It’s been a long time since I have read a Sookie Stackhouse book by Charlaine Harris. A very long time. I started this series years ago, read a few books and was lured away by the Weather Warden books by Rachel Caine. Every few years I get the urge to read another one, and the urge hit this week after marathoning True Blood seasons 3 and 4. Suffice it to say I wanted more.
Book five in the series, Dead as a Doornail, picks up shortly after the events of book (and season) four. Sookie’s brother, Jason, has become a werepanther. (You read that right, werepanther.) The danger in this comes when a rash of attacks plague the two-natured citizens of Bon Temps. When a shifter gets shot, and another killed, Sookie becomes concerned for her were-friends. A vampire barman is brought into Merlotte’s to keep the peace and it works for a while, until the assailant sets their eyes on Sookie herself.
So yeah, it’s clearly another Sookie supernatural pulp book. But that is ultimately the charm of it. There’s no frills or furbelows to these books. They are straight forward camp, but pleasant camp nonetheless. They mystery elements are predictable, but the telling is fun. I did miss reading these. However, I now remember why I only do a few in a couple of years… they’re candy reads, plain and simple. I thoroughly enjoy them, but I still feel a smidgen of guilty pleasure fetishism in reading them. Thank the gods they only take a few days.
4 out of 5 stars.