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H&H Reads: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Part 5 of 6)

For a limited time Chapters 14-17 from Darynda Jones's First Grave on the Right is available on Heroes and Heartbreakers to members. Log in or register to read all of Part 5.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesToday, we're excited to bring back our H&H Reads program, with the book that introduced us to everyone's favorite grim reaper, Charley Davidson—First Grave on the Right.

Every Wednesday and Sunday from now until August 20, we'll be posting First Grave on the Right in five easy-to-read (if not so easy to wait for!) parts. Right before each new part goes up, we'll be taking down the previous one, so make sure you don't miss a single piece of the book. Whether you're a long-time fan of Darynda Jones, or brand new to the Charley Davidson series, we hope you'll read along and then discuss each section of the book with us!

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Don't think you can wait? Catch up on the whole story now. (See the links at the bottom of this post for more info on where you can get your copy of First Grave on the Right.) Then, come back to share your thoughts!

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right is the smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That's right, she sees dead people. 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 (i.e., 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.

This is a thrilling debut novel from Darynda Jones, an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

First Grave on the Right is the winner of the 2012 Rita Award for Best First Book.

Chapter 14

Well, this is awkward.
— T-SHIRT

Apparently, this really was Kill Charley Davidson Week. Or at least Horribly Maim Her. I considered the slick gun pointed at me from across the threshold confirmation. It would probably never get government recognition, though, destined to be underappreciated like Halloween or Thesaurus Day.

When I opened the door, Zeke Herschel, Rosie’s abusive husband, stood across from me with vengeance in his eyes. I glanced at the nickel-plated pistol clenched in his hand and felt my heartbeat falter, hesitate, then stumble awkwardly forward, tripping on the next beat, then the next, faster and faster until each one tumbled into the other like the drumroll of dominoes crashing together. Funny how time stands still when death is imminent. While I watched Herschel’s muscles contract through my periphery, his finger squeeze the trigger, I focused on his face. A cocky arrogance glittered in his colorless eyes.

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