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Charlaine Harris Schulz (born November 25, 1951) is an American author who specializes in mysteries. She is best known for her book series The Southern Vampire Mysteries, which was adapted as the TV series True Blood. The television show was a critical and financial success for HBO, running seven seasons, from 2008 through 2014.Harris was born and raised in a small town in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She lives in Texas with her husband; they have three children. She began writing from an early age, and changed from playwriting in college to writing and publishing mysteries, including several long series featuring recurring characters. Life and career Harris was born and grew up in Tunica, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta. In her early work she wrote poems about ghosts and teenage angst. She began writing plays while attending Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Her most recent mysteries have been in the urban fantasy genre. After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris began the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, nominated as a Best Novel 1990 for the Agatha Awards. Harris wrote several books in the series before the mid-1990s, when she began branching out into other works. She did not resume the series until 1999, with the exception of one short story in a Murder, She Wrote anthology titled "Murder, They Wrote". In 1996, Harris published the first in the Shakespeare series, featuring cleaning lady detective Lily Bard, set in rural Arkansas. At the time, a New York Times interview with Harris noted that she "live[d] in small-town Arkansas". The fifth book in the series, Shakespeare's Counselor, was published in fall 2001, followed by the short story "Dead Giveaway", published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in December 2001. Harris has said she is finished with that series. Next Harris created The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, about a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse who works in a Northern Louisiana bar. The first book, 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 has been published in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Argentina, Poland, Serbia, Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Portugal, Iceland, Czech Republic, Romania, Estonia, and Israel. Harris wrote thirteen novels in the series; the last, Dead Ever After, was published in May 2013. A supplemental book, After Dead, was published in October 2013. The second novel, Living Dead in Dallas, won the 2003 Lord Ruthven Award for Fiction, and the anthology The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories won the 2018 Ruthven Award for Fiction.October 2005 marked the debut of Harris's new series, entitled The Harper Connelly Mysteries, with the release of Grave Sight. The series is told by a young woman named Harper Connelly, who after being struck by lightning, is able to locate dead bodies and to see their last moments through the eyes of the deceased. In October 2010, it was announced Harper Connelly's series had been optioned for a television series named Grave Sight. 2014 marked the debut of the Cemetery Girl series, a graphic novel series co-written with Christopher Golden and illustrated by Don Kramer.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 alternated with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance until Hess' death in 2017. Personal life Harris has long been married. She and her husband have three grown children and two grandchildren. She is a former weightlifter and karate student, she is also an avid reader and cinemaphile. Harris formerly resided in Magnolia, Arkansas, where she was the senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church, and as of 2017 lives in Texas. Bibliography Aurora Teagarden series (1990–present) Real Murders (1990) ISBN 0-8027-5769-3 A Bone to Pick (1992) ISBN 0-8027-1245-2 Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (1994) ISBN 0-684-19643-3 The Julius House (1995) ISBN 0-684-19640-9 Dead Over Heels (1996) ISBN 0-684-80429-8 "Deeply Dead" in Murder, They Wrote A Fool and His Honey (1999) ISBN 0-312-20306-3 Last Scene Alive (2002) ISBN 0-312-26246-9 Poppy Done to Death (2003) ISBN 0-312-27764-4 All the Little Liars (2016) ISBN 1250090032 Sleep Like a Baby (2017) ISBN 978-1-250-09006-5Lily Bard (Shakespeare) series (1996–2001) Shakespeare's Landlord (1996) ISBN 0-312-14415-6 Shakespeare's Champion (1997) ISBN 0-312-17005-X Shakespeare's Christmas (1998) ISBN 0-312-19330-0 Shakespeare's Trollop (2000) ISBN 0-312-26228-0 Shakespeare's Counselor (2001) 0-312-27762-85.1. "Dead Giveaway" published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (December 2001)Sookie Stackhouse series (2001–2014) For more detailed information see The Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood. Harper Connelly series (2005–2009) Grave Sight (2005) ISBN 0-425-20568-1 Grave Surprise (2006) ISBN 0-425-21203-3 An Ice Cold Grave (2007) ISBN 0-425-21729-9 Grave Secret (2009) ISBN 0-441-01830-0; ISBN 978-0-441-01830-7Graphic novels Grave Sight Part 1 (June 2011) ISBN 1-60690-229-6, 978-1-60690-229-5 Grave Sight Part 2 (November 2011) ISBN 1606902393, 978-1606902394 Grave Sight Part 3 (March 2012) ISBN 1606902695, 978-1606902691Cemetery Girl series (with Christopher Golden) Book One: The Pretenders (2014) ISBN 978-0-857-38908-4. Book Two: Inheritance (2015) ISBN 978-0425256671 Book Three: Haunted (2018)Midnight, Texas Trilogy (2014–2016) Midnight Crossroad (May 2014) Day Shift (May 2015) Night Shift (May 2016)Gunnie Rose series An Easy Death (2018) A Longer Fall (2020) The Russian Cage (2021) The Serpent in Heaven (2022) All the Dead Shall Weep (2023)Stand-alones Sweet and Deadly (1981) ISBN 0-395-30532-2. Republished in the UK as Dead Dog A Secret Rage (1984) ISBN 0-395-35323-8 Layla Steps Up (2010) A Taste of True Blood (2010) Indigo (2017)Anthologies and collections As editor Many Bloody Returns (September 2007; co-editor with Toni LP Kelner) Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (October 2008; co-editor with Toni LP Kelner) Crimes by Moonlight (April 2010) Death's Excellent Vacation (August 2010; co-editor with Toni LP Kelner) Home Improvement: Undead Edition (August 2011; co-editor with Toni LP Kelner) An Apple for the Creature (September 2012; co-editor with Toni LP Kelner)Adaptations Television Her series of novels The Southern Vampire Mysteries was adapted into the show True Blood. The series lasted seven seasons and totaled 80 episodes. It was nominated for dozens of awards. True Blood aired on HBO. The show was also the most viewed show on HBO since The Sopranos.In 2014, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries began adapting Harris' Aurora Teagarden novels into a series of television.... 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  • Reluctantly Charmed synopsis, comments

