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First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson Series) Hardcover – February 1, 2011
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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’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.
Charley's kind of cool. Not really a bad a$$ physically, but she is harder to kill than the average bear. She's full of wise cracks and sarcasm...and sometimes it seems like a tad TOO much - but the story is light and fun. She has a couple of side kicks ( 1 living, 1 dead) who help her solve mysteries and in the first installment she solves the mystery of the 3 dead lawyers.
Charley also has a fantasy lover, or more exactly an incorporeal lover...and part of the book involves figuring out just who he is, and then once she does what his deal is. Who he is, is Reyes Alexander Farrow and honestly, never has incorporeal been so hot! Turns out Reyes and Charley have been connected from the very beginning - but they may be pitching for opposite teams, and Reyes may possibly have to kill her - but in a loving for her own good and the good of all mankind kinda way.
The first installment was fast paced, fun and entertaining. I'd give it a solid 4 1/2 stars and the other half star is awarded to Reyes - for the possibility of being the best tortured, conflicted anti-hero ever - time will tell.
Charlotte "Charley" Davidson is THE Grim Reaper, every soul that is good and deserves to go to heaven but has unfinished business or don't want to cross over comes into contact with Charley eventually. That's her spiritual job, she is also a private investigator, a police consultant and a smart a55, strong, independent and sweet woman. She does not have a lot of contact with the male variety due to her ability to see ghosts so when she has an encounter with a guy, a dark guy in her dreams, she is all but a puddle of goo and the most captivating, funny, sexy as hell and heartwarming story begins.
One word people REYES....sigh....REYES
You will not regret if you give this series a chance, i love it and can't wait for the next books. This is re-read material and not just once....several times...
"I’ll be there.” “Thanks, kiddo. And, are you okay?” “Me? Always,” I said, just as the golden-haired demon dive-bombed for my eyes. She fell out of the car somewhere between Carlisle and San Mateo. “But I have to say, Uncle Bob, I’ve recently uncovered irrefutable evidence of why some species eat their young.”
His apology left me feeling guilty for not being more … I don’t know, supportive. Maybe I needed sensitivity training. I once signed up for an anger management class, but the instructor pissed me off.
That was it. I didn’t know what game he was playing—though I was fairly certain it wasn’t Monopoly … or checkers—but I refused to play along. I stood and walked around the desk so I could stand over him. Menacingly. Like Darth Vader, only with better lung capacity.
I could be mistaken, but I’m pretty sure my men-in-uniform fetish began that day. That sheriff was hot. And he handcuffed me. I’ve never been the same.
I sat in Misery— the Jeep, not the emotion
“My fore-parts, as you so ineloquently put it, have names.” I pointed to my right breast. “This is Danger.” Then my left. “And this is Will Robinson. I would appreciate it if you addressed them accordingly.”
After tripping on a planter, stubbing my pinkie toe on a step stool , and running face-first into the doorjamb, I eased onto the toilet and reviewed my agenda for the day with a tinkling melody playing in the background. Thank goodness I had a minimalist attitude toward home decor. If anything else had stood between me and the porcelain throne, I might not have lived to see my next birthday.
As if it were encrusted with precious jewels, I took the thick folder from him, then said absently, “I’d kill for some.” Oops. “No, I wouldn’t,” I assured him, glancing around the maximum-security prison. “I’ve never killed anyone. Except that one guy, but he had it coming.”
Uncle Bob was on the phone as usual when Garrett looked up at me from behind the patrol car’s open trunk, concern flashing in his eyes. With a curse, I realized the ache in my ribs and hip had me limping. I gritted my teeth, straightened my spine , and walked as normally as possible. Then I had to force myself to relax a little, fearing my walk resembled the robot dance from the eighties.
Sarcasm. Only one of the services offered. —T-SHIRT
“Oh, yeah,” Chrystal said, nodding her head in dreamy remembrance. “There was a moment every day when you could have heard a pin drop. He would raise his hands and push the hood back, and it was like watching heaven reveal itself.”
After I subjected him to a warning scowl, I pointed in the general vicinity of my left ovary, “This is Beam Me Up.” Then to my right. “And this is Scotty.”