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A Touch of Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel The Complete Stories [Hardcover]

Charlaine Harris
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Oct. 6 2009 Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood

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View our feature on Charlaine Harris’s A Touch of Dead.

Every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written—in one special volume—from the New York Times bestselling author.

New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her “spunky” (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written— together in one volume.

Stories include “Fairy Dust,” “One Word Answer,” “Dracula Night,” “Lucky,” and “Giftwrap.”

For years, Charlaine Harris has delighted fans with her mystery series featuring small-town waitress-turned- paranormal-sleuth Sookie Stackhouse. Now, Ace is pleased to republish her second novel in the series in hardcover. In this book, Sookie is pursued by a very sexy vampire—and a very deadly monster. With HBO and Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, launching an all-new series, True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire novels, the demand for Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse is going to be bigger than ever.


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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories 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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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars complete Sookie short stories April 9 2009
By Harmony K. TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Aug. 24 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am very happy with this book. I love the Sookie Stackhouse series and have completed it. This was a nice change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sookie Stackhouse series March 8 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed reading the Sookie Stackhouse series. Most were a fun read and looking forward to #13 read it will be the last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel Jan. 25 2013
By Coco
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Excellent book could not put it down. The disappointing news is that there is only one more book that Charlene Harris is writing in this series which is due out I believe in early spring. I wish she could have somehow kept cranking out those books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love anything that has to do with Sookie July 30 2012
By Amanda
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really loved the book. I don't get tired of hearing any sookie stackhouse stories. This book is like the missing chapters in the series. I liked the story with Quinn the best, simply because it finally wraps things up between Sookie and Quinn.
My only complaint is that I wish there were more stories!
The vender I bought this book from shipped in great time and was an excellent price. Softcover to boot (that wasn't available here yet)
Great read for Sookie Stackhouse fans!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars correction to the last poster 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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3.0 out of 5 stars good way to make money
A good way to make money with fans like me.... too much in love with Sookie and her environment!! For sure it's good to know that her presence in my life is not done because... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2011 by jue
4.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with purchase
I recieved this book in great time and it was in the condition stated which was used but still great condition. Read more
Published on April 15 2011 by sourskittles
4.0 out of 5 stars A Touch Of Dead
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Published on March 31 2011 by tiziana
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally
Finally all Sookie's short stories collected together in a short but enternaining book. This novel is not only for Sookie's experts but for anyone who want to read some Charlaine... Read more
Published on March 16 2011 by Sav
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what I ordered
I recently ordered A Touch of Dead for my fiance, it's hard to find any fault at all in the product. It's condition was immaculate, it arrived early and the price was right. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2011 by klintbaxter
4.0 out of 5 stars For those who can't get enough of Sookie
I recently finsihed up all the Sookie novels and I was feeling like there had to be something more. I found this a small collection of short stories just to let you into Sookies... Read more
Published on July 9 2010 by A. Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars Fills in the missing pieces
Having devoured all of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, I picked up this collection of short stories in hopes of filling in some missing pieces. Read more
Published on June 7 2010 by optionsplease
3.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories
The book is 3 short stories that are too short and you really don't learn anything new about any of the characters. Read more
Published on May 25 2010 by Kristie
4.0 out of 5 stars Bits of Sookie
Like most urban fantasy authors, Charlaine Harris puts out a lot of short stories when she isn't writing full-length novels. Read more
Published on May 16 2010 by E. A Solinas
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