Grim-Reaper with a Twist

First Grave On The Right - Darynda Jones

Charlie Davidson is the grim-reaper, but not the stereotypical black cloak and scythe wielding reaper. Charlie looks like an average woman... unless you're dead. Then she's the bright shining light at the end of the tunnel. Dead people are naturally drawn to walk into her. However, some of them are a little resistant about going into the light. These ghosts have unfinished business to take care of and typically they want Charlie's help finishing it. So, when the ghosts of three lawyers show up wanting help, Charlie takes the case.


Charlie was a pretty amusing heroine who manages to not come off as dumb. She does, however, have a knack for stepping into bad situations. I lost count of how many times Charlie gets her ass handed to her, which really started to annoy me towards the end. It happens so many times that you stop feeling worried for her and kind of just roll your eyes, like "Here we go again." This ruined the suspense of the climatic scene where Charlie is in danger, as my reaction was pretty much "meh, she'll bounce back."


In a lot of areas, First Grave on the Right reminded me of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich but with a paranormal twist. The similarities between the two stories especially came through in the side characters and their relationships with Charlie. If you're a fan of Evanovich, I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy in these books. But, even though I enjoyed this installment, I don't think I'll be continuing with the series.