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
This a good start to the series..I took a chance on this when it came out and I am glad I did.
There is action, comedy, Hallmark Card moments, who done it, ghosts and a best friend Cookie and the list goes on. Not one boring moment in whole book.. This is not your everyday book, but a fun, original story that you will keep on the edge of your seat as you not be able to guess what is happening next.
Lorelei is one of my favorite narrators and she does it proud. If you are looking for a fun filled, action packed, fall down funny and want to be entertained, then hook up your earbuds and hang on for a fun ride.
Silly silly fun!
Charley - but Reyes is an interesting tone.
no extreme laugh or cry - but a reaction to too much of the sex stuff.About half way through this book I put all the "grave" series on my wish list. Then too much of the sex stuff in the story so I deleted the series from my wish list. Then I realized I can fast forward through the sex stuff and put them back on the wish list. Then I purchased the second grave book. It is hopeless. I am hooked. oh dear.
I saw the narrator was Lorelei King, and just HAD to try it, I have listend to her through most of the Stephanie Plum novels and she is awesome..Boy was I pleasantly surprised at the storyline, and I AM HOOKED
I loved the entire series~~
Lorelei King brings a sassiness to the character and I absolutely love her narrations
Its just silly,
She was fine
I just wish people were more honest with their reviews
At the top of my listening list.
The book is like reading a Carl Hiassan novel...a romping good time while solving a mystery.
It makes perfect sense that the Grim Reaper would be a smart-mouthed woman working as a PI and totally addicted to coffee and helping people deal with their deaths...however unconventional that approach might be.
You laugh, you cry and you say...I did that
You should read the entire series.
This book is for people who love the quirky, fanciful type of heroine and can laugh with someone who happily owns her ADD personality. She is a private detective, with Cookie, the best side kick since Oberon, (see Kevin Hern). Darynda Jones writes with a superior wit, delivered to us by the excellent actor, Lorelei King. There is a mystery to be solved, family issues to be dealt with, and a very sexy love interest. Oh sure, there are other guys in her life, fun for her to interact with, but make no mistake, Reyes is the metal to her magnet and sparks fly! I like the idea of woman who may be beautiful, but it's really not remarked on much. Charlie certainly doesn't pay any attention to her looks, her older sister, Gema, is the pretty one. Her real beauty is from within and that's what the most beautiful man alive fell for, when she smiled at him, and he then waited centuries for her to be born. And of course the best part, you laugh from beginning to the end. I can't wait to read the next book...tomorrow....again.
Charley is witty, adhd and a bad ass. I love the series I finished book 1, 2 and 3 in succession. The series is as good as Harrison, Briggs, Butcher and Harris. The reader, Lorelei king also read Briggs's Mercy. She is an outstanding reader. Enjoy!
Hi, I am a voracious reader with a wide range of tastes.
Well I have listened to hundreds so near the middle.
My extreme reaction was to the fact that Charlie seems to fall in love with a guy who when she first met him almost raped her and has never treated her kindly at all, but yet she loves him because he is hot. He is a creepy stalker and abusive. What kind of message is this for women? It is ok if a guy sexually assaulted you and treats you like garbage, you can change him with love? I am not at all happy with this, it ruined the book for me which besides her relationship was fun.
I would not like any young women who have never been in a healthy relationship to read this and get the idea abusive men just need love.
The entire series is different and fun. Lorelei is great with the characters. They are very likable and you want to continue with the series to see what will happen. Keep these stories coming.
The upside to this book is hearing Lorelei King again and the supernatural set up had potential, but the plot really revolved around Charley's obsession with a guy that molested and threatened to rape her when she was 15. Not Cool. So all of the "romance" made me gag and squirm uncomfortably.
I'm not sure if I will read any more of this series - if I do it will be because Lorelei King is my favorite narrator.
No, just from this author.
Gag? And teach girls that rape and being held against your will isn't sexy.
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