Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampires 6)
Rating: Very good, well worth a read
You might like this if you like: Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series; vampires; paranormal/supernatural
Sookie doesn’t have that many relations, so she hated to lose one – but of all the people to go, 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 werewolves who have rejected 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 . . .
There were moments while reading the sixth installment of the Southern Vampires series when I wondered if I had inadvertently skipped a book, as the previous sequels all followed directly on from their prequels, whereas here, a lot has happened “off-screen” and the reader is kept in the dark for some time.
I was surprised to find many similarities to The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas evident in the plot:
HIGHLIGHT TO REVEAL SPOILER:
A French Queen who has had an affair and lost a piece of jewellery which was given to her by her husband, the loss of which could spark a war; the repetitious mention of three guards surrounding the Queen, with Sookie playing the D’Artagnion role; there’s even some sword play!)
It was a very nice nod to a classic novel which is a favourite of mine and I found the similarities very enjoyable.
For a sexy series, Sookie is surprisingly chaste. Over the course of six novels, she has had sex with only two men (both vampires), and although she’s had brief dalliances with other men (Weres and Shifters); she hasn’t been quick to jump into bed with them. Surprising as this may seem, I’m rather pleased, as I don’t really want the Southern Vampires series to become a “Supe of the Day”.
It was also great to find out a little more about Sookie and why she’s so alluring to vampires…