Harris, Charlaine

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The Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Series | Biblio. & Rights Info
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
Definitely Dead
All Together Dead
From Dead to Worse
Dead and Gone
Dead in the Family
Books #11-13 under contract

A Touch of Dead (Sookie short story collection)
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion Coming soon!

The Harper Connelly Mysteries | Biblio. & Rights Info
Grave Sight
Grave Surprise
An Ice Cold Grave
Grave Secret

The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries | Biblio. & Rights Info
Real Murders
A Bone to Pick
Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
The Julius House
Dead Over Heels
A Fool and His Honey
Last Scene Alive
Poppy Done to Death

The Lily Bard Mysteries | Biblio. & Rights Info
Shakespeare's Landlord
Shakespeare's Champion
Shakespeare's Christmas
Shakespeare's Trollop
Shakespeare's Counselor

Other Mysteries | Biblio. & Rights Info
Sweet and Deadly
A Secret Rage

Anthologies | Biblio. & Rights Info
Many Bloody Returns (co-editor Toni L.P. Kelner)
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (co-editor Toni L.P. Kelner)
Death's Excellent Vacation (co-editor Toni L.P. Kelner)(Coming soon!)




"A first-rate mystery with special character...as convincing as it is surprising in its final resolution."

-- Washington Post Book World

"Introducing an author of rare talents....Harris artfully keeps the mask on the killer until the stunning conclusion."

-- Publishers Weekly

"Harris writes neatly and with assurance, and she avoids the goo that makes many equivalent books so sticky."

-- The New York Times Book Review

"A home run the first time out."

-- Birmingham News

"Engaging. Harris' style has a charm and ease that remind one of Anne Tyler ... original and surprising. Traces of Gothic romance add to the book's unusual flavor."

-- The Christian Science Monitor

"As much novel as mystery as it explores the complex character and secrets of a small Southern town."

-- Wichita Eagle-Beacon

"Charlaine Harris is a name to remember, not only because she has written an engrossing first novel about multiple murders but also because she has set that mystery in a small Southern town that Southern readers will find familiar and credible."

-- Macon Telegraph and News

"SWEET AND DEADLY combines astute depiction of a Southern town with a crackling good mystery plot...It has a little of everything: rich regional authenticity, good dialogue, interesting characters instead of sterotypes and taut suspense. Charlaine Harris has a great future as a writer."

-- Savannah News-Press

"Packs a perennial punch. It offers a rarity in popular fiction: an unromanticized portrait of a Southern Girl."

-- Philadelphia Inquirer

"SWEET AND DEADLY is billed as a Southern mystery, and it does have that slow, sittin-in-the-shade quality as it lazily rolls along toward a shocker ending."

-- Des Moines Register

"It grabbed me... as much a novel as a mystery. It is simply a well-written good read."

-- Mystery News


"Not many novels, and no mysteries, have shaken me as brutally as A SECRET RAGE...Far more than the story of a crime, this is a scream of fury, of brutal humiliation...It strips bare the latent rage concealed within the gentlest of exteriors."

-- The Los Angeles Times

"Powerful...Without polemic, Harris gives us survivors, women who find a strength alone and together, to stop the violence and rebuild their lives. A SECRET RAGE is a very special, very real statement as well as an excellent novel of suspense."

-- Wilson Library Journal

"Critics will undoubtedly echo the raves they heaped on Harris' first novel, to describe this newest, a thriller built on a vital issue...The riveting story fits an introductory note from Robert Frost's poem: Someone had better be prepared for rage."

-- Publishers Weekly

"A SECRET RAGE is a good mystery, well-written and compelling. I stayed up until 4:30 one morning in order to finish it...But more than this, the book is a powerful study of rape and its consequences...I don't want to give anything away by describing the climax and ending of this book, but it is certainly a powerful vision of women fighting together against a common enemy."

-- The Boston Globe

"Absorbing tension is maintained throughout leading up to a dramatic climax. Effective crime fiction with keen insight into the crime of rape from the victim's vantage point."

-- Booklist

"Extraordinary. Powerful."

-- Library Journal

"Gripping reading."

-- Pen & Dagger

"Treats of rape in a sensitive, deeply felt way, and offers fine suspense as well."

-- Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

"Harris' prime purpose (is) in exploring the relationship of women to men and women to each other when sexual violence turns their lives upside down. This is not to say she has neglected suspense. There's plenty of it here but it is merely one element in a multilayered, skillful and provocative novel."

-- San Diego Union

"An exciting novel that you won't want to put down until you've finished."

-- Lexington Herald-Leader


-- Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"The depiction of rape and its aftereffects rings with unmistakable authenticity, and the bones of great plotting and compelling character work, which she has honed to perfection in her recent novels, shine through in this engaging mystery. If Harris ever wanted to return to her roots, Nickie and friends could be the basis of a great Southern-set cozy series."

-- Romantic Times

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Agatha Award finalist

"Harris' story alternately charms and chills, a difficult combination she manages with aplomb and brilliance."

--Carolyn G. Hart

"An excellent story."

-- The Chattanooga Times

"Clever pacing along with ample red herrings and judiciously placed clues keep the story moving briskly. Let's hope for another fast-paced mystery featuring Aurora and her friends."

-- School Library Journal

"With sharp details of characterization and a realistic small-town setting, REAL MURDERS is a suspenseful, entertaining mystery."

--Dick Langford

"REAL MURDERS has one of the most original premises I've ever come across in a mystery, and the whole book is great, bloody fun."

--Barbara Paul

"With her customary Southern wit and intelligence, Charlaine Harris returns with a superb third novel. Readers (like me) who adored Harris' first two novels will find REAL MURDERS well worth the wait. The first of a new series, REAL MURDERS offers a bright, funny, and appealing heroine, and a chilling, compulsively readable plot. A hearty "welcome back!" to Charlaine Harris."

--Dean James
Manager, Murder by the Book

First in what I hope will be a long series of adventures starring Roe Teagarden.

-- Pen & Dagger

"Teagarden is a quirky but likeable character. Enjoyable from beginning to end."

