Book Review

by Darynda Jones

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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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)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: ST. MARTIN’S

Published: August 2011

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(2 ratings)

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Second Grave on the Left

Submitted by Robin in PA on February 18, 2013 - 5:26pm.

Charley Davidson is a private investigator who helps the police solve crimes. She has an advantage because she can see and talk to dead people, finding out exactly who killed them. As a matter of fact, dead people are drawn to her because she is the Grim Reaper. Now Charley's best friend, Cookie, wants her help in tracking down a missing woman who asked for Cookie's assistance. On top of that Cookie has the ghost of a dead guy in her trunk, and an incorporeal Reyes is back telling Charley that he needs to let his body die in order to save her from demons.

This was a busy addition to the series. I enjoyed the missing person mystery and certainly didn't figure out who was behind a string of murders. I also loved Charley's snarky humor. I'm still not sold on the Reyes portion of the story. It's certainly keeps my interest but I'm still not sold on Reyes as a great hero. Maybe he'll grow on me in the next book. My rating: 4.5 Stars.