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Title: “Sweet and Deadly”
Author: Charlaine Harris
Number of Pages: 304
Date of Publication: March 6, 2007
3 stars: Left me unsatisfied
Charlaine Harris is my favorite author, so when I found out they were re-releasing the hard to find “Sweet and Deadly” I ordered it immediately.
Having been spoiled by fantastic characters such as Lily Bard, Aurora Teagarden, and Sookie Stackhouse, it was hard to really like Catherine Linton. Perhaps if this had been any other author, I would have been satisfied, but I expected more from Charlaine Harris. I do keep in mind that this was one of her first books, and her writing has grown in leaps and bounds since this was published. I think my biggest problem was that the ending seemed rushed to me, as if Catherine realized she only had a few more pages left to solve the mystery!
If you’re new to Charlaine Harris, I’d skip this one. If you’d like to read some great novels by Charlaine Harris, (and I recommend you do!) try the Aurora Teagarden mysteries. (Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 1, A Bone To Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 2, Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, The Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 4, Dead Over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 5, Fool And His Honey: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 6, Last Scene Alive (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries), and Poppy Done To Death: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 8.)
Or if you’d like to try a different series by Charlaine Harris, check out the Lily Bard mysteries.(Shakespeare’s Landlord (The First Lily Bard Mystery), “Shakespeare’s Champion”, Shakespeare’s Christmas”, “Shakespeare’s Trollop”, and Shakespeare’s Counselor”)
Or her new supernatural Southern Vampire Mysteries featuring telepath Sookie Stackhouse (Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Bk. 1), “Living Dead in Dallas”, “Club Dead”, “Dead to the World”, “Dead as a Doornail”, “Definitely Dead”, and “All Together Dead”)