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 enjoy the characters and there is a good story, funny and entertaining. Darynda Jones brings to life an imaginitive Charley Davidson, making her the Grim Reaper is just gravy on top. Fun read!
This was a great debut novel. Very funny and the narrerator was perfect (as usual or Lorelei King). I decided to listen to this novel because of the reviews and wasn't disapointed.
This wasn't what I expected. You read so much occult writings, and think you've got it pegged. This book surprised and amused me so much that I can't wait to read the next. I hope Darynda Jones keeps writing. Very entertaining and good book.
I'm not a fan of romance writers and wish I would have realized this is in that genre. If you do like romance books, then I think this one is interesting and well done.
I really loved this book! It reminded me of Janet Evanovich in the first few books of the Stephanie Plum series before they got so repetitive! Very fun and clever idea!
I just hope the series doesn't go on for 20 books because things get old, repetitive, and annoying! I prefer fewer books with angst and drama but then let them have their happy ever after!!!
Darynda Jones' book is one of the most cleverly written books I've read. I absolutely love her (Charley?) sense of humor. The twists of phrase are wonderful!!! And Reyes is so flipping hot!
This was laugh out loud funny, smartly written and entertaining! And the steamy scenes are just that...steamy!
The book was good, but not as good as I thought/hoped it would be. After reading the reviews I had very high hopes. When you read that Charley is a lot like Stephanie Plum, they're not kidding. The fact that Lorelei King narrates doesn't help. King is a great narrator but it just adds to the Janet Evanovich's less talented, younger sister wrote this feeling you get when you listen. Having said that, I enjoy the bumper sticker and t-shirt quotes. And I'm not saying Jones doesn't have any talent, just that she's not quite up to Evanovich's caliber yet. I think I'll give book #2 a shot.
Very sexy. The heroine is a firecat. Great narrator. Great story. I want more. I have a crush on Charley.
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