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With a rabid fan base that grows larger each day, the New York Times and USA Today best-selling Sookie Stackhouse mysteries by acclaimed author Charlaine Harris are not to be missed. Along with their phenomenal popularity, the books have also captivated critics and earned such prestigious honors as an Anthony Award.

Wedding fever has come to Bon Temps, Louisiana! Unfortunately, buxom, blonde, beautiful, and telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie is not the bride-to-be, so she takes the opportunity to travel to New Orleans on family business. As heir to the estate of her newly dead cousin Hadley, Sookie unearths a big secret. Soon it becomes clear that more than a few people will do anything to stop Sookie from looking into Hadley's past. Fresh, fashionable, and a little bit frightening, Definitely Dead is the best entry yet in an endlessly entertaining series.

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Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2007

"Harris keeps the action going nonstop in this bubbly brew of supernatural spice and whimsical whodunit that's more fun than a barrel of beignets." (Publishers Weekly)

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More is revealed

Another great Sookie Stackhouse book. Some interesting things are revealed in this book pertaining to Sookie's relationship with Bill and Eric. The first part of the book was a little slow but it made up for it in the second half which was non-stop suspense and intrigue. Quinn has grown on me some in this book and Sookie is getting tougher.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Connie
  • Shawnee, KS, United States
  • 02-02-09

A Series You Can't Miss

Sookie Stackhouse Series is a MUST read! I have listened/read all of the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, 1 - 8. I enjoyed every single one of them. The writing is good, clear, suspenseful and humorous. The narrator, Johanna Parker, does some of the best narrating I have heard...exactly the way I would presume Sookie Stackhouse would sound. You can't go wrong with this series. I CAN'T WAIT until installment NINE!!

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Back To Usual Quality

The Famous Sookie Accent is back, tho Eric is hit&miss! Good story, if predictable as far as mystery; I was way ahead all through.. Quin was a real plus!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Thank you Ms Parker

I've read & loved this series from the beginning & have enjoyed the development of Sookie from a fairly naive barmaid to a more street-savvy person. In this book, her smarts are quite apparent but so is her wide-eyed, small-town persona.

Johanna Parker's rendition of Sookie in this story as well as "Dead as a Doornail" is absolutely perfect. It is exactly as I imagined her to sound when I read the previous books. Ms Parker's voices for the other characters are also very good.

For me, this was thoroughly enjoyable translation from paper to voice. I look forward to listening to the next one.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Trainer, PA, United States
  • 04-06-10

Just a fun adventure

I enjoyed True Blood on HBO so while listening to this book I can see the characters in my mind. Its a fun ( very dark at times ) adventure of Sookie and her strange friends. A+. I am a Man over 40 and a Fan of Dark Shadows. If you like DS you will like this.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynn
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 08-13-09

least favorite sookie book so far

Kind of lame. Kept my attention but not as much fun as previous 5 books. But I'm hooked, on to book 7, can't stop now!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Finally

well really #5 was good as well. the horrible fake southern accent is gone. there is still one which fits the setting perfectly but it is now toned down to normal.

Story wise. I actually enjoyed this one the most, you get a more in depth look at vampire politics, and the shifter community. I also adore Quinn so seeing him get more face time is great. Sookie gets more feisty in this one and you can really see the backbone that is hinted at in the other books. She is becoming less whinny, its even acknowledged in the story itself by the character but seeing it actually play out makes me happy. You also get a good introduction to a lot of the other supernaturals in the world in this story.

So far I would say this is one of the best.

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 05-01-13

Really enjoyed this one!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Definitely Dead to be better than the print version?

Always is!

What other book might you compare Definitely Dead to and why?

there is really no comparison, but it does fall in the same genre as the Rachel Hollows series by Kim Harrison, which is really great also!!!

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

She is a really good Sookie...and her accent was back in full swing...so it was perfect!!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Witches, Weres and Vampires...Oh My!

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy this series and will be moving on to #7 shortly, I can not wait to hear more about Sookie and her new boyfriend...and the Vampire conference...its going to be great I am sure!!!!

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Nice

great storyline, great narrator. I enjoyed listening to the book a great deal. I plan to get the next book in the series.

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Queen of Louisiana vamps summons Sookie

Sookie Stackhouse is a barmaid at Merlotte’s Bar and Grill in Bon Temps, Louisiana. She happens to be telepathic which until recently she considered a disability. Now she has learned to harness this skill in dealing with many supernatural creatures that have become known to her following the “Great Awakening” of the vampires. Sookie met were-tiger Quinn at the recent werewolf packmaster contest. Now he was back to deliver a summons from Louisiana’s vampire queen to attend the upcoming vampire summit and to ask her on a date.

Sookie finds herself helping many “supes.” Her brother Jason’s girlfriend Crystal, a were-panther, has just had a miscarriage, so Sookie arranges for Dr. Ludwig to see her. Werewolf Alcide’s ex-girlfriend Debbie Pelt, still missing following the night of the Witch War, as the vampires were calling it, continues to plague Sookie. Now her parents and sister were at Merlotte’s looking for clues to find her. A child goes missing from the elementary school, and Sookie cannot stay away when her telepathic skills might help find the child. Sookie is happy to be distracted from the problems around her to learn of the upcoming double wedding of Detective Andy Bellefleur and local school teacher Halleigh Robinson as well as Andy’s sister Portia Bellefleur, a prominent lawyer, and her accountant beau. And then she has a wonderful time at the theatre with Quinn, only to be mugged by werewolves after the show. Sookie notes that she has “assumed the role of guardian of the weird in my little corner of our state. I was the poster girl for interspecies tolerance. … It was kind of neat, knowing stuff that other people didn’t. But it complicated my already difficult life ….”

Sookie is sad to learn of her cousin Hadley’s death and is surprised that Hadley left her entire estate to Sookie. Sookie travels to New Orleans where she befriends Hadley’s landlady Amelia, a witch who has placed a stasis spell on her apartment. Both women are stunned by the rising of a new vampire from Hadley’s place who attacks them both until help sent by the Queen pulls him away. Needing to know what happened before Hadley died, the Queen employs Amelia and several witches to perform an ectoplasmic reconstruction. The Queen reveals to Sookie that Hadley, her lover, had taken a wedding gift that she absolutely must have back before the reception planned to celebrate the nuptials. Heads will roll if the gift is not returned.

The Sookie Stackhouse novels rival the best soap operas and are written with intricacy and compelling plot lines. This sixth entry in the series was bulging at the seams with characters working both with and against Sookie. Plots formed and evaporated throughout the book that the reader might think would spin out of control due to the sheer number of plots and subplots. Yet author Charlaine Harris is able to pull it all together, amazingly leaving very little left unsaid, undone, or out of place. Sookie saves the day, yet again, returning the world to harmony.