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
The main character being a grim reaper seemed new and different to me. I really like the characters and the concept seemed fresh and new to me. I liked this story enough to get the next book but it wasn't one that made me compulsively listen every free second. The narrator was overall good but was jarring at times. One of the characters came across to me as mannish when she definately wasn't a man. Overall, I like the book.
I have been going through Jeanine Frost withdrawl. I have spent too much money and listened to other books in this genre but have yet to find something that is even half a good as J.F"s books...Until now the content of this book is smart, funny and most of all entertaining. Lorelei King does a wonderful job with her narration. Her voice was nice to hear compared to the many "smoker" type voices in this genre. At last another aurthor I can count on.
Funny, Entertaining, Pleased
None comes to mind
Yes, I have. I have a number of books she has narrated. I like her style a great deal.
No, I like it all but no particular part stood out for me.
I really enjoyed the book. The author is a good sense of humor.
This was a pretty good book. Though I found the narrator to be distracting. There are times when I wish that a book would have been narrated by one of the others out there, like Amanda Ronconi--who I think can do deadpan and funny better than most everyone, or like Johanna Parker, who can do no wrong in my ears. The girl who narrates the Queen Betsy books would have been perfect for this one. But, alas, they chose someone ho-hum. I really liked the storyline and the characters in this series, so I will more than likely download the others in the series. I would recommend this without hesitation though, the book is written so well.
I'm perplexed by this book. The writing is peppy and fun, yes. I found the character's ADD a little tough to keep up with, but funny. I like that. But what I can't quite wrap my head around is the protagonist's relationship to the male love interest. She occasionally reviews the (considerable) reservations she might have about dating someone who is seemingly evil and very violent. But for some reason she never mentions the fact that during their "meet cute" moment, in an early chapter of the book, he **openly threatens to rape her.** It is a serious and unambiguous threat, and the female lead, a teenager at the time, seems terrified and begs him to stop. This apparently is part of his charm? It's hot? Later in the book, he briefly chokes her during sex. Yet later (spoiler), he lets it be known he may have to kill her. This is also hot? ... Really? (end spoiler) Don't get me wrong, I love a naughty bad boy as much as the next guy, but this seems to leave the realm of "kinky play" and inch into "brutal." Particularly as his character rarely talks, and displays few signs of kindness or love (just violence and obsession). So, rather than spending the book swept away in her erotic adventure, I spent the book saying "AND ALSO he threatened to rape you when you were fifteen" in bafflement at my ipod. If he tries to rape teenage girls, I just can't get invested in whether he's a good listener. It never even seems to cross her mind. This doesn't seem to bother other reviewers, so maybe there is something I'm missing here. To me, the unspoken "this is ok" element of the book was deeply creepy.
...what a trio!!! I will definitely be following this series. I just finished First Grave on the Right and am now listening to Second Grave. Darynda Jones has a new fan. I love Charley's feisty attitude and Lorelei King is great as narrator.
Whats to tell I am your avarage 30something, with kids, a husband, job and life. Besides that I drive a lot and love to listen to books instead of the radio. I will stay up until 3am in bed listening if the book is worth it, and I have also been known to return a couple of books that I could not get threw the first chapter. I am a bad speller so I apoligize for it now, but will be honest about my reviews.
This was a great book, I love the narrator she is a blast and so funny. I will go on the read the next one. I would reccomend this book to all my friends for a great read. I really liked the way the author lead us into the next book and explained some of the story at the end instead of leaving us hanging on what Charley was or what the very sexy male charater was. loved loved loved it.
The character development, they seem like real people with just the right amount of 'snark'
I can only pick one???? Impossible!!
It made me laugh, or at least smile.
After reading this book I went on to devour the series, a sure sign I was hooked.
I want to find books that flirt with and then seduce me. I want reads with lasting power, leaving me breathless and aching for more!
Charley is my new favorite female lead! This sassy Grim Reaper is on a mission to help the departed tie up loose ends and make their crossing. In the process she dishes out one liners and zingers that will keep you laughing out loud, rolling your eyes, and possibly even snorting coffee out your nose! Our heroine is instantly likable and her whit is unmatched in the genre (in my humble opinion). Throw in a mysterious entity, toe curling other-worldly seduction, and a mind-altering orgasm and you have it all. Looking forward to book two.
I just couldn't get into the flippant style
did a good job with what she had to work with
wasting my time
sorry that I wasted my credits on this trilogy
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