Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (book 1 A Southern Vampire)

Dead.Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams
walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out….
Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend such isn’t such a good idea.

My Review **** Sookie is a waitress waiting for something to happen since her parents are dead. She lives with her grandmother and has a brother Jason. Her boss Sam like Sookie a whole lot. After so many deaths including her own grandmothers murder, Sookie, finds comfort in a vampire who just happens to walk into the bar she works in. Bill, is indebt to Sookie after she saves him from almost being completely drained of all his blood and left to shrivel up.  With her brother up on murder charges after one too many girlfriends coming up dead, Sookie has to save him and find out who the true killers really are.

 

About the Author:Charlaine Harris (born November 25, 1951 in Tunica, Mississippi) is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over twenty years. She was raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later.
After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a lighthearted series “starring” Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden, with Real Murders, a Best Novel nominee for the 1990 Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight Aurora titles. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare’s Counselor, the fifth–and last– was printed in fall 2001.
After Shakespeare, Harris created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first of these, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which now numbers nine titles, has been released worldwide.
Sookie Stackhouse proved to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new show for HBO based upon the books. He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008. It was an instant success and was quickly picked up for a second season.
In October 2005, Harris’s new mystery series about a young woman named Harper Connelly debuted with the release of Grave Sight. Harper has the ability to determine the cause of death of any body. There are now three Harper titles (GRAVE SIGHT, GRAVE SURPRISE, AN ICE COLD GRAVE) with a 4th (GRAVE SECRET) to be released in 2009.
Harris has also co-edited three very popular anthologies with her friend Toni L.P. Kelner. The anthologies feature stories with an element of the supernatural, and the submissions come from a rare mixture of mystery and urban fantasy writers.
Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. Personally, Harris is married and the mother of three. She lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas and when she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!

 

 

 

 

The Quiet Game by Greg Iles

ILESWhen former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn’t find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secretand the small town’s violent past.

The Review: **** Penn Cage, decides to move back home after the death of his wife, he feels it would be a help to his young daughter. Penn, is quickly realizing his leaving years ago he’s sort of  a hometown hero and everyone is looking to shake the authors hand and see what Penn has been up too. Seems there’s a few secrets stirring about the town of Natchez, Mississippi. He finds out the towns honorable doctor is being blackmailed, which is his own loving father. Penn, is not looking for love, but wants to save his families good name and spare his father from a town that he hopes will stand behind him. He runs into great friends who are willing to poke their noses in to others business to help him get to the bottom of things. With shots being fired, kidnapping, burning buildings and a Kate who just might make Penn realize he is still a man, he finds help and solace with the newspaper editor of the towns paper. Or will Kate get fired by her own father who owns the paper. You will soon find out who are friends and shady people who have lived in the quiet town for decades, just how far some are willing to lose or win.

About the author Greg Iles:Greg Iles was born in 1960 in Germany where his father ran the US Embassy medical clinic during the height of the Cold War. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1983 he performed for several years with the rock band Frankly Scarlet and is currently member of the band The Rock Bottom Remainders. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, a thriller about war criminal Rudolf Hess, was published in 1993 and became a New York Times bestseller. Iles went on to write ten bestselling novels, including Third Degree, True Evil, Turning Angel, Blood Memory, The Footprints of God, and 24 Hours (released by Sony Pictures as Trapped, with full screenwriting credit for Iles). He lives in Natchez, Mississippi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Secret History By Donna Tartt

tarttUnder the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever,eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

My Review ***** This is a stunning work of a literary novel. I devoured this book in just two days. The characters in the book a rightfully endearing, very entertaining, that will have you swept away in the pages in no time. The professor is a delightful secretive person, who shares little with his students he seems to harbor for his own accord and doing. Donna Tartt, writes with such charisma and grace, she should be on every bookshelf in the world.

About the Author ;Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages. Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her most recent novel, The Goldfinch, established herself as a major talent with The Secret History, which has become a contemporary classic.

 

 

 

Crime Buff’s Guide To Outlaw Arizona By Ron Franscell

outlawOUTLAW ARIZONA continues the popular series that critics, true-crime fans, historians and travelers have hailed as “the ultimate guilty pleasure,” “thorough and unflinching,” and “the best damn crime travel series ever published!” This rollicking romp across the historic Arizona crimescape promises all the can’t-look-away allure of its predecessors … and a few surprises! This is a trip to the Grand Canyon State’s darker side, where seemingly idyllic places reveal secrets: the compound of a child-molesting polyganist, the scene of a 19th century mass murder, the spot where John Dillinger was arrested for the last time, the scene of Billy the Kid’s first killing, and many more. With photographs, maps, directions, and precise GPS coordinates, this collection of outlaw tales is both a travel guide and an entertaining and enlightening read.

My Review: *****  This is a excellent book to take with you. It’s filled with great knowledge for any traveler or a person who loves history of states. Ron, even adds the GPS locations to help you find the sites to track down so much easier. How can you go wrong with that. Ron also makes you feel like your on the journey with him. The pictures are a wonderful add too.

About The Author:

Ron Franscell’s writing has been compared to Truman Capote, Charles Frazier and Robert Olen Butler — diverse, poetic, evocative and muscular.

This lifelong newspaperman burst onto the literary scene in 1998 with his first novel ANGEL FIRE, a poignant, mythic tale of two brothers wrestling with personal ghosts in the small town where they grew up. ANGEL FIRE was subsequently named among the San Francisco Chronicle’s 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century West.

After his 1999 mystery, THE DEADLINE, Ron became a senior writer for the Denver Post, writing about the entangled past, present and future of the American West. Now out-of-print, THE DEADLINE and its sequel, THE OBITUARY, are available as Kindle ebooks.

In 2008, his first nonfiction, THE DARKEST NIGHT, won rave reviews from true-crime legends Ann Rule, Vincent Bugliosi and Gerry Spence. The book explored a monstrous crime against two of Ron’s childhood friends in the small town where they grew up, and how that crime has echoed across almost four decades. It is now a national bestseller.

SOURTOE COCKTAIL CLUB is an intimate account of Ron’s extraordinary road trip to the Yukon with his son, where they drank a cocktail containing a mummified human toe and spent the longest day of the year under an Arctic sun that never set. Magical.

THE CRIME BUFF’S GUIDE TO OUTLAW TEXAS (November 2010) is a quirky travel guide taking true-crime and history travelers to some 400 outlaw- and crime-related sites all over the Lone Star State. The series continueD with OUTLAW ROCKIES (2011), and OUTLAW DC (2012), and OUTLAW PENNSYLVANIA (2013). OUTLAW NEW MEXICO and OUTLAW ARIZONA are coming in Summer 2014.

DELIVERED FROM EVIL explores the entangled lives of mass-murderers and their victims, tracing the lives of 10 ordinary people who survived some of America’s worst massacres. Auspiciously, it debuted on the day a deranged young gunman killed six and wounded 13 at a Tucson supermarket in one of the most shocking crimes of our day.