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Charlaine Harris – Dead as a Doornail

October 26, 2009

126. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (2005)
Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 5

Read my review of book:
1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World

Length: 296 pages
Genre: Fantasy/Mystery/Romance

Started: 20 October 2009
Finished: 22 October 2009

Where did it come from? Amazon.
Why do I have it? Bought the box set.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 September 2009.
Verdict? Keeper.

Someone’s out hunting,
but they’re aiming at Sookie…
and her shifter friends.

Summary: Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse is used to dealing with the supernatural – she’s been mixed up with more vampires, werewolves, witches, and other supernatural beings than anyone could consider safe. But now Sookie really has a reason to worry – not for her own safety, but for her brother’s. Jason has been bitten by a werepanther, and so he’s now one himself, transforming every full moon. That’s dangerous enough on its own, but there’s a sniper in town who’s bent on assassinating shifters, weres, and other two-natured creatures…. and the local shifter community thinks that it might be Jason. So Sookie has her hands fully trying to protect her brother both from the shooter as well as from the other Weres… but the sniper might just be gunning for her, as well.

Review: Another fun Sookie Stackhouse book, although I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did Dead to the World or Club Dead. Partly because I thought this one was a little bit more predictable – the solution to one of the mysteries was ringing alarm bells in my head almost from page one – and not quite as fast-paced and action-packed… the plotline involving the Shreveport werewolf pack just wasn’t as exciting as it should have been. I also wished there’d been more Jason – I really enjoyed having him around for more than a few pages of the previous book. And more Eric would have been good, too, but you could have a book full of Eric (see: Dead to the World), and I’d still want more Eric.

On that tip, I’m also starting to get a little bit tired of the constant addition of new romantic interests and storylines, without any resolutions of the previous ones. Sookie seems to be collecting hot supernatural men who are obsessed with getting into her pants at the rate of about one per book, and while I am okay with authors leaving some tangly unresolved emotional threads hanging from book to book, doing so with five (soon to be six) guys at once is getting to be a little excessive. Still, these books are tons of fun to read, and are excellent for unwinding at the end of long, busy days when you don’t have the brain power to devote to something more serious. 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Not the best in the series, but still thoroughly enjoyable.

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Other Reviews: Ashley’s Library, Beth Fish Reads, Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Desert Rose’s Booklogue, The Eclectic Reader, A Garden Carried in the Pocket, Love Vampires, Patricia’s Vampire Notes, Racy Romance Reviews, Reading Adventures, Reading Comes from Writing, Scooper Speaks, Ulat Buku in the City, Working Title
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First Line: I knew my brother would turn into a panther before he did.

Cover Thoughts: Gah. It’s not Vampire Bill who saves her from the fire! Down with Vampire Bill! (He was guilty in this book of one of my biggest pet peeves: the angry jealous freak-out over an ex-girlfriend being with another guy. Just because you used to sleep with her does not mean you own her ass forever, Bill.)

16 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2009 3:44 am

    I read this during the Read-a-Thon and while I really enjoy it, I can totally see what you mean. Especially on the love interest business, I thought as the book was going along that no woman EVER had so many men after her like Sookie does. I think it’s because she’s paranormal but not really, so she has an allure to all these paranormal guys, but honestly not necessary.

    • November 1, 2009 1:01 pm

      Meghan – You’re probably caught up anyways, but Harris does address this point in the next book.

  2. October 26, 2009 8:31 am

    I just read my first Sookie book and it just did grab me like I’d hoped it would. I think I had my expectations set way too high.

    • November 1, 2009 1:01 pm

      bermudaonion – Oh, I hate when that happens! Are you going to keep going with the series?

  3. October 26, 2009 10:47 am

    I am so with you on the Sookie is a sex-goddess thing. She goes from being practically untouchable pre-supes to the woman every man wants. And she seems half-interested in all of them. It’s a bit annoying.

    • November 1, 2009 1:02 pm

      Trisha – I think it’s the “half-interested” part that annoys me the most.

      • November 1, 2009 3:32 pm

        I would agree. If she likes someone, I have no problem with dating multiple guys or serial monogamy. But she seems more passive than that. It’s like just because the men want her, she just sort of lets them kiss her/makes out with them a bit.

  4. October 26, 2009 4:23 pm

    It really bugged me that Sookie had so many different love interests in the middle of the series. I thought that some of the romantic interests were a little distracting to the rest of the plot at times!

    And you’re right that there could be a whole book about Eric and some of us would still want more!

    • November 1, 2009 1:03 pm

      Ashley – I think this book is the worst about it, both in terms of number of guys in love with Sookie and time spent with her thinking about but not really dealing with any of them.

  5. October 27, 2009 2:16 pm

    I just finished Club Dead and I just bought this book to read. These books are definitely not “heavy-lifting” but they are great to read. I, personally, am not so annoyed that guys are interest in Sookie as I am that she feels the need to make-out with every one of them. Could she keep it to herself a little bit?

    • November 1, 2009 1:05 pm

      Tracie – Sookie being a bit of a horn-dog doesn’t bother me so much… I mean, if I had all of those hot guys suddenly lusting after me, I’d probably do a little bit of indiscriminate making out myself. :)

  6. October 27, 2009 4:54 pm

    I really need to read further in this series. I have only read the book…

    • November 1, 2009 1:05 pm

      Kailana – Oh, yeah you do! They’re so much fun…

  7. Murphy permalink
    January 4, 2010 9:59 am

    Does sookie Find out about her vampire cousin in dead as a doornail because I thought she was supposed to and the audiobook I got off iTunes is unreliable


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