-- Critical Mass


"Some genuinely funny scenes as Aurora breezily unravels the murderer's identity ... supported by an appealing cast of Southern gothic characters."

-- Publishers Weekly

I enjoyed the character even more as the author reveals more details about her personality.

-- Critical Mass


"Aurora has time to sleuth to her heart's content in this high-spirited Southern cozy."

-- Publishers Weekly

"Clearly focused plot, animated description of character and real estate, and spakling prose commend this breath of fresh air to all collections."

-- Library Journal

"Nicely done Southern small-town ambience, (a) torrid affair sensitively handled, and breezy, unpretentious style."

-- Kirkus

"Recommended. A briskly paced, entertaining story with a bright heroine."

-- Deadly Pleasures

"If you thought the world of real estate was cutthroat, wait till you read this!...I think you'll join me in liking Roe and in wanting to tell her to be careful - it's murder out there!"

-- Meritorious Mysteries

"Quite good."

-- Critical Mass


"The best of the series to date. The author's brisk, upbeat style keeps tension simmering under the everyday surface."

-- Publishers Weekly

"A witches' brew of decorous old bones, whiffs of international intrigue and helpful wedding tips, interspersed with nightly bouts of tasteful, enthusiastic offscreen coupling. Hands down Roe's most bizarre adventure to date."

-- Kirkus Review

"Roe is so charming you will want to go back and read the first three in the series. I did."

-- Mostly Murder

"If you like your mysteries with romance and Southern ambience, you'll like this one."

-- Snoop Sisters Newsletter

"Fourth in this warm, endearing series....Rose looks forward to investigating the mustery, decorating her new home, and enjoying married life. Then everything begins to unravel. Roe wonders about Martin's secrets, distrusts the couple he installs in the garage apartment, and finds herself under siege, afraid she may share the fate of the Julius family."

-- Grounds for Murder

"Refreshing ... Harris has a mastery of the difficult balance between lighthearted humor and serious concerns ... I, for one, can't wait to see what Harris cooks up next."

-- Arkansas Democrat & Gazette

"Told with a sense of humor and a light touch, this latest Aurora Teagarden mystery is quite a bit of fun."

-- The Armchair Detective


"Infectious prose, engaging characters, crafty plotting; recommended."

-- Library Journal

"Harris' gossipy, just-between-us-girls style is as ingratiating as ever."

-- Kirkus Reviews

"You are in for a treat....Harris is a first-rate writer, and the tongue-in-cheek humor, together with the heroine's captivating personality, make these stories very, very enjoyable."

-- Pen & Dagger

"Harris' love of life, mysteries, most things Southern and the inevitable and saving humor found in everyday life and not so everyday events colors another welcome adventure in this delightful mystery series."

-- Mostly Murder

"A delightful book ... a thrilling and colorful American cozy. Charming secondary characters and homely sub-plots abound, making this and the preceding mysteries worth reading."

-- The Midwest Book Review

"A rollicking whodunit."

-- Buffalo News

"A good old down-home Southern style mystery."

-- The Pilot (North Carolina)

"A thrilling and colorful American cozy."

-- Ed's Internet Book Review


"Gossipy, blithe, often funny -- with a windup that's fierce, shocking and poignant. A winner for Harris this time out."

-- Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review!)

"Live-wire actions, small-town antics, unexpected plot ramifications, and a humorous tone make for fine reading. For all collections."

-- Library Journal

"A gripping tale ... Harris mixes elements of a cozy and her darker themes with skill and panache."

-- Publishers Weekly


"The story line is fast-paced, well plotted, and exciting with enough twists and turns to keep readers on full alert."

-- Midwest Book Review

"Frothy and fastpaced with a wealth of witty descriptions."

-- Publishers Weekly

"A delightful series."

-- Library Journal

"An enjoyable read that gives us a chance to catch up with old friends. Ms. Harris skillfully captures small-town life, giving the story added realism."

-- Romantic Times


"Well-established characters, family concerns, wry humor, and small-town busybodies solidify the plot of this delightful cozy. Essential for most collections."

-- Library Journal

"Entertaining fare."

-- Booklist

"Tightly written and gloriously twisted, the mystery delights and confounds with each added layer. Harris' attention to detail and lively prose are thoroughly engaging."

-- Romantic Times

A lot of action in this delightful cozy ... POPPY DONE TO DEATH is a terrific cozy, one readers will want to put on their keeper shelves.

-- Midwest Book Review

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chosen as one of the years 10 Best by Mostly Murder

"Harris has created an intriguing new character in this solidly plotted story."

-- Booklist

"Harris' finely tuned, colorful and suspenseful tale, filled with vigorous and unique characters, will leave readers hoping it's the start of a series."

-- Publishers Weekly

"Lily's an ingratiating heroince, and the author's easy style makes this one an engaging breeze."

-- Kirkus Reviews

"Gripping. Harris, known for her series featuring Aurora Teagarden, takes a dark turn here, and it pays off. Despite Lily's bristly ways, we begin to like her. When her secret is revealed, we grimmace at the harsh reality of Lily's past....All in all, a fine effort from Harris."

-- Albuquerque Journal

"Harris had done an incredible job launching her new character. The author wisely makes Lily's past as much as part of the mystery as the murder investigation. A well-constructed psychological study that moves at a steady pace, SHAKESPEARE'S LANDLORD also takes a look at how society often views victims of violent crimes."

-- Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"Harris has down pat the laid-back atmosphere, country friendliness and occasional sordid secrets of small-town South. SHAKESPEARE'S LANDLORD is a satisfying introduction to a fascinating, complex set of characters. Just keep 'em coming."

-- Arkansas Democrat Gazette

"Harris writes about Lily with a quiet compassion that is compelling. A fine writer has written her best book yet."

-- The Dead Beat

"Low-key and entertaining ... exactly what you need from a mystery."

-- Seventeen Magazine

"The story is riveting, and Lily's triumphant progress from scarred loner to fierce fighter is very rewarding. Bravo, Ms. Harris!"

