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
Anyone who gets a book published deserves a lot of credit. That being said, I'm glad I didn't pay full boat for this one. The story was a bit disconnected, as if the author forgot what circumstances she last left her characters in, and took up writing again placing them completely differently. Or maybe someone advised the author she must have certain elements present to make a successful book, and she forgot a few ...oops! gotta have a sex scene... oops! forgot the pathos... so she embroidered them on awkwardly at the last minute. It was disorienting. Disappointing, too, because I love a good series, and looked forward to embarking on this one. I won't buy the next book.
Yes, the narator made the book come alive
Yes, and I always enjoy her performance. She makes me think there is more than one person narating it.
Book was great. It kept me entertained and made me believe the narrator, Lorelei King, was actually each of the people in the story.
I love listening to as many of the books in my library as I can so the audio is ALWAYS a favorite over print.
Charlie - strong female lead with spunk.
I don't know - she was great in this one.
Who needs a sparkling vampire when you can have a sparkling grim reaper?!
It was great - I LOVE the author interviews at the end of her 2nd and 3rd books!
My review title says it all. I usually read detective mysteries without a supernatural component or a good western but I bought this book in Audible's first in series sale. I loved this book. I got my detective mystery plus a little supernatural thrown in to lose my self. I also really enjoyed the narrator. She read the book with excitement and enthusiasm. Often a woman narrator does an unbelievable male voice but she was really good in all of the parts. Two thumbs up from me. I'm getting the next two in the series.
This was a poor choice for me as I just don't like this genre. Would not recommend it to anyone, though.
Story = slightly better than average; Delivery also better than avg.
Charley - she is a refreshing change from victimized female characters so prevalent in fiction these days.
Hard to say. To me is sounded exactly like the Evanovich characters of Stephanie, Lula and Ranger. Not a bad thing. This book was ALMOST on parr with Evanovich when she was good. (I don't remember any LOL moments in this book, though)
No - but it was great listening for daily walks.
Would recommend to Evanovich fans.
I've never rolled my eyes this many times in my life. The main
character is self absorbed and shallow with no redeeming qualities
whatsoever. To make up for the lack of real character development the
author litters the book with a plethora of bad puns, bad jokes, and
non-sequiturs. Despite the premise being interesting and full of
promise, the execution in this case falls completely flat and is, to
be frank, somewhat insulting.
If you want an interesting and well told story about grim reapers
among us, watch Dead Like Me. If you want a guilty pleasure full of
tasteless fluff and the barest bit of titillation, wait until you can
get this book for free. Otherwise, steer clear and find something
Funny. The performance was excellent.
It was TOO 'out there' at the end. I would have changed the identity of Big Bad.
I have not, but I would like to.
Yes. Really liked the main character's sarcasm.
While I enjoyed the book, I got a little 'weirded out' by the Satan connection. If this aurthor has books that don't go so close to the underworld, I'd like to hear or read them.
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