July 4, 2009

Sookie Stackhouse #2

Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris 

You Scratch My Back, And I'll Scratch Yours!

Sookie and Bill are set for their next adventure. After the unexplained murders of a number of women in the small town of Bon Temps in Louisiana had been solved by Sookie, she finally hoped that things might settle back down to normal. Well, as normal as you can get with a vampire for a boyfriend. But with the discovery of a new dead body and a promise to keep, things were going to be far from normal.

A body has been found, dead, and its not just any body, it's a friend of Sookie's, and she's determined to use all her skills, her telepathy, to find out who the murderer is. But there is little time to dwell on this matter as Sookie must fulfil a promise to the vampires, a promise that leads her to Dallas, to kidnapers, murderers, traitors and sadists. And that's just the humans.

As with the first book it’s enjoyable and light, however it does seem to lose its way. The books start and ending dealing with the murder seems somewhat tacked on to the bulk of the book as an extra or afterthought. The intrigue and mystery of the initial murder is overshadowed, and then lost, as this murder is quickly forgotten about in favour of a new story line in Dallas, and although the murder is well thought out and terribly interesting, it feels out of place with the main story.
On sale: 01 March 2002
Price (US): $7.99
ISBN: 9780441009237
Recommended age: 18+
In a word: Murder/Kidnapping?
Re-read it: possibly
Recommend: to those reading the series
Star rating: three out of five

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