-- Pen & Dagger

"The charm of this book lies not in the plot but in its characters, particularly enigmatic Lily whose unfolding history will draw you in."

-- The Poisoned Pen

"Charlaine Harris ventures into new, darker territory....A memorable character, Lily brings new meaning to the term strong woman. She's the equal of Kay Scarpetta, Kinsey Milhone and V. I. Warshawski even on a bad day."

-- Library Journal

"Lily is as human and likeable as her new town. This is a sparkling series debut."

-- Tulsa World

chosen as one of the year's 10 Best by Mostly Murder

"Full of surprises, this second fast-paced and gripping Lily Bard adventure showcases the amateur sleuth's strength, determination, and martial arts prowess ... an engaging puzzler thats propelled smoothly along by Lily's easy no-frills narration."

--Publishers Weekly

"Wheels within wheels in a suspense story packed with nasty characters, a few good guys, some graphic sex, and more exercise and karate lore than you ever wanted to know. Lily's stubborn, moody, gutsy persona holds it all together, and most readers will be with her to the finish."

-- Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review!)

"We love the heroine of this compelling mystery ... Lily is too cool."

-- Seventeen

"As good and, in some ways, better than its predecessor, SHAKESPEARE'S CHAMPION embodies a first-rate mystery, but this time also includes a special relationship drama about two wounded soldiers who heal each other through their love for one another. Charlaine Harris' newest entry deserves top ten consideration."

-- Midwest Book Review

"Lily Bard gives as good as she gets. The reading is fast and the actions faster, proving that women really are the better half."

-- Mostly Murder

"Precise storytelling and original characterizations make SHAKESPEARE'S CHAMPION, Charlaine Harris' second Lily Bard mystery, surpass last year's debut ... a skilled author who knows just how far to take her story....Harris again shows her thoughtful way of weaving a complex plot into a seamless, compact story."

-- Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"Harris does an excellent job with the Lily Bard character, neatly blending the vulnerability of someone who's endured a truly horrific experience with the courage needed to continue. The supporting characters also captivate the reader....Harris delivers murder with a distinct edge and an amateur sleuth training to move mountains while she cleans up the town. Lily's on her way to becoming a contender."

-- Mystery News

"A most terrific second mystery in the Lily bard series ... oh, how I love them! Lily Bard is Kinsey and V.I. multipled by 10."

-- Tulsa World


"Harris tells a forceful story with a complex, flawed heroine. The denizens of Bartley form a memorable gallery of secondary characters. Harris' blend of cozy style with more hard-boiled elements isn't always smooth, but it's interesting to see her working toward a deeper complexity."

-- Publishers Weekly

"Lily Bard is one of the best-drawn and most compelling characters in contemporary mystery fiction - complex, smart, streetwise, tough. Add tight plotting and a smooth style, and its no surprise that Harris has reached a new high. Don't miss it."

-- Booklist

"Rural flavor, small-town wedding activities, and the psychological remnants of Lily's long-ago ordeal temper an increasingly involving plot. For fans of this series as well as of Harris' Aurora Teagarden books."

-- Library Journal

"Fresher, more unusual, than any other mystery I've read lately. this novel is the third in the series; the other two had better be waiting for me under the Christmas tree."

-- Washington Post Sunday Book World

"Harris blends a noirish atmosphere with a traditional mystery. Rather than just another amateur sleuth mystery, Harris conjures a seamless story that delves below the surface of small-town life...Harris takes chances with this unique series."

-- The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"A fascinating mystery ... Ms. Harris has written a wonderful novel that adds much to this top rate dark cozy series."

-- Midwest Book Review

"Harris writes her 214 page gem in a crisp, clean and taut style ... a nail-biter."

-- Tulsa World

"Harris has a gift for depicting small-town Southern life with humor and candor. The Lily Bard series has a sharper, grittier edge than her Aurora Teagadren series ... if Lily flinches, it's not for long, no matter how much it hurts. She just keeps getting stronger and better."

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"Lily is a terrific character with dark shadings and stark fears, but learning strength and cleaving to it. A supporting cast of quirky characters fully rendered in quick strokes will hold readers as surely as the complex resolution in this cozy on the bleeding edge of noir."

-- Booklist

"Her latest engaging outing ... indeed, Lily has such an engaging voice, full of pain and redemption, that the collecting of clues and the unfolding of the crime take a back seat to her personal story."

-- Publishers Weekly

Lily Bard is an intriguing character, and readers will enjoy her attempts to make sense of human nature in general, and men in particular."

-- Romantic Times

"A neat surprise ending will reward Lily's ardent fans."

-- Kirkus

"Lily Bard has become one of my favorite fictional protagonists. This smart, gutsy woman is a terrific character. She is fearful but refuses to let it paralyze her. She throws her whole being into her martial arts classes and doesn't back off when there are problems. Her relationship with her clients is fascinating, too. While the details of the mystery unfold, so does this complex and very human woman. It's a great package."

-- Contra Costa Times

"Those who enjoy Sue Grafton's mysteries will love SHAKESPEARE'S TROLLOP. It is fast, straightforward, and well-plotted. Opening it is like diving into the water; it is shocking, chilling and fun."

-- Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal

"Solid entertainment."

-- Library Journal


"The best work in this fine series ... strengthens a strong character and turns a wonderful series into a powerhouse."

-- Midwest Book Review

"Exceptionally well-plotted ... an extremely compelling read."

-- Romantic Times

"Solid, clever and quick."

-- Library Journal

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Finalist: Agatha, Dilys and Compton Crook Awards
"one of the year's best"--Science Fiction Chronicle

"This book's intelligent mixture of painful, pleasurable, serious, skeptical and unexpected moments in a relationship where neither hero nor heroine can merge with the local norm, recalls the best kinds of magical realism. And it's one of the best vampire novels I've read in quite a while."

-- Locus (Faren Miller)

"Rural America finally has a vampire story to call its own ... Charlaine Harris delivers both horror and humor as seen from the unique perspective of rural America. You've got to love a book where a vampire addresses a Civil War society called the Descendants of the Glorious Dead."

