Living Dead in Dallas is the second book in Charlaine Harris’s series The Southern Vampire Mysteries. This second novel follows the adventures of telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse of Bon Temps, Louisiana as she is employed by Dallas vampires to use her telepathy to help find their lost companion. Sookie agrees to help investigate the whereabouts of the missing vampire on one condition: any humans found to be involved must be turned over to human law enforcement rather than subjected to vampire justice. In Dallas Sookie Stackhouse has her first encounter with the anti-vampire organization “The Fellowship of the Sun”.
I am giving Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris 4/5 stars.
Once again, I threw myself into the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, and once again I was not disappointed. I don’t know what it is about Harris’s writing, but I cannot put it down after I start reading. I mean I read the first 200 pages of Living Dead in Dallas the night I started it staying up until 3:00am and then finished first thing the following morning after I woke up.
In Living Dead in Dallas, there are two mysteries that are trying to be solved, the murder of someone that Sookie knew in Bon Temps and a missing vampire in Dallas that Sookie must help find. When the idea that two different mysteries were going to be going on, I was a bit worried. I thought that one would get more attention to the other and the one that got less attention would just be pushed under the rug. Now, did the Dallas mystery get a more drawn out storyline? Yes, granted it introduced “The Fellowship of the Sun” which I’ve heard plays a big part in the series now as it goes on, so I’m not mad about that. Also, with the amount of time spent trying to solve the Bon Temps murder mystery it was done really well. I mean, I didn’t see the end of that coming at all.
I really enjoy Sookie as a character. I think she is spunky, and really coming into her own as the series progresses, but I would like to see her able to save herself. I like that she attempts to save herself, but it always comes down to that she cannot finish the job and someone has to save her like a damsel in distress. I honestly think Sookie is stronger and better than that and hope to see sometime in the next couple of books that Sookie is able to save herself in the crazy situations she gets herself into.
As for “The Fellowship of the Sun”, I am so excited to see how this storyline goes. This group to me just feels so real. I mean if we lived in a world in which vampires were real, I could see the radical church group come to be, that will try to save vampires by letting renounce their sins and go into the sun. I mean we have the church groups that do their pray away the gay programs and I can see it launching into something like “The Fellowship of the Sun”. As of right now, I think ‘The Fellowship” will be one of my favorite villains in quite a while.
About the Author:
Charlaine Harris (born November 25, 1951 in Tunica, Mississippi) is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over twenty years. She was raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. 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. She began to write books a few years later.
After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a lighthearted series “starring” Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden, with Real Murders, a Best Novel nominee for the 1990 Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight Aurora titles. 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. Shakespeare’s Counselor, the fifth–and last– was printed in fall 2001.
After Shakespeare, Harris created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first of these, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which now numbers nine titles, has been released worldwide.
Sookie Stackhouse proved to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new show for HBO based upon the books. He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008. It was an instant success and was quickly picked up for a second season.
In October 2005, Harris’s new mystery series about a young woman named Harper Connelly debuted with the release of Grave Sight. Harper has the ability to determine the cause of death of any body. There are now three Harper titles (GRAVE SIGHT, GRAVE SURPRISE, AN ICE COLD GRAVE) with a 4th (GRAVE SECRET) to be released in 2009.
Harris has also co-edited three very popular anthologies with her friend Toni L.P. Kelner. The anthologies feature stories with an element of the supernatural, and the submissions come from a rare mixture of mystery and urban fantasy writers.
Professionally, 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. Personally, Harris is married and the mother of three. She lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas and when she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!