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Charlaine Harris – Deadlocked

June 11, 2012

58. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (2012)
Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 12

Read my review of book:
1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead
7. All Together Dead
8. From Dead to Worse
9. Dead and Gone
10. Dead in the Family
11. Dead Reckoning
Short Stories. A Touch of Dead

Length: 328 pages
Genre: Urban (well, Rural, technically) Fantasy, Mystery

Started: 21 May 2012
Finished: 22 May 2012

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? Even though the series is getting more and more ridiculous, everybody needs a mental break now and again.

politics and murder: just
Sookie’s average week.

Summary: Sookie’s relationship with Eric Northman is under a bit of a strain, and she doesn’t think it’s entirely due to the fact that Felipe, the vampire King of Louisiana, is in town investigating the murder of his henchman. So when Sookie walks in on Eric feeding on another woman, she’s understandably upset. And when that same woman is found dead on Eric’s lawn only minutes later, Sookie knows that her murder could spell major trouble, not just for the vampires, but for her as well. And it’s not like Sookie’s any stranger to trouble; the secret and powerful faery object left to Sookie by her grandmother has turned her into a magnet for just about every kind of supernatural trouble for a hundred-mile radius.

Review: In a lot of ways, Deadlocked was a big improvement over the past few installments in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Namely, stuff actually happened. It had a complete plot arc all to itself, rather than being a series of series-furthering but unrelated happenings, and the mystery was well-built and had some real weight to it, rather than the somewhat trivial plots of a few of the previous books. There is also a sense that the series is drawing to a close; a lot of plot threads that have been dangling for several books are finally wrapped up. Harris has also gotten over some of the annoying character and prose tics that plagued the early books in the series, and while the writing is still not exactly the most elegant, it at least flows smoothly and easily.

However, I personally read these books more for the fluffy vampire romance angle more than for the supernatural politics or the mysteries, and on that front, this book was somewhat of a let-down. I get that having everything be happy on the romance front all of the time doesn’t make for a particularly compelling story, but watching Sookie and Eric Northman be coolly distant towards each other for the entire novel was not particularly satisfying either. Overall, while Deadlocked does represent an uptick in the recent quality of the series, I don’t think Harris is ever going to recapture the fluffy escapist magic of the first few books in the series. 3 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Only for fans of the series; it’s not brilliant, but it’s a reasonably entertaining way to spend a few hours.

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First Line: It was hot as the six shades of Hell even this late in the evening, and I’d had a busy day at work. The last thing I wanted to do was to sit in a crowded bar to watch my cousin get naked.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2012 9:12 am

    I tried the first book in the series and didn’t love it. It has so many fans, I feel like I should give it another try.

    • June 15, 2012 6:04 pm

      Kathy – If you didn’t like the first one, I wouldn’t bother. The fourth is my favorite, but it’s not a huge improvement over the first. Rad what you like!

  2. June 27, 2012 12:24 pm

    I keep debating if I want to read this new Sookie book because I have heard some bad things about it. I think after reading your review I’m going to give it a try. I have read all the other books but sometimes they just seem so ridiculous, but on the other hand they make me laugh and I love me some Eric.

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