May 272014
Review: First Grave On The RightFirst Grave On The Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones
Published by St. Martin's Press on Nov 29, 2011
Genres: Adult, Humour, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

First Grave on the Right is the 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 Darynda Jones, an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

Why did no one physically put this book into my hands and tell me to read it now because I would absolutely love it? Because I did absolutely love it! It is everything I could want in a paranormal book. Funny. Sassy. Sarcastic. Strong heroine. Smexy and irritating partner. Loving family members. Smexy paranormal guy who is probably bad. Action. Adventure. Everything!

I honestly have no idea where to even start my review because I loved every aspect of this book. Charley was a great main character. She’s so sassy and sarcastic. She’s constantly spouting out one-liners that are highly amusing, and has taken a very laid-back approach to her very unorthodox life. Watching her work is highly amusing as she has a knack for causing or stumbling into the worst situations possible, and somehow manages to survive them in a not unbelievable way.

While I loved all the charactes, and Charley the best, I find that her best friend slash secretary Cookie has a special spot in my heart. She is the best supporter that Charley, or anyone, could have. She obviously loves Charley and is willing to help her with anything, even when she doesn’t know what’s going on. Her respect for Charley and her ability to offer assistance without pushing was incredibly heartwarming.

Overall, I think it’s obvious I loved this book. I’m a little late hopping on the series wagon, but that just means I can read them all without that annoying waiting for the next book. So if you’ll excuse me, I need to go get caught up on snarky grim reaper humour.

  6 Responses to “Review: First Grave On The Right”

  1. This is one of my favorite series! Just finished the newest one in one sitting and now have to wait painfully until fall for the next.

  2. I just started this book today. I’ve put off reading it because of all the mixed reviews on Goodreads. However, my cousin keeps telling me the series is a must read. So, when I saw the book on clearance at BAM, I had to buy it.

  3. I really loved this too. It’s been years since I read it, but I’m going to have to reread it b/c I really do want to get caught up in the series. I miss Cookie, LOL. And Charley. And Reyes. Yep, I see a reread in my furture 😉

    • I can definitely see why re-reading this book would be good. There is just so much to love in it. I’ve actually already started book 2 because I just don’t want to wait before reading more.

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