“Dead as a Doornail is action-packed! There is so much going on that it's amazing that the plot stays tight and engrossing throughout - a real testament to Charlaine Harris' writing ability. The action takes place in small-town, rural Louisiana, which works just perfectly for the eccentric cast of characters. Harris' descriptions of the people and places in the Sookie-universe are delicious and delightful, and at lot of that feeling comes from the wonderful sense of setting she has written.
As always, I am incredibly impressed by the seamless incorporation of many genres into the Southern Vampire Series - horror, mystery, romance, paranormal/supernatural, thriller/suspense, fantasy - there really is something for everyone here. Despite the fact that Sookie's world is full of vampires, shapeshifters, fairies and telepaths, Charlaine Harris' characters are so well-drawn that they become completely real for the reader. This is a gift that one does not always find in paranormal fiction.
I am looking forward to beginning the next book this afternoon. I have been able to read this series with a single-mindedness that would simply not be possible if the books weren't well-written and fun. Check back for my reviews of the rest of the series as I read them. Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Series is entertaining and full of the kind of action and adventure that we've come to know and love.”