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Review: First Grave on the Right

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Title:First Grave on the Right

Author:Darynda Jones

Series:Book 1

Rating★ ★ ★ ★ 

Note:I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.

Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. 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 (like 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. But what does he want with Charley? And why can’t she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?

With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.

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Charley was quirky, sassy, and bold.

Reyes was very mysterious, protective, and passionate.

Garrett was kind of serious and skeptical at first, but he loosened up and became funnier later in the book.

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Never knock on death’s door. Ring the doorbell then run. He totally hates that. 

Whenever a book decides to blend fantasy with crime-solving I’m instantly interested. First Grave on the Right delivered on my expectations and took it a step further by creating a complex romance with its own plot. This book had it all: romance, urban fantasy/supernatural elements, humor, and crime-solving.

The main character, Charley Davidson, was quirky, sassy, and bold. I loved that she was so resilient and empathetic. She was an entirely likable character who also so happened to be the Grim Reaper. The way she dealt with her supernatural tasks (and how everyday people reacted to them) was so entertaining! Her sassy, to-the-point bathroom sign made me laugh. The way she always greeted the non-responsive ghost in her apartment. How she dealt with the perverted ghost in her building complex. She was just such a vibrant character that made the story that much more great.

Of course, the fantasy/supernatural elements weren’t the only parts of the story I enjoyed. Charley was a private investigator who also consulted with the police department so she always had plenty of work. Throughout the book, Charley is trying to solve the murder of a group of lawyers. Along the way, she has to deal with resistance from a skiptracer who doesn’t really buy what she can do.

If I couldn’t be a good example, I’d just have to be a horrible warning. 

While the crime-solving angle was well done, I don’t think I enjoyed how quickly Garrett Swopes changed his attitude toward Charley. he went from total skeptic to just-kind-of-skeptic-but-totally-trying-to-get-in-Charley’s-pants. The change was so fast it threw me off and seemed a little forced.

And obviously, there was the romantic angle to First Grave on the Right as well. For some time now, Charley has been having some intense, passionate dreams with a spirit-like being–dreams that feel completely real and leave her wanting more. When the spirit whispers a name in her ear it dredges up memories of a troubled boy from her past and sets her on a path to find him. Although we didn’t get to see much of them together in this book there was definitely some chemistry and I wanted to know so much more!

The storyline with that character got so complicated so fast. I always had questions about him and every time I felt like we learned something about him I ended up having more questions. The ending could not have left me any worse (in the best way). Let me say that this definitely won’t be an easy relationship for them and I can’t wait to learn more about him and Charley in the next book (and to see her solve the next crime).

First Grave on the Right definitely met and exceeded my expectations for books in this genre and it was a solid start to the series. I’m looking forward to continuing it!

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