Books by Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is the author of the Sookie Stackhouse books and several other series. She lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, three children, two dogs, two ferrets, and a duck. An avid reader, mild cinemaphile, and occasional weightlifter, her


MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2014

"A little magic, a little mystery and a lot of imagination make for a story that is both fun and edgy, and some unresolved details will keep readers coming back for more."
An online psychic settles in Midnight, Texas, an unusual small town where all the residents have shadowy pasts and a lingering mystery brings unwanted attention. Read full book review >
DEADLOCKED by Charlaine Harris
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2012

"A dull, overly complicated entry in the swampy gothic romance that feeds fans and starves newcomers. "
Vampires and werewolves and fairies, oh my: just another day in the life of Harris' navel-gazing southern belle. Read full book review >
THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE COMPANION by Charlaine Harris
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"The previously unpublished novella is charming, but the rest of the book is for hardcore Sookie completists only."
After 11 novels in her Sookie Stackhouse supernatural mystery series, as well as an extremely popular TV adaptation (HBO's True Blood), Harris (Dead Reckoning, 2011, etc.) has provided her dedicated fanbase with this mostly superfluous companion work. Read full book review >
ALL TOGETHER DEAD by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2007

"Harris's vampire series (Dead as a Doornail, 2005, etc.) is slated to become an HBO program that will presumably prune the excess verbiage that competes here with scores of fascinating characters."
No doubt about it: It's hard for a girl to lead a normal life when she's surrounded by vampires and shape-shifting Weres. Read full book review >
GRAVE SURPRISE by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 28, 2006

"Believers and skeptics alike will enjoy Harper's search for the truth and her changing relationship with Tolliver."
Being struck by lightning has given Harper Connelly (Grave Sight, 2005, etc.) the ability to find dead bodies and know what killed them—a spooky talent that earns her a living and places her in frequent danger. Read full book review >
GRAVE SIGHT by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"Despite her nifty gimmick, Harris's whodunit is unlikely to raise the dead."
The creator of telepathic Sookie Stackhouse (Dead as a Doornail, May 2005) and other paranormals sets her latest heroine the unenviable task of finding undiscovered corpses. Read full book review >
DEAD AS A DOORNAIL by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 3, 2005

"Sorting out her suitors leaves Sookie scant time to worry about why she's become a target: here, the mystery is swamped by the ongoing supernatural-soap-opera romance."
The Witch War may be over, but there's still danger aplenty for the supernatural citizens of Louisiana's Renard Parish. Read full book review >
POPPY DONE TO DEATH by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2003

"Lots of suspects, but only one real mystery—which, as usual, involves Roe's sex life."
Quicker than you can say "Dewey Decimal," librarian Aurora ("Roe") Teagarden (Last Scene Alive, 2002, etc.) is awash in her shirttail relations' problems. Read full book review >
LAST SCENE ALIVE by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"A standard two-suitor with some pleasant local color but a thin plot."
If there's anything more entertaining than a string of serial murders, it's a network miniseries based on a string of serial murders. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE’S COUNSELOR by Charlaine Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"The least convincing of the Shakespeare series, saved from total disaster only by Lily's still-intriguing persona."
Welcome once more to Shakespeare, the second most famous fictional town in Arkansas—home to Lily Bard, housecleaner to some of the best families in Shakespeare. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE’S TROLLOP by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A neat surprise ending will reward Lily's ardent fans without winning new ones."
Another visit to Shakespeare, Arkansas, where housecleaner Lily Bard (Shakespeare's Christmas, 1998, etc.) takes comfort in her karate classes and in her lover, p.i. Read full book review >
A FOOL AND HIS HONEY by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 3, 1999

"A winner for Harris this time out."
Aurora (Roe) Teagarden (Dead Over Heels, 1996, etc.) is enjoying newlywed life with businessman Martin Bartell in Lawrencetown, Georgia, when Martin's niece Regina from Ohio suddenly appears, accompanied by an infant named Hayden. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE'S CHRISTMAS by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 10, 1998

"Only Lily herself, in full attack mode, carries the day."
But it's neither Shakespeare nor Christmas, actually, since Lily Bard, the most formidable cleaning woman in Shakespeare, Ark., leaves her adopted hometown in the opening chapter to return to her family's queasy bosom in Bartley for her sister Varena's wedding, a Christmas Eve affair that's bound to upstage the usual round of holiday festivities. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE'S CHAMPION by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 19, 1997

"Lily's stubborn, moody, gutsy persona holds it all together, and most readers will be with her to the finish."
The author's strong, often silent heroine, Lily Bard, and Shakespeare, Arkansas, her adopted hometown, in a second appearance (Shakespeare's Landlord, 1996). Read full book review >
DEAD OVER HEELS by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"More meat and less icing might help future episodes of Roe's eventful life."
More angst for the author's sweet southern heroine Aurora (Roe) Teagarden (Shakespeare's Landlord, p. 860, etc.), now married to mega-mogul Martin Bartell, working part-time at the library, and enjoying the friendship and security provided by Angel and Shelby Youngblood, who live in the apartment over the garage. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE'S LANDLORD by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 11, 1996

"Still, Lily's an ingratiating heroine, and the author's easy style makes this one an engaging breeze."
A new heroine for the author of the Aurora Teagarden series (The Julius House, 1995, etc.), and a far cry from that southern belle. Read full book review >
THE JULIUS HOUSE by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Hands down Roe's most bizarre adventure to date."
Georgia peach Aurora (Roe) Teagarden is set to marry Martin Bartell, the modern Gothic lover/stranger who swept her off her feet in Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (p. 176). Read full book review >
THREE BEDROOMS, ONE CORPSE by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"Despite too much girl chatter (clothes, hair, etc.), labored plotting, and some dangling loose ends, there's compensation in the nicely done Southern, small-town ambience, the torrid affair sensitively handled, and the breezy, unpretentious style."
Aurora Teagarden (Roe for short), petite heroine of this amiable series (A Secret Rage, etc.) set in Atlanta exurb Lawrenceton, has left her library job after inheriting a house and other assets from her childless older friend, Jane Engle. Read full book review >
A BONE TO PICK by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A breezily written, harmless but insipid non-happening."
Aurora Teagarden, the author's sweet, southern heroine (Real Murders, etc.), having lost her policeman lover Arthur to another, finds comfort in the substantial legacy willed her by Jane Engle- -even as she wonders at the strangeness of it, since they weren't close friends. Read full book review >
SECRET RAGE by Charlaine Harris
Released: Jan. 1, 1983

Harris follows up her mildly attractive debut (Sweet and Deadly) with a story of rape—told by victim Nickie Callahan, a Southern beauty back home in Knolls, Tennessee, after a few successful years as a New York model. Read full book review >
SWEET AND DEADLY by Charlaine Harris
Released: June 30, 1981

"It all adds up to a nice, quiet debut—nothing special, but unpretentiously agreeable."
In the tiny southern town of Lowfield, Catherine Linton is recovering from the recent death of her parents in a car crash—the foul-play work of some unknown culprit. Read full book review >