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After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris decided to establish a series. She began the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, which garnered an Agatha nomination. Harris's protagonist, a diminutive Georgia librarian whose life never turns out quite the way she planned, kept Harris busy for several books, but finally Harris (and Aurora) grew restless.
The result of this restlessness was the much edgier Shakespeare series -- set not in England, but in rural Arkansas. The heroine of the Shakespeare books is Lily Bard, a tough and taciturn woman whose life has been permanently reshaped by a terrible crime and its consequences. In Shakespeare's Landlord, the first in the series, Lily is caught at a moment when the shell she's built around herself is just beginning to crack, and the books capture Lily's emotional re-entry into the world, while also being sound mysteries.
Harris's latest venture is a series about a telepathic barmaid in southern Louisiana. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony for best paperback mystery of 2001. Each book about Sookie Stackhouse (and her dealings with vampires and werewolves and other creatures of the night) has gathered more readers to enjoy the books' unique blend of mystery, humor, romance, and the supernatural. The Sookie books are also being read in Japan, Spain, Greece, and Great Britain.
In addition to her work as a writer, Harris is married and the mother to three children. A former weight lifter and karate student, she is an avid reader and cinemaphile. She is a member of the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church.
Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. © 2004 Charlaine Harris
I decided to read this series after seeing the Tv show based on the books. It was an ok read but the characters seemed really wooden and unlikeable so I doubt i'll be reading any... Read morePublished 8 months ago by ravenliz
I found this book, just OK. I like the central characters but unfortunately it just didn't grab my full attentionPublished 17 months ago by Liz Carr
I enjoyed the easy style of the author. It was a fun and addictive read. Fans of the show, the story is somewhat different and wouldnt spoil many suprises.Published 17 months ago by Julie
Couldn't put the book down! Charlain brings the characters of Bon Temps to life so vividly. Laurell K, Hamilton watch out!Published on April 12 2012 by Pyretta
I must be one of the last people on the planet to read Dead After Dark. I also haven't had a chance (yet) to watch the True Blood series although because it's been all over the... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2011 by Buggy
I have been watching the True Blood series that was based on this book series since episode one. I find that the story is compelling and almost all of the characters are quite... Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2010 by Amanda Brindle
I started reading this series a few days ago and hate to put it down. Full of wit and sass, just an amazing read. Not a sappy kiddy love or someone who can't hold there own.Published on July 28 2010 by Copperdoo
I picked this up book up after I watched season 1 of True Blood and it was a huge disappointed. The writers of the show really improved every aspect of this book. Read morePublished on June 1 2010 by S. Heiberg
LOVE this book. The whole series is great, but this book starts it off so well. So much suspense! Couldnt wait to get the rest of the books. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2009 by Courtney Parker