Second Grave on the Left
By Darynda Jones
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312360818, 320pp.)
Publication Date: August 16, 2011
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Second in the Darynda Jones' award-winning paranormal series that's "hilarious and heartfelt, sexy and surprising." (J.R. Ward)
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?
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Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart® for Best Paranormal Romance for her manuscript First Grave On The Right, DARYNDA JONES can’t remember a time when she wasn’t putting pen to paper. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, aka the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.
"Jones perfectly balances humor and suspense in her tight second paranormal thriller featuring grim reaper, PI, and 'all-around badass' Charley Davidson ... The fiery relationship between Charley and Reyes will satisfy paranormal romance fans, but it's the distinctive characters, dead and alive, and the almost constant laughs that will leave readers eager for the next installment."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "Snarky, sassy Charley is back and taking no guff in Jones’ funny, action-packed new offering ... There is murder and mystery aplenty as Jones’ fun read."--RT Book Reviews "A fun fantasy book ... Charley is a fantastic character – smart, witty."--Portland Book Review "Charley Davidson leaves all other paranormal heroines in the dust."--BookLoons
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