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For I Have Sinned (Charley Davidson #1.5)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,301 Ratings  ·  531 Reviews
Darynda Jones revisits the sexy, suspenseful world of supernatural shenanigans she created in her Grave series with For I Have Sinned. In this Charley Davidson story, Charley helps a woman find out how she died and gives her the closure she needs to pass through to the other side. ...more
ebook, 68 pages
Published 2011
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Sep 29, 2014 Hershey rated it really liked it
A quick and an entertaining read

For I have Sinned is a short novella about a woman who had died. The woman has no memory of her past and Charley Davidson aka the Grim Reaper helps the woman find out about her death. It was a little bit touching to read about the woman's death.

This novella also helps us view Charley from a deceased person's point of view which I found very interesting. Charley is the same as ever; beautiful, kind and cocky. And of course, she's glowing. Mr. Enigma aka Reyes p
Laura Wright
Oct 11, 2011 Laura Wright rated it it was amazing
I think it's cruel and unfair that this author is so damn talented:)) Seriously, Darynda can do no wrong!
Fabienne Gilbert
I have had this on my kindle for years and I could never get into it, but this time I made sure I actually read it instead of just progressing through the rest of the series. The only thing that made me not give this book 5 stars was because I wasn't really a fan of it being in Jo's POV, I prefer Charlies' and I would have liked to have read it in Reyes or Cookies to be honest.
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
It was really interesting getting to view Charley's world through the eyes of a ghost. We get to see how she sees Charley and feels about her, how Charley's house appears and we even get another opinion of Reyes.

Seeing how Charley operated through another person's viewpoint was wonderful and even though it's a short...and sad story, I enjoyed how it ended.

I loved that Reyes was in the story especially with how things ended in the first book. I can't wait to read more about him!
Aug 21, 2011 willaful rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who've read the first book
I have very mixed feelings about this story. It was undeniably touching, yet put forward a point of view that bothers me. (view spoiler) It was interesting to see Charley's "grim reaper" job from the other side, though.

This has spoilers for First Grave on the Right, and probably won't be very interesting if you haven't read that anyway.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Jan 27, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
Darynda Jones put out this free little novella to share with her fans on the Heroes & Heartbreakers website. It gives us the story of a recently deceased woman who is drawn to Charley. Unlike the novels, which are told by Charley in the first person, the novella is told from the perspective of the ghost. I liked this, because it gives us an outside perspective on Charley, herself.

There's not a lot going on here, but there is a little bit of Reyes in the story and a peek inside Charley's psyc
Oct 15, 2015 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Ay, ¿va a ser todo así? ¿con ese aire de lectura ligera que termina tocándote la fibra y rompiéndote un poco el corazón? Me ha encantado leer el POV de alguien que ve a Charlie como nosotros no podemos, te da una nueva perspectiva sobre su carácter muy importante. Es algo que intuyes leyendo algunas cosas del primer libro pero creo que necesitaba más tiempo para llegar a ellas por mi misma. Después de esta novela corta adoro un poco más a Charlie no solo por todo lo que hace por los demás, sino ...more
This is a short story that fits between book 1 and 2. Being OCD I had to read these books in sequence, so I gave in and bought this one for my kindle. Less than $1. Bargain....or so I thought.

There is nothing to this short story. I think I finished it in 20 minutes and that was with distractions. I knew it was a short story going into it, but I didn't realise it was a SHORT story. It is a bit misleading as you are clicking away on your kindle so you get the impression the story is actually long,
Maria Dimitrova
Apr 01, 2016 Maria Dimitrova rated it liked it
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Aug 21, 2011 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, paranormal
When I got this on my reader I saw it was 68 pages so I thought ok a good little novella but no, it actually only has about 30 pages with excerpt of the other 3 books in the series. So it's an uber quick read.

We go through the other side, well not THE other side… of the fence being in Jo Anne's point of view. A recently deceased young woman who's found her way to Charley and trying to figure out just why and how she died. It was interesting to see the ghost and passing over experience and what
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For I Have Sinned is a short story following First Grave on the Right (book 1 from Charley Davidson Series). Charley is a private investigator but being a PI is just a disguise. She is really a Soul Reaper who helps lost souls “go to the light”. No, really, Charley shines like a beacon to call the lost souls to her.