--Tanya Huff,
bestselling author of BLOOD PRICE

"In its range and depth, DEAD UNTIL DARK amply demonstrates the scope of modern vampire fiction ... Harris creates a small Louisiana town peopled by quirky, vivid characters reader will want to revisit again and again."

--Crescent Blues

"Highly original, extraordinarily riveting, erotic and exotic. In DEAD UNTIL DARK, Charlaine Harris weaves storytelling magic in a tale of vampires and small town Louisiana."

--Lynn Hightower

"A nicely done mystery ... the vampire elements work well in context."

-- Locus (Carolyn Cushman)

"Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series have a pleasant surprise in store for them in this interesting first novel ... The rural southern setting, the ambivalent relationship between the two main cahracters, and the nicely turned mystery all work together to make this succeed. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a sequel in the near future."

-- Science Fiction Chronicle

"The goofy charm of Harris' world, with its humor and occasional terror, is what makes DEAD UNTIL DARK so delightful."

-- Denver Post

"An absorbing mix of romance, mystery and the supernatural. Harris weaves humor with an edginess that makes for taut reading. Best of all, she's created an uniquely down-to-earth heroine in Sookie and an otherworldly charmer in Sookie's beau, Bill. Perhaps you'll never meet a more unlikely couple, but you won't forget them either!"

-- Romantic Times (Susan McBride)

"Pitch-perfect ear for dialect and dialogue, and spot-on depictions of small-town Southern life."

-- Romantic Times (Laurie Davie)

"The love child of Laurell K. Hamilton and Joe R. Lansdale ... Ace should give Charlaine Harris plenty of room and the assurance of a multi-book contract. Harris' Sookie has the potential to attract more readers than Hamilton's Anita Blake."

-- Cemetery Dance

"Read more than a few pages and you'll find yourself hooked. This is the best tongue-in-cheek vampire story I have ever read."

-- SFX Magazine (UK)

"DEAD UNTIL DARK is serio-comic who-done-it with supernatural overtones to spice the tale and keep mystery, horror, and fantasy readers elated with the plot and cast. Ms. Harris' fan base should multiply with what is the beginning of a Southern paranormal mystery series."

-- Bookbrowser.com

"The book straddles the mystery/fantasy/romance genres quite expertly. ...This is a great, light summer read, terrific for the beach, and there is a very good mystery at its core."

-- Aunt Agatha's Newsletter


"One terrific read. Harris has created a charming and winning character in Sookie Stackhouse ... Wonderful characters, an inventive plot, and terrific situations. She has a real feel for the world she has created and allows the willing suspension of disbelief to do its job. Reminiscent of Laurell Hamilton and her Anita Blake series, it also reminds a reader of Tanya Huff's work and has the same light touch. There is a joy and an innocence about the work that make it very appealing."

-- Kliatt

"Highly entertaining ... It's great fun, a light-hearted small-town variation of the same sort of vampire thrills that make Laureel K. Hamilton's 'Anita Blake' novels so popular."

-- Locus

"Harris brings off this blend of mystery and vampires better than most. I would be surprised if we didn't see further adventures of Sookie Stackhouse."

-- Science Fiction Chronicle

"Light-hearted and appealing, LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS is a real charmer. The mystery is puzzling, and it's easy to see why Sookie is so taken with undead Bill!"

-- Romantic Times

"A delightful mix of the supernatural, romance and mystery genres that create a new and unique work of fun reading."

-- Midwest Book Review<

"Harris has created an entertaining and inventive series of fantasy-horror thrillers that deserve to be read ... There's plenty of intrigue in the well-handled plot."

-- SFX Magazine (UK)

"LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS is a fast-paced read that hurtles through one hair-raising adventure after another."

-- The Romance Reader

"LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS is...an entertaining read. The book is fast-paced, and the story line is intriguing. Harris has given her readers a lively romp through a fantasy land that's grounded in the real world."

-- The News-Star

"Delightful. Harris playfully mixes several genres to make a new one that is her own bright creation."

-- Denver Post

"Harris certainly proves her creativity in a story with an excellent pretext."


"You don't want to miss a single paragraph of this "Southern vampire" series. It's all delivered in well-written fast-paced Southern twang that will keep you turning the pages."

-- Cemetery Dance

"Her writing style and gift for irony are a cut above most of those trying to find something original in vampire fiction."

-- Rocky Mountain News

"Harris is having fun with a mix of horror and humor."

-- The Poisoned Pen

"This book is hot! A rousing, hilarious, romantic read!"

-- Romantic Times Clubhouse

"one of the year's best"--Science Fiction Chronicle

"With some droll touches--Elvis, now a vampire, is Sookie's faithful guard--CLUB DEAD is ideal for readers who like their vampire fiction light, humorous, and fast-paced."

-- Booklist

"New revelations about vampire politics, plenty of eccentric characters, and a daring rescue combine to provide plenty of fun."

-- Locus

"The third adventure maintains the high standards of its predecessors."

-- cience Fiction Chronicle

"There's plenty of action in this one, with fights, stakings, deaths and many ruined outfits. Kinda funny, kinda sexy, this book is for those who like their horror light."

-- Fangoria

"Harris knows how to keep her plots bubbling along nicely, but also brings plenty of colour to her evocation of the Deep South, and keeps the supernatural side of the story on a believable level. The sexy, enjoyable relationships never overwhelm the story, and the whole mixture is helped by a main character who's humane, flawed, and genuine fun to be around. Harris has also learned the most important trick of this style of mystery series. If you're in the mood for some genuinely entertaining page-turners, with a dash of blood-red horror ... give Sookie Stackhouse a try. She's slowly gathering a cult following, so be prepared to hear more of her..."

-- SFX Magazine (UK)

"These books are intended to be fun--and they are. Quite a lot of fun, in fact. ...It's just as lively and entertaining as the first two. If you're looking for a fun supernatural romp across a Southern landscape, you won't do much better than Harris' books."

-- The News-Star

"A third in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris is as deliciously wonderful as the previous two. You don't want to miss this winning series starting with DEAD UNTIL DARK."

