Adult Fiction · LOL · Paranormal

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

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.

Favorite Quote:

When fighting clowns, go for the juggler.

Two things sold me on reading this book.  One, the cover.  Hello look at the shoes!! How awesome are they?!?!   Two, the blurb from JR Ward.  Have you read the Black Dagger Brotherhood books?  (Because you should, whew.) 

Charley has been able to see and communicate with dead people since she was born.  She calls herself the grim reaper; helping lost souls cross over and solving a few crimes along the way through the local PD as a private investigator.  Sometimes crime solving and helping the recently departed are one in the same.  Enter Charley’s uncle Bob and possible frenemy/love interest/skip tracer Garrett Swopes.  Charley also seems to be extremely accident prone (something I completely understand) and has a daily dose of life threatening action.  Oh and let’s not forget the man of her dreams, literally, Mr. Hot aka Reyes Farrow.   He seems to be able to enter her dreams to ** cough, cough** have a little “fun”.

Some people don’t like to compare books to others but I am a fan of it, especially when it is a new series someone wants me to read.  If I had to compare this book to another I would say its very much Stephanie Plum meets the Ghost Whisperer (even though I was never a fan of the show, I like this book ).  It is the first book in a series but self contained enough that you could read it as a standalone (same as Plum), but who doesn’t want to know what Charley does next??  God knows I need to know what is going to happen with Reyes.

Charley also has the same thing as Plum with two different guys, though I do like Charley more than Stephanie here because as of right now she is obviously leaning towards one and not the other. (THANK YOU!!!)   Definite laugh out loud moments along with a sassy lead character who says several things most women would never say, at least not out loud or in public. 

This was great quick read with funny moments mixed in the light hearted action.  Only real complaint about the book is I felt like I was starting book two of a series, not the first one.  It almost felt like I missed something in the beginning of the book and sometimes I had to think about who each character was in a certain scene. Other than that, bring on book 2 [currently in my “to be read” pile :)]!!!!  But the good, (REYES, whew) DEFINITELY outweigh that. 

Pecans: 3/5

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