Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

This entry is part [part not set] of 11 in the series The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series

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A Sooke Stackhouse Novel (The Southern Vampire Mysteries), Book 3
Publisher: The Penguin Publishing Group (Electronic Edition: 2003), EBook: 442 KB, Language: English, ISBN-0-7865-4101-6

Sooke Stackhouse is a cute, sweet, down–to-earth barmaid who just happens to be a telepath and she has become involved in the world of Vampires, Werewolves and other supernatural beings. In this book she goes on a quest to solve a mystery involving her vampire boyfriend and she has a romantic crises.

This is the third book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series (also known as A Sooke Stackhouse Novel ), there are currently a total of eleven books. All the books are contemporary fantasy books also known as urban fantasy.  They also fall into the romance genre. The story is told in the first person narrative with Sooke’s voice and thoughts as we follow her around.

This book is non-stop action from the beginning to the end. First Sooke comes to realize that things are cooling down with her boyfriend, Bill the vampire.  Then Bill disappears and even though they are no longer dating, Sooke feels responsible to find and save him. There is the introduction of a new character, Alcide Herveaux the hunky and sweet werewolf.  He and Sooke take off to Mississippi to try to find Bill. Eric, the sexy, gorgeous vampire and Bubba, who is Elvis Presley turned vampire help her along the way.  A lot goes down including finding and disposing of dead bodies, being attacked numerous times and a couple of stakings.  There are some pretty tense moments as Sooke goes through her adventure.

As with the previous 2 books, I enjoyed Club Dead. The story was well written and Charlaine Harris has a talent for creating clear visual pictures of what the people look like and what is going on. The action scenes, and there were plenty of them, were exciting and frightening.  Sooke handled herself well and we got to know her character a bit better.  The book follows a good steady pace as it builds up to the final conclusion, but then a few more things happen, each with their own ending.  The story is a complete story unto itself, but it is also clearly part of a larger story.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading contemporary, urban fantasy books that focus on life with vampires and werewolves.  I think it is one of the better series in the genre.  The book has some sex scenes in it, but it is not the main focus of the book but enough to put the book into the romance genre.  So if you enjoy reading about sex, romance and vampires then you will enjoy this book.

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