Saturday, June 20, 2015

Book Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson, Book 1
Publication: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (July 5, 2011)

Description: 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.

First Grave on the Right is the winner of the 2012 Rita Award for Best First Book.

My Thoughts: Charley Davidson is a reaper. She sees dead people. She works as a private investigator and helps her uncle, a police detective, solve his cases. It helps when the dead person can tell you who did it.

Charley has had a mysterious companion who has come to her rescue\many times when she needed him. She has also had a crush on a guy she met when she was a young teen but hasn't seen since. Now it appears that the two are one and the same and the guy is brain-dead in a coma with the plug scheduled to be pulled in three days. Charley needs to find some want to delay his termination and/or convince him to wake up.

She is also involved in a trafficking case. Three lawyers were killed in one night and all of them want Charley to solve the case before they move on.

This book was fun. Charley is a great character who is quick with the one-liner and who has a unique view on life. I can't wait to dive into more books in this series.

Favorite Quote:
If I couldn't be a good example, I'd just have to be a horrible warning.
This book has been on my TBR mountain since Feb. 15, 2012. You can buy your copy here.


  1. Great review Kathy! I just recently read this one myself, and I enjoyed it. I hope you'll keep on having fun with this series.
    Have a great weekend and happy reading :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  2. This sounds like such a fun read. I can't wait to give it a try!

  3. I am so glad that you enjoyed this. I just finished the latest, book eight. Still good with the one liners although it had a slightly different focus.


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