Charlotte “Charley” Davidson is not your stereotypical Grim Reaper. She’s sexy, sassy, and likes to help dead people with unfinished business before they cross. She’s more of a bright light kind of girl than a hood with an axe. For her day job, Charley is an Albuquerque private investigator and a consultant to her police detective uncle. Lately, her nights have been steamed up with dreams of a hot mystery lover who may or may not be real. It’s chick-lit meets paranormal with a touch of mystery in the buzz-worthy First Grave on the Right.
Inevitably, this book will be compared to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. They both have feisty female protagonists, snappy dialogue, and zany characters. Veteran narrator Lorelei King also performs the Stephanie Plum books and is well-cast in this novel. What makes her fantastic in the Plum series is her ability to define the voices of all the secondary characters and inject them with interest and distinct personalities. In this performance, she does not disappoint. King seamlessly switches among the characters and has fantastic comedic timing. She elevates the work and keeps the laughs coming.
This is a debut novel from Darynda Jones. It will not be her last; this is clearly a launch for a series. There’s quite a bit of set-up as Charley begins to understand more of her abilities and the presence of other supernatural beings. Jones has created an interesting premise and characters. The mystery element is weak, however, and the writing is on the mediocre side. Jones is at her best with witty dialogue and keeps things moving at a brisk pace. Overall, it’s a fun, breezy listen and an enjoyable escape.
Fans of Janet Evanovich, Lorelei King, and paranormal romance will want to give this new series a listen. Julie MacDonald
A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice.
Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.
This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense. The audio includes a sneak peak of Second Grave on the Left.
Keep chilled: spend some more time with Charley Davidson.
©2011 Darynda Jones (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
I like realistic books that stretch the truth and the laws of physics...and also emotionally resonant narration that doesn't suck.
At first I was pleased enough with this story, but then half way through I gave it up. The plot was laid out in a strangely scattered way that didn't do much for the tension building element of a mystery. There were lots of jokes and similes that really fell flat. There were some pretty sketchy plot devices. And then there was the sex scene which happened all of a sudden between a woman and a ghost, when the woman had been in mid conversation with like four people who were forced to stand there and watch as all the very intimate acts happened right in front of them, which was just repulsive for some reason. I thought the central concepts were cool and could have really worked. This would have been fun if it had been done with more skill. After I put it down, all I was left with was the impression of a main character who told lots of jokes, about 20% of which landed, and who never really had her personality expounded on much more than that, and lots of events in her life which seemed kind of unrelated.
I love the humor in these stories. The characters are so much fun.
I love this narrator. She is always a pleasure to listen to.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
I listened to the snippet on Audible.com hoping it would deter me. But no, because of Lorelei King's narration of Darynda Jones' words. Now I am doomed to another series because they left me wanting to know what happens to her and her vaporous boyfriend.
"Her" was Charley Davidson; PI and a not so "grim reaper". In this book, she had to help 3 dead lawyers solve their case so they could "pass over". The "vaporous boyfriend" was there when she was born and then again whenever her life had been in danger, as well as in her vivid dreams.
Charley's retired father was cop. Uncle Bob was still on the force. She has been helping them since she was 5 with her ability to speak to the dead. I loved her mind, heart...oh, lots of things, especially her wit which carried me through the rough parts.
Would I recommend this book? You bet your sweet bibby I would to anyone who likes good mysteries written with good humor! It was well worth my Audible.com credit!
Not really. The story isn't too bad but why is everyone in the story drop dead sexy? Jeez, has Charlie ever met anyone that didn't make her swoon?
Sure, the character of Charlie had great potential, just stop trying to be Fifty Shades of Grey.
I did not read the print version however I would consider audio books better due to the ability to have a narrator read and you are able to get a different picture in your mind of the story.
The love scenes were very well written and narrated. The suspense was very well delivered as well.
First listen from this author and i will be purchasing the whole series.
Yes i had to control myself and not listen to it at work lol
Absolutely! I love Lorelei King's voice and the story was fun and perfectly paced.
I would have to say when Charley visited Rocket. I loved how he told she never kept up and that "he" should be here.
Her voice and timing lent a depth to the book that just reading the story would not have done.
Yes. As I didn't that much time at once, I listened on my way to/from work and at lunch time.
I loved all the quotes at the beginning of the chapters.
I enjoy gardening, crochet, cross stitch and listening to audiobooks in the shade.
She has sexual situations with the son of Satan. Really, this is so not what I thought this would be. I thought it would be a light hearted book. But realized this is not for a Christian.
The snarky sarcasm and the sense of humor! The least ? I had to get the second book!
Nothing it was a perfect set-up for the subsequent books !!!
I LOVE HER !!! She nails every character !!!
Theres six books, it would have to be epic from the start.
Its fun, the narrator is FANTASTIC, its an easy listen and a great way to forget that you are driving 500+ miles.
By far the best book/ series! The combination of Darynda Jones and Lorelei King made the book 5 stars. I'm just sad it's over and I read all 6 books in the series
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