Charlaine Harris – Night Shift

I’m so very glad that I decided not to read this series as soon as it came out, because it’s been great being able to read three books back to back and not have to wait a year for each one to be released. This book definitely ramps up the excitement factor from the first two books, it seems like there’s a lot more going on, and it feels much more tense. The crossroads which have been mentioned so often throughout the series are...

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Charlaine Harris – Day Shift

After the end of the first book in this series, I didn’t even wait ten minutes to pick this up as I was desperate to find out more about the other characters in the town of Midnight, Texas. And I wasn’t disappointed. Although Manfred, Fiji and Bobo still seem to be the main characters in this story, we learn an awful lot more about the secrets that the other characters are hiding. But Bobo manages to stay out of the spotlight in this...

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Charlaine Harris – Midnight Crossroad

It’s no secret that I love Charlaine Harris, I think I’ve read over 30 of her books now. But this one has been out for a while and I’m not quite sure why I hadn’t bought it yet. Maybe I knew that once I started reading, one book wouldn’t be enough, because I bought the first 3 all at once. In this book, you can kind of tell that there’s a lot of setup going on for the next books that will be released, as it...

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Charlaine Harris – A Secret Rage

Well this was rather different to what I expected. I’ve read a lot of Charlaine Harris books, I think Goodreads said 32 at last count(!), but this was different from the other murder-mystery novels of hers that I’d read. For a start, the main character Nickie is beautiful, a supermodel from New York in fact. But when her agent tells her that she’s past it, she decides that she will move back to her home-town,. move in with her...

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Charlaine Harris – Sweet and Deadly

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, it probably won’t be much of a surprise to learn than I absolutely adore Charlaine Harris. I thought I’d read all her books until I was at Waterstones and spotted this double bill, which I think was her debut! The first book (Sweet and Deadly) was released in 1981! I have to say, this really comes across in the book. Not that it makes it any less enjoyable to read, but there are...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Dead Ever After

Well it’s finally here, the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. After the last book was left on such a cliff-hanger, I had no idea what was coming in this one, but I had a pretty good idea how I wanted it to finish. But in true Charlaine Harris style, nothing is ever quite how I wanted. Things aren’t going well for Sookie in this book, Eric is freezing her out and she doesn’t know why. Her ex-friend Arlene shows up after...

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100 Book Challenge? – It Definitely Was!

Well I set my self a lofty total of 100 books in 2012, which turned out to be a little too high. I made it to 67, but I’m still quite happy with that. I started off the year with the best intentions and I managed to keep up until about June. And then Cameron moved back from Huddersfield and I was round at his house or going out more often, and the books kind of stopped flowing (I only read one book in July). I managed to pick it up again a...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Deadlocked

I’d somehow managed to convince myself that I’d already read this book, so every time I’ve seen it in Waterstones I’ve just ignored it. But last week I realised that I’d not actually read it yet, so I had to buy it and read it straight away – the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series is my favourite set of books. Once again, Harris has written a book that keeps you enthralled from beginning to end, I just...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Poppy Done to Death

Finally the last book in this 8 book series. I’ve got mixed feelings over it ending, because although I’ve really enjoyed the series and I quite like the main character, I can tell that it’s not Harris’ best writing, and I’d much rather read the Sookie Stackhouse books (again). This book starts off with Roe’s step-sister-in-law being murdered in her own house. Roe and her other step sister are going over to...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Last Scene Alive

This book starts off a few months after the end of the last one, with Aurora still grieving the massive loss at the end of the last book. She decides that she has had enough of living her life under a cloud of misery and that she needs to start getting back to normality. How convenient, then, that her old flame Robin gets in contact with her and wants to meet up. At first, she thinks it’s because his new movie (which incidentally is based...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – A Fool and His Honey

I had two very conflicting reactions to this book. The story was fast paced and thrilling and wouldn’t let me stop reading until I had finished. It’s the quickest I’ve read a book in a long time. But then there was the writing, and you could definitely tell that this is one of Harris’ earlier books. There is a lot of repetition, and detail in places where it is not needed (like too much focus on her hair or her glasses)...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Dead Over Heels

Well this is the first book I’ve ever read in digital instead of as an actual physical book, and it’s totally put me off buying a kindle. The actual book was going to cost £30, but the kindle version was only £9.99, so I bought it on kindle and read it on my phone/iPad. Yes, it was quite convenient because I always had my book with me, and yes, my bag was a lot lighter without carrying a book around all the time, and yes, it gave...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden #4)

Usually in a series the books get better and better, but unfortunately with this one the opposite seems to be true. Up until more than half way through this book, I was actually finding it very boring. For a start (and this may sound rather harsh), no-one died. For a murder mystery, you usually expect a bit of excitement at the start. Instead, we listen to half a book of plans for the wedding and having the new house renovated, most of which was...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (Aurora Teagarden #3)

This book was the my least favourite of the series so far, I was a little disappointed by it to be honest. There was still an essence of Charlaine Harris, but you could really tell that it was one of her earlier books, the plot was just not very strong compared to other books of hers that I have read. In this book, Aurora has started to shadow her mother at her real estate business, and it is while she is showing a house to the new man in town...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden #2)

It’s been a very miserable day here today, so instead of going out for a walk with my camera this morning like I was planning on doing, I tucked myself up with my book and some good music. The books within this omnibus series are not actually that long (less than 200 pages), so I finished this one in a few hours this morning. I think Charlaine Harris’ style of writing helps too, the story is so fast paced that it keeps you turning...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden #1)

Apart from the fact that this book was so heavy (which made it very awkward to read), it was actually very good. Even if I’d not known it was written by Charlaine Harris, I think I would have been able to tell; she has a very specific style of writing. You could really tell that this was one of her earlier books though (written in 1990), as the writing was less descriptive and the story slightly less developed than her other books that...

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Now Reading: Charlaine Harris – Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden #1)

It’s no secret that I love Charlaine Harris, but for some reason I’ve had this book on my shelf for a long time and never read it. I think it’s probably something to do with the fact that it’s an omnibus, so it’s actually four books in one and it weighs a ton! It’s a good job I’m using a big handbag at the moment! I wouldn’t be able to decide which Charlaine Harris series is my favourite so far...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Counselor

So this book review is a little late, my Grandma has been in hospital the last few days, so this wasn’t a priority. She’s home now though and looking much better! I really really liked this book, although it was a bit weirder than the other 4. In this one, Lily finally decides to go for counselling to overcome the problems from her past. Then, a woman turns up dead in her counselor’s office, and it turns out that her counselor...

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Now Reading: Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Counselor

So here we are on the last book in the series, it seems like it’s come far too soon! I hate it when I read a series that ends without tying up all the loose ends, like Harris’ Harper Connelly series that I read last year. What I really want from this book is for it to end in a good place. I know there won’t be any more books in the series as this one was written over 10 years ago, so it would be nice to know what will...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Trollop

Woohoo! Finally caught up on my reading challenge, so I’m back on track now! This was book 5 out of 100, it’s been hard so far, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it up all year! In my last post, I speculated that I thought this book would be about Becca Whitley or Deedra Dean. Turns out I was kind of right on both counts. Deedra was found dead by Lily right at the start of the book. All the way through the book, we...

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Now Reading: Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Trollop

Onto book 4 out of 5 in the Lily Bard series, which I have to say, I’m really enjoying! Having already read 3 books out of the series, it feels like I’m getting to know everyone within the town of Shakespeare, so from reading the title of the book, I guessed that it would either be Becca Whitley or Deedra Dean that would be the victim. Having read the back of the book, I was disappointed to find out that it was Deedra, as she seemed...

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