Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave On The Right by Darynda Jones

  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
  • Format: Hardcover 310 pages

    "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. "

    First Sentence: "I'd been having the same dream for the past month - the one where a dark stranger materialized out of smoke and shadows to play doctor with me."

    Review: Charley Davidson is a grim reaper. The grim reaper to be exact. She is the portal - the light in which the dead pass through. Charley is also a private investigator and she helps her uncle Bob a detective for the Albuquerque P.D. solve crimes. Which for someone who can see and talk to the dead is a pretty easy thing to do especially when you can just ask them who killed them. So besides dead people following her around everywhere Charley also has a supernatural entity haunting her dreams in the most sexual of ways.

    I saw this novel being reviewed on a couple of blogs and one day when I was at Borders during their last few days before closing down I saw the last copy of First Grave on the Right sitting on the shelf and grabbed it. And i'm so glad I did. Darynda Jones created a perfect combination of humor,suspense, and mystery to keep me interested in Charley Davidson's world.

    I loved the mystery around Reyes and with the way the novel ended i'll be picking up the second book in the series soon. I do predict a three way love triangle coming up between Garret, Charley and Reyes...but i'm hoping i'm wrong and there wont be one since i'm pretty tired of love triangles.

    Overall this was a good read, I especially loved the paranormal aspect of it.


    1. i read this as well and i liked it, the steamy end was a bit.. thrown in there though and i was blushing by the end haha. I have the next book and i cant wait to read it (and i hope you get it soon too!)

    2. I absolutely love this series! I really enjoyed book 2 as well. Glad you liked it! Great review.

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