Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Copyright: 2010
Publisher: Ace
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 320
Challenges: 101 Fantasy
Author's Website 

Simple Description: 
This book picks up almost right where the last one stopped.  Sookie is still getting over the fairy war, she's doing some physical therapy to try and get back to 100%.    She is dating Eric, he seems to constantly remind her that they are married, as far as vampires are concerned.   Things get a little tricky when she lets Alcide's pack hunt in the woods on her property on the night of the full moon.  The next morning she is told that there is one grave, although burried pretty far down and old, and the scent of fairies on her land.  The fairies bother her more than the dead body (she assumes it's the one Eric had to get rid of at one point).  She tells Eric about this and he sends over a vampire to scout the grounds a couple days later.  She finds another grave, this one close to the service and fresh.  No sooner did they move that body when the copes show up to search her grounds, thanks to an anonymous tip.

Sookie's cousin, Claude, also asks to move in with her.  He says he needs to be close to somebody with fairy blood and since most are locked in fairy land, Sookie is the closest he has.   However the fairy scent on her property isn't his, this does not sound good.

Now what you really want to thoughts: 
Here's the thing with this book, it's not as action packed as the previous books where.  However, It was still really good.  You get more of just day to day stuff that Sookie has to deal with because of the vampires and were's and shifters.  I didn't include everything that happens in my review, I needed to leave something for you to f ind out on your own. lol!      I think the author put in a lot of filler info.  By this I mean information that she's probably going to use for another book, but this way you are introduced to things that are happening. She's basically setting up a couple more stories.  At least, that's how I see it.

If I did have one thing that bothered me, it was how Eric calls Sookie Lover.  That just annoys me. Lol!  I don't know why, it just does.

Overall I think this was a good addition to the series, just don't forget to start at the beginning if you haven't read any of the Sookie books yet, if you pick up with this one you'll be lost.

Thanks to Megan with Penguin for providing this book for review.

(psst - I back dated the review since technically I did finish it on the 30th.  Normally I just leave the date that I review it, but since today is a new month, I decided to change it so it wouldn't be confusing.  Also, hopefully my review comes across ok..I'm incredibly pissed at my co-worker today and not in the best of moods.)


Lisa said...

I read this one recently. I find it really hard to review books this far into the series, so haven't gotten around to it yet. I definitely thought this one was a little better than the last. Have to say I was disappointed in Sam's choice of date though.

Kris said...

It is hard to review books this far in the series isn't it Lisa? There's just no way to really tell somebody what is going on unless they have read the other books and know the history.

I agree about Sam's choice of girlfriend too. It will be interesting to see what happens there.