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
So welcome to Midnight where nothing is what it seems and not knowing everything about your neighbours may end up getting you killed. I enjoy this kind of story, a mystery/...
Welcome to Midnight, Texas. It's a quiet little town, perched at the junction between Davy Road and Witch Light Road, and it's easy to miss. With its boarded-up win...
Cemetery Girl: Book 1 - The Pretenders
She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill—names taken from the grim surroundings where she awoke, bruised and bloody, with no memory of who she is, how she got there, or ...
Dead Until Dark
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much - not because she's not pre...
A Touch Of Dead
Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her job as a cocktail waitress in Merlotte's, a small-town bar in small-town Bon Temps, deep in Louisiana. She's funny and pretty and, than...
Dead In The Family
If you think your family relationships are complicated, think again: you haven't seen anything like the ones in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with ...
There's a reckoning on the way . . .. . . and Sookie has a knack for being in trouble's way; not least when she witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, ...
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Now the vampires and the shapeshifters are 'out', you'd think the supernaturals would get on w...
Living Dead In Dallas
Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly crea...
There's only one vampire Sookie Stackhouse is involved with - at least voluntarily - and that's Bill. But recently he's been a little distant - in another state...
Dead To The World
Sookie comes to the rescue of a naked, amnesiac vampire - and ends up in the middle of a war between witches, werewolves and vampires! Sookie Stackhouse is a small-town coc...
Dead As A Doornail
Sookie's got just a month, before the next full moon, to find out who wants her brother dead - and to stop the fiend! Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her life, mostly. She'...
Sookie doesn't have that many relations, so she hated to lose one - but of all the people to go, she didn't expect it to be her cousin Hadley, a consort of New Orle...
All Together Dead
Sookie's beginning to get used to being surrounded by all varieties of undead, changeling, shapeshifting and other supernatural beings - but even she has her limits. Sh...
From Dead To Worse
The supernatural community in Bon Temps, Louisiana is reeling from two hard blows: the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the...
Dead And Gone
Now it's the turn of the weres and shifters to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world. Sookie Stackhouse already knows about the...
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)