Also by this author: A Dirty Job
In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing—and you know that can't be good—in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore's delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job.
Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone—or something—is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He's trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall "meat" waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.
To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind...
Secondhand souls is the continuation of Christopher Moore’s first book A Dirty Job about a reaper who really doesn’t want to be a reaper. Charlie starts to enjoy it, I mean who wouldn’t right? There is a reason that reapers have money in this world. The problem is that at the end of the last book we discover that he is not the head reaper, he is not “death”.
Not only is Charlie not death but with the addition of two hellhounds and some pretty gruesome little creatures, his life is anything but ordinary. This book starts with Charlie being a lizard man with a huge package, like bigger than human males, but when you die and your girlfriend only knows how to create little creatures, you live with what you can.
This story is funny like the first, it has a different villain, and this time the villain is closer than you want them to be. With the return of the sisters and all of the main characters from the first book, this story is really a continuation of the first. I really enjoyed this fact. Sometimes when you read a second or third book in a series, it has nothing to do with the first. With some books this is okay, but in this instance, it needed to follow through.