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REVIEW: First Grave on the Right 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.

About the Author

DARYNDA JONES lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than twenty-five years and two beautiful sons, aka the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.


  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312662750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312662752


Smart, sophisticated, sexy, snarky, snazzy, special, well, you get the point and I can't think of any more adjectives that start with "s" to describe the book any more.  Imagine if MaryJanice Davidson and Lisa Lutz wrote a book together about a paranormal P.I. that is part Spellman Files and Queen Betsy, but with less shoes.  I cannot even begin to describe my joy with this new series and the wonderful dialogue and even inner dialogue that takes place in First Grave on the Right.  You can throw in a bit of Stephanie Plum for good measure as well. 

Charley Davidson is THE Grim Reaper and when she isn't helping souls cross over to the other side, she helps solves their murders and helps with domestic abuse cases.  The story centers around three lawyers, recently demised that somehow connect her with an entity known as Big Bad.  Ok, I immediately thought of Mr. Big from Sex and the City since Big Bad has a similar name and effect on Charley.  Charley introduces us to several characters that are pretty dead and not crossed over that help her solve her murders.  I expect to read more about them in upcoming stories.  The next one is Second Grave on the Left due sometime in August, 2011.

I received this book at no charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.



  1. Excellent review! Makes me wonder if the author has experience at helping spirits move on (or not).

  2. I've been curious about this ever since I read about it in the latest issue of RT magazine. I am glad to see that you thought it was fantastic too. I am ordering it for my library and I may just have to read it myself. She sounds like quite a character!

  3. I just finished this last week and loved it! I can't wait to read the next one.

  4. The title, cover pic and premise all sounded great. Then, you added in a dash of the Spellmans and you had me! It does sound like a good one, will be keeping my eye out for this one!


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