First Grave on the Right Darynda Jones, 2011.
Charley Davidson lives up to her tough, sound-alike name. She’s an ADD, smart-ass private investigator with a tender heart. And the ability to see dead people. And help them cross over. Yep. She’s a good-looking grim reaper minus the cowl and scythe. Dead people flock to her shininess and pass through her to the other side.
Charley has helped skyrocket her Uncle Bob’s police career with her inside intel from dead folks, but the rest of the force is a little skeptical – or creeped out – by her abilities. But Charley doesn’t mind: she’s used to keeping a barrier up between herself and…normal people.
When three attorneys are killed in the same night, they come to Charley to help solve their murders and draw Charley into a human trafficking investigation. If that isn’t enough, a seriously hot entity has been steaming up her dreams – and soon moves into her reality. This sexy visitor seems to be someone – or something – from Charley’s past.
First Grave on the Right is a fun read. While the murder-mystery is not super-mysterious, and Charley’s savvy quips can wear a little thin, Jones’ characterization carries the story with good humor, enjoyable supporting characters, and some exciting action. (Both kinds: police and romantic.)
A funny, spicy, light mystery with an interesting take on the paranormal PI motif.