Although technically centered on a triple murder investigation, Darynda Jones’ debut novel, First Grave on the Right, is more paranormal romance than mystery. The heroine is an upbeat take on a Grim Reaper. Charley Davidson has the ability to see and hear spirits not quite ready for the other side.
Croak is a coming-of-age, teen identity, death-is-my-life book. Lex is 16 and headed for expulsion from school. Her parents are trying to understand and help her, but Lex has become an unmitigated brat and terror. As a last resort, they ship her off to her uncle for the summer, hoping that country life will straighten her out.