Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published Feb. 1st, 2011 in Hardcover by St. Martins Press
Source: Purchased

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.

I first heard of this book (I may have heard of it before but it didn’t stick with me) on Giselle’s blog at Xpresso Reads and her description of Charley had me saying I have to read this series now and I went out and bought it almost immediately.   And I started it the same day.  I was desperate for a smart, snarky woman with some unique abilities and Charley more then delivered.  I seriously adored her.  She can see ghosts, as a matter of fact she is the grim reaper.  But really I felt like this was more ghost whisperer then anything else.  She can help ghosts and they can help her {which is very helpful when you’re a P.I. that helps out the police} and she also is how they move on if they so choose.

Charley’s personality is amazing.  She doesn’t really take anything too serious, but yet she’s not stupid.  She says what’s on her mind without being obnoxious.  She’s a caring person who is always trying to help everyone and she’s a true friend to those who care about her.  She’s hilarious and witty and says the funniest things ever.  And she’s like one of my new favorite-est characters for real.
Now this book doesn’t just have an amazing MC, but it has a fantastic story line as well.  It’s constant action as Charley is uncovering why three lawyers from the same firm were killed the same evening and with their help are discovering some pretty nasty stuff.  At the same time she’s trying to figure out who this ‘guy/thing’ is that is giving her sexy ‘dreams’ and does he have some relation to the ‘guy/thing’ that has saved her life countless times.  There’s lots to be discovered and Charley doesn’t hesitate to do the dirty work nearly putting her life in peril time and time again.

I honestly cannot recommend this book any more highly.  It was a fantastic start to a series and I’ll be trying my hardest to get my hands on the next two books as soon as possible! If I haven’t convinced you yet then go check out Giselle’s review HERE.  She’s got some awesome quotes in hers.

5/5 stars!

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  1. Yes! 5/5–I really liked this one, too (you know me and my urban fantasy obsession). Charley’s a GREAT character and so much fun to read. Hum…thinking I might have to see if there are more, since you reminded me how much I liked this first one.

  2. Great review! I have been eying this and I know a lot of people have enjoyed it (including my sister) but I still haven’t gotten it and I don’t know why.

  3. I got this book for really cheap during a Borders closing sale because some adult blogs that I read were raving about it back then. I’m glad that this one ended up being a book that you really loved. I’m starting to figure out that those kickass heroines tend to be in books that are more along the lines of UF even though this one is romance..I think.

    Anyway it sounds amazing and now I’m happy that I have this book already waiting for me when I have the time to read it.

    As always thank you for another great review!

  4. I saw Giselle’s review and thought I’d put this on my wishlist, but now with your review too? I think I’ll have to get it!

    (I did just see that Audible has the audiobook for $4.95 right now!! I’m definitely going to grab this one!)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  5. Awesome review! Have read a few good reviews for this one lately so I got myself a copy too! Can’t wait to read it, but there are still sooooo many books that I say the same thing of!

  6. Okay, is it just me or is there another series with the same exact name? At least the first book? Maybe by Jeanine Frost? That’s what’s confusing me.

    This one sounds great. I’m sure it isn’t YA, but still sounds great! I’ll have to read with such a stellar review from you!


  7. WOW!! Whenever I see a reviewer I trust rate something as 5 stars, it always makes me want to read it! I don’t think I ever would’ve found this book on my own because it doesn’t sound like my usual read, but Charley’s amazing personality and the fantastic storyline make this sound like one of those under-appreciated yet amazing books! :)

    Awesome review, Candace!

  8. My library has a copy of this book and the sequel, looks like I may be checking it out very soon:) Plus, can I have that outfit on the cover, including the nail polish? Those shoes are to die for (ha, ha), heck I’ll even take the sickle. Another glowing review Candace!

  9. Candace I loved this book. It ended up on my best of 2011 list. The first review I wrote for my blog still one of my favorites. Glad you loved it too! I still need to read 2&3 they are in my pile calling. Hope you have a great weekend.

  10. Oh, wow! Great review. Seriously, I’m so curious now. I’ve never payed to much attention to this one before (and I don’t even know why) but you have me wanting to rush and get it as well. 😉 Glad you loved it so much!

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