When I started this book, it was with every intention of writing the review before moving on to the next one. The problem is (if it’s actually a problem) is that I adore these books, they are such fun, and I love every last thing about them. Which of course means I couldn’t help myself and tore straight into the next book! But anyway, here we are now. This is the second book in the series so if you haven’t yet read First Grave on the Right then do so quickly!
Charley herself is a wonderful character, flaws and all. Her habit of naming things makes me laugh every damn time. Danger and Will Robinson (Left and right breasts) are two of her major assets and quite often come up in conversation. Her inner monologue is hilarious and while this series isn’t intended to be comedy based, Darynda Jones has a natural flair for making Charley extremely funny. It’s not all laughs, there is a serious side to her as well. The penchant for people trying to kill her as well as the often poignant duties of her unchosen career as the Grim Reaper. Most people cross when they die, but those that stay because of unfinished business can see her as a bright beacon from wherever they are and sometimes that can be quite sad.
The side characters are just as good – Cookie, Garret, Uncle Bob – all have a special place in my heart and their involvement is what make the books such a complete read. Then there is Reyes Farrow. Hottie extraordinaire and a supernatural being like Charley. Along with the main case there is usually a side plot running and it’s usually to do with Reyes. He has a plan that will keep Charley safe, only it means he will die. She is not on board with that idea at all. Their interactions leave me breathless… half snarky conversation, half red hot passion.
I loved the plot in this one – A friend of Cookie’s has gone missing and she is frantic to find her. As the investigation continues it unearths a secret from high school decades ago, that will affect some very powerful people.
I can’t help but make a comparison to Stephanie Plum but Charley Davidson, with her paranormal issues, wins hands down for me!