First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson Series)


"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.


First Grave in the Right was a book club book for this month. Everyone seemed to love it so I was excited to read it. Based on their snippets throughout the month it was funny and sexy and just plain fun in general. Everyone loved it. Did I enjoy it? Yes I did. It reminded me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Entertaining, fun, and a good light read. I really enjoyed them, but at the same time I don't think they are the best books ever written. Not really deep, not something that stays with me forever, not something that I have to immediately go and read the next book in the series, not something that I am like OMG you HAVE TO read this book!! but I enjoy reading it while I am reading it. They are fun and witty and sarcastic and good books. I would recommend it, but it won't make my top list of books you absolutely must read. I will probably get to the second book in the series in the new year (I am on my Christmas time reads right now, so no time for ghosts and Satan's son and Grim Reapers until then!). 

The book is about Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper. She was fun and witty and super sarcastic and I loved reading her. She is so quick with the come backs that make me laugh. I wish I were more like that. It was interesting to read how people see Charley since she can come off odd. I mean she does talk to ghosts no one else can see, so it is kind of hard not to. I like her ghost that just sits in the corner of her apartment. I like the lawyer ghosts that were the murders she had to solve in this book. I liked all the fun she got up to.

Reyes is a dark mysterious other being for most of the book. You don't really get to know him too much. Every time he comes into a scene it just turns into sexy time. It was a bit ridiculous, but so is the entire book. I'm sure you will find out more about him in the next books, but for this first one I never really got a grasp of what he is all about (except having sexy time with Charley. I got that).

Overall the story was entertaining. It was fun watching Charley try and figure out what was going on and who Reyes is. I good fun light read.

Rating: 3/5


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