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 loved the fresh ideas of this story line.
My favorite moments are Charlies self musings. Hilarious!
As always Lorelei King gives a memorable performance
I never wanted to stop listening!
Funny, well told, well read and evenly paced story. Can't wait to finish the second one so I can listen to this one again.
WARNING: this book will make you snicker and bust out in random fits of laughter so listen in public places at your own risk
Appeared to be an interesting concept but sorry, the author failed to pull it off. Perhaps if she hadn't been so flippant...I would think most people with the power to see the dead would also see their pain, confusion, and anger. One can hardly love a character that has little compassion for those seeking her help. Yeah I get it, it's suppose to be light hearted but you don't break the first rule of creative writing: make sure your readers actually CARE about your character. It is difficult to care about someone who seems to have little concern for those who come to her in desperation.
I was looking on Audible to see other books Lorelei King narrated and found this. Charley reminds me of Stephanie Plum. I didn't need time to get into the book as soon as i started listening I was hooked! If you like Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, you'll like Darynda Jones new series!
I did not expect to enjoy this, since I don't do the
I love Lorelei King's narration!
must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,
when i first got this book i was just looking for something to listen to while i was waiting for another book to come out. what a nice surprise!!! at first when charley describes meeting...THE hot guy..he "threatens" her in a sexual way, for her own good i'm sure...ya know to get her out of there...blah blah blah...i thought this was going to be a cheezzzy romance (which i LOVE if that is what i am looking for at the time) but it was WAY MORE than that. it turned out to be a fun biting humor filled, sarcastic, paranormal romance, with a mystery. charley is a great lead female with a twist. This book is so worth the credit. LOVED the second book and can't wait for the third! get this one, you won't be sorry.
I could not believe how clever and funny this author was! There is a dark side with a good message. I haven't finished the series since Audible doesn't have the 3rd book yet, but I liked it so much that I will Kindle the book.
haven't read the print and don't need too.
waiting for number 2
that little something extra
made me laugh a lot
It may not be fair to rate this since I just couldn't keep interested enough to listen to the whole thing. Lorelei King does a great job narrating, but the comparison to the Evanovich Sephanie Plum series ends there. Maybe this would appeal to a young adult audience?
An innate Luv4Books! -Genres: Paranormal as my No.#1, some Contemporary Romance, and Young Adult that keeps up a niche for us Adults! ;)
I loved meeting all the characters, not just the main ones...I immediately became addicted to the story-line, the humor and the narrator couldn't be more perfect for this book!
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