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
Original idea, humorous.
The humor and that it was an original idea that Charley is a grim reaper.
Lots of laughs.
Listened for a second time; I had forgotten how funny the first book was.
My daily drive is about 2 hours a day and this book was a great listen. I love Charley because she has a sense of humor that I can relate to.
To find out who 'Big Bad' is
Great book. Interesting premise and I love Charley. She is hysterical. On to the next one...
I have never written a review before and I honestly never thought I would, even though I like reading them. But this book and this whole series are just so incredibly amazing and I myself stumbled over the first book by coincidence so I thought I would try to spread the word.
I read a lot of books in the paranormal genre, but what I think really makes this series stand out is that it has all the elements I love in one place: First of all, the humour is great! I was grinning constantly while reading and often laughed out loud. Secondly, the male main character is just really hot. No kidding, like really, really hot, not just pretending to be so. And with all these hot male characters around in all the other books, it's hard to actually stand out. But he does! And finally, I never got bored for one second while reading. Usually, I can get impatient while reading conversations with side characters and resolving side storylines. I am just waiting for whatever hot male character to return or for the main plot to be resolved. But everything about this book is just really entertaining, mainly because the main character has a rather unique look on things. She could be describing the periodic system and I swear I would enjoy every word of it. Though actually, I doubt she would be capable of concentrating long enough for that.
While this is in itself an amazing book and series, the narrator just makes it unique. She brings every character to live, not just the main ones, but even side characters who only appear briefly. She does it so well that you always know who is speaking before you're told and she makes no mistakes. If there was an Oscar for best narration, it should go to Lorelei King! I have read a lot of audio books and this is the best narration I have ever come across.
Words fail me, and it's not only because I am in a constant state of panic because I don't even know when the next book in this series is going to come out. It's worth 5 credits, but you only have to pay one!
I have this series in audio & hardback. I love them both, but my husband likes to listen to them and I am not as great a narrator as Lorelei.
I can't choose just one memorable moment ... Chapter 20 is all I'm saying, because it contains so many answers to so much of the book.
The scene at the health-care facility, where she kissed him and fainted, is only one of my favorite scenes.
Sarcasm, Humor, and ADD.
How I describe this book to my friends...
A different kind of mystery and supernatural romance.
I love this series, it is one of my favorite!!!
This series is wonderful! Full of mystery, comedy, romance and suspense! Who knew books about a grim ripper could be so witty!
I wasn't quite expecting the entertainment value I found in this novel. If you love Molly Harper books, you'll enjoy this series as well. I've only listened to the first in the series, but have just ordered the next and can't wait to hear it. Narrator is excellent, story is excellent, and I'm just having too much fun listening to this as I rehab my house.... painting, dry walling, mudding, etc.
I have a feeling the next books in the series will be even better than the first. Light entertainment, but not frivolous silliness, witless women being so self absorbed hotties. Doesn't give all the good fun away in a rush. Makes you wait.
Not intense SEP or the like, but still very good genre. Smart, quirky, not smutty, but still very sexy, funny... tends to tug at your heart strings (no kidding) with the first person experience of story teller.
Would recommend to friends and other listeners out there who like authors like Harper, SEP (light), and summer. Glad there is a series to listen to. Enticed to see/hear where it is going.
Well worth a credit.
I enjoyed the fast paced snarky style of this story and it had some decent plot points and character development. The best part however, was the narration by Lorelei King - she makes the characters come to life and makes it possible to overlook the weaker parts of the story. I would recommend this book for a good fast paced romp of a listen. I would not recommend this book if you want a particularly strong heroine.
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.
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