First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

67%

6 Critic Reviews

This first in a series ends with the son of Satan and the promise of a grand battle between good and evil, but this opening offers little more than a clever premise and a ho-hum murder mystery.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

First Grave on the Right is the 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 Darynda Jones, an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

First Grave on the Right is the winner of the 2012 Rita Award for Best First Book.

 

About Darynda Jones

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Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart for Best Paranormal Romance for her manuscript First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones can't remember a time when she wasn't putting pen to paper. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than twenty-five years and two beautiful sons, aka the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. Visit her Web site at www.daryndajones.com.
 
Published February 1, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for First Grave on the Right
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Dec 02 2010

This first in a series ends with the son of Satan and the promise of a grand battle between good and evil, but this opening offers little more than a clever premise and a ho-hum murder mystery.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 06 2010

Fast-talking Charley's wicked exuberance and lust for life will appeal to fans of MaryJanice Davidson and Janet Evanovich and maybe fill a hole for those mourning the recently canceled Ghost Whisperer.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Fatima Azam on Apr 21 2011

If readers, yes of the female and male variety, are out looking for a beach read that is neither a fluffy romance novel nor a grave drama, they could hardly do better Darynda Jones’s breakout novel, First Grave on the Right.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Renee C. Fountain on Dec 26 2011

Ms. Jones writes in a light, witty, and exquisitely humorous voice, with just a hint of well-placed pulp.

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Booklist Online

Above average
Reviewed by Candace Smith on Jan 01 2011

King does a great job setting the characters through varying pitch and tone levels.

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Open Book Society

Good
Reviewed by hmhibbit on Aug 03 2012

It’s really hard to believe that this is Jones’s debut novel.

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