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First Grave on the Right

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 104 x 170 x 26mm | 158.76g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312360800
  • 9780312360801
  • 21,290

About Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones is the winner of the 2009 Golden Heart(R) for Best Paranormal Novel for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. Darynda 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.show more

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"Sexy, sassy . . . Jones's characters, both living and dead, are colorful and endearing. . . . Cheeky charm . . . sarcastic wit." --The Associated Press "Jones's wickedly witty debut will delight aficionados of such humorous paranormals as Casey Daniels's Pepper Martin Mysteries and Dakota Cassidy's Accidental Friends series." --Booklist (starred review) "Jones skillfully establishes the novel's setting and keeps up the pace with plenty of action. And let's be honest--the sex is pretty hot, too. Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon and other authors of paranormal romance will love this series debut." --Library Journal (starred review) "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." --Publishers Weekly "Jones makes a truly memorable debut with her unique tale that is sexy, mysterious, and sarcastically fun!" --RT Books Reviews "It's a fun, sexy, exciting read." --Suspense Magazine "A true paranormal princess has been proclaimed. Bravo Ms. Jones, you have just hit the big time. . . . A brilliant novel . . . Do not walk; run to get your copy of First Grave on the Right when it debuts." --Night Owl Reviews "This book is full of surprises and fun to be had for all. I barely finished this book and already can't wait to visit with Charley Davidson again in the next novel, Second Grave on the Left. First Grave on the Right deserves nothing less than a Five Angel, Recommend Read status." --Fallen Angel Reviews "Hold on to your hats and get comfortable, you won't want to get up for a long, long time as Charley Davidson sweeps you in and holds on tight." --The Romance Reviews "A smashing, award-winning debut novel." --Goodreads "In the currently crowded paranormal world, First Grave on the Right is a bright beacon of originality. Jones writes with a sharp, addictively acerbic sense of humor, and she combines genres with the carefully controlled precision of a master literary mixologist." --Reader to Reader . . . "A fast and fun read [that] will leave you begging for more. Second Grave on the Left is due out in August, and I can't wait." --Fresh Fiction "This book takes a humorous view on the old Grim Reaper cliche. Charley is a smart, enjoyable character with enough snark to keep one laughing even as the plot darkens." --Affaire de Coeur "The best debut novel I've read in years! Hilarious and heartfelt, sexy and surprising . . . I'm begging for the next one!!" --J. R. Ward, New York Times bestselling author of Lover Avenged "I am furiously envious of Darynda Jones and rue the day she came up with this concept, damn her eyes. First Grave on the Right . . . kidnapped me from the first paragraph, and didn't let go until the exceedingly yummy conclusion." --MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of Undead and Unwelcome and Me, Myself and Why? "First Grave on the Right is smart, sharp, and wickedly entertaining. Grab this one." --Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author of Fired Up "First Grave on the Right is witty, darkly thrilling, and oh, so sexy!" --Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Whisper "First Grave on the Right is a phenomenal debut! This series opener has it all--rollicking humor, sizzling sexual tension, and a spine-tingling mystery. I'm eagerly awaiting the next Charley Davidson tale!" --Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author of Pleasure of a Dark Princeshow more

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With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order. This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual. Or a diagram of some kind. A flowchart 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? "Plenty of action. And let's be honest--the sex is pretty hot, too. --Library Journal (starred review) "A true paranormal princess has been proclaimed. Bravo Ms. Jones, you have just hit the big time."--Night Owl Reviews "Charley's wicked exuberance and lust for life will appeal to fans of MaryJanice Davidson and Janet Evanovich."--Publishers Weeklyshow more

Rating details

55,367 ratings
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3 17% (9,574)
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Our customer reviews

I don't know why I haven't read this book before! What was I thinking? First Grave on the Right starts with Charley being awaken by a ghost, who was killed and wants to know who and why. Apparently, his case is linked with two other deaths, and Charley, with the help of her uncle, is going to give peace to them. But Charley is also a 'private investigator', and she was just beaten by an angry husband. But is doesn't matter, she has so many things to deal with, as the incredible hot guy who keep appearing in her dreams and well, doing amazing stuff to her. Confession time: I'm in love with Charley, and I want to be her best friend! (Forget Cookie). She's so much fun and doesn't give a damn about other people. She enjoys life and she see the dead...but I think she actually likes it. And don't make me talk about Reyes *sigh*. He's hot in a creepy way. Weird, I never thought I could like a character like him, but here I am. I have to say I was uncomfortable with the way Reyes and Charley met when they were teens, but ignoring that, he fulfills my unknown desires for bad men. (?) The author, Darynda Jones, knows how to grab my attention. I started this book and I couldn't stop until I finished it. I even dreamed about it. I like it so much, the twists, the characters, the humor, that I had to get the second book right away, ignoring my to-be-read pile. Let me just say this, if you like characters with strong personality, hot and maybe creepy guys, crazy twists and paranormal stuff, you need to read this one ASAP.show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
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