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Definitely Dead (Southern Vampire Mysteries): 6 (Sookie Stackhouse Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Charlaine Harris
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27 Mar 2007 Sookie Stackhouse Novels (Book 6)
Sookie doesn't have that many relations, so she hated to lose one p- but of all the people to do, she didn;t expect it to be her cousin Hadley, a consort of New Orleans' vampire queen - after all, Hadley was technically already dead. But she is gone, beyond recall, and she's left Sookie an inheritance - one that comes with a bit of a risk - not least because someone doesn't want Sookie digging too deep into Hadley's past - or her possessions. Sookie's life is once again on the line, and this time the suspects range from the rogue werres who reject Sookie as a friend of the pack to her first love, the vampire Bill. Sookie's got a lot to do if she's going to keep herself alive . . .

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reprint edition (27 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441014917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441014910
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlaine Harris was born in Tunica, Mississippi, and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area in the middle of a cotton field. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and started writing novels a few years later.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a light-hearted mystery series 'starring' Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden. The first of the eight books, Real Murders, was shortlisted for Best Novel in the 1990 Agatha Awards. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses.

Charlaine Harris then wrote the first of her Southern vampire mysteries starring Sookie Stackhouse, the quirky, telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Dead Until Dark won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery. It also won Harris a whole new fan club of devoted readers and pushed her into the bestseller lists. The Sookie Stackhouse series, in which Sookie has to deal with vampires, werecreatures and other supernatural folk - not to mention her own complicated love life - was also instrumental in creating the urban fantasy genre.

Sookie Stackhouse also enchanted Alan Ball, creator of the smash TV show Six Feet Under, who took an option and wrote and directed the pilot episode for True Blood himself. It was an instant hit when it premiered in the US, and that success was repeated when it was first aired in Britain last year. The second season of TRUE BLOOD will start this spring.

Harris's newest series features Harper Connelly, a young woman who, after being struck by lightning, finds herself able to locate the bodies of the dead and to determine the cause of their death. There are four Harper titles (Grave Sight, Grave Surprise, An Ice Cold Grave and Grave Secret).

Charlaine 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. She is married, the mother of three, and lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas. When she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!

Here are the Sookie Stackhouse True Blood novels in series order:

Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse 1
Living Dead In Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse 2
Club Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 3
Dead To The World: Sookie Stackhouse 4
Dead As A Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse 5
Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 6
All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 7
From Dead To Worse: Sookie Stackhouse 8
Dead And Gone: Sookie Stackhouse 9
Dead In The Family: Sookie Stackhouse 10
A Touch Of Dead (a Sookie Stackhouse short story collection_

Here are the Harper Connelly novels in series order:

Grave Sight: Harper Connelly 1
Grave Surprise: Harper Connelly 2
An Ice Cold Grave: Harper Connelly 3
Grave Secret: Harper Connelly 4

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The Golden Globe award-winning series, now showing on FX, the channel that brought us DEXTER. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Charlaine Harris is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of supernatural romantic mysteries starring Sookie Stackhouse, the telepathic bar maid, and a cast of vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night. Her new series is about a girl who makes her living finding the dead. She is married, with children.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adding more depth 2 May 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another excellent installment of the ongoing supernatural adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, mainly set in 'Vampire Central' New Orleans. Each book in the series has been slightly longer and had more depth than the previous one and this adds more still. Although a little confusing to start with, as it refers to events relating to Sookie's cousin Hedley's death which are not depicted in a previous novel, its soon back on familiar ground with intrigue, murder and Sookie's increasingly tangled love-life (like other reviewers I have been somewhat disappointed by Sookie's carousel of suitors - and am a die-hard Eric fan myself. That said, this book focuses very much on plot and the twists and turns of vampire politics and is as entertaining and original as all the others in this truly great series.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Battle of New Orleans 7 Jun 2006
Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series just keeps getting better and better. Many series cool to lukewarm after several installments, however this sixth volume is the best yet (and I thought #5, Dead as a Doornail, couldn't be topped - I was wrong).

Telepath Sookie Stackhouse pulls herself away from new love interest Quinn (a were-tiger), and travels to New Orleans to sort through her murdered cousin Hadley's estate. Hadley, a fairly new vampire, had been quite the bohemian goth-eccentric as well as lover to the Louisiana Vampire Queen Sophie-Anne. And now she is definitely dead - the non-negotiable finale to a vampire existence.

Ominous events shadow Sookie from even before she leaves her home of Bon Temps. Murder, missed messages, and mayhem presage the even greater dangers Sookie encounters in The Big Easy. Hadley's landlady, the witch Amelia, joins with Sookie to solve the mystery of the body they find in Hadley's closet. Forces conspire to stop Sookie from delving into Hadley's past, and her relationship with the Queen. Perhaps the most vicious blow is not physical, but emotional, as Sookie discovers the real reason her first love, Bill, came to Bon Temps.

