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First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson 1) - Darynda Jones 3.5 Stars!


Private investigator Charlotte Davidson was born with three things: looks; a healthy respect for the male anatomy; and the rather odd job title of grim reaper. Since the age of five, she has been helping the departed solve the mysteries of their deaths so they can cross over. Thus, when three lawyers from the same law firm are murdered, they come to her to find their killer. In the meantime, Charley's dealing with a being more powerful - and definitely secure - than any spectre she's ever come across before. With the help of a pain-in-the-ass skip tracer, a dead pubescent gangbanger named Angel, and a lifetime supply of sarcasm, Charley sets out to solve the highest profile case of the year and discovers that dodging bullets isn't nearly as dangerous as falling in love.

A couple of months, about the time the second book First Grave on the Left came out I had a group discussion with Marcela (The Bookaholic Cat), Julie (Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks) and Deanna (Paperback Daydreamer) about both books and how much Marcela and Julie had enjoyed them and would recommend them. Ultimately they convinced Deanna and myself to give First Grave on the Right a try so I have and I did and I have to say these ladies know what they’re talking about. Charley is a really brilliant and interesting heroine that at times made me think of other fabulous urban fantasy heroines such as Kate Daniels (Kate Daniels series) and Elena (Guild Hunter series) that I had no qualms reading this book in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. The set-up for the first book in the Charley Davidson series was wonderfully written with a brilliant sense of humour, both things that I really enjoy in urban fantasy books because if we’re to be kept hanging with the romance then at least give us some humour to help us get things going and not only does Charley have a brilliant wit the whole book is filled with great humours scenes that intrigue the reader. In comparison to other books I’ve read First Grave on the Right doesn’t have a large amount of characters which means we get straight to the story and there’s no messing around about it. I found the whole love interest in First Grave on the Right to be really gripping and interesting. I didn’t feel like I was left hanging because it’s an urban fantasy like I have with others because it wasn’t a tease, it was an introduction as the love interest wasn’t the focal point of the storyline nor did it feel like it was meant to be it also wasn’t ignored yet it was left open nicely for the second book so much that I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it!
So a big thanks to Marcela and Julie for recommending this and Deanna if you haven’t read this yet you need to move it up in your TBR pile and anyone else if it’s in yours!