Tuesday, June 7, 2016

CHARLAINE HARRIS: FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE



Born in Mississippi and now living in Arkansas, author Charlaine Harris focuses on the South as the setting for her many popular mysteries. For more than 30 years she has written a variety of stand-alone books and series that have earned a very devoted fan base. Most of her books can be found at the Monrovia Public Library in print, large print, CD and DVD formats.

Vampires, werewolves and all things supernatural populate Ms. Harris’ most beloved novels, the Southern Vampire Series with Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic Louisiana waitress. The 13 book series starts with Dead Until Dark and concludes with Dead Ever After. The series became the source material for the TV program True Blood, available on DVD.

The Harper Connelly Series followed and readers hooked on Sookie Stackhouse can read titles like Grave Sight and Grave Secret about a woman struck by lightning who can see the last moments of people before they die. Harris’ latest series is the Midnight Texas Trilogy about a small town and its mysterious goings on. 

Ms. Harris first gained notice with readers with her Aurora Teagarden Series about a Georgia librarian who is an amateur sleuth. These light mysteries have a touch of humor and include A Fool and His Honey and Last Scene Alive.

If Harris’ books are your thing also try the Shakespeare Series, set in small town Arkansas, about a woman named Lily Bard who is hiding from the past and living an anonymous life as a house cleaner.  When she finds a dead body she realizes that she must solve the crime before she is accused of committing it. Titles include Shakespeare’s Landlord and Shakespeare’s Champion.


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