This is a review of the short story “Death By Dahlia” by Charlaine Harris. It can be found in the anthology “Down These Strange Streets”.
“Death By Dahlia” is the fourth Dahlia Lynley-Chivers short story.
It takes place in the Sookieverse but has nothing to do with Sookie Stackhouse and chronologically comes after the Dahlia short story “Dahlia Underground“.
Dahlia is attending a party held to celebrate the ascension of the new vampire sheriff for her area, Joaquin. The party is in full swing, when a scream from the kitchen shatters the mood.
Joaquin assigns Dahlia and fellow vampire Katamori the task of finding out what is amiss. The two vampires head to the kitchen to see what has happened. They find the dead body of a human. A female half-demon had found him and screamed in fright (Sookie Stackhouse fans will recognise Diantha).
As Katamori and Dahlia try to piece together what has happened, they establish a timeframe for the murder, and begin to eliminate people from their suspect list.
An entertaining little read, and probably my favourite Dahlia Lynley-Chivers short story.