The books in this series are told as a first person POV by Charley herself, but not in this novella. This story is told by a lost soul seeking Charley’s help. Also as a first person

Shera (Book Whispers)
After finishing up First Grave on the Right I knew that this series had me. Normally I don't care about shorts and only follow them for a few series. I hadn't planned on doing shorts for the Charley Davidson books, but after book one I knew I was a goner. I will now read anything that has anything to do with Charley.

So I hunted down a copy, and the rest of the series to date, and sat down to read this short. Which surprised me as it was told by a ghost that had found her way to Charley's light.
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy
Very short story from the perspective of a ghost... very great perspective on how the ghosts see our crazy Charley.

Also, very nice peak into Reyes's powers that are beyond kicking ass and protecting his 'light'.
Mar 10, 2015 Malinda rated it really liked it
4 stars

This was a very good short story. It was interesting to see Charley from a ghost's PoV. In this story, a woman who's recently died finds herself in Charley's apartment. She can't remember who she is or how she died so Charley helps her. I had a hard time figuring out when exactly this story took place. Based on the conversations between Reyes and Charley I almost want to say that it takes place partway through book #3 (not after) but I could be wrong. This was a very good short addition t
Aaww, esta novellita de Charley Davidson ha sido cortita pero llena de sentimientos. Leerla ahora, cuando se supone que iba detrás del primer libro, y sabiendo todo lo que sé tras haber leído todos los libros publicados, ha sido revelador por algunas cositas que se dicen al final y que me han emocionado. Además, que fuera desde el pov de una muerta ha sido un acierto porque también nos ha permitido ver a Charley a través de los ojos de las 'personas' a las que ayuda.

Ahora a esperar a la novella
C.L. Parker
Jul 25, 2011 C.L. Parker rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this 5 stars because I can't give it 4.5 and I don't think it deserves just 4.

Darynda is an exceptional writer. I have to say that since this was written from the ghost's pov - which was a nice change of pace - I missed Charley's comical inner thoughts. It was nice to see Charley's antics through someone else's eyes, like her trying to sneak up on a security camera and looking like a total dork in the process.

Very short story, but the added bonus of the first chapter for the next two
This is a short story told from the perspective of a ghost seeking Charlie's help. The story has the same humor and a itty little bit of the hot, steamy Reyes, but it is lacking the depth of investigation found in the other novels. Cookie, uncle, and the rest of the family are absent from this tale. The story is a nice short read and I enjoyed hearing from the ghost's perspective. I found it to be worth a couple of dollars, but I am addicted to the series and Reyes.
Mar 23, 2016 sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really really liked this short story. Is not from Charley's POV, but the ghost she is helping. She doesn't know much, only that she fell. She really wants Charley's help and that is what she is going to receive, because our Charley is just that awesome.

The story is kind of sad, because a good woman died. She died because of something she really wanted. A baby. It broke my heart, for real. But, on the other hand, we see Charley from a distint perspective. The ghost doesn't really knows why Char
Nov 18, 2011 İlkim rated it really liked it
Bu kısa öyküde olaylar ölü bir kadının ağzından anlatılıyor, nasıl öldüğünü bilmiyor ve Charley'nin odasında buluyor bir anda kendini. Charley ona nasıl ve nerede öldüğü konusunda yardım ediyor. Ve asıl olay Reyes'i görüyoruz kitapta, gayet haşır neşir Charley ile. Demek ki ikincide bol bol göreceğiz onu.
The Flooze
Charley continues to grow on me and I'd like a Reyes of my very own!

I appreciated the choice of POV. Seeing our heroine through the eyes of the ghost she's helping allowed for a clearer idea of what Charley is really like.

