First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right

Audiobook CD - 2011
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First Grave on the Right is the 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 Darynda Jones, an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.   First Grave on the Right is the winner of the 2012 Rita Award for Best First Book.
Publisher: New York : MacmillanAudio, p2011.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781427211309
Characteristics: 8 compact discs (ca. 9.5 hrs.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: King, Lorelei

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goddessbeth
Sep 30, 2016

I'm reminded again why Paranormal Romance isn't my thing. I mean, Romance isn't my thing in general, but I'm so over supernatural urban fantasy that I'm six feet under it. Maybe it was reading too much Laurell K. Hamilton a decade ago, or being a True Blood (TV show) binger for a couple of years. I just could not get into this one.

There's some genuinely funny lines, but amount twice as many 'trying-too-hard-to-be-funny' lines, which made it feel forced. There's a whole host of ensemble characters, but the main character annoyed the hell out of me (I just can't get over rude, obnoxious people). There's a few mysteries but I didn't feel the tension to keep turning pages (or, in this case, listening well after I arrive home).

This may be the kind of book I'd like marginally better if it wasn't an audiobook, simply because the vocal inflection would be more in my line of snark than the narrator's. But I don't think I could ever really, really like it- Charley is just a tad too annoying for me. And Reyes is too perfect to be interesting. And the other characters feel more like plot devices. And maybe the books get better as she goes, but I just don't have the space on my TBR shelf to pursue a series that doesn't grab me at go.

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lisastitch
Oct 24, 2013

Yes, if you like Janet Evanovich, you'll like Charley--similar sense of humor and similar scenarios--but not just a knock-off of Stephanie Plum

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JudithE
Mar 17, 2012

Same reader as Janet Evanovich books, so sounds a lot like her characters.

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1oneheart
Sep 26, 2011

Intellegent and Humorious

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