Mystery, intrigue, and passion grow as events escalate into a war between the Lousiana vampires, loyal to the Queen, and the Arkansas vampires, loyal to the Queen's new consort Peter. Quinn, Eric, Bill, and others well known to loyal readers rally to save Sookie and uncover who is behind the plot to kill her. New characters, such as the Saxons Sigebert and Wybert, delight. Harris' storytelling skills are at a new high, as she weaves seemingly disparate plot lines into a tight, cohesive, and totally satisfying ending (although I didn't want it to conclude). I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars we want more Eric! 1 May 2006
By Selene
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Still a very good series, this is book 6 and I still love the main characters. Would have liked to have seen more of Eric in the book after he found out about his relationship with Sookie, but Quinn is great as the new love interest for Sookie. Still ingenious plot lines and a shock revelation about Bill in this one! Buy it you won't regret it, a really great read, I literally couln't put it down once I started.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Slower Adventure For Sookie 11 July 2010
Up until this point, the Sookie Stackhouse books have always been full of action, excitement, romance and mystery. However, this book, the sixth in the series is much slower and takes a lot longer to get going. In fact, the action didn't really start until past the halfway mark which is disappointing considering the quality of the previous books.

There is some slow moving, and in some cases random plot points at the beginning of the book. One involving Jason and his girlfriend and another involving Sookie helping the Bon Temps police locate a missing child. Neither of these plots do anything to enhance the story, and feel an awful lot like padding, almost as if the author didn't have enough of the main story to flesh out the entire book. And it really spoiled my enjoyment of the book.

When the main plot does get going, while it's good, it isn't up to the usual standards. One of the main reasons for this is because there is a short story which is set before this book and after the last Dead As A Doornail which can be found in Charlaine Harris anthology of Sookie short stories A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse Vampire Myst) which sets up this book, and it becomes confusing at times if like me you haven't read the short story first. It would have made a much stronger story if the original short story was included in some way here to help the plot along because a lot of the time events were talked about which hadn't happened in previous books, but instead featured in the short story. I didn't like this aspect, and I hope it doesn't happen again in future books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Dead 17 Jun 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the sixth Southern Vampire novel to star Sookie Stackhouse the telepathic waitress of Bon Temps, La., is off to (pre-hurricane) New Orleans to close out her dead cousin Hadley's apartment.

Hadley's death six weeks earlier had been unexpected, since, as a vampire, she was already dead. Still, she'd led a lively existence as the main squeeze of the Queen of Louisiana, an omnisexual vampire, whose political marriage to the King of Arkansas occurred the night before Hadley's demise.

Sookie and Amelia Broadway, Hadley's landlady and a pretty cool witch, immediately discover a mess of trouble left behind in Hadley's closet, and Sookie's soon neck-deep in even more.

This series just gets better and better! I read the last 2 books back to back so it was like having a big bumper Sookie instalment. Sookie has matured so much since the beginning of this series, well I guess she would have!

Once again we don't see as much of Bill & Eric as I would have liked but, they are still there though in small quantities, what we do see though is Sookie's new squeeze, Quinn. He is a Were-Tiger and brings an interesting slant to proceedings, whilst not as likeable as Bill & Eric he is a good and interesting character but, doesn't quite have the edge as the other two.

Another brilliant and addictive book!
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Published 6 days ago by gaynor
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
This is a great read i can read over and over. if youve seen the tv show you will love this.
Published 3 months ago by daisy nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Started watching the tv series then was given the first book and then I was hooked. I have enjoyed the whole series. Definitely a good read.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Janet Bewley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is a truly enthralling book. I really enjoyed it and couldn't wait to start the next one in the series.
Published 7 months ago by Carole Ord
4.0 out of 5 stars Skipped a few things
Again, really enjoyed this book however seemed to miss out a few things and brushed over certain parts of the storey. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kerry Hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the sookie stackhouse novels
This one is as usual excellent. I only wish I hadn't read them so I could start the whole series again.
Published 10 months ago by dotty
4.0 out of 5 stars Another goodie from Charlaine Harris.
Although I usually go for five stars for a True Blood Sookie Stackhouse story, this one didn't quite notch them all up for me. Read more
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Absolutely love the stack house series, love the characters great storyline, have the whole set and would really recommend to anyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good easy-read series
I am enjoying the Sookie Stackhouse series!

If you're looking for an easy yet interesting read, give it a go.
Published 17 months ago by R. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Equally as good as the ones before
Loved every word in this truely amazing book. Cant wait to read the next one. Please don't stop writing them
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