Charlaine Harris is the bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse Series, adapted for HBO as True Blood, as well as three other exceptional series - The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, The Lily Bard Mysteries, and the Harper Connelly Series. She is married, with children, and lives in Central Texas.
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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The second volume in Charlaine Harris's Midnight, Texas new series, sees the saga growing in scope, and could well soon be rivalling her Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) predecessor in reader popularity. A close-knit community where supernatural activities are a quiet fact of life is accustomed to keeping to itself but the arrival of strangers and the renovation of a once derelict hotel soon disrupts things. Psychics, vampires and a large, merry assortment of characters, bizarre and otherwise, who never seem to be what they at first appear intermingle, love and hate, highlighting a small town life with a twist and a bite in the tail. Few paranormal genre authors can blend light and dark like Harris and keep the reader glued to the page while she orchestrates her diverse cast of in a masterful, but affectionate way. Great fun. ~ Maxim Jakubowski Review by Vikki Pattis ~ First, the book. I have to say that Day Shift grabbed me much faster than Midnight Crossroad did. Perhaps it’s because I’m more invested in the characters now, or that I finally realised just how many of them are from Charlaine’s other series, all of which I adore. (I have to admit, just how long it took me to realise this fact does make me feel somewhat foolish.) Whatever the reason, I tore through Day Shift in a couple of sittings, devouring every word, and feeling bereft when it was over. I don’t want to give anything away, but this book in particular really appealed to the Sookie Stackhouse lover in me. It has mystery, magic, and marvellous characters. I loved finding out more about some of those characters, and really connecting with their back stories. Once again, Harris has created a world in which I want to live, with people I want to know, and an undercurrent of magic that I wish existed.
From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a new, darker world - populated by more 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, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town. There's a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There's a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there's new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own). Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth ...
Sookie Stackhouse has one last adventure in store. Life has taken her from a waitress in Merlotte's Bar, Bon Temps, to part owner; from social outcast to the heart of her community; from a vampire's girlfriend to the wife of one of the most powerful vampires in the state. She has survived explosions, revolutions and attempts on her life. Sookie has endured betrayal, heartbreak and grief...and she has emerged a little stronger, and little wiser, every time. But with life comes new trials...
It also stoked a hunger that will never die...A hunger to know what happened next. With characters arranged alphabetically - from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli - bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favourite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You'll learn how Michele and Jason's marriage fared, what happened to Sookie's cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB's twins grew up to be solid citizens. This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions - including details of Sookie's own happily-ever-after...The book will feature extensive interior art by acclaimed Sookie artist Lisa Desimini, including a Sookieverse Alphabet, colour endpapers, and several full-page black and white interior illustrations.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The short story is still one of the most pleasurable platforms for storytelling, a tasty bite of fiction that can be read in a single session and packs a mean punch when practiced well. Here, the creator of TRUE BLOOD and a crime writing co-editor have curated a splendid selection of fantasy stories with a twist in the tale, all somehow involving sports, a curious but most effective combination, including a new Sookie Stackhouse adventure by Harris and suspenseful material by Brandon Sanderson, Laura Lippman, Seanan McGuire, William Kent Krueger, Jan Burke, Scott Sigler, Mercedes Lackey and a host of others. Having both supernatural and crime writers together under the same cover works surprisingly well and the entertainment level is turned to the max. A 'Piece of Passion from the Publisher' I love a great anthology! I will never forget as a child, hiding under the bedclothes with a torch and copy of The Pan Book of Horror Stories, or one of Lin Carter’s selections of fantasy fiction, or a collection of Roald Dahl’s entirely unexpected tales. There’s something so satisfying about a good short story. I know it’s never an easy job – with a novel, you’ve got many thousands of words to develop your characters and make your plot work, but with short fiction you’ve got to wrap it all up in just a few pages. And of course, it’s much easier to get a really effective knock-out punch with a tight tale – Roald Dahl was one of many to prove that again and again. On top of that, anthologies are a great way to find new authors. But best of all, for me a good anthology is like the perfect box of chocolates: no two are the same, but they’re all delicious. And if you do happen to end up with an orange cream when you’d expected a praline crunch – well, it’s soon finished and there are plenty more to choose! So that’s the ‘why I like anthologies’; here’s the ‘why I love this particular anthology’. This is the sixth one the editors, Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, have put together, each better than the last. Theme anthologies are not necessarily my first choice of reading matter, but Harris & Kelner always make the theme as wide as possible: in this case, ‘sport’ ranges from hide and seek to lacrosse, from drag-racing to softball – with a whole lot more stops in between – which is just as well, as I’ve never really been much of a sports person (despite playing left back in the QES hockey team for several years; it was never voluntary!) But this: this is different, not least because of the fantastic collection of authors old and new they’ve persuaded to play along. For me, Joe R. Lansdale and Ellen Kushner were worth the price of admission alone, but then you add another baker’s dozen, including the likes of William Kent Krueger, Brandon Sanderson and Laura Lippman, not to mention the editors themselves, and ‘Just one more story and then I’ll turn out the light’ turns into ‘There must be torch batteries here somewhere!’ Putting a great anthology together is all about teamwork, and as far as I’m concerned, the writers in Games Creatures Play are a cheerleader’s dream: they’re winners all the way – and as a reader, I’m a winner too – and it’s nothing to do with prizes for all (although who doesn’t love a comfit?) I got a super selection of stories to while away the hours – and a list of new authors whose novels I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy, based on their games here. So what’s not to love?' - Jo Fletcher, Publisher, Jo Fletcher Books
Two heroines. Two Southern towns. Two blistering crime novels. Well before Charlaine Harris rose to fame with her Sookie Stackhouse novels, made infamous by the True Blood TV series, she wrote some highly readable crime novels. This book features two of them, both set in small towns in Southern USA with lots of dark and deadly secrets. Click here to see Real Murders (the first in Aurora Teagarden series) and Shakespeare's Landlord (the first in the Lily Bard Series), also by this author.
A Lily Bard Mystery: 1. Welcome to Shakespeare, Arkansas. Lily Bard came to the small town of Shakespeare to escape her dark and violent past. So when she spots a dead body being dumped in the town green, she's inclined to stay well away. But she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and despite her best efforts, she's dragged into the murder case. Lily doesn't care who did it, but when the police and local community start pointing fingers in her direction, she realises that if she doesn't unmask the killer, her new life will not simply crumble. It will end.
Aurora Teagarden: 1Real Murders is a crime club. A great opportunity for the people of Lawrenceton to get together, drink wine, eat chocolate and talk at length about grisly killings. It's a strange but harmless pastime. That is, until the murders begin...One night, librarian Aurora 'Roe' Teagarden finds a dead body. Killed in a manner eerily similar to a famous case they were about to discuss. And as more brutal copycat crimes follow, Roe must find the perpetrator. Quickly. Before she becomes the next suspect...or the next victim.
Why had Sookie been asked to come to the fateful party a few minutes early - just to catch Eric in the act? And why had the victim spiked her blood before approaching Eric? Was it simply because she wanted to be irresistible, or was it something more sinister? Sookie will have to find out...but it's the worst moment to investigate, as her Fae family are having troubles of their own and Sookie is, inevitably, drawn in. And there is one last complication. The cluviel dor her grandmother left her. It will grant her one wish, which could fulfil Sookie's heart's desire. The only problem is, she still doesn't know what - or who - her heart truly desires...
A Special Edition of Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris to celebrate Orion's 20th anniversary. This is the first in a delightful new supernatural series. Sookie Stackhouse is a fantastic heroine who finds herself caught up in a world of vampires and werewolves where, luckily for her, her telepathic skills make her more use alive than as a meal. Great fun and totally compelling this is going to get you hooked on Sookie Stackhouses's world.
Book 4. These story lines get better and better. A vampire with amnesia.....pure genius. Another great story to keep you hooked. Click the screen below to view a promo for Dead Until Dark.
Book 2. More from the telepathic waitress who finds herself in debt to vampires who saved her life and now she has to use her skills to help one of their kind. However, trying to remember they are not supposed to kill each other may be harder than it seems. These books are sexy and seductive like the characters in them. Brilliant. Click the screen below to view a promo for Dead Until Dark.
Book 3. It's easy to see why this series of books got commissioned as a TV series it has all the right ingredients, great characters, fast paced plots, humour, romance and a good dollop of creepy goings on. Pure escapism. Click the screen below to view a promo for Dead Until Dark.
Book 5 in the series see's Sookie trying to stop her brother from getting killed now that he is about to join the changeling population having been bitten by a werepanther. On top of that her love life seems to be getting a little complicated with more than one interested party making their intentions known. These a really are a good, fun read with romance and fantasy finding just the right balance. Click the screen below to view a promo for Dead Until Dark.
