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Charlaine Harris

Would anyone be interested in discussing Charlaine's mystery Sweet and Deadly that has just been rereleased this month or any of her books. This book is one of two that were not written as a series. I have been a big fan of her books for years. I just started this one yesterday so I'm not very far but would love to talk about it and her if people are interested.

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I love any & all of Charlaine Harris' books. Have you ever read her Shakespeare series? Very good. I've also read one of the Aurora Teagarden series (it's the only one I've been able to locate so far), and it was also very good.

I read Sweet & Deadly a couple of weeks ago & would be happy to discuss it to you. Since you're still reading it, you can set the pace & post accordingly.
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I love the Shakespeare series but haven't read the "undead" ones. I'm not sure they are something I would like.
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Sweet and Deadly is not one of the Sookie Stackhouse books but if they don't appeal to you why don't you try on of the Harper Connelly books starting wirh Grave Suprise. It is more a traditional mystery.

So far I find myself being able to relate to the Heroine Catherine because any of us could find ourselves a side victim for a family member that gets murdered and then finds another person who has been murdered. That is as far as I have been able to get but hopefully will get a lot more read today.

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The undead series is a lot of fun too. There are vampires, werewolves, & other supernatural beings. Sookie herself is human, but with physic abilities. There's always some mystery to solve, and the characters are well developed. If you're up to it, give it a try. I'm about to start the first Harper Connelly one this weekend.
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I love the Sookie Stackhouse series and have them all and am having a hard time waiting till next month for the new one to come out. The one thing that is making it bearable is Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine and that I can reread the others. I'm sure you'll enjoy Harper Connelly. I know that I do but then I like all her heroines that I have read so far. In fact I like how she seemed to weave the Bards into one of he Sookie stories. One dective investigating another sort of.

I guess in a way we can make this a general discussion of all of Charlaine's books if you want. I don;t need to stick to one of her books. It was just getting the new one that started me thinking about discussing he books.

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I agree. I thought that was neat when the Bards came to interview Sookie. I can't wait for her next one either. I keep wondering who (or what?) Sookie is going to end up with. I love all the characters in her books, though I wasn't too crazy about Quinn. Have you read the first chapter of her new book?




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I love the Sookie Stackhouse series and have them all and am having a hard time waiting till next month for the new one to come out. The one thing that is making it bearable is Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine and that I can reread the others. I'm sure you'll enjoy Harper Connelly. I know that I do but then I like all her heroines that I have read so far. In fact I like how she seemed to weave the Bards into one of he Sookie stories. One dective investigating another sort of.

I guess in a way we can make this a general discussion of all of Charlaine's books if you want. I don;t need to stick to one of her books. It was just getting the new one that started me thinking about discussing he books.

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LizzieAnn wrote:
I agree. I thought that was neat when the Bards came to interview Sookie. I can't wait for her next one either. I keep wondering who (or what?) Sookie is going to end up with. I love all the characters in her books, though I wasn't too crazy about Quinn. Have you read the first chapter of her new book?




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I love the Sookie Stackhouse series and have them all and am having a hard time waiting till next month for the new one to come out. The one thing that is making it bearable is Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine and that I can reread the others. I'm sure you'll enjoy Harper Connelly. I know that I do but then I like all her heroines that I have read so far. In fact I like how she seemed to weave the Bards into one of he Sookie stories. One dective investigating another sort of.

I guess in a way we can make this a general discussion of all of Charlaine's books if you want. I don;t need to stick to one of her books. It was just getting the new one that started me thinking about discussing he books.

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Yes I read the first chapter and it has made me wonder if one of the "people" that makes her uneasy is going to be the one making the trouble or the one to rescue her. I finished Sweet and Deadly this afternoon and it left me wondering what happens next. I am glad that Catherine didn't get hurt but it left me hanging on a cliff. I wonder how others feel. I know it isn't part of a series but seems to be open for her to write another book using Catherine Linton as the "heroine".

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Could it be the start of a new series, eventually?




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Yes I read the first chapter and it has made me wonder if one of the "people" that makes her uneasy is going to be the one making the trouble or the one to rescue her. I finished Sweet and Deadly this afternoon and it left me wondering what happens next. I am glad that Catherine didn't get hurt but it left me hanging on a cliff. I wonder how others feel. I know it isn't part of a series but seems to be open for her to write another book using Catherine Linton as the "heroine".

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I don't remember if I've seen the author Shirley Damsgaard mentioned here. I just picked up a book by her called Witch Way to Murder. It sounded interesting -- have any of you read her books?
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I don't remember if I've seen the author Shirley Damsgaard mentioned here. I just picked up a book by her called Witch Way to Murder. It sounded interesting -- have any of you read her books?


Haven't ever heard about her. Our local B&N is small and usually stocks only those authors that sell well. Once in a while they will get a new author but if they don't sell and get lots of requests then they don't carry them any more.

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I've never read her myself. Let us know how the book is as I'm always looking for new authors!



