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
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
Lover of all books, especially Romance!
The basis is different which is refreshing in a literary world full of supernatural characters and story lines. The characters are actually real to life and add to the quirkiness of the story. Yes, there is romance and steamy at that but there is much more to the story than sexual encounters. It is a good mixture with major twist and turns with suspense mixed in. Give it a try, it is worth it. I can't wait to listen to the next one.....
A gadabout with no room for heavy books, so love the audio ones.
Maybe reading it might have been a better option for me.
Her drawn out and dramatic endings to practically every sentence of Charley's dialogue, once picked up on, are impossible to not focus on. They ruined the story for me.
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
Just a 20-something year old, who likes to read books from time to time.
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.
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