Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson Series

I found a new series that I really like:  The Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.  So far, I've read First Grave on the Right (Book 1),  For I Have Sinned (short story, 1.5) and Second Grave on the Left (Book 2).  The main character is Charlotte (Charley) Davidson, private investigator and grim reaper.  Charley is the only grim reaper on the planet & she is like a soul magnet.  Most souls depart for the afterlife immediately, some do not.  These souls tend to have some unfinished business, like naming the person who killed them, and Charley is there to help sort things out & assist with crossing over.  She is aided in this by her father, a retired police detective, Uncle Bob, an active police detective, and her best friend Cookie.  Aside from helping departed souls, she also takes on 'regular' cases & gets mixed up with all sorts of bad guys.  Then, there is Reyes.  A mystery man from her past who is taking on monumental significance in her present.  Reyes is her reason for being and biggest source of frustration, all at the same time.

The stories are fun & the characters are extremely likable.  Charley shows a lot of opportunity for character growth over a series & the story possibilities are numerous.  Darynda Jones has created a great basis for her series and I look forward to reading upcoming installments.  Her next offering, Third Grave Ahead, is scheduled to be released in January, 2012.

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