Review: Second Grave to the Left by Darynda Jones

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Review: Second Grave to the Left by Darynda Jones
Second Grave to the Left

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: August 16, 2011
Series: Charley Davidson #2
Pages: 307

Recommended Read!

“This is the second installment to Charley Davidson series and each book that comes out gets better and better.  Ms. Jones once again delivered an outstanding story.”
~ Under the Covers

This is the second installment to Charley Davidson series and each book that comes out gets better and better.  Ms. Jones once again delivered an outstanding story.

Charley Davidson, Private Investigator and Grim Reaper continues to keep us wrapped around her little fingers.  She is as addicting as the coffee she drinks!!  There’s another crime to solve in Charley’s world but this time, she is helping her BFF, Cookie as her close friend goes missing.  As she helps Cookie with this mystery, she of course is still trying to solve her own problems with her Big Bad AKA Reyes.  Continuing from First Grave on the Right, Reyes goes missing for the purpose of hiding from her, his corporeal body anyway.

Reyes is definitely a mystery on his own but we get to know him a little more in this book.  We see his humanity, how he acted with his sister and friend.  We see him more clearly – descriptions of how he looked, how he moved. In fact, if I close my eyes now, I can see him taking a shower his back to me…. Sexaaay!!  And we see how protective and how much he loves Charley. The romance is not as strong but both Charley and Reyes’ connection is evident. *sigh*

Charlie, on the other hand is still hilarious.  She continues with her coffee addictions, her comical banters, and the silliest comments when she’s in the most inconvenient situations.  I think she may have A.D.D.  Her mind goes on these tangent thoughts which I find so entertaining.  Her t-shirt/shorts/bumper sticker sayings are so funny.  And Charley is definitely NOT a kick ass heroine.  On the contrary, she gets her ass whooped a few times here, so we get some good action.  I do commend her as she keeps getting up, doing what she wants to do.  We meet more of her body parts of course.  We’ve met her boobs, ovaries and now all her toes!  But God forbid, she would never name her fingers.  That’s just crazy!

As far as her REAPER side, well, let’s just say she discovers more powers and discovers what she can do with them.  In the end, she will do something that Reyes will not be happy with.  I’ve got to so say *shaking my head*, I don’t blame him.  I cannot wait to read Third Grave to find out how Charlie will get herself out of THAT situation.




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About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at


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Cathy M

Thanks for reminding me that I need to read this story.

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Anne R

Loved the review. I agree with you about the ending with Reyes, but I can’t wait to see what is in store with book 3.
I loved this story.

MaDonna Lemmen

Thanks for the review! I can’t wait to read her books!



Great review. Can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.


Loved the review. I’ve had the first two books for awhile so thanks for reminding me why!
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Sophia Rose

Good review! I haven’t read the series, but you’ve definitely made me eager to do so.


Thanks for the review! I kinda skimmed as I just got the first two books in this series and I didn’t want to spoil it too much for myself 🙂


The more reviews of this series I read is the more I want it!!!!

Allison W

Loved the book! Wish there were more Reyes, but can’t wait for the next book!


Enjoyed the review. Love to read funny stories. Adding to my wish list.


Thanks for the review. I’ll have to try this series.

I’ve had these books on my TBR shelf since I first saw the covers… they look great and the story has caught my interest!