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
Sure it had some very erotic episodes worth listening again.
Second Grave, Third Grave etc....
How she can do a mans voice and still be a sexy women.
Can't wait for the next in the series.
My wife (Ruthie) and I together listen to Audible's books every evening. We have been doing this since 2005 and have never missed an evening
Please refund my credit and return my purchase for First Grave on the Right. Thanks
This was a stupid story with terrible stretched out plot that lead nowhere. I don't understand why it costs so much too. Thank god I got it for free. I wouldn't even pay 5$ for it. They could have took this story line to something so much bigger. But instead it's just about a girl who's horny for satans son, there's nothing more to it. Again I do not recommend!! Read Gone Girl instead.
All of the above
The story line & the characters.
Charley & Reyes, because the chemistry between them is just somehow very comical and yet very intense.
This writing reminded me so much of the Stephanie Plum series I thought it was Janet Evanovich writing under a pseudonym – only not funny. Or maybe she’s a Christopher Moore wannabe – but again, not funny. The author is trying way too hard and the humor just sounds fake and forced. Maybe she settles down a little in her subsequent books.
It was good, I'm not sure where it would rank.
Yes, she was funny and grabs your attention.
Charley of course
I liked when she met Angel and I like the ally beating scene.
I liked this book better than I thought I would... Darynda Jones did a great job bringing the characters to life. I like any book that can take me thru varried emotions while reading.. Happiness, Sadness.. even a chuckel or two. I can't wait to read Book #2
Charlie is my favorite character... She is every woman despite being the grip reaper. She has an awesome sence of humor, a little sarcastic at times, but has a heart of gold.
I enjoyed all of them
While this book didnt make me cry it was an emotional roller coaster... I like any book that can make me laugh out loud.
I think the stories in this series are amazing!!! They get your attention from the very start of the book and it keeps your attention all the way to the end. I could not put it away, I would listen to the audio at lunch at work or on a break and then read the ebook at night when I would get home.
To me I would compare it to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files because of the personality of the characters and how action packed the stories are.
I love Lorelei as the voice of Charley. I think she delivers Charley and gives her so much personality and I cannot picture anyone else being able to that the same way.
It has been about two weeks since I picked up First Grave and now I just bought Fourth Grave and I cannot wait to get started on it. Once I start one of her books I am cannot stand to put it away until it is finished.
I have listened to this book and the whole series to date - twice - I barely will watch a movie twice. The writing is fun, original, and so well-paced that the urge to continue even though it's time to walk into the office - is almost overwhelming. Throughout my work day my mind wanders back to Charley, Cookie, Uncle Bob, Reyes, Garrett, and of course, Angel. The people and scenes come alive quickly in my mind's eye with the well-written descriptors. Each person has a very unique personality with plenty of background so that they're solid and real to you. The story line is clever; the fantastic is built into the real world and all the typical folks are so unaware....but you know...you know what's going on! It is even more fun to listen the 2nd time around because even though you know what's going to happen - you miss these characters and it's good to 'see' them again.
I mentioned each of the primary characters in the opening because they are all my favorite. I can't see any of them traveling off without the other - but if I had to choose just one - ah forget it, can't be done.
The narrator makes a book, unless you're going to read it yourself, the narrator is just as, if not important than the author's written word. Ms. King has absolutely the best range of voices so easily recognizable when she speaks; she does not even have to say "Reyes barked," or "Amber murmured." Phenomenal is the best way to describe her work. I am just starting a new series - just because Lorelei King is the narrator!
"This powerful detective will reap your soul."
Thank you to Darynda for making this series so much fun and clever, super, super clever!
Say something about yourself!
I will start by saying that I choose this book because of the reader. Lorelei King is one the best readers I have come across. She has a way with character separation and makes stories flow, never a feeling of being rushed!
I am so glad I gave this book a try. Another series!!!!!!! Well written in regards to keeping the readers interest. She has Charley, the main character very busy. She is always doing something. Just when you think the story will reach a slow point. Charley is at it again. There is a small amount of romance. Lots of suggestion in the beginning. But only one good screen. As I usually say, I like more romance however this book was still very good. No boredom, some romance prob more in the future, :) and the supernatural. I would even purchase this book with cash if I were out of credits. The best part is that there are more books and the ending leaves much room for what I like in my books. Give this one try!
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