I was skeptical because I don't like the cover that appears on Amazon. I do like the covers of the other editions, however. YeFreebie on Kindle today.
I was skeptical because I don't like the cover that appears on Amazon. I do like the covers of the other editions, however. Yes, I do judge books by their covers. Shame on me; I know. Anyway, the first few paragraphs were a smooth read in the Kindle sample, despite my cover issues, so I snatched it up....more
Despite its flaws, I gave First Grave five stars for pure entertainment value. In this sequel, Second Grave on the Left, not much has changed--exceptDespite its flaws, I gave First Grave five stars for pure entertainment value. In this sequel, Second Grave on the Left, not much has changed--except that I was not nearly as entertained. The plot was again mediocre. Again, no secondary characters were sufficiently developed. And again, the POV character Charley made a steady stream of joke after joke after joke in her head. It got old fast. The jokes were great in the first book, but they were tired and unoriginal in the second book.
Second Grave had two primary plot threads. In the first, Charley helped her friend Cookie unravel a series of murders that appeared to be related to Mimi, a missing friend of Cookie's. In the second thread, Charley tried to find Reyes's corporeal body. (For those of you who haven't read the first book, I'll not give too much away. Let's just say that Reyes is a supernatural being who can escape his corporeal body.)
Both plot threads dragged on long past when they should have been tied up. Charley repeatedly interviewed people about the murders and about Mimi. None of the interviews actually helped Charley find Mimi. Similarly, Charley interviewed a few people about Reyes--which also failed to be helpful in any way. In the end, Charley found Mimi and Reyes's body through little more than her own cleverness. So what was the point of all the interviews?
The book did have some entertainment value, so I'm giving it three stars. After having read First Grave, I was super-excited about reading Second Grave. I preordered this book! Now, after having read it, I will probably read the third book in the series after it is released, but I'm in no hurry to do so. Overall, I was disappointed with Second Grave on the Left....more
This is a quick story from the perspective of a ghost. Charley helps the ghost to discover how she died andThe title does not suit the story, I think.
This is a quick story from the perspective of a ghost. Charley helps the ghost to discover how she died and to come to peace with her death. Along the way, Charley and the ghost run into Reyes a couple of times. It's a quick read, and there is nothing special about it really. It turns out that the ghost's story is one that has been told many times before. But of course, it was good to see Charley again, especially from a ghost's point of view....more
The plot was mediocre. The only sufficiently developed character was the main character. There was nothing outstanding about the author's writing stylThe plot was mediocre. The only sufficiently developed character was the main character. There was nothing outstanding about the author's writing style. And yet . . . First Grave on the Right is an outstanding book. It's kind of like one of those movies that the critics might hate, but screw the critics, cause it's awesome. I easily give it five stars. I was thoroughly entertained. Bravo.
Charley Davidson is a private investigator and the grim reaper, and she can't seem to keep herself out of trouble for more than a couple of hours at a time. She is charming and sarcastic and, to those with whom she interacts directly, probably pretty annoying. As the grim reaper, her job is to bring peace to those among the deceased who have not yet passed to the other side, which sometimes requires investigating murders.
Charley's beautiful and sexy new love interest, Reyes, is not quite human and not quite ghost. She has no idea what he is, but he is hot, and their intimate scenes are plenty steamy. The big reveal regarding Reyes was rushed. One minute, we have no clue what he is. And then several pages later, Charley and Reyes have an intimate sexual moment, and all is miraculously revealed. But that's okay. Did I mention that I love this book?
On a side note: Thank you, Darynda Jones, for knowing the difference between the words "that" and "which." These words are not to be used interchangeably. And it makes me want to pull my hair out when (many) authors ignore or just don't recognize the difference. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
If you like supernatural investigations, hot guys, and witty banter, stop reading this review and read First Grave on the Right instead! It rocked....more