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

Book Blurb:

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?

Published February 1st 2011 by St. Martin’s Press

My Review:

Ah, snark.

I love it deeply (if you hadn’t noticed by now). So when I find a book with a snarky heroine, dead people, and mystery? I’m in.

I picked this book up because a friend recommended it to me…and recommended it again…and again. It was one of those “sounds-interesting-I’ll-add-it-to-my-list-but-then-don’t-actually-buy-it” recommendations. Until I found myself wandering around Barnes & Noble with a gift card burning a hole in my pocket.

Viola. My new guilty pleasure.

The shining point of this novel is Charley. She’s such a fun character to follow. Her snark, wit, and charm sold me instantly, reminding me of a more adult version of Meg Cabot’s Mediator series. Except, you know, instead of a teenage mediator, we get an adult-ish grim reaper.

And just like with the Mediator series, we’re given a mystery that our plucky heroine must solve. Sure, murder’s happened, and yeah, bad guys are out to murder again, but it’s definitely a light mystery. Nothing at all like deep, Tana French level mysteries, with complex motivations and intricate characterizations.

Which, you know, is perfectly fine. Who doesn’t love a cozy mystery every now and again? The light mystery fare is perfectly matched with the characters, making it such a delectable treat. I laughed, I had fun, and I spent an afternoon thoroughly entertained. In my opinion, you can’t have higher praise than that. It gets a solid 5 out of 5 stars from me.

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