Book 6 in the series and the pace is not letting up. Definitely Dead refers to Sookie’s vampire cousin who is now well and truly dead and Sookie finds her self drawn in to the mystery surrounding her cousins demise. Romance is never far away either you’ll be pleased to hear! Click the screen below to view a promo for Dead Until Dark.
This is number 7 in the series and really it is better to read if you have read the previous novels as characters and plotlines are referred to that may be a little hard to follow without previous knowledge. The series is still going strong, roll on number 8. Click the screen below to view a promo for Dead Until Dark.
Book 8. A little slice of reality is thrown in to this fantasy series with events revolving around the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina of course the world of the undead is also suffering form disasters of its own. More action packed stuff from Sookie and an array of supernatural characters.
This is the first in a delightful new supernatural series. Sookie Stackhouse is a fantastic heroine who finds herself caught up in a world of vampires and werewolves where luckily for her her telepathic skills make her more use alive than as a meal. Great fun and totally compelling this is going to get you hooked on Sookie Stackhouses's world. Click the screen below to view a promo for this title.
Shakespeare, Arkansas, is a small Southern town with plenty of secrets, and Charlaine Harris's Lily Bard, fresh from her acclaimed debut in Shakespeare's Landlord, is just one more of its residents-albeit one harboring a few secrets of her own-with a desire to live quietly. Lily keeps to herself, between her job as a cleaning woman for several townspeople and her visits to the gym, where she's a devotee of karate and bodybuilding. These two pursuits seem a bit odd for the petite Southern woman, but as work and play, they keep her focused and balanced.When a fellow gym member is found dead after a workout with a barbell across his throat, Lily wants to believe it's an accident. But looking at the incident against the background of other recent events in Shakespeare, including a few incidents that appear to be racially motivated, she's afraid it could be a part of something much, much bigger-and more sinister...in Shakespeare's Champion.
'Immersive, involving, suspenseful, and intriguing, with a main character you'll love' LEE CHILD A woman fights unimaginable odds to keep her people alive after the disintegration of America. . . Picking up right where A Longer Fall left off, this thrilling third instalment follows Lizbeth Rose as she takes on one of her most dangerous missions yet: rescuing her estranged partner, Prince Eli, from the Holy Russian Empire. Once in San Diego, Lizbeth is going to have to rely upon her sister Felicia, and her growing Grigori powers to navigate her way through this strange new world of royalty and deception in order to get Eli freed from jail where he's being held for murder. Love The Walking Dead, Westworld or True Blood? You will ADORE this gritty and wildly entertaining tale, set in a parallel reality of the United States where magic is an outlawed power. __________ Praise for Charlaine Harris 'A gripping, twisty-turny, thrill-ride of a read' Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author 'Harris has a remarkable talent for world building' Booklist 'Will leave readers enthralled. [A] fascinating setting and a heroine who's sure to be a new fan favourite' Publishers Weekly (starred review) 'A master of her craft . . . dazzling' Seanan McGuire, NYT Bestselling author 'A gritty, action-filled story with a touch of magic' Anne Bishop, NYT Bestselling author
For the first time together in one volume, the complete Sookie Stackhouse short stories - with new introductions from Charlaine Harris New fans can fill in the gaps in their Sookie lore, while old friends can revisit some of their favourite moments and characters. From investigating the murder of a local fairy to learning that her cousin was a vampire, from remodelling Tara's house to attending a wedding with her shapeshifting boss Sam, Sookie navigates the perils and pitfalls of the paranormal world. Gather round the bar at Bon Temps' favourite watering hole and hear stories that will make you wish that Sookie never left, including: 'Fairy Dust' 'One Word Answer' 'Dracula Night' 'Lucky' 'Gift Wrap' 'Two Blondes' 'If I Had a Hammer' 'Small-Town Wedding' 'Playing Possum' 'In the Blue Hereafter' This definitive collection is the perfect binge read for people who like their stories with bite! 'Charlaine Harris is a phenomenon' SFX
'Alluringly gritty' TIME 'An extraordinary thriller' Lee Child #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris returns with the second thrilling instalment in her Gunnie Rose series . . . When Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew to transport a crate into Dixie, she sees it as an easy protection gig. Dixie, the self-exiled southeast territory of the former United States, might be just about the last place she wants to visit, but the job itself is straightforward . . . until their cargo is stolen and her journey turns into a massacre. Up against a wall in Dixie, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate. Forces across three territories will be racing her, for what the crate contains is something powerful enough to spark a rebellion, if she can get it back in time . . . Internationally bestselling Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse mysteries and Midnight, Texas trilogy) is at her best here, building a compelling world of this alternate history of the United States, where magic is an acknowledged but despised power.