    Reluctantly Charmed

    Ellie O'Neill

    In the spirit of Cecelia Ahearn and Regina McBride, a lighthearted and relatable debut novel about an advertising copywriter who upends her ordinary life and captures the attention...

  • From Dead to Worse synopsis, comments

    From Dead to Worse

    Charlaine Harris

    Psychic cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse finds herself in the middle of big trouble of the supernatural kind in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling seriesthe in...

  • After Dead synopsis, comments

    After Dead

    Charlaine Harris

    Find out what happened after the conclusion of the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse seriesthe inspiration for the HBO® original series True Blood.Dead Ever...

  • Dead Reckoning synopsis, comments

    Dead Reckoning

    Charlaine Harris

    Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, psychic Sookie Stackhouse learns that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestsell...

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    Megan DeVos

    THIRTY MILLION READERS WORLDWIDE. INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE NEVER BEFORE SEEN CHAPTER.'The Hunger Games meets The Road' MTVDon't look back. That's where the danger lies.With Grace left r...

  • The Best Paranormal Crime Stories Ever Told synopsis, comments

    The Best Paranormal Crime Stories Ever Told

    Martin H. Greenberg & John Helfers

    Paranormal crime stories by bestselling fiction writers like Kelley Armstrong, Anne Perry, Simon R. Green, Patricia Briggs, and more. A massive, monumental volume of paranormal cri...

  • Dead Until Dark synopsis, comments

    Dead Until Dark

    Charlaine Harris

    Sink your teeth into the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse seriesthe books that gave life to the Dead and inspired the HBO® original series Tru...

  • Flight Risk synopsis, comments

    Flight Risk

    Cherie Priest

    Inconsistent psychic Leda Foley and Seattle detective Grady Merritt return to solve the case of a missing couple in this sequel to the “delightful” (The New York Times Book Review)...

  • The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories synopsis, comments

    The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

    Charlaine Harris

    For the first time together in one volume, the complete short story collection starring Sookie Stackhousewith a new introduction from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of th...

  • Dead to the World synopsis, comments

    Dead to the World

    Charlaine Harris

    Psychic Sookie Stackhouse has her hands full with an amnesiac vampire in the fourth seductive novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling seriesthe inspiration for the HBO® ori...

  • Grave Reservations synopsis, comments

    Grave Reservations

    Cherie Priest

    “Delightful.” The New York Times Book ReviewA psychic travel agent and a Seattle PD detective solve a murder in this quirky mystery in the vein of Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files an...

  • Revolution synopsis, comments


    Megan DeVos

    THIRTY MILLION READERS WORLDWIDE. INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE NEVER BEFORE SEEN CHAPTER.'The Hunger Games meets The Road' MTVYou fight, you kill, you steal, you lie.... or you die. As war ...

  • How to Write a Mystery synopsis, comments

    How to Write a Mystery

    Mystery Writers of America

    From 70 of the most successful mystery writers in the business, an invaluable guide to crafting mysteriesfrom character development and plot to procedurals and thrillers“this is a ...

  • All Together Dead synopsis, comments

    All Together Dead

    Charlaine Harris

    Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is stuck in the middle of a vampire gathering on the verge of disaster in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling serie...

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    Lilith - Hollywood Monsters

    Dana Fredsti

    "We've got intrigue, murder, and ghosts. Egos, images, revenge. It's Hollywood... in brilliant Dana Fredsti's hands" Josh Mallerman.Working in Hollywood is a living Hell. Quirky, f...

  • A Longer Fall synopsis, comments

    A Longer Fall

    Charlaine Harris

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris returns with “a gripping, twistyturny, thrill ride of a read (Karin Slaughter) in which Lizbeth is hired onto a new crew, tran...

  • Dead Ever After synopsis, comments

    Dead Ever After

    Charlaine Harris

    THE FINAL NOVEL IN THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SOOKIE STACKHOUSE SERIESthe inspiration for the HBO® original series True Blood.When a shocking murder rocks the smal...

