First Impressions: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

On October 5, 2011 by Aimee

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

About the front:
Love the cocky attitude in this cover. Hand on hip. Skull belt buckle. Sickle coming out from behind her. Makes me wonder if she is FROM he second grave on the left or putting someone inside it. Add in the necklace, the cleavage and the leather jacket and this one totally fits as a cover ‘package’.

I had a really hard time reading the title though. It’s super small. Now, yellow on blue — those are complementary colors, so that I’m good with. But the text is scripty and very very small. Same with the authors name. Why couldn’t those be bigger so us not-10-year-olds could actually read it?

So what am I thinking about this one? Gritty. Hard edged. LOTS of action and probably ton of fighting. Urban Fantasy? Let’s see!

Now let’s look at what the back says:

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 read of the summer: Second Grave On The Left.

Does it match? Front to Back without the in between?
So it’s a comedy? 😉 Right away, I’m seeing Cookie as perhaps a more visible character than even Charley. Now, first off, I LOVE the use of Charley for a girl because in my own novel Little White Lies, Charley is my girl! Yeah!

Right there, I have ‘tough’. Now why all the talk of clothing in a blurb? Seems a little too much to me, but well … who am I to say? I mean, can’t we get right on with the story? So Reyes is going to save Charley? If she’s the grim reaper, how is she a portal to heaven? That makes her sound ‘nice’ vs. evil. All sorts of questions arise! Good ones that make me want to read on!

Where I’d read it
Anywhere with a big glass of wine in hand. 😉

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