First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Copy provided via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review:
4 – notorious comeback Stars!!
“Private investigator Charlotte Davidson was born with three things: looks; a healthy respect for the male anatomy; and the rather odd job title of grim reaper. Since the age of five, she has been helping the departed solve the mysteries of their deaths so they can cross over. Thus, when three lawyers from the same law firm are murdered, they come to her to find their killer.
In the meantime, Charley’s dealing with a being more powerful – and definitely sexier – than any spectre she’s ever come across before. With the help of a pain-in-the-ass skip tracer, a dead pubescent gangbanger named Angel, and a lifetime supply of sarcasm, Charley sets out to solve the highest profile case of the year and discovers that dodging bullets isn’t nearly as dangerous as falling in love.”
When I first started reading this book, I was entranced. Charley was so funny, sassy and witty all rolled into one. Some of the things that came out of her mouth were so uncomfortable, off-the-wall, loony bin hilarious. I LOVED IT!!
”..was having a killer dream that featured a set of capable hands, a hot mouth, and a creative employment of lederhosen..”
”Because my apartment was roughly the size of a cheez-it”
”I went down like a drunken cowgirl trying to line dance to Metallica”
”I named my ovaries too, but they don’t get out as much”
I would have to give Charley the title of Most Sarcastic Character of the Century. She was funny, I did really enjoy her witty comebacks. That being said, I can also see how people would get annoyed with her. She was always joking, very rarely was she serious. Every sentence that came out of her mouth was some form of sarcastic mocking (whether it be towards herself or others).
Now while I would agree my sense of humor sways more on the morbid cynicism side of the pendulum, (mainly because I am socially awkward, and say the first thing that comes to mind), even some of Charley’s jokes were a little too dark for me.
”I wondered if he knew he had a dead child in his backseat. Probably not.”
…..I am a little uncomfortable…. And sad….
The story kept my attention and I enjoyed the characters. Even if my lady bits were slightly confused when it came down to Garrett and Reyes. What is their story anyway? She hated him, but he kinda sort of liked her? I understand she has been having strange encounters.. with Reyes… and met him face to face one time, how does she get off saying she didn’t want to live without him?
I feel like the author was so focused on witty remarks and acerbic temperaments – certain parts were overlooked. I will admit for a small miniscule amount of time I was like blah blah blah lets fit the puzzle together people! Then BAM I was introduced to some crazy fit-to-well pieces. At some point I was imagining Detective Benson (Law and Order SVU) as the leading role, with Bruce Willis as her detective side-kick. Not The Fifth Element Bruce Willis but The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis. Very odd happenings in my head – you try figuring that one out!
Even though we learned a lot about Reyes in the end, I was still left with so many unanswered questions. He loves her? Why? How? He was waiting for her to be born…. He was disappointed in all the others? And what is his sister, is she like Charley? I need more sustenance.
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