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SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT by Darynda Jones

SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT

By Darynda Jones

Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-36081-8
Publisher: St. Martin's

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson (First Grave on the Right, 2011) returns to solve a missing-person case and to protect the Son of Satan Reyes Farrow from demons. 

Private investigator Charley Davidson, otherwise known as the Grim Reaper, is woken in the middle of the night by her assistant Cookie, frantically explaining that her friend Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she received a text message to meet her at a coffee shop. When the two women arrive at their destination, they discover no Mimi, but Charley finds a cryptic message scrawled on the bathroom wall—a clue that will eventually lead them to a tragic event that occurred at a party when Mimi was in high school. Meanwhile, the enigmatic Reyes Alexander Farrow, who has been Charley’s protector and is the Son of Satan, has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. In a seductive moment between the two, Farrow confesses that he has left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure and use Charley as their portal to heaven. Terrified to lose him, Charley insists that he tell her where he has hidden his body to save him from a grisly death. Interwoven subplots include finding out the mysterious identity of Cookie’s ghostly passenger, who resides in the trunk of her car and refuses to crossover, and Charley’s strained relationship with her family. Jones includes back story in this sequel that explains Charley’s powers as the Grim Reaper and her complex relationship with Farrow. Much of that information does little to enlighten new readers to the series.

An onslaught of over-the-top, sarcastic and infantile one-liners and observations become increasingly tedious. These inconsequential comments have little connection to the story, and the reader grows weary to not care whether Charley will save Farrow from his demonic torturers or whether she will find the missing Mimi.