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
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I love the narration, I recognize her from Mercy Thompson books! Another awesome job w a great female lead! While I am not so sure about the "Grim Reaper" as my paranormal fiction favorite species... Charlie's wit and sarcasm helped me enjoy this book! In the end I gave it a 4 star for story and plan to move on to the next book. Just a touch of romance with a splash of mystery and a lot of character! In comparison to other paranormal series it is hard but I would have to say a touch of " The Holows" (very different species) and a tad of Jane Yellowrock...mostly in regards to strong female lead with an attitude and humor!
Yes, as a matter of fact I just listened to all four of the books again
First, it is nice to have a heroine that is funny and snarky but is a very caring person. She leads a semi-normal life in spite of her paranormal self. So many heroines today are either whiny or use others to get what they want.
Second, it is such a different storyline that it doesn't sound like every other paranormal book out there. Yes, there is sort of a love story going on here but the reader never quite knows if that is how it will end, since one could end up killing the other.
Third, besides two main characters the others are very well done and there couldn't be a better counter part to Charlie than Cookie - we would all like a friend like her.
She is a great narrator for this book. She carries off the lines between Charlie and Cookie with perfect cadence and hilarity. Her male voices are extremely well done.
Of course, but life gets in the way of that sometimes
This review is basically for the first four of the series, and I have it marked on my calendar for one the fifth one comes out.
It was so to get caught up in!
Charlie and her personality even when she is in a deadly situations.
She sounds like you would expect Charlie to sound like.
Yes and almost did.
Don't miss out! You will love everything about these books!
I keep drawing comparisons to the Mercy Thompson series by the same narrator. They're both paranormal fiction with a strong, snarky female lead. The plots aren't exactly similar (shapeshifting mechanic vs. private investigator grim reaper), but King portrays the female leads in the same voice, same intonations. The secretary is Mercy's mother Margie, her daughter Amber is Jessie, and I've detected Adam and Samuel in some of the police officers. It's distracting if you've listened to the Mercy books.
That said, this is an engaging story. I like the lead character Charlie Davidson, the plot is not predictable or formulaic - there are some unexpected twists in here. It's unique and well written. The narrator does do a very good job with the story. I'm looking forward to listening to the sequels.
Happiness is a good book!
I did love this book but it was predictable. If you need a a book just to fill the time, don't mind a nice Lil story that goes not much deeper than your ankles in a wading pool. Then listen away!
Charley's sarcasm and sense of humor makes this book and all of the Chaley Davidson books very entertaining. I never thought a storyline about the Grim Reaper would be so entertaining. Darynda Jones did a great job on creating her characters and Lorelie King does an excellent job differentiating the characters with unique voices. Can't wait to see what else is in store for Charley.
if you like the stephanie plum series by j. evanovich - you should love this series. the narrator is wonderful.
It was a little bit of everything and watching the TV show Grimm give a different meaning with this series. I love the dynamic with of the characters and her secret she has a hard time letting anyone in. Its hard to explain, buy the book and you will totally see what I am talking about.
Charley - She is such a smart butt and DUH the sarcasm
Every book she performs in is terrific, she can make a horrible book sound good. She gives life to every charterer in the book. I can envision in my mind what is going on when she speaks.
Bottom line LOVE her.
yes, it keeps you hooked and is different. the performance in good and very clear. All the characters are great.
all with Rayas
Love from beyond...son of Satan or is he?
Say something about yourself!
This series is my first supernatural series. The writing/reading is well done!! This story is funny, intriguing and keeps you glued to your headset. I'm on part two now!
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