Review–First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones


First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1)

by Darynda Jones
Summary: 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.

Source: I purchased a paperback

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First Grave on the Right was exactly what I wanted and expected. It was a lighthearted and fun paranormal novel and I totally enjoyed reading it. My favorite thing about adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy is how fun it can be while also being serious. It’s what kept me going in the Sookie Stackhouse series and this series is a close fit to the same sort of style and tone.

Charley had her hands full. She could see the dead and usher them to the other side and she used that to help her as a private investigator. She worked closely with her uncle, who was a cop, to solve cases since she could speak to the dead person. She had a great attitude, quirky friends, and no ability to realize that situations could be dangerous. Like Sookie, she ended up getting hurt because of her abilities.

I think most negative reviews are from people who don’t typically enjoy the paranormal romance/urban fantasy genre. If you know what to expect, this book totally delivers. But if you were looking for better fleshed out complications in the plot and less girl talk, you won’t find it here. And if you are looking for the hot and steamy serious paranormal romances like that of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, this probably isn’t the book for you either, though it gets a bit steamy at times. It’s full of corny jokes, quirky people, and heroines who make light of their actual dangerous situations.

This kind of book is one that would pair well with a night in and some popcorn. It’s fun, entertaining, and awesome to read. I definitely recommend reading it and I’ll continue the series. If you like the Sookie Stackhouse novels, the Paranormalcy trilogy or anything paranormal from Jennifer L. Armentrout, you’ll probably enjoy First Grave on the Right. It's good old fashioned PNR.


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