First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the RightSynopsis:

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.

My thoughts:

I have been seeing reviews if this series all over the place for a while now and finally got to the first book. I was not disappointed.

We have Charley who is a grim reaper but also a PI and Police consultant. She is strong and fights back no matter how many times someone is trying to kill her. She won’t stay down for long. She is smart and funny and super snarky. Though sometimes it came over a little strong. I was almost a little glad to see her sad and broken towards the end of the book. Not because she deserved it, no, but that made her seem more human I guess. Even she has her limits and moments where she not snarky and sarcastic. While I felt sad for her and the story it was a little refreshing.

I loved Cookie, she was so funny and real. Garret was someone I wasn’t sure about yet at this point, I liked him in a way and other times I wanted to punch him. I just really hope we won’t have a love triangle, since I am not a fan of those, but time will tell.

We also meet Reyes, well in a way it almost takes the whole book of suspense to figure out the deal with Reyes. While it was very entertaining the whole thing drove me nuts and I stayed strong and didn’t go online to spoil it for me. It will be interesting to see how the series continues with him.

The book had a lot of crime fighting and supernatural mixed together, which I really enjoyed. It had plenty of action, suspense, humor and even some sexy times.

Overall, I really enjoyed this first book in the series and can’t wait to see what happens next.

I rate the book at 4 ★

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Maybe I needed sensitivity training. I once signed up for an anger management class, but the instructor pissed me off.”


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


“You’re just using me for my body.” “You don’t have a body,” I’d remind him.

“Throw that in my face.”

“Technically, you don’t have a face either.”


“Can I jump in your body and make out with my wife through you?”

I fought a grin. “It doesn’t really work that way.”

“Then can you just make out with my wife and pretend I’m in your body?”


“I can pay. I have money.”

“How much we talking?”


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7 thoughts on “First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

  1. Glad to hear you liked it. I know a lot of people that just can’t take her excessive snark. I like it and understand it, her job almost requires it to stay sane

    1. Thank you so much for getting me hooked on the books 🙂
      Yeah sometime it is a tad much but I can overlook it, I liked it most of the time but times I think it was overdone. But overall I love it 🙂

  2. Hey! I’m back to my online reading 🙂 Kinda forgot myself for a while there..
    well, I’m back HERE now. where did I wrote in the past? was it GR or BL? can’t remember.
    ANYHOW! I saw your recent review of the third one (didn’t read it though.. went to the beginning..)I see a lot of people have it on their list. I really hope it’s not some sort of Night Huntress kinda deal without the vampires. or ghosts instead of vampires.. I was pissed off with the series when it ended.. the names of the books are similar which frightens me.. should it?
    I also hate starting series with a million books out.. so what do you say is it worth the hype where you are at now?

    1. I never read the Night Huntress, so I have no way of comparing it. However I can tell you that I enjoy these books very, very much! The one main problem I saw people complaining was the main characters snarky, snippy humor, for some it is a bit much. I wasn’t sure about it the beginning even though I love snarky. But Charley grew on me.
      If you like supernatural suspense book with lots of humor and some sexy times than give it a try. They have the grim reaper of course, ghosts or dead people, demons and of course the big guys below Satan. More things come along as the series gets further in. So far there are 8 books out and the 8th book was just released this week.
      I highly recommend it:) I hope that helps 🙂

      1. oh well, I’ll added then 🙂 I think I’m going to like it, it’s been a while since I read a good Urban Fantasy. I actually thought what I”m reading now is under the category but I totally missed that it was just “Fantasy” and since it’s on the YA spectrum it lacks “sexy times”. It’s quite good! It’s an excellent series (talking about Daughter of Smoke & Bone) but I think I need more.

        1. I Really hope you enjoy them, give it at least 2 books 🙂
          Let me know what you think.

          1. well, for me it’s an “all or nothing” kinda deal. If I’d love the first book (lets say if I give it 3+ stars) then I’ll continue until the first DNF 🙂 If I am so annoyed I don’t finish the first book, well, it’s done and over with. I used to be more patient with books but now that I have so many on my lists I just don’t bother with some.

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