-- Mystery Scene

"Fast-paced, exciting narratives... make the series an easy and pleasurable read."

-- Total SciFi Online
(on books #1-3)

"Charlaine Harris blends elements from the horror, mystery and romance genres to create a novel that is refreshingly unique. CLUB DEAD is a real live treat."

-- Harriet Klausner


"Fans of Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake looking for a lighter version should cotton to Sookie Stackhouse. Consistent, well-built characters and a strong action-packed plot that will keep readers guessing to the end distinguish this frothy blend of romance, mystery and fantasy."

-- Publishers Weekly

"The first hardcover in Harris' series is gripping and spicy."

-- Booklist

"Atmospheric and edgy, the fourth entry in Harris' Southern Vampire series is sure to be a hit with the Laurell K. Hamilton crowd. This steamy yarn is one fans of supernatural romance and Southern mysteries will also relish."

-- Romantic Times

"Another fun installment in a consistently amusing mystery series."

-- Locus

"Best in the series so far."

-- Chronicle (Year's Best)

"Harris continues her delightful series. She makes Sookie so real we can accept her world of vampires and mind reading as normal also."

-- The Denver Post

"Once again Harris has created both a witty and entertaining adventure to snare her readers with."

-- SF Site

"I'm a fan! Whenever a new book in this terrific series arrives in bookstores, I'm the first in line to buy it. Great heroine and great supernatural adventures. Harris writes with style, wit, and warmth."

--Jayne Ann Krentz

"Nifty...As fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer know, a sense of humor helps when dealing with the supernatural."

-- The Orlando Sentinel

"An increasingly riotous series...Ms. Harris has never been in better form."

-- The Dallas Morning News

"As with the other three books in the series, DEAD TO THE WORLD is great fun. It's light and fast-paced -- just action from start to finish. Harris strikes a style that's much more fun than Anne Rice... She tells the story with a down-home flavor that's not often found in the horror or fantasy sections of the bookstore. If you haven't checked out Harris' Southern Vampire series yet, you should. It's great fun."

-- The News-Star

"The book is pure fun. Harris offers...plenty of entertainment."

-- Sunday Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

"With absolute assurance--and an audacious wink of her eye--Harris creates a world that is both a weird possibility and a wild ride... Harris sends us careening on an outrageously goofy ride that she works awfully hard to help us enjoy. And enjoy it we do, because she cares so inordinately about making us believe in this "other-world" of her own ingenious creation."

-- The Anniston Star

"A supernatural battle to rival anything Harry Potter... DEAD TO THE WORLD [is] the fourth entry in an increasingly riotous series. Ms. Harris has never been in better form than in Sookie's latest, which features the same wacky humor and giddy breakneck pace as the other three but surpasses them in character development and wit. Between the last book and DEAD TO THE WORLD, Ms. Harris has navigated that trickiest of authorial turns--from 'excellent genre writer' to 'possible blockbuster creating her own genre: contemporary light vampire-romance.' One might even call them fang-tastic."

-- The Dallas Morning News

"An earthy, tough and irrepressible lead ... one of the most readable books you'll ever pick up."

-- January Magazine

"If you've been following this series, DEAD TO THE WORLD is another fun read. If not, and you find this sort of thing appetizing...you've now got four books you can sink your teeth into."

-- SF Revu


"Harris does an admirable job of creating a heroine who's not only interesting but completely believable in a world of the strange and the different. Natural and humorous dialogue and a nicely paced plot that doesn't dwell so much on Sookie's old boyfriends help make this entry the best yet in the series."

--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Harris' latest paranormal adventure is every bit as entertaining, suspenseful and romantic as previous installments. It's an evocative blend of romance, suspense and alternate-Earth fantasy, with a stand-alone mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Sookie's wry commentary and expert characterization make this one stand out from the crowd."

--Romantic Times

"Fun...thoroughly engaging series."


"Plot twists and fascinating characters abound in this welcome addition to Harris's Anthony Award-winning "Southern Vampire" series."

--Library Journal

"Harris' southern vampire series remains one of the best of the breed, concocted out of just the right mixture of humor, intrigue, and excitement. Its latest entry does not disappoint."


"...A very good mystery. ...A very entertaining story. The previous four volumes in the series are all worth your time."



"Harris keeps the action going nonstop in this bubble brew of supernatural spice and whimsical whodunit that's more fun than a barrel of beignets."

--Publishers Weekly

"Life is never easy for Sookie, which is bad for her but great for readers. This series always keeps you guessing and utterly intrigued. Sookie is a richly drawn and complex character, and rooting for her is a joy. Harris makes combining suspense, the paranormal and romance look easy."

--Romantic Times

"With more twists and turns for Sookie, including complications in her unconventional love life, this sixth book in Harris's "Southern Vampire" series offers a grand blend of mystery-cum-fantasy with dollops of romance and humor."

--Library Journal

"[Definitely Dead] finds Harris at the top of her game--she's one of the rare authors who understands the close relationship between humor and horror, and one of the even rarer writers who can effectively exploit it. ...readers will only put the book down with great reluctance--like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, a character with whom Sookie shared many characteristics, Harris' heroine easily captures both the hearts and minds of her audience."

--Mystery Scene

"Charlaine Harris has created her own sub-genre with tongue in cheek (or should I say fang) humor that pops up the oddest times yet is used brilliantly as a tension reliever during the height of intense action scenes. Readers will thoroughly enjoy this special one of a kind series and after reading this book, will definitely want to obtain the backlist of books in this wonderful series."

--Harriet Klausner

"The plot line is a bit more complex then most, interweaving a number of threads containing a wide variety of characters. And while there is plenty of action, and adventure, Sookie is never going to be a stereotypical action heroine."


"This series has deservedly become immensely popular amongst supernatural romance fans."

--SF Revu (UK)

"Harris ties together murder mystery, horror and fantasy genres with a beguiling blend of wit and humor that make for a rapid paced romp in this sixth installment of the "Stackhouse" series. This will leave readers wondering how long they have to wait before the next Stackhouse adventure."


