Friday, May 4, 2012

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


A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper 
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. 
This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

I've really been wanting to read this book for a while now. I finally got the opportunity through an audio book. I don't often do audio, but I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad that I did. It was snarky, funny, and the secondary characters were great. In fact... they were often "hot". This takes place in Albuquerque NM. I've been to the Northern part of NM often. So, I have to ask... where is she meeting these guys??? All I've gotten when I go there are jerks who tease my dogs. Granted, it's my fault for going to tourist traps with my pups, so I don't often meet the locals so right there that may be the problem (and the locals I know aren't dating material... married!). But still... I think I need to track down Charley and just hang with her. I mean, she's real and the "hot" men she hangs out with are real too, right?

I also liked that it was set in N. NM which I feel is a part of where I'm from, so the colloquiums used (with the exception of one which I will forgive since it is used for those not from here) were quite familiar to me. I felt right at home with the narrator. It was also easy for me to get lost in this story. I can also see many of the places she rode around.

What? Go back to the hot guys? Well, there were 2 in particular. One was Reyes. Oh man... Reyes. *sigh* That hot hunk of a man could visit me incorporeally or corporally any day... or night. ;) I mean YUM. Face of an angel and a temper of the devil. Still did so much to help anyone who he thought was weak. *sigh*

Oh and the other one? Garret. Dark, tall and handsome. I might be able to forgive his status as a cop since he is so hot and seems to really care for Charley. Plus, he totally didn't freak out at her with her abilities. Totally points in his direction for that one. Ah yes... both very suitable for the man harem. *drifts off into fantasy*

*ahem!* Oh sorry... I give this book 4 1/2 stars. It was just what I needed at the time. Entertaining distraction with a couple of hot guys to drool over. The narrator, Lorelei King did a grand job and held the pace well. I would so listen to another book she narrates. I also suggest this book for those that love UF, PNR with a side of humor.

27 comments:

  1. Oh this looks good! 4.5 stars too! It's going on my tbr list.

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  2. I've really wanting to read this book for a while too, I've heard Reyes is pretty delicious. I hadn't heard much about Garret but now I'm kind of excited about him too:) Hot guys + snark = WIN!

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  3. I have been wanting to get into this book! I've seen it around and it just keep calling me name. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I, too, wonder where all the female characters meet the hot guy in books. All I can find are the scurvy, creepy guys that are apparently drawn to me like moths. It's like I have a creep radar. LOL, I don't know what that says about me. Hrm..

    Everyone's been talking about this series and I feel so out of the loop. And I've yet to meet these delicious guys you speak of and yes, snark is a very big bonus as well. Have a great weekend, Melissa!

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  5. Part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, what a great combination.

    I'm hearing lots of things about this one, all positive I have to say as everyone seems to really like it.

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  6. AAAh you read it! I'm soooo glad you enjoyed it as well, I was curious to know your opinion about this one, well now I'll have to wait for the others books! You'll see they're even better. great review!

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  7. I just picked this book up from the library. I was unsure if I was gonna like it or not...but after reading your review I think I'm gonna love it :)

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  8. I loved this book! I am so glad that you listened to it on audio! They are so fun that way and LK does an excellent job on Charlie's voice. Plus I love her best friend---it would be like us having a PI agency. I think they are better at it though LOL

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  9. Oh ok, this is the third review I've read this week that just makes me want to pick up this book! Once I finish the next 3 review books, I plan to have a month of fun reading (just reading the books I want to read!)!

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  10. SO glad to hear you liked this one, Melissa, because I bought the audiobook on Audible a little while ago, and it's the next book on my to-listen list! I'm so excited to listen to it now!

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  11. Nice review, I also enjoyed reading this one and need to go back to the series. Question, what does NM stand for? As a Dutch reader, I really am not familiar with all the States.

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  12. Hey! hands off Reyes woman! He is mine, all mine mowuahahahaahahah

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  13. Of course all these people are real! We just have to find them. The authors or should I say biographers give us plenty of clues to finding them. Why I just saw Katniss Everdeen on the movie screen the other day and I hear she's filming in my area for the second movie again. I just have to go look for her. What, did you think these people were made up? Some kind of fictional character that doesn't exist in our world? Pshaw! Though I am still looking for where the man harem hangs out when they aren't living out their scences in the book.

    Heather

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    1. I'm holding you to that. ;) Oh and I'm never telling where the harem is... ;)

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  14. That Reyes seems to inspire a lot of passionate feelings - my, my, my!

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  15. Hey now! You can have Garret because Reyes is MINE!! Yes, all mine. Oh, and you have to go to Ms. Jones' website for a small Reyes POV story. HOT!

    I listened to this book on audio, too, and LOVED the snark. It's so much fun!

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  16. I bought this one because the cover is just gorgeous! I enjoyed it but I haven't read the others yet.

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  17. Oh, oh, oh! Waving my hands in the air like I won at Price is Right! I am sooooo with you on this!

    ~D~ Cuz were friends, doncha know (just blew on my nails and buffed them on my Buffy sweatshir)

    LOL, actually, I've emailed with her quite a bit and she is the sweetest thing in world but let me tell you:

    HER BOOKS ROCK MY WINGS AND THEN SOME!

    Melissa, these are books that completely hit the gamut on every feel good emotion including the scary ones and ~D~ hits everyone of them all!

    What'd you think of our resident hottie, Reyes? Swwwwwoooooon!

    I have the second book in audio and ARC Second Grave on the Left and I'm sending it to you to read!

    Isn't her humor something else? Charley makes me crack up and Cookie's a riot! I love them all!

    p.s. I gained 7 pounds! Isn't that awesome! 10 more to go!

    Look for a book in your mailbox, Miss Melissa!

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    1. WOOT! I'm so happy for the 7 lbs!! I'm e-mailing you shortly!

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  18. Oh I soooo need to get to this series. Everyone I share great book loves with is enjoying this one, and I yet have to get it. So glad to see you loved it too! :D Thank you!

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  19. What a great-looking blog! Love your artwork. And thank you so much for your kind comments! I love recording this series. Looking forward to book number 4! :o) x

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I really enjoyed your work!

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  20. I haven't read an urban fantasy in ages and really need to start catching up with all of the books I've missed out on. Since you seemed to have really enjoyed this one I'll have to give it a try.

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