UNWASTED WORDS

Sanity is back-ordered. Sarcasm is in unlimited supply. -bumper sticker

Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, Book 2) by Darynda Jones read by Lorelei King 

Where am I going? And why am I in a handbasket? -bumper sticker

Charley is attracting more than lusty looks and spectral strays these days. Oblivious to the warning signs from her aptly named trusty sidekick, Danger. NOT Will Robinson (the hypocrite). Charley Davidson just can’t seem to steer clear of Harms Way, one block south from cruising down Suicide Street, in Darynda Jones’ Second Grave on the Left.

Death is NOT a Morning Person -teeshirt

You know your day is going to suck when your wake up call comes a mere two hours after it’s predecessor in the form of the neighboring Cookie monster and her shank-shape nails attached to ninja fingers poking and probing while being pelted with random articles of clothing, and being held down with binding bedsheets, the torturous nightmare just won’t end. Death is desperately fighting not to go into the bright light. That the Cookie monster evilly switched on. Days like this must make being the living embodiment of the punchline to a “Why did the chicken cross the road” joke suck.

Carpe Caffe -teeshirt

Turns out Cookie’s friend Mimi is missing. Dressed to the nines in hobo gear, Char and Cook set out to a local coffee shop to meet Ms. MIA. Surprisingly missing Mimi is no where to be found. But have no fear Grim Reaper extraordinaire and super sleuthing PI Charley is on the case. Unfortunately, the deeper they delve into the Mimi’s life the more death they uncover, and it’s looking like Mim’s on someone’s hit list. Charley is dead by association.

If you drink, don’t park. Accidents cause people. -bumper sticker

Mysteries are mounting, and multiplying like rabbits. Like, Who is that dead guy in the trunk?, Why is Charley’s dad acting so strange?, and Where in the world is Reyes Farrow’s body? Yes, things aren’t so heavenly for Hellboy and Grim girl. It’s your classic emo love story, boy wants to kill his corporeal body, girl is holding out on boy until he changes his mind. Farrow has hidden his body which is under siege by demons and is slowly slipping away, but it’s a trap he won’t let Charley spring otherwise Satan’s minions could capture their one way ticket to heaven. How far will he go to insure Charley doesn’t fall into the wrong hands? To what lengths will Charley go to save Reyes’ body? Can their tentative relationship survive the consequences?

Careful or you’ll end up in my Novel -teeshirt

Darynda Jones’ followup to First Grave on the Right is just as fun, witty, and hard to put down. Charley is a wonderful heroine. I just want to live in her head. Jones’ finds a way to make Charley’s outrageous thought process sound clever and funny while coming across real and charming. The threads were pulled in so many different directions but the story didn’t feel bogged down by too much information, or too many things going on. There were some unexpected twists but everything came together in the end with a nice lead in to the next book.

Team Awesome. -teeshirt

There is a magic that is created when you pair up the right words with an amazingly talented narrator. Lorelei King is hands down one of the best vocalist in the audiobook industry. I purposely pined for and solely bought the sound version because the imaginary voice in my head can’t match King’s performance. She could win an oscar for her portrayal of Charley. I highly recommend the audiobook, it even had extra features you don’t normally get in this format. After the book ended there was an interview with Jones conducted by King and the first chapter of Third Grave Dead Ahead.

Chicken Pot Pie My THREE Favorite Things. -teeshirt

Second Grave on the Left is a solid four on my favorite things list. I have fallen hard for the adventures of the spunky Port-A-Portal. This is a great book with lots of fun and laughs, that you have to read just to meet Danger and Will Robinson’s newly named friends. If you liked the First Grave on the Right check out the one on the left!

Vote yay or nay for this review on Amazon here.

5 stars -loved it!


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