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From Charlaine Harris, who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, comes a darker locale — populated more by strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town. Stop at the one traffic light, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth. Midnight Crossroad (Ace) is the first novel in Harris's new trilogy.

Staff Pick

Dead in the Family is much more character driven than the last book in Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series. Finding a dead body on her land (no, not the one she knew was there) leads to the discovery that someone (the new Vampire King? the FBI? the unknown fae lurking in her woods?) is trying to frame Sookie for the crime. While Dead in the Family doesn't have quite as much action as previous books, Harris engages the reader by revealing more about some peripheral relationships in Sookie's life, tying up a few loose ends, and offering a few interesting subplots that will hopefully feature in future books.
Recommended by Lynn, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

The #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series — the basis for HBO's True Blood — continues.

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...

Review:

"Still reeling from the deaths of her fairy cousin, Claudine, and many others in 2009's Dead and Gone, Sookie Stackhouse struggles with paranormal politics in her entertaining if slow-moving 10th outing. When Claudine's triplet, Claude, appears at her doorstep, Sookie reluctantly allows him to move in. The government threatens two-natures with mandatory registration, and tensions run high in the local Were pack. Then Eric's maker, a Roman named Appius Livius Ocella, arrives without warning, bringing along Alexei Romanov, whom he rescued from the Bolsheviks and turned into a vampire. Though the action often builds too slowly, the exploration of family in its many human and undead variations is intriguing, and Harris delivers her usual mix of eccentric characters and engaging subplots." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The actual mystery in this entry comes only after the book is well under way and is not always central to the story. But that won't keep readers from thoroughly enjoying the latest entry in the Sookie saga; the slower pace of this book and the emphasis on wrapping up loose ends feels right after the frenetic pace and near-total chaos at the end of Dead and Gone." Booklist

Review:

"With so many different characters and plotlines, this book is somewhat hard to follow, even for series fans. There is a lot of action and some romance, but Sookie just runs from one emotionally charged and/or dangerous situation to another. Readers new to the series will be confused. Best appreciated by longtime fans." Library Journal

Synopsis:

The latest book in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series — the basis for HBO's True Blood. After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the Faery War, Sookie is hurt and angry. Worst of all, there are still some Fae on the human side — and one of them is very angry at Sookie.

Synopsis:

View our feature on Charlaine Harris’s Dead in the Family.

Visit our Sookie Stackhouse series feature page. The #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series- the basis for HBO(r)'s True Blood- continues!

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...

Synopsis:

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Fae War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's mad. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new vampire king. And as the political implications of the shifters' coming-out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to one particular Were draws her into the dangerous debate. Also, though the doors to Faery have been closed, there are still some fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie...very, very angry...

About the Author

Charlaine Harris, who has been writing mysteries for over twenty years, is a native of Mississippi. Born and raised in the Delta, she began training for her career as soon as she could hold a pencil. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and (later) teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, and graduated to books a few years later.

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alyssaarch, January 24, 2012 (view all comments by alyssaarch)
Dead in the Family starts off a bit darker than the other novels in the series, but considering what happened in the previous novel, I would have been upset if it didn't. Sookie has lost a lot of her innocence and naivete, and I think this is a good change from the beginning books of the series. After hanging around the vampires and the weres, something had to happen to make her less soft.

From when I first started reading it until it ended, I couldn't put this book down. What I love about Harris's books is that they are so well-constructed and developed. There are a lot of things going on, what with the political business concerning the weres, Alcide's pack adjusting to the new rules, her relationship with Eric, Eric's maker coming to visit, and the aftermath of the Faery War. Needless to say, it was packed with conflict and problems. The characters are awesome, as always -- Claude was particularly hilarious in this novel, and I'm glad we got to see more of Sookie's telepathic cousin, Hunter.

This book was a lot calmer than the rest -- less tension, less conflict. I didn't mind it at all, because I feel like this is just the calm before the storm. Victor seems to have it out for Sookie and Eric, something different is happening with Bill's character (not going to say what due to spoilers!), and the fairy situation is finally starting to wrap up -- or so it seems. I think the next few books are going to be very interesting and exciting.
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slmeek, September 1, 2010 (view all comments by slmeek)
I don't like Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series. "Like" is not strong enough. I LOVE (like Ashlee Simpson said, L-O, L-O, L-O, L-O-V-E, L-O, L-O, L-O) LOVE this series. It's fast-paced, dead sexy, and unpredictable. I'm one of those people who only read the Twilight books because I ran out of Southern Vampire books to read. Yes, I'm THAT girl. The characters are (mostly) complex, and it's just a fun series to read. All I am saying, is give vamps a chance. ;)
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h.michele8, February 17, 2010 (view all comments by h.michele8)
I love Sookie Stackhouse series. It seems like forever since the last book came out. I can't wait for the next book to come out. I also like to watch the show and see how other people interpret her writing compared to my own interpretation. I hope she writes several more books.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441018642
Author:
Harris, Charlaine
Publisher:
Ace Books
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Fantasy - Dark/Horror
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Occult fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood
Series Volume:
10
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.22 x 1 in 0.63 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Ace Books - English 9780441018642 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Dead in the Family is much more character driven than the last book in Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series. Finding a dead body on her land (no, not the one she knew was there) leads to the discovery that someone (the new Vampire King? the FBI? the unknown fae lurking in her woods?) is trying to frame Sookie for the crime. While Dead in the Family doesn't have quite as much action as previous books, Harris engages the reader by revealing more about some peripheral relationships in Sookie's life, tying up a few loose ends, and offering a few interesting subplots that will hopefully feature in future books.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Still reeling from the deaths of her fairy cousin, Claudine, and many others in 2009's Dead and Gone, Sookie Stackhouse struggles with paranormal politics in her entertaining if slow-moving 10th outing. When Claudine's triplet, Claude, appears at her doorstep, Sookie reluctantly allows him to move in. The government threatens two-natures with mandatory registration, and tensions run high in the local Were pack. Then Eric's maker, a Roman named Appius Livius Ocella, arrives without warning, bringing along Alexei Romanov, whom he rescued from the Bolsheviks and turned into a vampire. Though the action often builds too slowly, the exploration of family in its many human and undead variations is intriguing, and Harris delivers her usual mix of eccentric characters and engaging subplots." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The actual mystery in this entry comes only after the book is well under way and is not always central to the story. But that won't keep readers from thoroughly enjoying the latest entry in the Sookie saga; the slower pace of this book and the emphasis on wrapping up loose ends feels right after the frenetic pace and near-total chaos at the end of Dead and Gone."
"Review" by , "With so many different characters and plotlines, this book is somewhat hard to follow, even for series fans. There is a lot of action and some romance, but Sookie just runs from one emotionally charged and/or dangerous situation to another. Readers new to the series will be confused. Best appreciated by longtime fans."
"Synopsis" by , The latest book in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series — the basis for HBO's True Blood. After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the Faery War, Sookie is hurt and angry. Worst of all, there are still some Fae on the human side — and one of them is very angry at Sookie.
"Synopsis" by ,

View our feature on Charlaine Harris’s Dead in the Family.

Visit our Sookie Stackhouse series feature page. The #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series- the basis for HBO(r)'s True Blood- continues!

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...

"Synopsis" by ,
After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Fae War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's mad. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new vampire king. And as the political implications of the shifters' coming-out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to one particular Were draws her into the dangerous debate. Also, though the doors to Faery have been closed, there are still some fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie...very, very angry...

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