A collection of short essays, interviews, and a short story set in the Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood universe edited by the series author. For a fan of the series, it’s a very useful addition – especially the alphabetical listing of characters and places at the end of the book. For those who just want to read the stories, the short story that begins the book, Small-Town Wedding (about Sam and Sookie’s adventure to his brother’s wedding), is a welcome inclusion. Otherwise, it is a passable read.
38. Charlaine Harris, Dead Reckoning: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, 335 pages, Vampires, Paperback, 2011 (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 11).
Continuing the series, the basis for HBO’s True Blood, Sookie finds her job on shaky ground. Merlotte’s is losing business between Sam’s coming out as one of the two-natured (shapeshifter) and a new bar opening up nearby. Adding to those issues, a series of violent attacks happen during her shifts. Her fairy relatives are being cagey. And her lover, officially her vampire husband, Eric, is having political issues that require her to be at his side without fully realizing the dangers to both her protected status and the local vampire community. Victor, regent of Louisiana, has been provoking them all into desperate action. It will take all her wits to survive this time.