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Charlaine Harris, who has been writing mysteries for over twenty years, is a native of Mississippi. Born and raised in the Delta, she began training for her career as soon as she could hold a pencil. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and (later) teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, and graduated to books a few years later.
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.
Started the Sookie Stackhouse series and didn't stop until all 13 were read.
Only to start back at the beginning again.
love this series . its definitely a must read. its never dull and has lots of action. if you are looking for romance and action and suspence all in one you should defintely read... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2012 by jorry
An entertaining series that is true down-to-earth small town Southern US to the core. A flawed heroine with a heart of gold, and good southern manners.Published on Dec 12 2010 by PenNameForMe
Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris is the second of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. The novels are entertaining and unpredictable. Read morePublished on July 9 2009 by Sam
Being an avid True Blood fan, Harris' first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series (Dead Until Dawn), simply didn't have the same oomph that the series had. Read morePublished on May 18 2009 by mellyboo
This is the 2nd book is Harris' southern vampire novels and I think she does a great job at following up the first one Dead Until Dark. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2007 by Kelly Brianna
Not only does Charlaine Harris give another good mystery yarn with her sequel but she effortlessly increases your knowledge of the main characters introduced in 'Dead Until Dark'... Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by N. Nutt
Our favorite cocktail waitress is back again for another adventure. Living Dead in Dallas introduces us to the various political goings on in the vampire world. Read morePublished on April 25 2004 by Alisa McCune