  • Seize the Night synopsis, comments

    Seize the Night

    Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Laird Barron, Gary A. Braunbeck, Dana Cameron, Dan Chaon, Lynda Barry, Charlaine Harris, Brian Keene, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Koryta, John Langan, Tim Lebbon, Seanan McGuire, Joe McKinney, Leigh Perry, Robert Shearman, Scott Smith, Lucy A. Snyder, David Wellington & Rio Youers

    A blockbuster anthology of original, bloodcurdling vampire fiction from New York Times bestselling and awardwinning authors, including Charlaine Harris, whose novels were adapted i...

  • Dead as a Doornail synopsis, comments

    Dead as a Doornail

    Charlaine Harris

    Small town cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse’s supernatural existence puts her in the line of fire in the fifth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling seriesthe inspiration f...

  • Time Shards synopsis, comments

    Time Shards

    Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald

    IT’S CALLED “THE EVENT,” AN UNIMAGINABLE CATACLYSM THAT SHATTERS 600 MILLION YEARS OF THE EARTH’S TIMELINE. Our world is gone, instantly replaced by a new one made of scattere...

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    Down These Strange Streets

    George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Diana Gabaldon, Simon R. Green, S.M. Stirling & Carrie Vaughn

    In this collection of urban fantasy stories, editors George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois explore the places where mystery waits at the end of every alley and where the things th...

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    Divine Descendant

    Jenna Black

    For Immortal Huntress and cunning private investigator Nikki Glass, vengeance trumps all in the final novel in acclaimed author Jenna Black's addictive urban fantasy series!What ha...

  • Living Dead in Dallas synopsis, comments

    Living Dead in Dallas

    Charlaine Harris

    The second novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s “addictively entertaining” (Locus) Sookie Stackhouse seriesthe inspiration for the HBO® original se...

  • Dead and Gone synopsis, comments

    Dead and Gone

    Charlaine Harris

    The werewolves and shifters come out of the closet and throw the small town of Bon Temps into a tailspin in the ninth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse s...

  • The Operator synopsis, comments

    The Operator

    Kim Harrison

    Ontherun exagent Peri Reed returns bigger and bolder than ever in this second highlyanticipated installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's new suspense tril...

  • Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set synopsis, comments

    Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set

    Charlaine Harris

    A collection of eight novels in Charlaine Harris' #1 New York Times bestselling series, the basis for the HBO® original series True Blood.Smalltown cocktail waitress Sookie St...

  • Day Shift synopsis, comments

    Day Shift

    Charlaine Harris


  • Dead in the Family synopsis, comments

    Dead in the Family

    Charlaine Harris

    In the tenth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling seriesthe inspiration for the HBO® original series True BloodSookie Stackhouse learns that not even her psych...

  • The Serpent in Heaven synopsis, comments

    The Serpent in Heaven

    Charlaine Harris

    #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Charlaine Harris returns to her “gripping, twisty” (Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her) alternat...

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    Megan DeVos

    THIRTY MILLION READERS WORLDWIDE.'I reread them again recently and fell in love all over again!!!' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'I could NOT put it down' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'READ IT! You'll love it' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐The world is d...

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    Grave Sight

    Charlaine Harris

    The first Harper Connelly mystery from #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris! Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can ...

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    Dig Here

    Charlaine Harris & Andrew Gross

    Apparently, she can speak to the dead…In this short story from the thrilling anthology MatchUp, bestselling authors Charlaine Harris and Andrew Grossalong with their popular series...

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    Midnight Crossroad

    Charlaine Harris

    Take a trip to the small Texas town where only outsiders fit in with the first novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’ paranormal mystery series.Welcome to...

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    The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook

    Kate White, Harlan Coben, Gillian Flynn, Mary Higgins Clark & Brad Meltzer

    Hardboiled breakfasts, thrilling entrees, cozy desserts, and morethis illustrated cookbook features more than 100 recipes from legendary mystery authors like Sue Grafton, Louise Pe...

  • Inherit the Dead synopsis, comments

    Inherit the Dead

    Lee Child

    This New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller is a collaboration between twenty bestselling mystery novelists who have joined forces to create a spellbinding story of love, betrayal...

  • Club Dead synopsis, comments

    Club Dead

    Charlaine Harris

    Bon Temps’s psychic waitress takes a dangerous road trip in the third novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse seriesthe inspiration for the HBO® original ...

  • Night Shift synopsis, comments

    Night Shift

    Charlaine Harris

    SOON TO BE A NBC TV SERIES!From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels“the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed”comes a new novel of Midn...

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    Lee Child

    This “highly recommended” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) collection edited by New York Times bestselling author Lee Child pairs the beloved characters of twentytwo internation...

  • Definitely Dead synopsis, comments

    Definitely Dead

    Charlaine Harris

    Supernaturally gifted waitress Sookie Stackhouse is pitted against the legacy of her own undead bloodline in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling seriesthe inspiration f...

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    The Turn

    Kim Harrison

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to her beloved Hollows series with The Turnthe official prequel to the series that will introduce you to a whole new side ...

  • Deadlocked synopsis, comments


    Charlaine Harris

    In the penultimate novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling seriesthe inspiration for the HBO® original series True BloodSookie Stackhouse must work with her first love...