Dead in the Family (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #10) - Charlaine Harris 7.12   159

The Brand New Sookie Stackhouse novel!

Sookie Stackhouse has finally settled into a relationship with the Viking vampire Eric, and her errant brother Jason seems to have his life in order, too. But all the other people in Sookie's life – Eric himself, her former lover Bill, her friend and boss Sam – are having family problems. Eric's maker shows up with Eric's 'brother' in tow, the ailing Bill can only be healed by a blood sibling, and Sam's brother's marriage is about to take place... or will it?

The furor raised by the coming out of the two-natured has yet to settle; some people are just not ready to sit down to dinner with a man who turns into a dog. And Sookie herself is still recovering from her last ordeal. She's definitely improving, physically and mentally, but she's always going to have some dark moments now. The werewolves tell her that there have been strange and ominous passers-by in the Stackhouse woods; now Sookie is about to come face-to-face with one of her more distant relatives...

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Release date May 4, 2010
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The Southern Vampire Mysteries :: Series

Series contains 13 primary works and has 18 total works.

Also known as the Sookie Stackhouse series.

Dead Until Dark (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #1) 7.60   439
Living Dead in Dallas (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #2) 7.52   348
Club Dead (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #3) 7.54   297
Dead to the World (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #4) 8.12   270
Dead as a Doornail (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #5) 7.46   238
Definitely Dead (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #6) 7.64   224
All Together Dead (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #7) 7.76   216
From Dead to Worse (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #8) 7.52   198
Dead and Gone (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #9) 7.60   186
Dead in the Family (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #10) 7.12   159
Dead Reckoning (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #11) 6.88   138
Deadlocked (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #12) 6.92   127
Dead Ever After (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #13) 6.62   115
A Touch of Dead 6.54   13
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion 7.00   2
After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse 4.50   4
Dancers in the Dark & Layla Steps Up: The Layla Collection N/A
The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories N/A

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Book Review: 1 Treasure Box Eric and Sookie are now married and Eric’s sire is in town. Sookie has to deal with her vampire father-in law and her crazy, vampire brother-in-law. At the same time she is recovering from the ordeal she went through in Dead and Gone. Dead in the Family is the tenth book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series (also known as A Sooke Stackhouse Novel), and currently there are a total of twelve books. The thirteenth and final book is going to be released May 2013. All the books are contemporary fantasy but are also known as urban fantasy. They also fall into the romance genre. The story is told in the first person narrative with Sooke’s voice and thoughts as we follow her around. Not too much happens in the beginning of this book because Sookie is recuperating from being captured and tortured. Eric’s sire is in town making life difficult for the couple. There are a few problems which crop up surrounding the werewolves and there are still some lingering faerie problems. This book continues to examine prejudice showing the damage it can cause. The end of the book was exciting and had plenty of action. Previously, I had found this series to be one of the better in this genre, but now I am questioning if that is still true. While reading Dead in the Family, I found some of the writing to be trite and rushed with a story that was not very well formulated. I also thought the book lacked its usual exciting pace. However, I still enjoyed reading Sookie's thoughts and I still really like all of the characters. This is a standalone book that continues immediately after the events in book nine, and since there are going to be three more books in the series, I know that there is more to tell in Sookie’s story. I have read all the previous books in the series and I have enjoyed them all, but I found Dead in the Family to be underwhelming. I thought the book was OK, and I am planning to give the next book in the series a read. I am hoping it will pick up some speed. Favourite Quote: “I love spring for all the obvious reasons. I love the flowers blooming (which happens early here in Louisiana); I love the birds twittering; I love the squirrels scampering across my yard. I love the sound of werewolves howling in the distance. No, just kidding. But the late, lamented Tray Dawson had once told me that spring is the favorite season of werewolves.” Page 37 For more of my reviews go to

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