Living Dead in Dallas (Southern Vampire #2) by Charlaine Harris

In the second Sookie Stackhouse book, the stakes are raised.  Yes, that was a terrible, and intentional, pun.  Sookie is still at Merlotte’s and still in her relationship with Bill; their involvement has led to her working for the vampires. There are two main mysteries in Living Dead In Dallas: (1) Sookie is trying to figure out who killed Lafayette and (2) Sookie has to perform a task for the Dallas vampires.

Re-reading this book was a lot of fun for me.  I love Sookie – she’s so down-to-earth and practical but still a romantic. Harris does such a fabulous job at giving Sookie a unique voice, and it’s one that really resonates with me.  Sookie’s the kind of girl I’d love to be friends with.

There’s a fair bit of development in the romantic aspects of the series, and also a realistic perspective on what the book terms “interspecies dating”.  It’s a nice way to tackle issues like racism and prejudice without forcing it down the readers’ throats.

Another great part of this book is that the series’ mythology is expanded.  We learn more about the structure of vampire society, as well as their politics.  While it’s not particularly innovative, Harris doesn’t leave any loose ends, which I prefer over something wildly original but full of holes.  All in all, this book is a great sequel to Dead Until Dark and a pleasure to re-visit, which I do with great frequency.

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