Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right

Source: Purchased
St. Martin’s Press
 Charley Davidson #1
Paperback,310 Pages 
 Paranormal Fantasy
Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: 4/5

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.

I’m so happy I finally got a copy of this book since I’ve been hearing good things about the series since  it came out last year. I remember thinking I could hold off on it because it would be just another paranormal mystery series that I would have to catch up on, but now I’m a bit mad at myself for not grabbing this sooner.

The opening chapter gives you a good taste of what to expect from this book. Right away you get the snarky humor of Charley, a small teaser of heat, and a pretty good idea about what kind of trouble this woman can get into. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like Charley, she took a bit time to get use to but once I did she had me laughing out loud.Each of the characters clearly have their own personalities and I could imagine the whole cast with no real trouble. Cookie, Charley’s friend and assistant, was probably my favorite side character due to her own larger than life personality. Reyes is probably the quietest male I’ve seen in a book recently, but he definitely knows how to demand attention. I wish he had talked just a tad more but it’s rather clear he doesn’t need to, he’s got a whole lot going for him. The ghosts are fantastic and each one is just as vibrant as the living the characters in this book, in fact they are not much different…though some seem to have lost that control “filter” that keeps them from saying/doing hilarious things.

The plot of the book is pretty fast paced, and if I hadn’t been so lazy I probably would have finished this in a day or so. There isn’t much downtime so all of the big questions that pop up are answered within a reasonable time, and by the end of the book most things are tied up pretty good. The lore that the book uses is refreshingly different in some aspects, and it’s a tad complicated but the author does a good job at explaining everything. I definitely see this as a series I’ll continue to read and I’m super curious to see how things will play out for Charley and the gang.

4 stars


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

  1. Christy @ Love of Books says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I read it during a read-along a few months ago and really liked it. I love Cookie, too! And Mr. Wong – lol.

  2. Thanks for the great review. I have wanted to read First Grave on the Right for a long time now and I could use something with a faster pace than what I have been reading lately.

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