by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #1
Published by St. Martin's Press Release date : February 1st 2011
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased | Format: Paperback
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This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.
Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. 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 (like 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. But what does he want with Charley? And why can't she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?
With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.
I have been on the hunt for a new adult Urban Fantasy to sink my teeth into. I’ve see First Grave on the Right around, but never snagged it until I saw it on sale at my local book store. And let me just say; I think I have found another series to sate my fix.
Charley is a kick ass, hilarious main character. She’s a private investigator, using her Reaper abilities to help the local police, solving crimes and what have you. Original? Not really, but I love this story line. I loved her relationship with her Uncle, “Ubie”, and her best friend Cookie. It does feel like she holds them at arms length, but with her abilities and history, I can understand why. Her “I like you but hate you” relationship with Swopes, too. Even though he is a skeptic, he really tried to understand how Charley’s abilities work. I loved their banter.
Of course, we have a romance. This was a very interesting way to start out a… “relationship”. I honestly don’t really know how to describe him, because I don’t even really know what is going on there. Sure, I know what he is but there is still so much more to discover about him and his attraction/affection for Charley. But their scenes together were HOT.
I love the writing. Darynda has a sense of humor that just comes naturally to the pages. There were several times when I was crackin up and even reading small snid-bits to my husband. Although I must admit, while overall the humor was well, funny; and it felt natural– I did feel like there were times where the humor wasn’t necessary and I could have went without. There are just times when shit is serious and real, ya know? I did like how we got the back story on Charley, too. I hate info dump, and the slow reveals over the course of the story worked out really well. The mysteries too, were really well written and kept me guessing and on my toes until the end.
I feel like we are only barely brushing on the world that Darynda will bring us, and I love it when you learn and discover more, along side the main character. The small taste we got at the end has me anticipating what else is to come.
My Peeve- Just the infrequent times when I felt the humor was overdone and unnecessary.
Overall- I really enjoyed this! Well written, fast paced mystery that will keep you on your toes and has a kick ass main character. Great start to a series, I can’t wait to continue. Highly recommend.