Audiobook Review: Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones (Narrator: Lorelei King)

Second Grave on the Left Book Cover 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.


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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Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

I’m so glad that you’re enjoying this series. I agree that Jones and King are great together. I will sadly mention that this will not be your last time crying in the series, but there are more laughs that tears. 🙂

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine

Great review Angela!! Shared on all my socials!!

Debbie Haupt-The Reading Frenzy

Ugh, I wish my library had this series on audible. Thanks for the super review Angela!

Mary D
Mary D

I have read every book in this series and really do enjoy them. The books are bit pricey but I still buy them because I love the story line and where the author has taken the people in the books thus far. I’m not a fan of audio myself but I’m glad to read you are enjoying the books and hope you will continue to read more in the series. I can’t wait for the thirteenth one to come out.

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

King does an amazing job with this series. I’m listening to Twelve right now and she just blows me away with her narration. She can make me laugh or get that lump in my throat (I refuse to cry, if Darynda Jones makes me cry this book, I’m going to throw a temper tantrum!). I’m glad you are enjoying them!


I haven’t tried the audio of this series but I love reading them!