Tag Archives: Dahlia Lynley-Chivers

Death By Dahlia

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.

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Dahlia Underground

This is a review of the short story “Dahlia Underground” by Charlaine Harris. It can be found in the anthology “Crimes By Moonlight”.

“Dahlia Underground” is the third Dahlia Lynley-Chivers short story.

It takes place in the Sookieverse but has nothing to do with Sookie Stackhouse and chronologically comes after Dahlia’s brief appearance in the Sookie Stackhouse novel “All Together Dead“.

Dahlia wakes from her day-sleep to find herself trapped under piles and piles of rubble. She is very injured (a few broken limbs) and completely
alone. She is rescued by a human fire fighter.

Once she is back at the nest, she and her fellow vampires decide that the humans responsible (members of the Fellowship of the Sun) need to be found.

While doing some recon, Dahlia and Taffy discover that the Fellowship are doing more than just hiding. They are plotting to kill the human firefighters that helped find survivors of the Rhodes bombing.

It’s up to Dahlia to find the missing Fellowship members before they take the lives of the firefighters.

A great little read.

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Tacky

This is a review of the short story “Tacky” by Charlaine Harris. It can be found in the anthology “My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding”.

The protagonist of this story is Dahlia Lynley-Chivers, a vampire who lives in the “Sookieverse” but has very little contact at all with Sookie herself. She appears in a number of short stories and makes a small appearance in the Sookie Stackhouse novel “All Together Dead“.

“Tacky” is the first Dahlia Lynley-Chivers short story.

Dahlia has been chosen to be the maid of honour at her best friend Taffy’s wedding. Having been a vampire for so many long years, Dahlia is unfamiliar with how a modern wedding is carried out.

Taffy who is also a vampire, has done something considered most strange, and is marrying a werewolf. Dahlia doesn’t understand her behaviour, but is willing to stand by her oldest friend and support her in the marriage.

The other bridesmaids, (all vampires of course) aren’t nearly so supportive. Weres! How gross. Eew.

And it’s not just the vamp bridesmaids who have their reservations. Who knows what could happen if the vampire hating humans get wind of this vampire/”human” wedding?

An entertaining read from one of my favourite authors.

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