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review 2017-10-16 14:54
Audio Review: Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones (Narrator: Lorelei King)
Second Grave on the Left - Darynda Jones
Second Grave on the Left

Charley Davidson #2
Darynda Jones (Narrator) Lorelei King
Urban Fantasy - Mystery
Macmillan Audio
August 16th 2011
9 hours and 30 minutes


Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper Extraordinaire, is back in this sexy, suspenseful novel of supernatural shenanigans.


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?


Here is your signpost for the most hilarious listen of the summer: Second Grave on the Left.




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Second Grave on the Left is book two in the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.


The humor continues in this second installment of Charley Davidson. It’s over-the-top ridiculous, but so much fun. Expect to laugh out loud.


Charley is one unusual character. Her personality, fearlessness, and sauciness just add to the whole thing. Cookie is Charley’s friend, neighbor, and co-worker. She is a great sidekick. She’s got Charley’s back and brings her own humor into the mix. The main plot revolves around one of Cookie’s friends, so she’s taking a more active role in this investigation. I liked seeing more of Cookie and having her around with Charley.


I had fun with the different mysteries, yes, their is more then one thing going on. I also cried in some areas. I’m glad I don’t have to wait for the next book release; because the ending left me wanting more asap.


The Narrator, Lorelei King, brings Charley and all the characters to life. It’s memorable. Her witty tone and colorful reading add to the listeners enjoyment and bring’s the world and characters to life. I’m so adoring the audiobooks for this series.


I have to say Jones and King are a winning combo. I’m savoring the audiobooks for the Charley Davidson series. I recommend giving this series a listen. You certainly will have a good time!


Rated: 4 Stars


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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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text 2017-01-19 10:52
Entire Charley Davidson Series on Sale!!
Second Grave on the Left - Darynda Jones
Sixth Grave on the Edge - Darynda Jones
Eighth Grave After Dark - Darynda Jones
The Dirt on Ninth Grave - Darynda Jones
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda Jones

All of the series is on sale for $2.99 or under.


I've bought up to the fifth book, just wondering if I should pick up any more since they're on sale. Any thoughts???


Link here - Charley Davidson Series

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-02-25 07:50
Finished: Second Grave on the Left
Second Grave on the Left - Darynda Jones,Lorelei King

Second book into the series and I'm not really sure how I feel about them thus far. There are elements I like, but then I feel like all of this was done much better in the Night Huntress series across the board. The snarky, kickass heroine. The primary love interest. There's been no real relationship building between Charlie and Reyes whereas I really got into Cat and Bones's love story. I feel there is a love triangle coming in this series, but we'll have to see how it presents itself for me to judge between the two.


Still, the Charlie Davidson series is entertaining enough. I do love that there has been very little sex. There wasn't even a whole scene in this second book! Maybe that's because there were too many plots to have time for that nonsense. I counted at least four separate plots going on throughout the book. It got a little difficult to keep up with them all.


There are two major negative aspects that have had me on the verge of flouncing out of listening to the rest of the series.


First, Charlie's family. Her family is terrible. She seems to have a good relationship with her father, which doesn't make any sense to me. He's a pretty shitty father. Her step-mother has been awful to her almost her entire life and her father has let it happen. When she was a five-year-old child the hag slapped her in the face—in front of half the town!—and instead of protecting his daughter he took the step-mother off to comfort her. The woman was awful to her and he stayed with her and didn't stop it. The primary reason she was terrible to Charlie was because of her powers to speak to the dead. Her father had been using her to solve cases and get promoted up the police department since she was five. He had no problem using her powers for his professional gain but never protected her from the step-mother who treated her like shit because of them. Meanwhile, she treated her older sister like an actual daughter. And her older sister has been nasty and dismissive of her, too.


That whole dynamic caused me rage. Particularly because Charlie is so loving to her father and made excuses for both him and her step-mother's behavior. Though Charlie made it clear she didn't like her SM right back. All I wanted was for her father to get told off. Particularly by Charlie! Ugh. In this book he even gave Charlie that angry warning voice when she was about to say something bad about her SM, but never stopped the SM from saying or doing nasty things to her. What kind of monstrous BS. Charlie even admits at one point in the first book that no one had ever had her back until her best-friend Cookie entered her life. So why is she so good with her father?!


Then at one point in this second book her father betrays her horrendously. I was hoping she was finally, FINALLY, going to lay in to him for how terrible a father he's been her whole life, she did get to slap him! (Her SM freaks and goes, "did she slap you?! What are you going to do about it?!" I wanted Charlie to say, "Nothing, exactly what he did when you slapped me when I was a five-year-old child.") But noooo none of that gets said, no telling her father off, she finds out that her sister hasn't hated her and does love her and I was good with that resolution, but they all somehow end up in a sobbing group hug (minus the SM, of course)! WHAT EVEN?! Then it's this whole happy family scene and I'm sitting here going "what in the hell?" No. It's not okay! HER FATHER IS NOT OKAY. He should have to answer for always choosing the SM over his own daughter. For everything.


Things like that make me so angry!


