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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover; First Edition edition (Oct. 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441017835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441017836
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most interesting character is Sookie, which is lucky as she's the main one, the fact that she can read minds and how she does it is brilliantly illustrated in the opening 'Fairy Dust' and 'Lucky'. A brilliant example of how an author should do a short story collection." NEXTREAD.CO.UK "The tales are appealingly fast-paced, lighthearted and sexy (though there's nowhere near the level of sex and violence of the TV series), and the Sookie of these stories is, in her own straightforward way, just as winning as the Sookie of True Blood." -- James Skipp TOTAL SCI FI I really enjoyed that Harris told each story 'how it was'. Sookie may have her issues but the emphasis is always on the plot at hand and what's going on. It's also refreshing to see how Harris treats her otherworldly characters; while they're powerful enough they're also susceptible to human failings (and I'm not just talking about sex!) that make them more endearing to the reader and easier to get into." GRAEME'S FANTASY BOOK REVIEW --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By speedreader on Sept. 9 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book, is, indeed, a collection of Sookie Stackhouse short stories. (See front cover of the book) The stories fill in some background that is left out in the novels. They are delightful, and a must for any fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 16 2010
Format: Hardcover
Like most urban fantasy authors, Charlaine Harris puts out a lot of short stories when she isn't writing full-length novels. And thankfully, Harris has produced "A Touch of Dead" -- a short story collection that brings together (almost) all of her Sookie Stackhouse short stories, with their mellow Southern charm and slightly chilling urban fantasy flavor.

But be warned: this is not a new book, it's a short story collection. It's got five stories and rather enlarged print.

In "Fairy Dust," Sookie is already in a bad mood when fairy Claudine arrives at Merlotte's, seeking her psychic brand of help -- she and her brother Claude want to find the murderer of their sister from a local strip club. They have three suspects tied up at their house, and they want Sookie to do her mind-reading thing to discern who murdered Claudia.

"One Word Answer" has Sookie receiving an unexpected legacy when her wild cousin Hadley meets with an "Unfortunate Incident" ("My cousin Hadley, the cheerleader, had become a vampire lesbian
voodooienne. Who knew?"). But she suspects that she isn't getting the whole story from a slick lawyer and weird vampire. And "Dracula Night" comes up when Sookie is invited to celebrate the birthday of Dracula -- and like Linus, Eric is sure that Dracula himself will appear. Of course, nothing goes that smoothly.

Then Sookie gets "Lucky" when Greg Aubert reveals that he thinks his insurance agency is being sabotaged, and Sookie soon discovers a supernatural "in" using one of his family members. But the answer might be something a bit more bizarre... and it might have to do with his flourishing business.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 30 2009
Format: Hardcover
Fairy Dust (from Powers of Detection)

One of the fairy triplets is killed. Claude and Claudine ask for Sookie's help. Sookie goes to their domicile, where three suspects are being held. Sookie needs to interrogate each, delve into their minds for the truth, and figure out which is guilty of the crime.

Dracula Night (from Many Bloody Returns)

Eric Northman invites Sookie to his club, Fangtasia, to celebrate Dracula's birthday. Each year Eric has high hopes that Dracula will appear at his party. This time someone steps forward claiming to be the Prince of Darkness, but is he really?

One Word Answer (from Bite)

Sookie and Bubba are raking leaves at midnight when a limo pulls up. A half-demon lawyer, Mr. Cataliades, and his driver, Waldo, exit the vehicle to inform Sookie of her cousin Hadley's death.

Lucky (from Unusual Suspects)

Greg Aubert, Sookie's insurance agent, asks for her help to figure out who has been breaking into his office at night. Sookie's friend, Amelia, assists in solving the mystery. Turns out that more than one thing is happening after hours.

Gift Wrap (from Wolfsbane & Mistletoe)

On Christmas Eve, Sookie is alone and feeling more than a bit depressed when she stumbles upon a wounded werewolf. Sookie hides the injured Were from those hunting him. In return, the werewolf give her a gift she will never forget.

*** THREE STARS TOTAL! Each of these Sookie Stackhouse stories has been published before in various anthologies. Beside each story title, I name the anthology it appeared in. An Introduction by Charlaine Harris explains the stories, their origins, and sequence of events. I feel that each tale is worthy of your time to read; however, due to being short stories they are not as well developed as the actual full-length dramas. ***

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Banman on Sept. 13 2009
Format: Hardcover
From reading on Ms.Harris' web site, the new book (A Touch of Dead) is indeed a book of her short stories. It will be out on October 6. And the new full length Sookie book will be out in May 2010.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By optionsplease on June 7 2010
Format: Hardcover
Having devoured all of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, I picked up this collection of short stories in hopes of filling in some missing pieces. It's a bit odd when you've read all the books - in succession no less - only to run into a reference that you cannot place. If only I had picked up A Touch of Dead prior to starting the series!

A collection of shorts that occur between novels, great read for a fan, not necessary for all.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Harmony K. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 9 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book will contain all the short stories featuring Sookie Stackhouse.

I have read several of them already from various anthologies, and loved them all.
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By J. Scully TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 3 2010
Format: Hardcover
A Touch of Dead consists of 5 short stories that fall in various places in the Southern Vampire Series, featuring heroine Sookie Stackhouse. I absolutely love that Harris has collected up all of the Sookie short stories into one volume. Now I really wish all the other series that I read would do the same thing!

The stories in A Touch of Dead are thoughtfully given to us in chronological order, making it easier to place them in their correct spot in the series as you read. Some give us a little more back-story about events that we've read about in the series, while others just tell a fun little Sookie side-story.

The stories in the order the occur in Sookie's life are "Fairy Dust" (from Powers of Detection), "Dracula Night" (from Many Bloody Returns), "One Word Answer" (from Bite), "Lucky" (from Unusual Suspects), and "Gift Wrap" (from Wolfsbane and Mistletoe). I'm assuming these stories were also written in that same order because they get better and better as they go along.

"Fairy Dust" tells how fairies Claudine and Claude lost their triplet Claudette. While I enjoyed getting back-story on the Fairy twins, I found the mystery to be a bit confusing.

"Dracula Night" is a fun little story that has Sookie joining Eric and Pam at Fangtasia to celebrate Dracula;s birthday.

"One Word Answer" gives us much-wanted back-story on how Sookie learned of her cousin Hadley's death. I was thrilled to finally learn how Hadley's death fit into the greater story told in the Southern Vampire novels.

"Lucky" is a cute story that doesn't have much bearing in the series, but is still an enjoyable read. Featuring Sookie and her new housemate Amelia, "Lucky" has the two ladies playing a little supernatural detective.
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