Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

For Some People DEATH Is Always Knocking On Your Door

PhotobucketTitle: First Grave on the Right
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #1
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: February 1, 2011

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.

“So many dead people, so little time.”

Charley Davidson is such an inspirational protagonist from the beginning of this book I couldn’t get enough of her. Easy 5 stars!!! This book took me on an adventure ride that i was sad and dissapointed when i finished, because i did not want to get off. So many times while reading I burst out laughing while reading: So beware when reading this in public ;)

Never have I read a book before with so many wonderfully imaginative and witty one-liners that I wanted to memorize them so I could store them into a box for later use.

Charley’s a Grim Reaper with 3.7 jobs (her words not mine) her most prided position is her own Private Investigation business enabling her to work for the Albuquerque Police Department as her Uncle Bob’s (Ubie to Charley) secret weapon of choice. She’s snarky, sexy, intelligent, charasmatic, empathetic, quirky, tough, and hilarious.

“My P.I. techniques would never be the stuff of legend. They would never make it into criminology textbooks or university lecture halls. But I did feel that, with some focus, I could have a strong presence in chat rooms.
If I couldn’t be a good example, I’d just have to be a horrible warning.

Since she has been able to see dead people since she was born, she works solving various crimes including murder as well as getting messages back to the families of loved ones whom have passed. Though most are skeptic of her abilities she has a very few followers that believe in get ability but she doesn’t flaunt it or share it with many for fear of their reaction or the fact that it may be too overwhelming for the person.

I felt this quote from the book accurately describes Charley:
“That’s what he told me. You ferry souls to the other side. He said you sparkle like a newborn galaxy and have more attitude than a rich kid with his daddy’s Porsche.”

Darynda Jones did a fabulous job creating the new and original character Charley Davidson. It’s a breath of fresh air in Urban Fantasy. The plot had me guessing right up until the very end attempting to discover just what is Reyes??!! Only to discover I was completely wrong!

Each character was unique and fun; from Cookie the carefree supportive assistant, Debbie the wicked stepmother, Garrett the unbelievably sexy angry doubting skip-tracker, Reyes scary but deliciously sexy protector, Angel the dead 13 year old gang-banger Private Investigator, three deceased attorneys assisting Charley in solving their murder, as well as her supportive uncle and father.

I would recommend this to romance readers with a flair for Urban Fantasy looking for something new, mysterious and exciting! I’m eagerly waiting to continue Charley’s story Second Grave On The Left


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Miss Vain

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13 Responses to Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

  1. I LOVE this series! She is a phenomenal writer! I suggest you read the other books in the series, you will love them!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Heather!! I’m excited to read the next two as well, the publisher sent them to me and I can already tell I’m going to LOVE them!!!;)

  2. I just got done reading this one too! I agree with your assessment 100% an easy 5. I laughed my butt off through parts of this book, which is bad because I was reading it at 2 in the morning and I’m not entirely sure I didn’t wake up my housemates.

    • MissVain says:

      Hahaah!!! J.R. I bet you did wake them up LOL. They probably thought you were entertaining company, HA!;)

  3. Amber Hughes says:

    I’m so happy to see you’re reading this series!! It’s one of my favorites! Definitely 5 stars! Oh Reyes…*sigh* and I love Charley’s humor. The supporting characters are great too!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Amber :)

      Reyes is very yummy, and I’m excited to read this series as well!!! Darynda Jones is such a unique and witty writer! Can’t wait to read more of her books!

  4. melliane says:

    I loved loved this book, it’s an amazing series and I think the other books are just even better! Glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did. great review!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Malliane :)

      I can’t wait to read the rest they sound awesome!!!! Charley, and Reyes are great together. He’s super duper SEXY and Charley is HILARIOUS!!!! OMG! I love this series!!:)

  5. braine says:

    I am loving the cover and I am a sucker for one liners, I think I have a file somewhere. Hahahah! Her 3.7 jobs are intriguing me… thanks for the witty review :)

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Braine

      I think you’ll love this series with the one liners and the GHOSTS!!! Aren’t you on a ghosts kick right now??? Then this is the series for you!!! Thanks Braine

  6. Ning says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about this series. I might pick up this one soon for some lighthearted fun!

  7. I LURVE D.J. and this series. It just gets better and better. 4th Grave can’t get here soon enough….have you heard that CBS has bought the rights to the series?
    Great blog review!

  8. Alexa says:

    So upset that I have yet to start this series. I have read many great reviews on the first book and the rest of the series that it really is one that I can’t wait to dive right in on.

    Thanks for the amazing review, so glad you connected so well. I love one liners as well so I can’t wait for all of the wit and good times.

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