The second was Charlie's TSTL stint in this book. I think Reyes was very clear about the dire consequences of what would happen should certain entities find her and that they were using him to trap her. Very. Clear. And yet the whole book she went on about trying to find him and I think we were all wondering what she wasn't understanding about the situation. Then at the end she just lost all intelligence. If she weren't conveniently lucky she would have gotten them all killed. And I don't understand why she did what she did to Reyes in the end. It made no sense (not to mention was paternalistic as hell.) I think we're supposed to believe in this all consuming love she has for him, but like I said before there hasn't been any foundation for it. Just a strong supernatural magnetism. You're going to have to give me more for me to really understand her motivations. (This is another reason why first person is the absolute worst. This story would do well with some of Reyes' perspective.)


The blaming herself for things that were very much not her fault in the first book was bad enough. This was just beyond.


As aggravated as I was at the end of this book I will continue to listen to the series to see what happens even though I'm not loving the story thus far. And, they're free from the library, heh. Hopefully it will get better for me. At least the narrator is pretty good. Not on the level of Tavia Gilbert, but who is?

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review 2016-02-03 00:00
Second Grave on the Left
Second Grave on the Left - Darynda Jones I love Charley! Seriously. I listened to the audio book at work today and the whole book.. Not even kidding the whole damn book I was smiling. My co workers already think I'm nuts but now they also think I'm a total creeper.... Smiling all day. Who does that??! Anyways...

Charley is kinda my favorite heroine ever. Im pretty sure I can't think of one I like better. At least not off the top of my head. She totally kicks ass but its her mouth that I love the most. The way she talks to everyone.. Or to her Mr. Coffee maker. Whatever is around, I love it! It cracks me up. I have to add her police statement in here because I could not stop laughing.
"I heard a sound. A bad guy swung a knife at me. I ducked and cut his throat." And then UB's reaction.. "Well that needs some work."

Thats one of the other things I like so much about this book, the side characters are fantastic. Her uncle is honestly one of my favorites. He takes whatever she says and dishes right back to her.

I will say that uh I do not like Reyes... To be quite honest I like Garrett a whole hell of a lot more. Reyes is kinda a dick.. Just saying. I do not understand the attraction there. But whatevvva.

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review 2015-10-31 23:36
Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
Second Grave on the Left - Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson is Albuquerque’s private eye extraordinaire and local Grim Reaper. In this installment, her best friend Cookie hits her up to help find her friend Mimi. Pretty soon the two ladies are pulled into a murder mystery, one that may be tied back to an event from Mimi’s past. On top of all that, Reyes Alexander Farrow, Charley’s lover and also the son of Satan, has yet another mystery for Charley. While his hidden body is tormented by demons, his spirit haunts Charley, tempting her with promises of hot, pleasurable nights.

I wasn’t particularly taken with Book 1 (First Grave on the Right) in this series, but then I heard the author talk at the local convention (Bubonicon) a few times and she came off as funny and smart. So when I won a copy of this book (from Audio Gals blog), I jumped right into. I was happily surprised that this book entertained me far more than Book 1.

There’s really three mysteries in this book; the two biggies already mentioned and then a smaller one that even Charley is not aware of until she stumbles right into it. I really liked how these three intertwined, each masking the other or revealing insights into the next. It made it much harder to predict the plot and I was pleasantly surprised several times when the next little twist wasn’t what I was expecting.

Charley herself has plenty of self effacing humor. Sometimes it made me chuckle and, unfortunately, some of it felt canned. This was probably the single point that by turns charmed me and turned me off. When the wit was flying and clever, I was a very happy listener. When the humor lacked wit and was the same joke I have heard a thousand times on TV, I was likely to let my focus wander off the book.  I have to admit the sometimes unsurprising dialogue was one of the drawbacks to Book 1 and Book 2 doesn’t quite escape from this rather predictable sitcom type humor.

Then we have the hot, flirty romance between Charley and Reyes. In Book 1, it didn’t quite work for me, but in this book, it is much smoother. The two have a little history together now, some trust, something more to go on than just lusting hormones. I really enjoyed that Charley isn’t always willing to sit back and let Reyes be the alpha in their relationship. The other side of the coin is that she sometimes truly does need his help and she has to admit that and essentially ask for it. Reyes, on the other hand, hasn’t been able to ask for help in a very, very long time, given the nature of his being. So he’s still got some growing to do.

The various side characters provide humor and angst as needed. Of course, Cookie is front and center with this story. She’s sometimes near hysterics, worrying for her missing friend Mimi but then you can see her pull it together. Uncle Bob and Charley’s dad are both cops, so there’s some family politics that come in to play in this book that added some nice depth to Charley’s character. Then there are all the dead people that Charley can see and the conversations with those individuals runs the gamut of emotions: hilarious, poignant; creepy; etc.

Yep, I definitely enjoyed this book more than Book 1 and I will be continuing the series.

Narration: Lorelei King gave us another great performance. She’s got the perfect sassy voice for Charley. I also liked her voice for Cookie, making her sound voluptuous and bold at the same time. Both her male and female voices were distinct and her little kid voices were excellent. She also pulled off the Hispanic accent nicely.

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