"Harris expertly and deftly moves Sookie along life's road... It packs in heaps that would take other writers twice as long to get over. It also emotionally engages the reader with a heroine who isn't a superwoman but has an edge over us mere mortals."

--SF Crows Nest (UK)

"I really wish I'd read all of the first five before I got my hands on DEFINITELY DEAD. Now I'll have to hunt them down and start from the beginning."


"Darker, but just as much fun, is Charlaine Harris' series of novels about Sookie Stackhouse. Wildly popular. It's impossible not to love the wry, sexy, often earnest, ordinary-if-it-wasn't-for-the-whole-mind-reading-thing Sookie, surely one of the most winning heroines to guide us through the dark side in a long time. Maybe ever."


"These books are always fun. Vampires seem more human in Ms. Harris' books, without losing their otherworldliness. If you have missed this series until now, go back to Book One and treat yourself to them all. I'd love to sit down with Charlaine Harris and Tanya Huff, and listen to them riff about the supernatural. Harris writes woo-woo and mystery with the best of them."



"Harris juggles a large cast, including several romantic contenders for Sookie's heart, with effortless exuberance... [an] addictive series."

--Publishers Weekly

"...[T]he series remains thoroughly entertaining, with some unexpected horrors and surprises."


"[An] exciting new addition to the Southern Vampire series. The action is lively and the pace quick enough to keep the reader engaged to the last page. The climax...is satisfying. This is a great addition to one of the more entertaining series in the paranormal genre."

--Monsters and Critics

"Harris has marked off her own little plot of the literary landscape and the ground has so far proved consistently fertile. I think the reason I enjoy this series so much is that Harris manages to instill her stories with the same tension and complexity as the best of the Anita Blake novels without getting so caught up in the angst of conflicting desires and motivations. She has a lighter touch without being lightweight."

--Critical Mass

"We eagerly await the next volume of the saga. Another Sookie Stackhouse adventure is worth waiting for. If you haven't read the Southern Vampire series yet, start with Dead Until Dark and enjoy it from the beginning."


"Harris proves that it is indeed possible to keep a series entertaining indefinitely."

--Crimespree Magazine

"This book may be the best in the series so far... Read it and enjoy the rollercoaster ride."

--Mystery News

"She keeps you amused and chilled and offers mysteries that keep the tension thrumming. And while Harris has more than a few serious thoughts on her mind, she's loath to bash you over the head with them. ALL TOGETHER DEAD is a delightful kitchen sink novel that, while it lacks a kitchen sink, offers so much more."

--The Agony Column

"A must read for those who like vampires and southern belles with brains and spunk."

--Green Man Reviews


"The series continues to be inventive and funny with an engaging, smart and sexy heroine. There are are almost monthly variations of supernatural characters in our midst, and Harris is the gold standard of the genre."

--The Denver Post

"Harris outdoes herself in this pivotal either Sookie Stackhouse novel, packing the story full of romantic tension and supernatural action."

--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Sookie fans will love this addition to the series."

--Library Journal

"The non-stop revelations, interspersed with plenty of action, should keep series fans enthralled."


"More twists than a tornado... enough to entertain any series fan."


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"The ninth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series is one of the best. Librarians, be warned: buy multiple copies."

-- Library Journal (Starred Review)

"Harris pulls out all the stops in this dramatic and downright scary story that's darker in tone and content than most of her previous chapters. This is a seminal book in the series--and one that won;t soon be forgotten. It's marvelously addictive, and you better hang on tight!"

--Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars; Top Pick!)

"Darker and more ominous than earlier entries in the series, Harris' latest raises the stakes (pun intended) for lovable heroine Sookie and comes up with a winner. With HBO's True Blood, a series based on Sookie's adventures, renewed for a second season, expect demand for this latest gripping installment."


"The appeal of Harris' Southern vampire series both predates and transcends the current popular obsession with bloodsucking romance. Her story-telling is absorbing and addictive, her humor is brilliant, and her characters are as believable as vampires, werewolves, and telepaths can be."

-- Colorado Springs Independent

"Fans should devour the ninth novel in Harris' series like a ravenous vampire let loose in a blood bank."

-- Chicago Sun-Times

"One of the most thrilling volumes in the series so far."

-- Locus

"Brilliant. These charismatic vamps put Edward Cullen to shame."

-- M-Teen Magazine

"DEAD AND GONE takes a delightful step up from the last installment... Harris is a master at taking several paranormal worlds and plunging them into our reality with humor."

-- Tulsa World

"Harris' best offering in a while... takes the story back to its origins and settles in with lots of action and Southern charm."

-- Sacramento Book Review

"Sookie must uncover the threats, beat back the danger and find love, perhaps in all the wrong places. Of course, that is why we come back to the series eyar after year: To root for Sookie. She's the oddball who lurks in us all."

-- Houston Chronicle

"Harris... ratchets up both the Harlequin moments -- and the blood content -- for DEAD AND GONE, her ninth novel... whether she can keep this up is hard to tell -- but, in DEAD AND GONE, she holds it together and very well, thank you."

-- Star-News (Wilmington, NC)

"Harris' books address how different groups connect -- or don't -- in an interesting way. And... they're consistently laugh-out-loud funny."

-- New Orleans Times-Picayune

"The pace is cracking and Harris obviously knows her heroine well."

-- South Coast Register (Australia)

"As always, Harris has given us another smooth, engrossing book that seems almost effortless. Harris is still the leader in the current wave of paranormal fantasy/horror writers."

-- Critical Mass

"Ms. Harris packs this story with action, suspense, and the supernatural elements that play a leading role. A fabulous addition to the series... fans of the series should thoroughly enjoy this new release and be eagerly awaiting the next exciting supernatural adventure."

-- Darque Reviews

"DEAD AND GONE completely grabbed my attention and I'm loving the Sookie Stackhouse series even more. Fans of the sereis are going to love it and if you haven't started it yet, then you really need to.">

-- Literary Escapism

"DEAD AND GONE is a great addition to the Sookie Stackhouse series and this installment of rural (rather than urban) fantasy is recommended reading for vampire, mystery, and fantasy fans alike."

