Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review - First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (finally)

Well I did it! Yay! I promised to start this series which many of my blogger friends simply adore and now I can see why! Charlie is a delight! So if you've been living under the same rock as I have enjoy. If you're an long time fan (book 10 was just published this month) enjoy the memories!

ISBN-13: 9780312662752
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Length: 320pp


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.
This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

My Review

Yes I know I must be the last paranormal/urban fantasy fan left on the planet who hasn’t enjoyed the Charley Davidson series by Darynda jones, well my friends I’m happy to say I’ve joined the ranks of the I have reads!

Jones’ first in her Charley Davidson series is a fantastic mix of paranormal urban fantasy and suspense. This super storyteller spins her tale with a narrative that’s a masterful meld of laugh out loud humor and intense drama.  Her protagonist Charley is a complex combo of funny, witty and compassionate and readers get her history through the stories she tells, her co-stars both corporeal and phantasms are all wonderfully rendered. And the punch in the gut ending will have fans salivating for book 2.

Charlotte (Charley) Davidson is a part time PI and part time bartender, just your garden-variety girl. Oh and she sees dead people because yep she’s also the Grim Reaper, a fact that helps when she assists her cop uncle in solving murders because the victims usually show up on her doorstep conveniently providing clues to their murders. Right now she’s got a trio of murdered lawyers who want their case solved, then she needs to send them off into the light. If that’s not enough she’s also had a disturbing/desirable spectral visitor who’s giving her phantasmic pleasurable dreams.

The Series

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Meet Darynda:NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at

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  1. I love this series. Charley is just so much fun. Cookie and her daughter (who has a larger role as the books go on) are even more fun. I'm glad you started this series and are enjoying it so far. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  2. I absolutely love this series and it makes me smile knowing you have final started it!

    1. Well you should smile its all because of you! ;-)

  3. So glad you are finally reading this and liking it most importantly! It is definitely a favorite.

  4. I've read this - supposedly and do you know I am really hazy on it. I will have to read it again if I take up the series!!

    1. ha ha ha Kathryn too many books to remember them all!

  5. Ahhh I so need to do this one still. I actually just packed this one up this weekend (I'm putting new floors and bookcases in my bedroom so everything is boxed up) Maybe when I'm done with the house stuff I'll give this one a go :)

    1. Anna, first I'm glad you're home safe from your trip, glad you had fun. Second you are the hardest working homeowner I know! Yes keep them separate you won't be sorry!