As a person with so few living relatives, Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse really hated to lose one. But she never guessed that it would be her cousin Hadley-a consort of the Vampire Queen of New Orleans. After all, technically speaking, Hadley was already dead. And now, as unexpected heir to Hadley's estate, Sookie discovers the inheritance definitely comes with a risk. Someone doesn't want Sookie looking too deeply into Hadley's past-or for that matter, Hadley's possessions. And they're prepared to do anything in their power to stop her. But who? The range of suspects runs from the Rogue Weres who reject Sookie as a friend of the Pack to the Vampire Queen herself, who could be working through a particularly vulnerable subject-Sookie's first love, Bill. Whoever it is, they're definitely dangerous-and Sookie's life is definitely on the line… With HBO's launching of an all-new show, True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire novels, the demand for Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse is bigger than ever.Watch a QuickTime trailer for the HBO original series True Blood.
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1 . Kari's advice is the way to go with this one.
Posted June 25, 2010 by Kim , Mount Dora, FLI took Kari's advice in reading the short story, One Word, before reading this installment. That was perfect advice, as I could see now that I have read it, that the book would not have flowed like the previous five. However, since I did read it, Definately Dead read as well as the others. I enjoyed it very much, although I noticed that Sookies love life wasn't as much on the fore-front as usual.
2 . So far my second favorite Sookie book
Posted April 16, 2010 by Kari , Des MoinesI loved this book. It was full of adventure and new characters. Before you read this book read the Charlenen Harris book full of Sookie Stackhouse short stories and it will explain how Sookie meet the Queen and found out about the death of her cousin.
3 . Definitely Dull
Posted February 07, 2010 by Brandy , East TexasI really enjoyed the first 5 books in the series. This one...not so much!
4 . An Unremarkable Entry In A Fantastic Series
Posted December 06, 2009 by Amber J , Studio City, CAThis is the 6th book in the Sookie Stackhouse/Sothern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. Honestly, if I didn't have to read this book to get to the 7th book, I totally would have skipped it.
There were serious continuity issues throughout the book, mainly because Sookie keeps referring to a trip the Queen made previously to Bon Temps. This really frustrated me, as there was no mention of this whatsoever in the 5th book - it turns out this rendezvous took place in a short story published separately. Short stories are great, Ms. Harris, but use them to add flavor and color to your characters, not as a venue to disclose critical plot lines that will affect more than half of the next book.
Otherwise, there wasn't much to applaud or to complain about in the book. Sookie has (yet another) new romantic interest with a recently introduced character that gets pretty hot and steamy, and we meet some new characters (that I'm learning show up again in later books). Not one of the best entries in the series, so read it quickly and hopefully the next book will be better.
April 30, 2006
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Excerpt from Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
I was draped over the arm of one of the most beautiful men I'd ever seen, and he was staring into my eyes. "Think . . . Brad Pitt," I whispered. The dark brown eyes still regarded me with remote interest.
Okay, I was on the wrong track. I pictured Claude's last lover, a bouncer at a strip joint. "Think about Charles Bronson," I suggested. "Or, um, Edward James Olmos." I was rewarded by the beginnings of a hot glow in those long-lashed eyes.
In a jiffy, you would've thought Claude was going to hike up my long rustling skirt and yank down my low-cut push-up bodice and ravish me until I begged for mercy. Unfortunately for me-and all the other women of Louisiana Claude batted for another team. Bosomy and blond was not Claude's ideal; tough, rough, and brooding, with maybe a little whisker stubble, was what lit his fire.
"Maria-Star, reach in there and pull that lock of hair back," Alfred Cumberland directed from behind the camera. The photographer was a heavyset black man with graying hair and mustache. Maria-Star Cooper took a quick step in front of the camera to rearrange a stray strand of my long blond hair. I was bent backward over Claude's right arm, my invisible (to the camera, anyway) left hand desperately clutching the back of his black frock coat, my right arm raised to rest gently on his left shoulder. His left hand was at my waist. I think the pose was meant to suggest that he was lowering me to the ground to have his way with me.
Claude was wearing the black frock coat with black knee pants, white hose, and a white frothy shirt. I was wearing a long blue dress with a billowing skirt and a score of petticoats. As I've mentioned, the dress was scanty on the topside, with the little sleeves pushed down off my shoulders. I was glad the temperature in the studio was moderately warm. The big light (it looked to my eyes like a satellite dish) was not as hot as I'd expected.
Al Cumberland was snapping away as Claude smoldered down at me. I did my best to smolder right back. My personal life had been, shall we say, barren for the past few weeks, so I was all too ready to smolder. In fact, I was ready to burst into flames.