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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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    Donna Canada 03-16-12
    Donna Canada 03-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story, Has Quickly Become A Favorite!"

    This story is wonderfully written with lots of humour and irrestitable characters! I love the sarcastic banter and fast pace plot. I would highly recommend this book and series to anyone wanting an excellent and entertaining escape from the usual fantasy story lines.
    It also goes without saying,"Hats off to Lorelei King" who is an incredible narrator! She has a phenomenal way of bringing a book to life!
    Darynda Jones is now in the top 5 of my favorite authors.

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    Phyllis Beaverton, Oregon, United States 03-15-12
    Phyllis Beaverton, Oregon, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2002
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    "So Much Fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would love for my friends to read this delightful, humorous book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's lol funny and the characters made me want to get to know them.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Lorelei King reads with enthusiasm and joy. I felt she was laughing with me.


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    Amazon Customer LUFKIN, TX, United States 03-14-12
    Amazon Customer LUFKIN, TX, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2008

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    "DARK HUMOR WITH A NEW TWIST"
    If you could sum up First Grave on the Right in three words, what would they be?

    It is like Janet Evonivich and Molly Harper have combined, very funny.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charley Davidson the heroine with a sense of humor


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Lorelei King is an artist that will capture your attention and keep you interested.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series

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    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 03-12-12
    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2015

    I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.

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    "Pointless"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really can't imagine who would like a book like this I guess I don't know very many people who are looking for sex and violence.


    Has First Grave on the Right turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I really enjoyed Meg Cabot's - the Mediator series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei King’s performances?

    Yes, she did okay.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Well, I felt foolish for wasting my money on such nonsense!


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't understand how some books are chosen to be put on audio when there are wonderful wonderful books that never get the chance! Books like Hotel by Aurthur Haley Class Reunion by Rona Jaffe so many great books have never made it to audio and they make nonsense like this into an audiobook...Oh well.

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    mary st.amant, LA, United States 03-12-12
    mary st.amant, LA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "excellent book couldnt stop listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of First Grave on the Right to be better than the print version?

    yes


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

    the whole book keeps your intrest


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

    yes all of stephine plum and its right up there with those she is a great narrator


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the way she lets the people go though her and can see all there pain and happiness


    Any additional comments?

    just cant wait for the next one

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    What did you like best about First Grave on the Right? What did you like least?

    I know alot abot content


    Would you be willing to try another book from Darynda Jones? Why or why not?

    no. She did not do her research totaly


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

    no


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    it was fun to listen to at first.

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    Erin Nicklin Richardson, TX 03-12-12
    Erin Nicklin Richardson, TX 03-12-12
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    "Absolutely loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of First Grave on the Right to be better than the print version?

    The story and the narration was so good that I ordered the next book, while I was still listening to this one!!


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    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 03-12-12
    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good escapism"

    Clever idea for a book, sometimes witty, sometimes cute. Characters likable and entertaining, and story rolls by at a good clip. Lots of question left unanswered at end for next book.

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    Sharon 03-12-12
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you listen to First Grave on the Right again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again, but I would get other books by this author. I found her very entertaining. A quirky story but an easy listen.\


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just a very different mystery concept.


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice that brought the book to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh repeatedly at her synical sense of humor


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    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 03-12-12
    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2008

    I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.

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    "A good fun novel"
    Where does First Grave on the Right rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A great little novel, had quite a few funny parts, enjoyed the characters and of course read by a great narrator. If you like any of the other novels read by lorelei king then you will definitely enjoy this one


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