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March 2, 2012

Book Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Title: First Grave on the Right
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #1
Release Date: February 1st 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Age: Adult
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.
I don't know why I haven't read this book before! What was I thinking?

First Grave on the Right starts with Charley being awaken by a ghost, who was killed and wants to know who and why. Apparently, his case is linked with two other deaths, and Charley, with the help of her uncle, is going to give peace to them.

But Charley is also a 'private investigator', and she was just beaten by an angry husband. But is doesn't matter, she has so many things to deal with, as the incredible hot guy who keep appearing in her dreams and well, doing amazing stuff to her.

Confession time: I'm in love with Charley, and I want to be her best friend! (Forget Cookie). She's so much fun and doesn't give a damn about other people. She enjoys life and she see the dead...but I think she actually likes it.

And don't make me talk about Reyes *sigh*. He's hot in a creepy way. Weird, I never thought I could like a character like him, but here I am. I have to say I was uncomfortable with the way Reyes and Charley met when they were teens, but ignoring that, he fulfills my unknown desires for bad men. (?)

The author, Darynda Jones, knows how to grab my attention. I started this book and I couldn't stop until I finished it. I even dreamed about it. I like it so much, the twists, the characters, the humor, that I had to get the second book right away, ignoring my to-be-read pile.

Let me just say this, if you like characters with strong personality, hot and maybe creepy guys, crazy twists and paranormal stuff, you need to read this one ASAP.


  1. So glad that you loved this! I was surprised by how funny Charley was (you don't normally expect a lot of humor from The Grim Reaper). Keep reading because the relationship between Reyes and Charley gets extremely interesting.

  2. I absolutely loved this book! And the 2nd one too! Just got the 3rd one that is my next to be read.

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  4. So glad you enjoyed this book as much as I did, it's a really amazing series. I've just finished the thirs book and wow it was awesome. Great review

  5. Haven't read any of Darynda's books as of yet, but I keep hearing and reading great reviews, so I want to!!!! Great review!!!

  6. I've only recently come across this book and it sounds so amazing, I must read it soon!

  7. I'm the same as you - I haven't read this book yet, despite the fact that it calls to me! I only discovered it through the Goodreads recommendations thing, but it looks really good! It's sounds like a really fun paranormal read. I'll have to get it! =D

  8. I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds amazing! Exactly what I like to read.