'Immersive, involving, suspenseful, and intriguing, with a main character you'll love' Lee Child From the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series and the inspiration behind HBO's True Blood, comes an electrifying new thriller centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose. Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma, this is a world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico, gunslinger Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards. She may be young, but Gunnie Rose has acquired a fearsome reputation and the wizards are at a desperate crossroads, even if they won't admit it. They're searching frantically to locate the only man whose blood they believe can save their tsar's life. As the trio journey through an altered America, they're set upon by enemies. It's clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive. The Dark Tower meets True Blood in this gritty and wildly entertaining tale of Gunnie Rose. A woman fighting unimaginable odds to keep her people alive after the disintegration of America, this is a surefire hit for fans of The Walking Dead or Westworld. Praise for Charlaine Harris 'A gripping, twisty-turny, thrill-ride of a read' Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author 'Harris has a remarkable talent for world building' Booklist 'Will leave readers enthralled. [A] fascinating setting and a heroine who's sure to be a new fan favourite' Publishers Weekly (starred review) 'A master of her craft . . . dazzling' Seanan McGuire, NYT Bestselling author 'A gritty, action-filled story with a touch of magic' Anne Bishop, NYT Bestselling author
Author of the books that inspired True Blood on HBO and Midnight, Texas on NBCLayla LaRue LeMay suspects there's a lot she doesn't know about her new life...well, death. It's been a year since Layla became a vampire and she still hasn't tapped into the raw power of her transformation. It's a point of contention with some of the other, older vampire dancers at Blue Moon Entertainment. But there's only one vampire's opinion that matters...Sean O'Rourke, Layla's maker, protector, husband, and dance partner suddenly seems to be keeping secrets about her true nature...and their future as a couple. But when a sadistic ex-lover appears in Rhodes to reclaim possession of Sean, Layla must finally harness her supernatural gifts and prove her strength...or lose him forever.Layla Steps Up is a brand new novella from Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse vampire series, as well as the Agatha Award-nominated Aurora Teagarden series.
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In A Secret Rage, former New York City model Nickie Callahan moves back to the South-before quickly learning that Knolls, Tennessee isn't the quiet town she remembers from her youth. Someone is attacking women, and when the violence affects Nickie personally, she resolves to catch the assailant at any cost.In Sweet and Deadly, newspaper reporter Catherine Linton returns to the sleepy Southern town where she grew up after learning of her parents' deaths in a car accident. She soon stumbles on the startling revelation that it wasn't an accident at all-and that there are plenty of secrets hidden in places she least expects.Blending small-town Southern intrigue and harrowing suspense, these two crime novels will be sure to please fans of Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries, which have been adapted by Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and the Midnight, Texas series, recently adapted for television by NBC.
Author of the books that inspired True Blood on HBO and Midnight, Texas on NBCTwo to Tango.Featuring characters who also appeared in All Together Dead, this exclusive double issue includes two novellas by #1 bestselling author, Charlaine Harris: Dancers in the Dark, and her brand new novella, Layla Steps Up.In Dancers in the Dark, a young woman on the run from a violent stalker finds protection--and temptation--in the arms of a brooding centuries-old vampire.In Layla Steps Up, a fragile new vampire must finally face and embrace her immortal powers in order to save her maker from an ex-lover with a taste for torture.Blending supernatural suspense and sizzling seduction, the two intertwined stories in this collection will be sure to please fans of Charlaine Harris's #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse vampire series and its HBO television adaptation, True Blood.
Sunday Times bestseller Charlaine Harris returns at last to her fan favourite Aurora Teagarden series with a brand new mystery Librarian Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small town: four children, including her fifteen-year-old brother, Philip, have vanished from the school football field. What's even more worrisome is the dead body found at their last known location. While the local police comb the county for the missing children, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the two incidents have something to do with a group of school bullies? Are Aurora's father's gambling debts related to the disappearance of her brother? Or could it be that Philip himself, new to town and relatively unknown, is the one responsible? With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother . . . if he's still alive. 'Aurora Teagarden is back! Newcomers to the series as well as rejoicing long-time readers should leap at the chance to catch up with Aurora.' G.M. Malliet, award-winning author of the St. Just and Max Tudor mysteries
Now adapted for television in SyFy UK's Midnight, Texas series - welcome to Charlaine Harris's bestselling paranormal mystery series about a small town where only outsiders fit in . . . From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels - 'the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed' - comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day . . . Welcome to the most intriguing mystery you'll read this year. Welcome to Midnight, Texas. At Midnight's local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves-only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town. Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There's a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place. And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose - which just might happen - it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be . . .
