SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT
Snarky, sassy Charley is back and taking no guff in Jones’ funny, action-packed new offering. This time it’s her traditional P.I. skills, rather than her Grim Reaper credentials, that are essential to solving two urgent cases. There is murder and mystery aplenty as Jones’ fun read.
Charley is rudely awakened by her best friend Cookie, who is upset over another friend’s mysterious disappearance. When the missing Mimi doesn’t arrive at a prearranged meeting, Cookie gets frantic. Charley gets her first big clue when she learns that one of Mimi’s high school mates was murdered. Is there a connection? Simultaneously, Charley is visited by the detached spirit of Reyes Farrow (aka the son of Satan), who has been Charley’s protector for years. Reyes has left his body to avoid the demons who are torturing him in an attempt to get at Charley. He plans to let the body die, but Charley has other ideas. With the clock ticking, Charley has her work cut out for her. (ST. MARTIN’S, Aug., 320 pp., $22.99)