Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #1)


First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones // VBC ReviewFirst Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1)
Darynda Jones

Published: Feb. 1, 2011 (St. Martin’s Press)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon

Reviewed by: Jo

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars

First Grave on the Right was one of those books that made me irritated with anyone who dared interrupt me whilst reading it. Darynda Jones’ writing style flows so naturally that no page felt like a chore to read. I couldn’t put it down anywhere other than the end of a chapter and even then it was almost impossible.

Charley Davidson is the Grim Reaper. With one foot in this plane and the other in the otherside, she acts as ‘the light’ for all spirits that haven’t crossed over yet. Having grown up with her father and uncle on the police force, she’s been helping solve cases since she was a child. When three lawyers, all killed on the same night, show up on her doorstep Charley agrees to help them solve who is behind the murders.

I couldn’t help but like Charley, determined to always have the last word, some of her one-liners had me in stitches. Having grown up knowing exactly what she is, she takes everything in her stride, even if she does tend to barrel into situations headfirst. She may come across as happy and well adjusted, but as the plot unfolds we see that she has learned the hard way when it comes to other people finding out her secret identity, most notably with her stepmother. Even the select few in her life who have always supported her don’t know the whole truth.

Charley may have been doing this all her life but things start to happen that make her realizes she may have a thing or two left to learn about this reaper gig. For the past month she has been plagued with super-charged erotic dreams and now the terrifying entity that has stalked her all her life has started showing up again. I’m not going to go to in depth about the plot, as I truly had no idea where this book was going and loved every minute of the action and mystery.

And then there’s Reyes… Enigmatic doesn’t even begin to describe the boy Charley had a chance encounter with when she was a teenager (I’d possibly add illegally hot to that description too). Having made such a strong impression that even to this day she can’t stop thinking of him, these two have a magnetic connection. Charley’s determination to find out everything she can about him is a major driving force in the book and I was right there with her. Hold on to your hats VBC readers, cause Darynda Jones knows how to write a hot scene (or five).

First Grave on the Right is a hilarious read on the surface with a darker thread running underneath. Action and tons of mystery combined with a likeable heroine and infectious writing style make this a series I will one hundred percent be continuing with (Reyes might have something to do with that too).

Sexual content: Relatively explicit sex scenes

7 Responses to “Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #1)”

  1. Angela says:

    Oh no, that’s still sitting in my TBR pile and your review makes me want to reshuffle… 🙂

  2. Amber says:

    This series is definitely a must read!

  3. Amy M says:

    One of mmy favorite series. They keep getting better and better. The fourth book just came out in October.

  4. SharonS says:

    Waaaah! I want to read this series soooo bad. It is the one series I want to read when I can find the time 🙂

  5. For some reason the 1st time I tried this book it was DNF after two chapters but then I gave it another try on audio and LOVED it. I’ve listened to the whole series now and it’s one of my favorites on audio.

  6. Vicki Wilson says:

    I am SO glad that you finally read this! LOVE this series.

  7. I TOTALLY LOVE ADORE this series!!Such humor and smexi boys. I know when I pick up a Darynda Jones book I am going to love it 🙂

    Great review!!


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