First Grave on the Right is the 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 Darynda Jones, an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.
“Dude. I’m not kidding – you have to get out of your body. It’s freaking me out.”
He leaned up just enough for me to see his face. “It’s my body, dammit. I know the law, and possession is 9/10ths of it.”
First Grave on the Right was just fun to read. It was a light, easy murder investigation where the main character could see, and talk to, the ghosts of those who are dead. It also read really quick because everything ran into each other and all the plots overlapped.
Plus it is completely and utterly unbelievable.
There is something very easy to read in a book where the events inside are so ridiculous you cannot even suspend your disbelief. It makes you know that this is a book, and a series, where consequences just aren’t really a thing. The characters, plot, and even the author can do whatever they want to make the read fun. And that is exactly what First Grave on the Right is: just fun.
Charley Davidson is just one of those characters that doesn’t take anything serious. She is a flighty sex risk who knows who, and what, she is – and she isn’t going to let anyone forget it. That means that she goes around telling people she is the Grim Reaper and expects them to believe it, or not. However, if they choose to not believe her and she needs them to…well, it gets fun. Charley surrounds herself with the people she loves because she loves to be around them, yet she also can hold a grudge against people like you wouldn’t believe. She is also ridiculously overpowered for the world she lives in. So really, she is just created to have fun.
The side characters are also fun. Her Uncle Bob, which she calls “Ubie” is a homicide detective who has worked with Charley for years, since she was a child. He has had to deal with Charley’s more eccentric qualities her entire life and has learned to just run with it. Then there is Cookie, her best friend, next door neighbor, and..secretary? As far as I can tell, Cookie is her legal name, not a nickname. Says a lot about her. Cookie has a teenage daughter named Amber. Both of them are just as ridiculous as Charley, but they aren’t the instigators, they just go along in Charley’s wake.
Then there is Reyes Farrow, the dark entity that is stalking Charley for some fun times. Charley knows nothing about him in the beginning, not even his name. Slowly, Charley learns that not only has this dark entity been following her her entire life, it is actually someone she met when she was a teenager. All while being sexually “attacked” every so often that makes others look at her sideways. It is super sexy. I don’t do it justice.
The end is the first hint that there is going to be more to this series than fun, witty one liners, ridiculous scenarios, and sexy times. There is more to Charley and Reyes, and everything else that we have started out with in this first book. The series is in for a wild ride.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Charley Davidson series page!