First Grave on the Right review

April 13, 2015 Reviews 13 ★★★★

First Grave on the Right reviewFirst Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #1
Publisher: Macmillan
Date Published: February 1st 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Private Investigators, Women Sleuths
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 320
Audiobook Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Audiobook Narrator: Lorelei King
Rating: four-stars
Description: 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?


Julie Review Avatar Julie’s Review:

I’ve had this series on my to-read for a while now so finally I got started with the audios. Firstly, Charlie Davidson is full of awesome sass. I love a good sassy heroine who can make fun of herself and who puts herself in sticky situations and gets out of them. She is seriously a fun character. She’s a (the?) grim reaper so she uses her ability to talk to the departed to solve their murders. How’s that for a useful skill for a PI? Also, I love her assistant and bestie Cookie who knows all about Charlie’s “quirks” and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. But let’s not forget to talk about this mysterious entity, Reyes. Reyes is HOT and has a special connection with Charlie. The scenes when his um, spirit I guess, visits Charlie are smoldering and his personality is so mysterious.  Charlie can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble, and someone is always trying to kill her – this makes for a fast-paced (if a bit repetitive) and exciting plot. I like the writing style and the author uses metaphors beautifully. I’m also enjoying the unique use of supernatural critters (cause I might be vamped and shiftered out for the moment). The narrator does a great job with all the voices and I especially enjoy her voice for Charlie – dripping with sassy sarcasm and all. Overall, First Grave on the Right is a hit for me. Moving on to book 2 🙂

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Rating Report
Overall: 4

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13 Responses to “First Grave on the Right review”

  1. Sunny Smith

    This sounds interesting!It’s the best when you get a really good narrator.

    I’m always a little too happy when I see another book-blogger who listens to audiobooks. I have really got into them this year, but so many people don’t appreciate them or can’t focus on them!
    Sunny Smith recently posted…How to Get Library Labels Off Books

    • Julie

      I LOVE audiobooks 🙂 They have saved my sanity in traffic. Plus, that’s the only way I read nowadays – can’t read at home, baby sees to that.

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf since it released. Why, oh why have I put it off when everyone raves about it? *shrugs* I have no idea. 🙂 You’ve got me excited though, Julie. I love heroines who are pistols and I also like grim reaper stories. And guess what? If I read it, I’m adding another book to my #ShelfLove shelf. 🙂 Great review!
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    • Julie

      Yea it was pretty unique (not too many reaper books on my shelves) so that was fun.

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