I heard about this series more than a year ago, but I only got around to reading the first book recently thanks to my never-ending TBR list. What an entertaining ride.
Charley Davidson is the main character- with a name like that, she’d want to be cool. Charley doesn’t disappoint. She’s a private investigator, part-time bartender, oh, and a grim reaper to boot. I’d been searching for another kick-ass female lead character the last few years, and I’m glad to say I’ve found her in Charley.
Charley is woken up from an orgasmic dream by a dead guy standing at the end of her bed. Talk about bad timing. Pretty soon she’s dealing with three dead lawyers trying to figure out who killed them, another PI, the handsome but a bit of a non-believer in Charley’s talent, Garrett, and a mysterious presence that may be a guy from one memorable night back when Charley was a freshman in high school. It’s supernatural high-jinks all round, and I loved every page of it.
Charley’s non-stop wise-cracking made me chuckle on several occasions. “I sat in Misery – the Jeep,not the emotion.”
“I just had to see the cup half full. Hopefully of Jack Daniel’s.” – a girl after my own heart.
I can see how her one-liners might get on some readers’ nerves after a while, but I enjoyed her humour.
I was in the mood for some light reading and a fun time when I picked this up, and that’s exactly what I got. Though the story ventures towards some dark topics, it never goes fully over to the serious side, something I appreciated. *****
I can’t wait to dive into the next installment, Second Grave on the Left.
Who’s read this? Are you a fan of Charley’s, or are you tired of wise-cracking superheroes in the vein of Buffy and Max from Dark Angel?