Second Grave on the Left
Charley Davidson, Book #2
By Darynda Jones
ISBN#  0312360819
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Charley is back in the second installment of Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson series, Second Grave on the Left.  This one picks up about a week after The First Grave on the Right left off.  Nobody has seen Reyes since he woke up and left the long-term care facility he was in and Uncle Bob is keeping a close eye on Charley in case Reyes goes to her.

Cookie comes rushing into Charley’s apartment in the middle of the night (early morning, however you want to look at it) and wakes her up.  Her friend, Mimi, has been missing for five days and her husband is the prime suspect.  Charley talks to the husband and knows he’s innocent and other people Mimi went to school with have started dying.  Is it too late to save Mimi?

Reyes finally shows himself to Charley again in his incorporeal body.  He informs her that his human body is unconscious and being tortured by demons.  He has decided to let his corporeal body die, as it is slowing him down and as long as it’s alive, the demons will be able to track him.  Charley is determined to find Reyes’s body and saving it even though it means going against his wishes and causing a rift between the two.

This was another fun easy read in the Charley Davidson series.  It reads fast and can easily be read in one day, if you’re so inclined.  The mystery of what happened to Mimi keeps you guessing and it’s fun seeing more of Charley’s interactions with Angel and Rocket.  She’s even getting along with Demon Child now…who would have thought?

We still have fun little quotes at the beginning of each chapter, although I think I liked the ones in the first book better, but every once in awhile there is one that makes me bust out laughing!!


I hated seeing Reyes and Charley on the outs with one another.  I understand Charley’s fear of him being taken back into hell if his human body was killed, but I think overall that I was on Reyes’s side.  Needless to say I was shocked at the end of this book and I didn’t expect her to do what she did to him and can’t blame him for being angry.  I can’t help, but wonder if her reasons for keeping his human body alive is a bit on the selfish side; wanting to be with him in his human form.  I hope the couple can come out of this and find their way back to one another, but at this point I just don’t see how.  Of course, I can’t imagine Charley ending up with anybody else, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.