Author of the books that inspired True Blood on HBO and Midnight, Texas on NBCAfter attending three weddings in less than a year, including her ex-boyfriend's, Aurora Teagarden feels stuck in a rut. Then Jane Engle, an elderly member of the recently disbanded Real Murders club, dies and unexpectedly leaves her house and considerable estate to Roe But Roe soon realizes that her inheritance includes a tangled mystery in need of unravelling.Her new home comes with a surprise: a human skull concealed inside a window seat. Was Jane a killer? Hoping to put her fears to rest, Roe hides the skull and secretly begins investigating the most likely suspects, her new neighbors. Sleuthing is easier said than done while dodging questions from both her new love interest and her discerning police detective ex. But there's an unsolved murder, and Roe's determined to identify both the victim and the murderer before it happens again.With a plucky, charming main character, the clever second installment of the Aurora Teagarden mystery series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris is a delightful mystery that will keep readers guessing to the end. Real Murders, A Bone to Pick, Three Bedrooms, One Corpse and the rest of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries have been adapted into film for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Author of the books that inspired True Blood on HBO and Midnight, Texas on NBCAurora Teagarden is happily preparing for her wedding to dashing business executive Martin Bartell. As a wedding gift, Martin buys her the house of her dreams: the "e;Julius house,"e; infamously named after the family who vanished from the house without a trace six years ago. As Roe sets about renovating and decorating her new home, she's never felt happier.Then Martin suddenly rents the small apartment on their new property to an old army buddy and his wife, who seem to be more bodyguard than tenant, and Roe is sure her husband-to-be is keeping secrets. To take her mind off her suspicions, she opens her own unofficial investigation into the Julius family cold case. But when an axe-wielding stranger attacks her, Roe must determine whether it's her husband's secrets, the mystery of the Julius family's fates, or both, that have put her own life on the chopping block.#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has once again brought Southern charm and an engaging mystery in this latest Aurora Teagarden installment. Real Murders, A Bone To Pick, Three Bedrooms, One Corpse, and the rest of the Aurora Teagarden series has been adapted into film for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Author of the books that inspired True Blood on HBO and Midnight, Texas on NBCAurora Teagarden should be used to surprises by now. Yet when a local handyman begins dancing naked in her yard, she's thrown for a loop and suspects it could be a bad omen of unwelcome events to come. When her husband's niece, Regina, appears in Lawrenceton with a baby in tow and evading questions, tensions escalate. It's not much longer before Regina's husband is found murdered and Regina herself has disappeared, leaving both her baby and a large amount of money behind.Traveling north to Ohio seeking relatives to care for the abandoned child, and accompanied by a friend of Regina's who seems to know more than he's letting on, Roe and Martin search for clues that will point them to Regina's location and why she abandoned her baby. There's a killer at large and Roe, snowed in in rural Ohio, will have to peel back the layers of secrets to find the truth before more people die.The charismatic Roe Teagarden is back in this unforgettable tale of mystery by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. Real Murders, A Bone To Pick, Three Bedrooms, One Corpse, and the rest of the Aurora Teagarden series has been adapted i
Now adapted for television in SyFy UK's Midnight, Texas series - welcome to Charlaine Harris's bestselling paranormal mystery series about a small town where only outsiders fit in . . . Welcome to the most intriguing mystery you'll read this year. Welcome to Midnight, Texas. It's a quiet little town, perched at the junction between Davy Road and Witch Light Road, and it's easy to miss. With its boarded-up windows, single traffic light and sleepy air, there's nothing special about Midnight . . . which is exactly how the residents like it. So when the news comes that a new owner plans to renovate the run-down, abandoned old hotel in town, it's not met with pleasure. Who would want to come to Midnight, with its handful of shops, the Home Cookin diner, and quiet residents - and why? But there are bigger problems in the air. When Manfred Bernado, the newest resident in town, is swept up in a deadly investigation suddenly the hotel and its residents are the least of the towns concern. The police, lawyers and journalists are all headed to Midnight, and it's the worst possible moment . . .