This is a review of “Definitely Dead” by Charlaine Harris. It is the sixth novel in The Sookie Stackhouse Series. It takes place after “Dead As a Doornail” and you’d be well advised to read the Sookie short story “One Word Answer“.
If you are a fan of the HBO show Trueblood, then you ought to know that the show has not reached this point in the series yet. Though truth be told, I am not entirely sure how they will incorporate this novel into the show as they’ve already killed off one of the main characters of this novel back in Season 2. To be honest, I was not very happy with that decision, as this is one of my favourite books in the series.
Sookie has a new suitor. Quinn is tall, sexy and sure of himself. After meeting at the contest for Shreveport’s Were Packmaster at the end of “Dead As A Doornail“, Quinn arrives in Bon Temps to ask Sookie out on a date. He tells her he also has some business to discuss. Business concerning the vampire Queen of Louisiana.
Queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq is requesting Sookie’s presence for the upcoming Vampire Summit (which takes place in the next novel “All Together Dead”). But before the Summit rolls around, Sookie needs to take care of her recently deceased cousin Hadley’s apartment and belongings in New Orleans. Sookie makes her way to The Big Easy after a somewhat confusing summons from Queen Sophie-Anne.
[For more back story on Hadley and her death, you’d be well-advised to read the short story “One Word Answer” by Charlaine Harris.]
I really, really enjoyed this novel. As I said before, it is one of my favorites in the series. I like the introduction of Quinn, a different sort of guy for Sookie. I liked reading about Hadley, but I found myself wishing that she and Sookie had seen each other and gotten to speak before Hadley’s true death. I like Sophie-Anne and her history and her creepy vibe. I like the addition of Amelia. Sookie needs a crazy, fun, understanding BFF.