Monday, May 9, 2016

Book Review: First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson Book 1) by Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson Book 1Title: First Grave on the Right
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #1
Pages: 310
My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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.


Charley Davidson is definitely someone you do not want to mess with, and know I'm not talking about who you think I am. I am referring to Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper Extraordinaire. From an early age (a VERY early age) Charley has been able to not only see ghosts, but have actual conversations with them. Although she has yet been forced into an institution, she has made quite the reputation for herself.

Instead of avoiding the police, she works with them. She helps solve murders, kidnappings, you name it! Technically she runs her own private investigation company (consists of her & her best friend Cookie) and works with the police department as a consultant. It makes things easier.

As for the book, I had an absolute blast reading First Grave on the Right! One review I saw explained that stringing a bunch of wise-cracks together does not make a novel. Well I do agree with that review, stringing a bunch of wise-cracks together does not make a novel, it makes a HILARIOUSLY FUN novel!! I laughed my way through the entire book. And, it's not just one character that gets all the good one-liners, instead, quite a few of the characters have an actual sense of humor. In other words, not everyone is severely serious, stoic, and unemotional.

Charley Davidson herself is one of the funniest characters...and she absolutely LOVES coffee. Yay, I found my soul-sister!! I too feel like I need a caffeine drip! This book definitely kept things interesting, it was you usual who-done-it, but with a quirky supernatural twist! I mean grim reaper, come on! I cannot wait to just tackle the rest of the series (It's ten books and counting)! I'm really hoping to see a little more of Garrett, I just think there's a little more to him than what Charley thinks.

"I did that thing where you scratch your eyebrow and flip someone off at the same time. I'm good at multitasking like that."

"Sorry, Uncle Bob, I thought you were someone else."
"I'm often mistaken for Tom Selleck."

"I stood and walked around the desk so I could stand over him. Menacingly. Like Darth Vader, only with better lung capacity." 


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