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

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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'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & 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.

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

  1. 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. 🙂
    Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons recently posted…Review: Schemes by A.C. Donaubauer (@mlsimmons, @AC_Donaubauer)My Profile

    • A good series mixes up the emotions and I like it. Ya, Jones and King are great. I’m having fun and really enjoying the audiobooks. ^_^

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

    • Thank you Kathy for stopping in and sharing!

  3. Ugh, I wish my library had this series on audible. Thanks for the super review Angela!
    Debbie Haupt-The Reading Frenzy recently posted…#GIVEAWAY INT! Review Wyrd Blood by Donna Augustine – Character Interview BugsMy Profile

    • Sorry your library doesn’t have the audio for this series. That’s the downside with library sometimes… Thank’s for checking out my review!

  4. 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.

    • Oh my 13 books… well I’ve got a way to go, but so far I’ve listened to 4 of the books and still am enjoying the way things are developing and the narration. ^_^

  5. 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!

    • King is amazing. I’m impressed with her narration. She brings everything out in my emotions and the story just fly’s by. I don’t even realize how far along I am until someone interrupts me, then I’m like wow. Great to see you on the latest releases. I still have a way to go, but slowly I’m getting their. Just finished book 4. ^_^

  6. I haven’t tried the audio of this series but I love reading them!
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    • I bet… I love to read too, but lately I’ve been having more headaches and when they come I can’t read, so audio is the way to go. I’ve been listening to my favorites that I love to read over and over, but I also started this series and just love King’s narration. I’m having fun with the Charley Davidson series. Thank’s Melliane for stopping in.