A great story that has me eager for the next installment.
Nurse Lisa in Ohio
4 short story stars!
Yes, it's a very quickie read, but it is a WONDERFUL story! I don't know how Darynda Jones manages to pack so much intense emotions into a novella, but she did it! Loved it!!!
Oct 22, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
A fun, quick introduction into this series. I appreciated that it was free & well done. Definitely different than the normal, run-of-the-mill UF or PNR.
Aug 17, 2015 Janice rated it really liked it
This short story was written in the point of view of "the dead guy" (in this case young woman). It was interesting to see how Charley is perceived from others.

I was a little disappointed in that it was a short story. I was expecting it to be a bit longer in that iBooks reported it to be 180 pages. Most of the book was an excerpt of First Grave on the Right. It cost me $0.99, which in my opinion, is too much money for a short story.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Mar 22, 2012 Jessica (a GREAT read) rated it it was amazing
So I decided to read Darynda Jones' For I Have Sinned real quick, and it was a pretty quick read, but still enjoyable!

This is story 1.5 so I thought it would be good to read it before reading the next book, which I hope to get to very soon!

Anyway, it was a surprising read for it's not told from Charley's p.o.v. It took me a few lines to figure that out, cause I was expecting it to be Charley's story! In fact, it's told from the ghost that she's going to help!

It was interesting too, because we go
Nov 08, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
For I Have Sinned is a short story set in the Charley Davidson series between book one (First Grave on the Right) and book two (Second Grave on the Left). I have to say straight away don't read this story if you haven't read the first book - it will give you major spoilers if you do. To be honest I'm pretty sure I picked up a spoiler anyway and I only just finsihed reading the first book! I am wondering if that's because the version I read was an ARC though and perhaps it wouldn't have been a sp ...more
Candace Wynell McHann
Jan 28, 2013 Candace Wynell McHann rated it it was amazing
We get to see from the dead’s point of view and how they see Charley? Oh my goodness! How can I resist?

This little short story gem is between books one and two of the Charley Davidson series and can is say, it’s amazing? It’s a juicy little tidbit of awesomesauce that gives a peek into how the departed see our favorite Grim Reaper. There’s not much to go on with the description, but just let me say that this a very fast read that simply provides with the point of view young woman who upon first
Novels On The Run
Aug 30, 2012 Novels On The Run rated it it was amazing


I was taken quite by surprise with this little novella. I am not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this.

Anybody who has read book #1, First Grave On The Right, knows Charley and her witty , snarky, fun dialogue. They know she is a reaper, not the norm type reaper...... she doesn’t go after the souls or the dead, the ghosts of the dead come to her. They are looking for something that she can help them with, before they pass through her to the othe
Lee Ann
Aug 21, 2011 Lee Ann rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who love paranormal snark
Short but sweet, this short short exclusively in ebook form gives us a different perspective on the whole Grim Reaper thing. Told in the voice of Dead-Chick-Walking-and-Talking rather than Charlie's sarcastic chat mode, we get to see a description of Charlie that can't be delivered in the first person narratives of the 2 books. After all, Charlie can't really talk about how attractive she is physically without making herself sound like she thinks she's all that. Oh, she can say that she knows sh ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Hmm... This was a nice short story. Surprisingly sweet, actually. However, it was much shorter than I anticipated. Half the pages were actually previews of the author's first three full-length, I was a little bummed by that.

The story itself offered a unique look into Charley's mind. Interesting, short read!
Coyora Dokusho
Aug 15, 2014 Coyora Dokusho rated it really liked it
Liked it! Brief interlude from the point of view of one of the departed. Interesting to see from an outside point of view, especially since I thought CHARLEY WAS BLOND this whole time XD

Kept me company as I imbibed Throat Coat (tm) somethingsomething organic tea. Now I SLEEP!! (for an hour) *dies*
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NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davids ...more
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Charley Davidson (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)
  • Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson, #4)
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5)
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  • Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8)
  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, #9)
  • The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10)

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“Maybe she was an angel, I thought as she crawled out of bed and headed for the door. Maybe she was stuck on earth, sent here to help those who had passed. What a noble creature.

“Wedgie alert,” she said before adjusting her boxer-like underwear.”
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