- Series: Charley Davidson Series (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st Printing edition (February 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312662750
- ISBN-13: 978-0312662752
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,433 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*Starred Review* Charley Davidson�s police-officer father and uncle began consulting her for help in solving murders when she was five years old. Charley has a special gift�she sees and talks to the victims. Her job is to point the recently departed to the light, but those who have been murdered want her to make sure their killers are caught. Charley�s latest clients-from-beyondare three personable lawyers, all murdered by the same person at nearly the same time. When she�s not helping ghosts with the ultimate closure, Charley is trying to figure out who her sizzling-hot dream lover is. The manuscript for this sassy, sarcastic, sexy novel won the Romance Writers of America�s Golden Heart for Best Paranormal Romance. Now Jones� wickedly witty debut will delight aficionados of such humorous paranormals as Casey Daniels� Pepper Martin Mysteries (Don of the Dead, 2006; The Chick and the Dead, 2007; Tombs of Endearment, 2007) and Dakota Cassidy�s Accidental Friends series (The Accidental Werewolf, 2008; Accidentally Dead, 2008; The Accidental Human, 2009). Librarians will want to be on the lookout for the next book in Jones� series, Second Grave on the Left (2011). --Shelley Mosley
“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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I have seen a lot of books about main characters that can see dead people but this one was so hilarious and well written that it outdid all the other ones I had read previously. This is such a fun book I can't wait to read more from this author.
I’m generally not a huge fan of “paranormal romantic suspense,” but I picked this up because of the setting – Albuquerque, New Mexico, which I live very close to. I liked that Charlie comes from a family of cops, and that her family values her talent, even if they don’t exactly understand it. Well, everyone but her evil stepmother, that is. I struggled a little bit with the plotline involving the Entity (that’s right, entity with a capital E), the Big Bad who has been following Charlie her entire life, and who has killed to protect her. At first it (It?) was interesting, but then got annoying by the end of the book.
Pluses: Albuquerque setting – well described; the characters – really well established for a first in a series; the relationship between Charlie and her family and friends; frequently funny dialogue; and good writing. One of my favorite exchanges between Charlie and her uncle, a cop: “Before I could argue, he said, ‘We found Mr. Rivera floating in the Rio Grande.’ ‘Maybe he was thirsty,’ I offered. ‘Have you ever tasted the Rio Grande?’ ‘Not lately,’ I said, wondering when he had. And why. And if he carried any parasites because of it.” Another time, Charlie gets banged up on the job and then later runs into the guy in question while she’s got an armload of groceries. “’Ms. Davidson, I didn’t mean to hit you.’ I raised (my gun) again and arched my brows in question. I thought about throwing my grocery bags at him and making a run for it, but those avocados were expensive. Damn my love of guacamole.”
Minuses: The Big Bad was intriguing at first, but things just got a little too woo-woo by the end of the book for me. Also, there are some fairly racy sex scenes, which I just ended up paging past. A little TMI, for my tastes.
On balance, I enjoyed the witty banter, characters and writing style enough that I am going to check out book 2 in the series and see where that goes.
This was a pleasant surprise. Charley is an unexpected delight, she is quirky, sassy and one of the most intriguing characters I have read recently. I was completely pulled in by this story and eager to read more and find out what is up with Charley. Great characters add to a fantastic read.
Then there is Reyes, who is in a category all by himself. An extremely sexy, very intriguing, and tantalizingly elusive category.
By the time I reached the end of this book, I realized what a feat this author had pulled off. Because the story is so entertaining, it's easy to breeze through it without realizing its vast scope. There are many elements and an assortment of characters, and the author juggles them all without dropping the ball once. I am completely immersed in Charley's world.
The supporting characters in this story are also top notch, both the living and the dead. I laughed throughout this entire story at the antics Charley pulls and her friend Cookie is always there backing her right up one way or another. I liked that Charley did actually investigate crimes, usually ones that had been done to the victim who came to her for help. Everything about First Grave on the Right was just amazing! This is a book and a series that I highly recommend!
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.