-- Love Vampires

"I've followed the series for years now and continue to love the series as much as I did in the beginning. Harris' characters continue to be realistiv in showing both their strengths and faults and Sookie consistently amazes me... Dead and Gone is an engaging novel filledd with lots of action; and even though I found it a bit darker than previous Sookie books, I have no doubt that longtime fans of the series will devour this book in no time at all."

-- Paranormal Romance

"The story moves at a ripping pace, with the author skillfully building her plot brick by careful brick and everything coming together so well that I stayed up far past my bedtime finishing it."

-- All About Romance

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"This series hits a new level of excellence!"

-- Romantic Times
4 1/2* Top Pick!

"Harris remains my favorite."

-- Critical Mass

"If you're one of Charlaine Harris' readers you will not be disappointed. Old friends abound, characters deepen, and you'll hope the next book is not too far away."

-- SFRevu

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"Arkansas native Harris brings humor and a straightforward writing style to her unique twist on the paranormal romance genre, blending fantasy, science fiction and a healthy dash of sexual tension."

--Tulsa World

"For fans of Sookie Stackhouse, A TOUCH OF DEAD is the perfect companion."

--The Daily Iowan

"These are not new stories but they're great fun all the same, especially with the nice introduction by Harris."

--Monsters and Critics

"A lipsmacking dessert once you've devoured all the other Sookie books... fun, funky and interesting -- the perfect stocking-filler."

-- SF Revu

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"Harris delivers a knuckle-gnawing tale populated with well-developed, albeit edgy characters."

--Publishers Weekly

"Leave it to the incredibly talented Harris to come up with another unique, troubled and utterly compelling heroine. The suspense is dark, and the paranormal elements creepy in this highly original tale that launches a new series. Paranormal mystery at its best!"

--Romantic Times

"Prolific author Harris debuts a series that just might surpass all her others in popularity... A strong debut that will have readers dying for more."


"This new series seems more mainstream and considerably darkner in tone than Harris' Sookie Stackhouse vampire mysteries, but still has a folksy edge, a spooky but sweet amateur detective mystery full of interesting characters."


"GRAVE SIGHT is an interesting blend of fantasy and crime. ...I enjoyed the tale. Harris has a gift for deft description, entertaining characters and interactions, and convincing plotting. I'm looking forward to more by this writer."



"The author has a great gift for getting inside her characters and making them achingly real to the reader. Particularly poignant is the unique relationship between Harper and Tolliver."

--The Denver Post

"It's a rare thing to run across mysteries as quirky and improbable as the Harper Connelly series and enjoy the way the author takes the frankly implausible and makes it seem perfectly believable. Harper and Tolliver are so earnest, savvy and likeable, they don't take themselves too seriously, that readers can sit back with confidence that in "Grave Surprise" they're in for a fun ride through a guaranteed page-turner."

--The Advocate

"[A] winning second supernatural caper... Peppered with the author's trademark deadpan wit, this book should help make Harper and Tolliver as popular as Sookie Stackhouse."

--Publishers Weekly

"Begins with a bang... Skillful Harris does an amazing job laying out this intriguing mystery while exploring Harper's varying beliefs and skepticisms. When it comes to serving up the supernatural, Harris is unmatched."

--Romantic Times

"Believers and skeptics alike will enjoy Harper's search for the truth and her changing relationship with Tolliver."


The supernatural elements are integrated believably into the plot in this engrossing mystery.


"The characters are lovely, three-dimensional, fully developed people. There's depth to Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver. There's history and background that feeds into their behavior and actions. As a reader you can believe them because their actions and thoughts are consistent with what we'd do in similar circumstances... It's a book you won't want to put down. I'm looking forward to another Harper Connelly story."

--SF Revu

"GRAVE SURPRISE was a pure delight to read. The relationship between Tolliver and Harper is uniquely intriguing but never overshadows the rapid pace of the plot. GRAVE SURPRISE is a wonderful book with many layers and I can't wait to read the next addition to this series."

--I Love a Mystery

"You go to Ms. Harris' books for the rich detailing of Southern life, the many interesting background characters, and for getting to know an unusual group of people. I'm glad to meet Harper and her friends."

--Fiction Nation (XM Radio)

"A refreshing supernatural mystery series."

--Monsters & Critics

"A fast and furious read. As in all her work, Harris effortlessly takes her reader from the macabre to the sorrowful with humor and humanity. This writer has a certain something in her prose that no one else writing today can match."

--Crimespree Magazine


"...exciting... Harris dependably delivers fear with charming down-home finesse."

--Publishers Weekly

"In the third installment of Harris' eerie and mesmerizing series, big changes are afoot for plucky psychic heroine Harper Connelly. [A] terrifying tale... What more could you ask for than a creepy mystery and a chilling drama?"

--Romantic Times

"Harris's greatest strength is creating realistic, fully-rounded characters with just a sentence or two...fans of paranormal mysteries will snap this book up."

--Library Journal (Starred Review)

"Harris' series makes the most of its unusual premise, using the paranormal elements to good effect. She has also created a winning heroine."


"Harris' unadorned, visceral prose deftly describes her locales and her characters. The violence, while hard-hitting, never exceeds what's called for to set up the scene. This satisfying whodunit is recommended for any mystery fan seeking an original female character operating in a vividly evoked provincial setting."

--Mystery Scene

"This is the third in the series, and it just keeps getting better and better."

--The Gumshoe Review/SF Revu

"Harris always writes a good mystery. The usual twists and turns keep the reader turning the pages. An added bonus this time is that Harper's relationship with Tolliver moves forward."


"Harris lightens the darkness with hope. She combines great description with chases, violence, and even chit-chat to make a very enjoyable whole."

-- SF Crows' Nest

"This is the kind of small town, dark thriller that Stephen King excels at and Harris proves no slouch herself, crafting an atmosphere more chilling than an Arctic wind."

