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First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson Series) Hardcover – February 1, 2011
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“Sexy, sassy . . . Jones’s characters, both living and dead, are colorful and endearing. . . . Cheeky charm . . . sarcastic wit.”—The Associated Press
“Jones’s wickedly witty debut will delight aficionados of such humorous paranormals as Casey Daniels’s Pepper Martin Mysteries and Dakota Cassidy’s Accidental Friends series.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Jones skillfully establishes the novel’s setting and keeps up the pace with plenty of action. And let’s be honest—the sex is pretty hot, too. Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon and other authors of paranormal romance will love this series debut.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Fast-talking Charley’s wicked exuberance and lust for life will appeal to fans of MaryJanice Davidson and Janet Evanovich and maybe fill a hole for those mourning the recently canceled Ghost Whisperer.”—Publishers Weekly
“Jones makes a truly memorable debut with her unique tale that is sexy, mysterious, and sarcastically fun!”—RT Books Reviews
“It’s a fun, sexy, exciting read.”—Suspense Magazine
“A true paranormal princess has been proclaimed. Bravo Ms. Jones, you have just hit the big time. . . . A brilliant novel . . . Do not walk; run to get your copy of First Grave on the Right when it debuts.”—Night Owl Reviews
“This book is full of surprises and fun to be had for all. I barely finished this book and already can’t wait to visit with Charley Davidson again in the next novel, Second Grave on the Left. First Grave on the Right deserves nothing less than a Five Angel, Recommend Read status.”—Fallen Angel Reviews
“Hold on to your hats and get comfortable, you won’t want to get up for a long, long time as Charley Davidson sweeps you in and holds on tight.”—The Romance Reviews
“A smashing, award-winning debut novel.”—Goodreads
“In the currently crowded paranormal world, First Grave on the Right is a bright beacon of originality. Jones writes with a sharp, addictively acerbic sense of humor, and she combines genres with the carefully controlled precision of a master literary mixologist.”—Reader to Reader . . .
“A fast and fun read [that] will leave you begging for more. Second Grave on the Left is due out in August, and I can’t wait.”—Fresh Fiction
“This book takes a humorous view on the old Grim Reaper cliché. Charley is a smart, enjoyable character with enough snark to keep one laughing even as the plot darkens.”—Affaire de Coeur
“The best debut novel I’ve read in years! Hilarious and heartfelt, sexy and surprising . . . I’m begging for the next one!!”—J. R. Ward, New York Times bestselling author of Lover Avenged
“I am furiously envious of Darynda Jones and rue the day she came up with this concept, damn her eyes. First Grave on the Right . . . kidnapped me from the first paragraph, and didn’t let go until the exceedingly yummy conclusion.”—MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of Undead and Unwelcome and Me, Myself and Why?
“First Grave on the Right is smart, sharp, and wickedly entertaining. Grab this one.”—Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author of Fired Up
“First Grave on the Right is witty, darkly thrilling, and oh, so sexy!”—Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Whisper
“First Grave on the Right is a phenomenal debut! This series opener has it all—rollicking humor, sizzling sexual tension, and a spine-tingling mystery. I’m eagerly awaiting the next Charley Davidson tale!”—Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author of Pleasure of a Dark Prince
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If you liked the Stephanie Plum series in the beginning and then thought it just lost it's steam you should really read this series. It's so far above the Plum novels in my opinion -not even in the same league!
A few of favorite things : Charley's named her female body parts
While she can see the dead no one else can so she comes up with some creative ways to talk with them without those around her thinking she's crazy
She and Garret have some of the funniest dialogue ever
Reyes melts my kindle... and my heart...and other things...
Charlie is a "host" to several characters, and as they are introduced in the book, you just manage to sit back and enjoy the ride! Charlie is explaining her abilities to one "soul" when he looks in the corner of her bedroom and sees an oriental gentleman levitating in the corner..and he asks Charlie point blank...."is he in time-out"? Try explaining that to a dearly departed!
There are of course 2 hunky men that Charlie is attracted to...one a mere mortal, the other...well, it's best if you read the book to draw your own conclusions. But I have to say....both of them are in for a serious dose of her humor!
Three people killed in a triple homicide ask her to investigate the crime. At the same time she learns who Entity is the offspring of, and his claim they are ironically soul mates.
Charley is the queen of humorous biting sarcasm even when in the heat of sex (live and dreaming) and never lets up on her mocking the living and the dead summed up by the heroine at the onset with her comment about her wet dreams being "death by divine pleasure". In other words a ghost in need is a pest as she makes or breaks the tale depending on your tastes. Fans who appreciate an acerbic heroine will relish this strong investigative urban fantasy; otherwise need to pass. The Jones mythos is set nicely so the reader will believe in the mocking Ghost Whisperer who is not a tender Jennifer Love Hewitt but still solves homicides enabling dispirited spirits to cross into the light.
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Written in the first person our protagonist is a 27 year old grim reaper, she leads dead people to the light, but it gets a bit tricky when the dead have been murdered or time cut short, they need closure & to be heard. She works as a consultant to the police & her uncle who is lead detective has no qualms about using a little inside information.
When there is a triple murder, she's called in to help. Ghosts aplenty & the constant reminder she's not 'normal', I found Charley a likeable character, witty, sarcastic, a huge chip on her shoulder, cynical & a world weary attitude where she cares more for the dead than the living.Her inner dialogue and thought processes made it entertaining with her unique prospective on the world & the dead. Heart wrenching, funny, Reyes is sexy as hell - the premise & plot are full, characters well rounded, I have ordered the next book in the series Second Grave on the Left.
If you like Chole Neil (Chicagolands), Kalayna Price (Grave Series) & those of that ilk give it a go. It's more plot than romance, but both are pretty intense.
Really enjoyed it & ready to read the next book..
I have always been a character reader. Darynda Jones has truly brought her characters to life, mostly likeable & all, in their own ways, completey unusual--maybe totally nuts but still dedicated AND written in such a way that I wasn't constantly thinking about how plausible they were.
Well, actually I spent a lot of time laughing...
I am thrilled to know that a number of books in this series are waiting for me!