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 will start by saying that I choose this book because of the reader. Lorelei King is one the best readers I have come across. She has a way with character separation and makes stories flow, never a feeling of being rushed!
I am so glad I gave this book a try. Another series!!!!!!! Well written in regards to keeping the readers interest. She has Charley, the main character very busy. She is always doing something. Just when you think the story will reach a slow point. Charley is at it again. There is a small amount of romance. Lots of suggestion in the beginning. But only one good screen. As I usually say, I like more romance however this book was still very good. No boredom, some romance prob more in the future, :) and the supernatural. I would even purchase this book with cash if I were out of credits. The best part is that there are more books and the ending leaves much room for what I like in my books. Give this one try!
The story is interesting, different then what I have read before. A new take on grim reaper and it is quite beautiful. shows everything in a different light.
I loved Charley's (the main character) sense of humor, always dry and sarcastic, edgy.
my favorite performance again would be Charley, Lorelei did an amazing interpretation.
There's strange happenings around town, someone can hear the dead.....
Fun, exciting and even romantic.
My name is Emilie, I'm 21 years old and I study sport science at University of Copenhagen.
This is the funniest book I have ever heard. This is the first book of a series, and im definitely buying the rest of them.
The storyline is original, and the narrator makes me laugh in almost every line because of her sarcasm and the way she puts pressure on the various words.
I passed over this book so many times because of the title. I had no ideal what it would be llike.
The title is really not like the book. Good series well worth a credit.
I like sexy erotica with a good storyline. Fantasy or sci-fi or just something that captures my attention right away.
All of the books....all 5..... are all GREAT! The lead female character is snarky & sarcastic and funny as hell! And the sex is steamy!!
The overall story is unique and kept my attention through out every book!
I absolutely love the Charley Davidson character. I think she is what many women want to be; sexy, independent, and funny as hell. The performance just enhanced her personality. Not to mention a good mystery. Must keep reading the series!
When Charlie finds out what Reyes is... Steamy it had built up to a great scene
When Charlie is speaking to Reyes sister and finds out about his childhood
Right up there with the Night Huntress Series. This is one of those audios that I would listen to multiple times. Especially when the next book is about to come out.
She brings the characters to life. I was a little bit apprehensive at first because the voice sounded a little older than I pictured Charlie from reading the book, but she did an amazing job landing Charlie's sarcasm and humor. She did a GREAT job with Cookie - she sounded exactly like I was expecting.
I wish the narrator didn't have such a deep voice. I liked Charley's voice, but all the other characters basically had varying degrees of deep tones, women and men both. For someone like Cookie, her voice completely doesn't match her personality, imo. Also, for Reyes, his voice was way too raspy and so not sexy.
I wished the love story was actually most substantial instead of just lust-at-first-sight. We are reminded repeatedly of how beautiful Reyes was. That doesn't change the fact that Charley is obsessing over a person she barely knows and that it's creepy that she had the sentiment that she couldn't live without Reyes before even laying eyes on him in real life.
Yes, if only Reyes' character is actually beautiful. Not really for the storyline.
Because the story is read to me, I have a lot longer time to digest the story, as compared to when I read a book as fast as possible to get to the next part. Since I digested the story a lot more, I really didn't believe in Charley and Reyes "relationship". The ghost part was interesting and I liked the murder solving. Also, someone needs to give Charley's Dad a lesson for allowing Denise to treat his daughter like that.
I don't know the story just didn't grab me
ok I guess
It was ok background noise
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