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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion Group is reading A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris for its October selection.  A Touch of Dead is a collection of short stories about Sookie Stackhouse.  Author Charlaine Harris says that some of these short stories are totally light-hearted and some are more serious, but they all shine a light on a little facet of Sookie's life and times that haven't been recorded in the books.

Charlaine Harris is a New York times bestselling author who has been writing for over twenty years.  Harris created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps.  The first of these, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001.  Each book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures.  The Sookie Stackhouse series proved to be so popular that the HBO show True Blood is based upon these books.

A Touch of Dead includes five short stories about Sookie Stackhouse.  In the order in which they occur in Sookie's life the stories are:

"Fairy Dust" is about the fairy triplets Claude, Claudine, and Claudette.  Following the murder of Claudette, Claude and Claudine seek Sookie's help in determining the guilty party.

In "Dracula Night," Eric invites Sookie to Fangtasia for the celebration of Dracula's birthday, an annual event that makes Eric almost over the top with anticipation, since Dracula is his hero.

The news of her Cousin Hadley's death reaches Sookie in "One Word Answer."  She's informed of Hadley's demise by the half-demon lawyer Mr. Cataliades, who has a loathsome driver and an unexpected passenger in his limo.

"Lucky" is a light-hearted story set in Bon Temps.  Witch Amelia Broadway and Sookie are on the hunt to find out who's sabotaging the town's insurance agents.

On Christmas Eve, Sookie receives a very unexpected visitor in "Gift Wrap."  She's been alone and feeling a little sorry for herself, when a wounded werewolf supplies her with a satisfying gift. 

Let us know what you think of A Touch of Dead.

Have you read other Sookie Stackhouse books?

If so, what do you like about this series?