I mentioned Darynda Jones last week, but time got away from me and I failed to post the review of her book I did for "Suspense Magazine". Since I'm still at Left Coast Crime on Friday, I will trust the blogger scheduling to post this so you can see what fun I'm having on a panel with her!
Here's how it appeared, with the addition by me of her cover.
“First Grave on the Right” by Darynda Jones:
Charley Davidson, a woman who does her name proud, strides into this novel with sass and energy to spare. For starters, she wasn't born as a normal person: she remembers every moment since she left the womb, she knows every language ever spoken anywhere and she sees the dead who are having trouble passing to the other side. In fact, that's where her most special talent lies. She's the portal through which those uneasy dead must pass to get to the good place. She's Darynda Jones' version of the grim reaper.
But something changed for her about a month ago. A dark, smoky being began visiting in her erotic dreams. She doesn't know who or what he is, but she doesn't want him to stop.
In addition to her full time reaper job, she works part time tending bar for her Dad's place, has a private investigator business complete with an office and a sidekick helper and is a consultant to the Albuquerque Police Department. This last role is because she assists her Uncle Bob—a homicide cop—by consulting murder victims and letting him know who killed them. When three lawyers who were in practice together all turn up dead at the same time and none of them saw who killed them, she has to dig deeper.
It takes all her talents to survive several incidents—which would have left an ordinary mortal dead—and to worm information out of the living as well as the dead to uncover a nefarious crime ring. All this while surviving the onslaught of the increasingly frequent visits from the dark, smoky, sensual being and getting tangled up in his complicated existence.
It's a fun, sexy, exciting read.
Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of “A Patchwork of Stories”, for Suspense Magazine
BTW, her webpage is fun, too!