When Charley Davidson and Cookie (her best friend/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. A friend of Cookie’s named Mimi disappeared five days earlier. This friend then sends Cookie a cryptic message telling them to meet her at a nearby coffee shop. The coffee is brewing, but Mimi’s still missing. There is, however, a clue left on the bathroom wall: a woman’s name, scribbled by Mimi. 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 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? Can she keep those she loves out of harm’s way? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel her as she does?
Here is your signpost for the most hilarious read of the summer: Second Grave On The Left.
“Okay, two questions. Do they look mad, and are they hot?”
“One, not really. Two, no comment at this time. And three, you’re on speakerphone.”
“Okie dokie then. Be there in a jiff.”
Much like the first book, Second Grave on the Left is a fun, light and easy read that doesn’t take any time at all to read through because you’re just having so much fun. Yet it is more than that. There is danger and love and enemies. There is fighting against the most stubborn man in the world. There is Charley’s dad being a jerk. The juxtaposition between the very fun, light stuff and the heavier aspects of the story is very well done. It makes the story even better than it would be without the darker elements. One moment I can be aghast or fustrated, and the next I can be laughing my heart out. It is great.
The majority of the book, I would say, is spent on the investigation looking into Cookie’s friend who is missing. I really like this story, because of how it ends and how it leads up to how it ends. The first time I read this series years ago, I was not expecting it to play out like it does. It is a great bit of weirdness to read, and I adored this investigation. It is one of my favourite major investigations in the entire series.
A large portion of the story was also taken up with Reyes Alexander Farrow, who has left his body and escaped jail. Reyes is willing himself to die, for the good of Charley. Charley, of course, is determined to make it so he doesn’t die. Because she wants him. She wants him bad. She ignores common sense and danger to make sure he will survive. This also serves to add the demons to the storyline. It adds what Charley and Reyes both are, changed them into something even more than they were in the previous book. And we’re just scratching the surface – there is still so much more to learn.
I love Charley, because she is fun. But I also love Reyes, because he isn’t. They complement each other very well. The Son of Satan knows way more about everything than is happening than he will tell Charley. Yet, he is utterly devoted to her. Which is why he keeps things from her. Reyes looks at Charley to be his light in the world, to make him better than he is even if he doesn’t believe that he can be better. I love what they have. I need more of it.
I’m so glad I chose to reread this series before the last book in the series came out. I’m having so much fun.
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