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First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1 | [Darynda Jones]

First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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

Publisher's Summary

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

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    rachel Jonesboro, GA, United States 01-09-12
    rachel Jonesboro, GA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A great story with an excellent performance"
    What did you love best about First Grave on the Right?

    I loved the fresh ideas of this story line.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Grave on the Right?

    My favorite moments are Charlies self musings. Hilarious!


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As always Lorelei King gives a memorable performance


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never wanted to stop listening!


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    Robbin 01-04-12
    Robbin 01-04-12
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    "Literally laugh out loud funny!"
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    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

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    Malia Nash Hawaii 01-02-12
    Malia Nash Hawaii 01-02-12 Member Since 2010

    Malia Nash

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    "just couldn't get in to it"

    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.

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    Martha Orosz Fairfield, CT USA 12-30-11
    Martha Orosz Fairfield, CT USA 12-30-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Great New Series & Author!"

    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!

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    Deborah Gainesville, TX, United States 12-29-11
    Deborah Gainesville, TX, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A first for me!"
    Where does First Grave on the Right rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I did not expect to enjoy this, since I don't do the


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    I love Lorelei King's narration!


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    kathy 12-27-11
    kathy 12-27-11 Member Since 2009

    must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,

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    "a must listen!"

    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.

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    Sheri Pascual Laguna Niguel, CA United States 12-26-11
    Sheri Pascual Laguna Niguel, CA United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Humor Galore"
    What made the experience of listening to First Grave on the Right the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Jermaine Honolulu, HI 12-20-11
    Jermaine Honolulu, HI 12-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    Would you consider the audio edition of First Grave on the Right to be better than the print version?

    haven't read the print and don't need too.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    waiting for number 2


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    that little something extra


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    made me laugh a lot


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    Brenda Carmichael, CA, United States 12-19-11
    Brenda Carmichael, CA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Just couldn't get into it"

    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?

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    johnnaBaby SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 12-19-11
    johnnaBaby SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011

    An innate Luv4Books! -Genres: Paranormal as my No.#1, some Contemporary Romance, and Young Adult that keeps up a niche for us Adults! ;)

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    "This one won't let'cha down!"
    What did you love best about First Grave on the Right?

    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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