Title: First Grave on the Right (Goodreads)
Publisher: Macmillian Audio
Series or Standalone: Series
First Line: I’ve been having the same dream for the past month – the one where a dark stranger materialize out of smoke and shadows to play doctor with me.
Charlie Davidson Series Order
Book 1: First Grave on the Right
Book 1.5: For I Have Sinned (novella)
Book 2: Second Grave on the Left
Book 3: Third Grave Dead Ahead
Book 4: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Book 5: Fifth Grave Past the Light
Book 6: Sixth Grave on the Edge (Summer 2014)
First Grave on the Right by Daryna Jones is one of those books that I didn’t know much about before I downloaded the audio but its one that quickly became a favorite of mine. I fell into the humor of this story pretty quickly and when I get stuck in a crazy, crazy traffic jam coming home from my parents house one night I didn’t really mind as I had this audio to keep me company. Ok, so I hated to not be moving…at all…but Charlie and company made the annoyance a little less as I could better focus on what was happening in the book.
First Grave on the Right is told from the POV of Charlie Davidson who is a private investigator living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is also able to speak to the dead as she is also a grim reaper. Yeah, that grim reaper. When she isn’t helping the dead cross over or working on a case she tends to consult with the local police department (specifically her Uncle Bob) and help him maintain a very successful close out rate for his cases.
When I started this book I was thinking that it might just be a fun paranormal mystery but I got so much more. There were times when I literally laughed out loud at something Charlie did or said. The secondary characters are all such a big presence in the book that sometimes its hard to separate that Charlie is the star. But it all works well as anyone with a crazy family can relate in some way to Charlie’s. Even if you don’t speak to the dead like she does. I also loved all the chapter headings in this book…and if you are a long time reader of this blog you know that I’m usually not a big fan of these. But each chapter starts with a quip of Charlie’s or some funny t-shirt saying that they just add to the story and don’t take anything away.
I fell in love with this book and found every opportunity to listen to the story. The narrator, Lorelei King, became Charlie. She has this perfect, slightly raspy voice that just really fit Charlie well. She also did a good job with all the other characters that it was never hard to tell who was who or even when it was a male or female who was supposed to be speaking. King told the story in a nice even pace and I admire her restraint in not laughing out loud during some of the more humorous scenes of the book. She also became Charlie so much that even when I switched to print I still heard how King spoke as Charlie in my head.
This was a great audio and a great story and its one that I recommend to all that love a good mystery with added humor.