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Books 137-139: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Series Books 5-7

My reading of this series of supernatural mysteries has continued. Again they have been my audio books-in-the-car during November and December though I combined this with reading bits from the books when I really needed to know what happened next.

Book 137: Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampires Book 5)
Author: Charlaine Harris, 2005.
Genre: Southern Gothic. Fantasy. Mystery.
Other Details: Unabridged audio book, Length: 9 hours and 32 min. Read by Johanna Parker. Paperback. 295 pages.

The main theme of this novel is that a sniper is targeting local were-creatures and shifters. The lovely fairy Claudine returns as does Sookie's were-friend Alcide Herveaux. His father plans to make a bid to become the next leader of their local werewolf pack and Alcide wants Sookie to help him achieve this. .

Although I didn't find this strongest of storylines it still had a lot of fun bits. What I so enjoy about this series is Sookie's wry observations and how 'real' she is in comparison to so many fantasy heroines. She has bad hair days, worries about money, and even needs to go to the bathroom. Good fun.

Book 138: Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampires Book 6)
Author: Charlaine Harris, 2006.
Genre: Southern Gothic. Fantasy. Mystery.
Other Details: Unabridged audio book, Length: 10 hours and 27 min. Read by Johanna Parker. Paperback. 324 pages.

At the request of the vampire queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Ann Leclerq, Sookie travels to New Orleans to sort out the affairs of her cousin, Hadley, a vampire, who been murdered a few months previously. There is a lot going on in this novel, there are revelations galore and threats to Sookie and her friends from more than one source. Harris' handles these multiple plot lines very well.

My one quibble was that I felt somewhat lost as though I'd missed some important back story about Sookie's cousin and only realised quite late on that this information had been contained in the short story "One Word Answer" published in Bite, an anthology edited by Laurell K. Hamilton. I'd have appreciated the existence of this story being mentioned in a foreword or Harris inserting a fuller recap in the novel's opening pages.

Book 139: Altogether Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampires Book 7)
Author: Charlaine Harris, 2007.
Genre: Southern Gothic. Fantasy. Mystery.
Other Details: Unabridged audio book, Length: 9 hours and 48 min. Read by Johanna Parker. Paperback. 323 pages.

Charlaine Harris worked in the real-life event of Hurricane Katrina into the plot line as Sookie accompanies Sophie-Ann Leclerq and her party to a US Vampire Summit on the shores of Lake Michigan. Sookie has been employed to use her telepathic abilities to assist Sophie-Ann in various negotiations that are even more important now that Sophie-Ann is trying to rebuild her economic base post-Katrina. Alongside the wheeling and dealing there are plenty of dangers that threaten Sookie and those close to her.

I found this and Definitely Dead among the strongest in the series for some terrific plot twists and unexpected character developments
Tags: mystery, supernatural, vampires, werewolves, witchcraft
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