First Grave on the Right
by Darynda Jones
3 stars - fun and light
ALR Blue - no animals
Let's just go with the dust jacket on this one, shall we?
Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an entity who has been following her all her life... and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can't she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?
It's a breezy supernatural romantic mystery. Perfectly executed. Charley is a delightful heroine. Goofy, flawed, sarcastic, and knows how to take a licking and keep on kicking. She's surrounded by a platoon of dead people (some helpful, some not so much) that only she can see. A variety of relatives and co-workers, all of whom add a nice texture to the story, round out the action.
This is a romantic mystery, so there's some mushy stuff, but not terribly mushy, more like sexy. I'm popping book two into my queue.