Audio Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Posted January 20, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 7 Comments

Audio Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesFirst Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #1
Narrator: Lorelei King
Published by Macmillan Audio on 02-09-11
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
Source: Library
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A 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 an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

I had checked this audio book out back during the summer and could not get passed chapter 4 so I stopped listening to it. I don’t normally give a book a second chance but since I’ve joined Cocktail Society Book Club and the book for February is book 3 in the series, Third Grave Ahead; I thought I’d give it another shot.

Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood the first go around because I did finish it and enjoyed this time around. I really liked the idea of a series about a woman Grim Reaper and that’s what drew me to it in the first place.

Ms. Jones has written a great smart ass heroine in Charley Davidson. The snarky one liners and hint of romance between Charley and Reyes was a nice balance to make me what to know  “Will they or won’t they”. (I’m not telling.You’ll have to read or listen to find out.)

While First Grave on the Right didn’t knock me off my seat; I did enjoy it enough to want to give  the second book, Second Grave on the Left a listen. In fact, I already have it on loan from the library so you can expect a review on it in the next week or so. I have my fingers crossed that the 2nd book will be even better than the first. At the very least it should have more of the sexy Reyes in it. 😉



“My fore-parts, as you so ineloquently put it, have names.” I pointed to my right breast. “This is Danger.” Then my left. “And this is Will Robinson. I would appreciate it if you addressed them accordingly.”

“After a long pause in which he took the time to blink several times, he asked, “You named your breasts?”I turned my back to him with a shrug. “I named my ovaries, too, but they don’t get out as much.”

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About Lorelei King

Lorelei King is one of the most successful and accomplished American actresses working in the UK today, appearing in numerous films and television shows. Lorelei is also a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell among others.

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.

About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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7 responses to “Audio Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

  1. I like this book well enough, but I loooved the next book in this series, I hope that’s the case for you.
    I love your review, right to the point, I’m glad you gave it a second chance. I know exactly what you mean, sometimes you’re are in the right mood for a book and sometimes you’re not.

  2. This sounds like a great book. I’ve seen it around the blog sites I follow but haven’t given it a chance yet. I think I have to now. 😉 Thanks for the review.

  3. I read this book last summer, and I loved it. I’m about to order #2&#3. There is also a novella on Amazon too, if you are interested. I thought it was a pretty good story from a different viewpoint 🙂 I hope you like the rest of them! Are you reading the next ones or listening?