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I don't remember if I've seen the author Shirley Damsgaard mentioned here. I just picked up a book by her called Witch Way to Murder. It sounded interesting -- have any of you read her books?


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Well, I haven't read it yet -- read a Lisa Jackson mystery last night, that my sister had recommended -- but I was looking at the dedication, etc. in the Witch book. The author has six kids, and it looks like her husband died pretty young. Now I am intrigued. Anyone who can find time to write books while raising six kids has my respect -- and awe!

I always read dedications. In my own books they are sort of a joke, I wasn't sure how many books I'd be writing so I pretty much squeezed all my friends and family into those dedications. I need to write more because I have more people I want to dedicate books to! So I am always fascinated by other author's dedication pages. Is that weird? (No, don't answer that!)
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I like to read the dedicatinons and acknowledgement's too and are we going to keep this just on Charlaine's books or do we want to expand it to include any authors and books people want to discuss. I am enjoying how ever people want it to go. I don't know how many people are fans of Tony Hillerman but two other authors that deal with Native American cultures as Margret Coel who bases her books on the Arapho culture, and David and Aimee Thurlo who also use the Navahoo culture. If anyone has any other authors that use Native American cultures I would be interested to know.

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Hi Nelsmom and LizzieAnn,
I just purchased Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris but haven't read it yet. When I do, I will post some comments here. I am currently reading Lisa Scottoline's Daddy's Girl and participating in that book club, but when I'm finished I'll read Sweet and Deadly next. It looks interesting.
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Nelsmom wrote:
Would anyone be interested in discussing Charlaine's mystery Sweet and Deadly that has just been rereleased this month or any of her books. This book is one of two that were not written as a series. I have been a big fan of her books for years. I just started this one yesterday so I'm not very far but would love to talk about it and her if people are interested.

Toni




I'm reading the 4th chapter of Sweet and Deadly and like it so far. I can identify with Catherine, the main character, who has lost both her parents, lives alone, is a quiet person, and spends a lot of time reading. I'm just at the point in the story where she realizes that her parents' car accident was no accident. Interesting plot so far.
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Yes it was and I think she felt some anger that no one was taking her seriously. I guess that in a lot of respects that just reflects human nature. I know that if I was in her place I would be angry.

Let me know when you finish it because I don;t want to spoil it for you.

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I know that this post was back in October, but I have read Shirley Damaasgard's books.

I've never been a real big mystery reader but I am a voracious reader and have had to broaden my reading genre... :-)

Shirley D is one of the newest authors that I've added to my list ... I like her books.
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Nelsmom wrote:
Sweet and Deadly is not one of the Sookie Stackhouse books but if they don't appeal to you why don't you try on of the Harper Connelly books starting wirh Grave Suprise. It is more a traditional mystery.

So far I find myself being able to relate to the Heroine Catherine because any of us could find ourselves a side victim for a family member that gets murdered and then finds another person who has been murdered. That is as far as I have been able to get but hopefully will get a lot more read today.

Toni




I have finished reading this book and I liked it. I was very surprised by the death of Tom, the reporter, near the end. On page 179, where the author was describing Tom walking across the lawn, and then the next line was "In six hours he would be dead", it kind of hit me with sadness, and I remember thinking, "Oh how awful!" and feeling a little grief almost as if Tom was an acquaintance of mine!

Chapter 12, and the conversation between Betty and Catherine was so well written that I felt as if I was in the same room with the characters! I like the character Betty. She seems to be a good person, honest, simple, and hard working, and concerned for Catherine's safety.

And the ending was exciting and surprising. Very suspenseful, when Catherine was alone in the house she rented to Tom. Some really good scenes in this book. I enjoyed it.
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Donti wrote:


Nelsmom wrote:
Sweet and Deadly is not one of the Sookie Stackhouse books but if they don't appeal to you why don't you try on of the Harper Connelly books starting wirh Grave Suprise. It is more a traditional mystery.

So far I find myself being able to relate to the Heroine Catherine because any of us could find ourselves a side victim for a family member that gets murdered and then finds another person who has been murdered. That is as far as I have been able to get but hopefully will get a lot more read today.

Toni




I have finished reading this book and I liked it. I was very surprised by the death of Tom, the reporter, near the end. On page 179, where the author was describing Tom walking across the lawn, and then the next line was "In six hours he would be dead", it kind of hit me with sadness, and I remember thinking, "Oh how awful!" and feeling a little grief almost as if Tom was an acquaintance of mine!

Chapter 12, and the conversation between Betty and Catherine was so well written that I felt as if I was in the same room with the characters! I like the character Betty. She seems to be a good person, honest, simple, and hard working, and concerned for Catherine's safety.

And the ending was exciting and surprising. Very suspenseful, when Catherine was alone in the house she rented to Tom. Some really good scenes in this book. I enjoyed it.


I know what you mean and Charlaine has a way at least for me to be able to put myself into the story. Though I do admit this one was a little better that way. Catherine felt like a friend that you got to know and she included you in what happens. I like the way she also kept you guessing on what was going to happen and that she didn't have to bring in sex or bad language to make her book readab;e.

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