Charlaine Harris

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Charlaine Harris, a native of the Mississippi Delta, grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college Charlaine was writing poetry and plays. After holding down some low-level jobs, she had the opportunity to stay home and write, and the resulting two stand-alones were published by Houghton Mifflin. After a child-producing sabbatical, Charlaine began writing a mystery series, and soon had her own books about a Georgia librarian, Aurora Teagarden.

Soon Charlaine was looking for another challenge, and the result was the much darker Lily Bard series. The books, set in Shakespeare, Arkansas, feature a heroine who has survived a terrible attack and is learning to live with its consequences. When Charlaine began to realize that neither of those series was ever going to set the literary world on fire, she regrouped and decided to write the book she’d always wanted to write. Not a traditional mystery, nor yet pure science fiction or romance, Dead Until Dark broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who just enjoy a good adventure. Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic Louisiana barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, has been published in Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Thailand, Spain, France, and Russia.

In addition to her work as a writer, Charlaine is the past senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church, a board member of Mystery Writers of America, a past board member of Sisters in Crime, a member of the American Crime Writers League, and past president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. She spends her spare time reading, watching her daughter play sports, traveling, and going to the movies.

Charlaine Harris books reviewed

Charlaine Harris bibliography

Aurora Teagarden Series

  • Real Murders (1990)
  • A Bone to Pick (1992)
  • Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (1994)
  • The Julius House (1995)
  • Dead Over Heels (1996)
  • "Deeply Dead" in Murder, They Wrote (1997)
  • A Fool And His Honey (1999)
  • Last Scene Alive (2002)
  • Poppy Done to Death (2003)

Lily Bard (Shakespeare) Series

  • Shakespeare's Landlord (1996)
  • Shakespeare's Champion (1997)
  • Shakespeare's Christmas (1998)
  • Shakespeare's Trollop (2000)
  • Shakespeare's Counselor (2001)

Harper Connelly Series

  • Grave Sight (2005)
  • Grave Surprise (2006)
  • Ice Cold Grave (2007)
  • Grave Secret (2009)

Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire) Series

  • Dead Until Dark (2001)
  • Living Dead in Dallas (2002)
  • Club Dead (2003)
  • Dead to the World (2004)
  • Dead as a Doornail (2005)
  • Definitely Dead (2006)
  • All Together Dead (2007)
  • From Dead to Worse (2008)
  • Dead and Gone (2009)
  • A Touch of Dead (2009)
  • Dead in the Family (2010)
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