Charlaine Harris. She has four different series out and I’ve methodically and far too quickly worked my way through three of them: the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire supernatural romance/mystery/action series; the Lily Bard mystery series; and the Harper Connelly paranormal mystery series. Damn, ths woman can write.
The Charlaine Harris book I saw was one of the Southern Vampire series and I didn’t pick it up because I didn’t like the cover art. It looked…twee. But once again the old adage ‘never judge a book by its cover’ was proved true because these books are anything but twee. They’re funny, action-packed, sexy and suspenseful. The covers made them look like a cross between I DREAM OF JEANNIE and INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE-light. Go figure.
The other two series are also suspenseful, sexy and original. Harper Connelly can find dead bodies and sees the last moments of their lives, giving her a unique job skill and exposing her to a lot of death bed horrors. AN ICE COLD GRAVE, the latest in the series, was disturbing as hell, but the author understands the effectiveness of subtle horror instead of rubbing her readers’ faces in gore.
And the Lily Bard books are just damn good mysteries. I love the heroine (I’m not gonna go into details because discovering her past is part of the draw of the first book) and all the auxilary characters as well. Charlaine Harris is just a damn good writer and I’m looking forward to reading her Prime Crime series.
More please, Ms. Harris!