Book Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
(Charley Davidson #1)
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published February 1st, 2011 by St. Martin's Press
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.

Or a diagram of some kind.

A flow chart would have been nice.

Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. 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 (like 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. But what does he want with Charley? And why can't she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?

With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.

My thoughts…

What took me so long to read First Grave on the Right? I absolutely loved it, so much that I purchased the entire series.

Charley Davidson is a private investigator and The Grim Reaper. She helps those who have died pass to the other side. Charley works closely with the Albuquerque Police Department. Her uncle Bob is a Homicide Detective and her father is retired from the APD. Her father and uncle have known of Charley’s abilities since she was a child. Charley has been helping her father and uncle solve the difficult crimes by talking to the dead victims since she was a child.

In First Grave on the Right, three lawyers are murdered, and Charley begins talking to them at the crime scene of one of the lawyers. The other two lawyers let her know where the police can find their bodies. They begin telling Charley about the case they were working on before they died, which they believe is related to their murders. The APD begins searching for those involved, Charley goes along with them and she almost get herself killed. Charley is one of the best kick-butt heroines and it’s a good thing she heals quickly.   

While Charley is trying to solve the murders of the lawyers, she tries to solve the mystery of the sexy man that visits her dreams and seduces her with each visit. Mystery man seems very familiar to her, but she couldn't remember where she knows him from, until he calls her “Dutch”, then she remembers, Reyes Alexander Farrow, otherwise known as the Son of Satan, literally. Her chemistry with Reyes was off the charts. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens between Reyes and Charley.

The sarcasm and wit of Charley is wonderful, her banter with the dead and living is hilarious. I found the story to be fast paced, filled with plenty of humor and mystery. Charley as a character and the grim reaper aspect puts a nice spin on everything. In the beginning I was a little confused by all the characters, dead and living, once I got into the story I was able to keep up.│

This was a unique and entertaining read, and I think I've found a new heroine to love.

“I have three words for you," EMT Guy said. "Possible internal bleeding." I turned back to him. "Don't you think if I was bleeding internally, I'd know somewhere deep inside? Like, internally?”
Darynda Jones, First Grave on the Right
“But, you're his son," I said, trying really hard to hate him. "You're the son of Satan. Literally." "And you are the stepdaughter of Denise Davidson." Wow. That was a bit harsh, but, "Okay, point taken.” Darynda Jones, First Grave on the Right

Happy Reading -J





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