Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesFirst Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on 02/01/2011
Genres: Adult, Humor, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Library

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.

I’d say that the vast majority of book recommendations I get are from blogger friends.  It’s definitely one of the things I love best about the community – how we spread our love of the books we’ve read.  But, every once in awhile my IRL friends recommend books to me, and that’s the case with First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones.  My best friend told me she had been devouring them, so naturally I had read the first book, and suffice it to say that I totally understand the devouring of this series.

First Grave on the Right reminded me a lot of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich in tone (which is always a good thing).  Charley Davidson, the main character, definitely has an attitude similar to Stephanie’s but there are most assuredly some differences, such as Charley is a grim reaper.  Seriously, though, Charley was such a fun character, and it’s really her than makes this series ever so much fun. Charley is snarky, and she doesn’t take crap from anyone.  But Charley also has a vulnerable side that she does show every once in awhile.

Charley being a grim reaper just means that when people pass away, she’s the gateway, of sorts, to the other side.  And that also means she can see spirits, and that ability helps her with the normal job of being a private investigator and a consultant to the police.

In First Grave on the Right, Charley is woken up by a new spirit who has just been murdered, and a lot of the story is about Charley trying to figure out what happened to this spirit.  It was definitely a fun mystery.  Charley also has a few other things on her plate, though, particularly these very hot dreams she’s been having nightly about one very good looking man.  This was a really fun aspect of the story and I couldn’t stop reading because I had to find out what the deal was.

First Grave on the Right was such a fun, unputdownable book.  I will definitely be reading the second book very soon.  If you’re looking for something that is funny, with a mystery, romance and an amazing main character, First Grave on the Right might just be the book for you.


7 Responses to “Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones”

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      It was just such a fun read. And it’s really a quick read too, so not a huge time commitment. Well, unless you take into account the rest of the series 🙂

  1. Renee (@Addictofromance)

    Oh this one sounds so good, I have been curious about this one. and your review really has been wanting to go pick this one up. Loved your thoughts on it. Never read a book with a grim reaper in it, so I do love trying out something different.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      The whole grim reaper business was fun. And really, Charley is just such a fun character. And there’s romance! It’s not completely focused on the romance, but there is still a good amount of it in the book.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      If you need something fun, snarky, with some romance and just the best main character, you cannot go wrong with this. And it’s a really quick read, which I appreciate sometimes (okay a lot of the time!). 🙂

  2. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I loved this book too! I still need to read Second Grave on the Left. Not sure why I keep putting it off, but your review is inspiring me to push it up on the queue. Great review!

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