones

Author: Darynda Jones
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 16th 2011
Source: ebook (bought)

If you hang around with dead people, life can get pretty complicated. Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Complicated is her middle name. 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/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Cookie's friend Mimi disappeared five days earlier. Mimi then sends Cookie a cryptic message telling Cookie to meet her at an nearby coffee shop. The coffee is brewing, but Mimi's still missing. There is, however, a clue Mimi left on the bathroom wall: a woman's name. Mimi's husband explains to them that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old high school friend had been murdered. The same woman whose name Mimi had scribbled on the bathroom wall.
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...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?

When you hang around dead people daily life ends up getting a little complicated... Charley's life isn't exactly a sea of roses and the fact that she is the only Grim Reaper known (at least that she knows of). Complicated may as well be her middle name.
Between the deceased finding her very sparkly and the demons finding her irresistible she actually doesn't know what to do with herself beside drinking coffee with Cookie, her awesome and bootylicious assistant. She also may have some problems with the son of Satan... one of them is that she finds herself impossibly drawn to him.
When Cookie's friend Mimi disappears and her husband asks for her help, Charley finally has something concrete to focus on besides stopping Reyes from shedding his mortal body! With her friends and some ghosts by her side, Charlie may just crack another case!
When I thought this book would let me down by focusing too much on the sensual aspect of the story, I was more than surprised when that did not happen! Which is absolutely fantastic!
Throughout this book, you get to know even more the characters that were present on the previous instalment and you are introduced to new aspects of their lives and personalities that may amaze you or catch you by surprise.
Overall this is a short, fun and enjoyable read and absolutely great to help you get back into reading when you're in a very very deep book slump!

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