Monday, January 28, 2013

First Grave on the Right Review

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones 

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.

4 out of 5 stars

First Grave on the Right is the first book in the Charley Davidson series.

Charley Davidson is a Grim Reaper, PI, and consultant for the Albuquerque PD. She can see and talk to ghosts which makes it easy to solve murders if they can tell you who did it. When her Uncle Bob calls her to the crime scene of a dead lawyer, she gets involved in a case bigger than she expected. She also has been having sex dreams about a guy she met almost 15 years earlier, but they seem like more than dreams and he may be more than human.

One of the blurbs on the back of the book said this book would be for fans of MaryJanice Davidson and Janet Evanovich. Outside of the paranormal romance aspect, I'd say it's not much like MaryJanice Davidson and a lot more like Janet Evanovich. It's a sort-of mystery, but along the same lines as the Stephanie Plum style mystery- less investigating and more falling into dangerous situations.

The character of Charley actually reminded me a lot of Isabel Spellman from The Spellman Files. She had that same immaturity and snarkiness that was funny but could sometimes be annoying. Other than the few times that I felt like slapping her and telling her to grow up, I enjoyed Charley. None of the other characters were particularly developed, but not really one dimensional either. Most of them just weren't in the book much.

Reyes Farrow, the love interest, wasn't actually in the book that much. We hear the story of how they met when Charley was 15 and I was a little turned off by him then. We don't actually see him again until the end. Most of the time, he's there as a shadow and dream sex where she can't even see him. At this moment, I'm not really into him... but I have the next two books and he may grow on me.

Overall, I really liked this book. I happened to buy the next two at the same time as part of a buy 2 get 1 free sale, but if I didn't already have them I would have gone out and bought them. If you like the Stephanie Plum books or the character from The Spellman Files, I would recommend this. It does have some paranormal romance in it as well but, despite being a large part of Charley's life, it's not the biggest part of the book.

*Picture and description from Goodreads

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