“Dead as a Doornail”
The Southern Vampire Mysteries book 5
by Charlaine Harris
Published 2005 by Ace books

Damn you Charlaine Harris, Sookie Stackhouse, & HBO’s “True Blood” series.  You got me addicted to an fun series of books.  Okay, that’s a bit harsh..how about just, “Darn you?”  While most of the blame for my addiction goes to Charlaine Harris, I have to also blame HBO for turning these books into a series.  I watched the first episode and was hooked and then had to read the books, now I’m hooked on those.  I guess there are worse situations.

Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries not only contain vampires but they also contain most of  the folk from the supernatural world, there are werewolves weretigers, werepanthers, shape shifters of all sorts, menads, fairies, witches, goblins and even dwarves of myth.  Not only that but each story is a real mystery thriller that is fun to solve, at least for the reader, maybe not so much for Sookie Stackhouse, who is always getting beat up.

Sookie Stackhouse is a bar-maid at Merlotte’s bar in Bon Temps, Louisiana.  She has what she calls a disability, she can hear other people’s thoughts.  She tries her best not to but sometimes it is necessary.  Sookie also lives in a world where vampires have “come out of the coffin,” in other words, the vampires have let the world know they exist.  It’s not such a bad thing because now they can drink a newly concocted synthetic blood (True Blood) and not have to feed off humans.  Not all the vamps are full supporters of this which lead to some chilling moments.  Sookie’s boss, Sam, is the owner of Merlotte’s and he has a secret, he’s a shape-shifter.  Now this is the interesting part, shape shifters and other mythical folk have not let their presence be known to the world, they are waiting to see how the vamps fare.

So now you have the back story, here’s what goes on in this book.

Vampires, were-creatures, shifters and one fairy godmother are all up against a sniper with an apparent aversion to nonhumans. As if trying to discover who’s behind the shootings isn’t enough, the telepathic Sookie has to cope with a few other distractions: her “Were” friend, Alcide Herveaux, needs her help in his father’s bid to become the next leader of the local werewolf pack; her boss gets shot; her house partly burns down.  So as you can see Sookie’s calendar is full.

These books are very creatively written and, being told from Sookie’s point of view, provide some great humorous moments.  Humor, romance, supernatural beings, mysteries to solve all wrap up into some great stories that bring out the Scooby Doo feeling for adults. Check them out they are fun.

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