-- Death Ray Magazine


"Riveting from beginning to end."

-- Romantic Times (4 1/2 Star Top Pick!)

"Harris continues to write a series that supercedes itself with each book."

-- CrimeSpree

"It grabs your heart and doesn't let go."

-- SF Revu

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For MANY BLOODY RETURNS (co-editor Toni L.P. Kelner)

"This...anthology of 13 new vampire stories proves that heavy-weight contributers can give some substance."

--Publishers Weekly

"Experienced genre hands ensure the high quality of 13 stories about birthdays and vampires."


"[An] amusing original anthology. For fans of the series represented here, this is an entertaining birthday party well worth checking out."


"13 talented writers have found clever ways to intertwine two seemingly disparate themes. Some stories are better than others, but all are entertaining and worth reading. This excellent collection will appeal to the growing legion of paranormal fans."

--Library Journal

"Like visiting old friends. Each of the authors lend their unique perspectives ranging from humorous to melancholy, fiendish to hopeful making for a thoroughly enjoyable take on vampires and birthdays. Editors Toni L.P. Kelner and Charlaine Harris have done a fine job of cooking up a toothsome collection of birthday treats you will not want to miss."

--Monsters & Critics

"These inspired short stories will keep you enthralled."

--SF Revu

"A carefully crafted anthology that envelopes readers in the dark and often humorous world of the paranormal. A fabulously fun visit with the characters, both old and new, of some of the best paranormal fiction authors in print today."

--Darque Reviews

"Some of the best paranormal writers in the business, each featuring their superstar characters. If you are a fan of these authors, it is well worth the time. Such a long list of literary luminaries is hard to pass up and with a unique theme such as birthdays for the undead it makes for a fine read."

--Book Fetish

"An anthology no paranormal fan should miss. Each story is entertaining and engaging. I guarantee that this anthology is the perfect book to read."

--Romance Reviews Today

"A fabulous collection of short stories ranging from funny to heart-breaking. There's something for everyone in Many Bloody Returns and you just might discover a new favorite vampire author."

--Vampire Genre

"If you are a fan of these authors, it is well worth the time. Such a long list of literary luminaries is hard to pass up and with a unique theme such as birthdays for the undead, it makes for a fine read. I do suggest reading them over a few days, or even weeks...that's a lot of birthday cake in one sitting!"


For WOLFSBANE & MISTLETOE (co-editor Toni L.P. Kelner)

"The expertise of 15 wolfishly inspired authors is dished up into a combination of stories that run the gamut from funny to downright creepy. There's a little something for every taste -- literally!"

--Romantic Times

"I didn't think they could top MANY BLOODY RETURNS, but WOLFSBANE just might have raised the bar... an excellent volume, not a bad story in the bunch."

--SF Revu

"Fifteen exceptional authors are brought together to make Wolfsbane and Mistletoe a captivating collection. From stories of urban fantasy to those edged in horror, this anthology offers a fun and sometimes gory variety. Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe offers up the Christmas spirit in a wonderfully wicked way. Each story is written as a stand-alone, but among them readers will find entertaining additions to some of the most followed series."

--Darque Reviews

"I can easily recommend this to fans of the paranormal."

--BookSpot Central

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  • Winner of the Romantic Times Award for Career Achievement in Urban Fantasy, at the 2010 RT convention
    2. DEAD UNTIL DARK (Ace, 2001) -- WINNER, 2002 ANTHONY AWARD!!
    3. LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS (Ace, 2002)
    4. CLUB DEAD (Ace, 2003)
    5. DEAD TO THE WORLD (Ace hardcover, 2004) -- WINNER, 2004 SAPPHIRE AWARD!!
    6. DEAD AS A DOORNAIL (Ace hardcover, May 2005) -- NY TIMES BESTSELLER (#14)
    7. DEFINITELY DEAD (Ace hardcover, May 2006) -- NY TIMES BESTSELLER (#8)
    8. ALL TOGETHER DEAD (Ace hardcover, May 2007) -- NY TIMES BESTSELLER (#6)
    9. FROM DEAD TO WORSE (Ace hardcover, May 2008) -- NY TIMES BESTSELLER (#6)
    10. DEAD AND GONE (Ace hardcover, May 2009)
    11. -- #1 NY TIMES BESTSELLER!
    12. DEAD IN THE FAMILY (Forthcoming Ace Books, 2010)
    13. Books #11-13 under contract!
    14. A TOUCH OF DEAD (Ace hardcover, Oct 2009) -- NY TIMES BESTSELLER (#2)
    1. GRAVE SIGHT (Berkley Prime Crime, 2005)
    2. GRAVE SURPRISE (Berkley Prime Crime, 2006)
    3. AN ICE COLD GRAVE (Berkley Prime Crime, 2007)
    4. GRAVE SECRET (Berkeley Prime Crime, 2009!)
    1. REAL MURDERS (Walker, 1990)
    2. A BONE TO PICK (Walker, 1992)
    3. THREE BEDROOMS, ONE CORPSE (Scribner, 1994)
    4. THE JULIUS HOUSE (Scribner, 1995)
    5. DEAD OVER HEELS (Scribner, 1996)
    6. A FOOL AND HIS HONEY (St. Martin's, 1999)
    7. LAST SCENE ALIVE (St. Martin's, 2002)
    8. POPPY DONE TO DEATH (St. Martin's, Summer 2003)
    1. SHAKESPEARE'S LANDLORD (St. Martin's, 1996)
    2. SHAKESPEARE'S CHAMPION (St. Martin's, 1997)
    3. SHAKESPEARE'S CHRISTMAS (St. Martin's, 1998)
    4. SHAKESPEARE'S TROLLOP (St. Martin's, 2000)
    5. SHAKESPEARE'S COUNSELOR (St. Martin's, 2001)
    1. MANY BLOODY RETURNS (co-editor Toni L.P. Kelner)
    2. WOLFSBANE AND MISTLETOE (co-editor Toni L.P. Kelner)
    3. DEATH'S EXCELLENT VACATION (co-editor Toni L.P. Kelner)