Title: First Grave on the Right
Series: Charley Davidson, #1
Author: Darynda Jones
Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: February 1st, 2011
Source: Borrowed from my local library
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.
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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