Archive for Sookie Stackhouse Short Stories
A variety of celebrated authors have joined together once again for a sequel to the much enjoyed Powers of Detection (6ME2WDWKRBMX). Together they have written twelve original stories of mystery and suspense in the fantasy worlds we love so much. The characters are wonderfully written and fully drawn out. Sit back, get comfortable and prepare for a whirlwind journey around the world.
In “Lucky”, by Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse has once again found herself involved in a rather sticky situation. Asked by an acquaintance to investigate recent break-ins at his office, Sookie and a friend readily agree not expecting anything out of the ordinary to happen. Spells, missing luck and the occasional vampire tangle the heroine up in a magical web of disaster.
Vampires, werewolves, zombies and an assortment of other famed supernatural creatures roam the streets of Las Vegas in “Bogieman”, by Carole Nelson Douglas. It is 2013 and nothing is the same in the world. Delilah Street, a paranormal investigator, is accustomed to challenging jobs where she has to deal with the abnormal. When she’s hired to investigate the murder of Sam Spade she realizes that this case is more unusual than even she is accustomed to.
In “Looks are Deceiving” a dwarf is hunting for whatever or whoever killed a Duke. Although the Duke isn’t dead yet (only cursed) it’s a race against the clock to find the person responsible for his current state. This enjoyable story by Michael A. Stackpole takes place in a traditional fantasy world and twists and turns keep the reader engaged.
In “The House of Seven Spirits” Erica is a writer who needs a little inspiration. When she rents a home for the summer she looks forward to the solitude. When she moves in she realizes she won’t get a moments peace to write; not with the seven “spirited” roommates she ends up sharing the small house with. Sharon Shinn contributes is a wonderfully well written story with excellent characters that stay with you long after the last page is turned.
Alf has to find his daughter. She has gone missing and her mother is at a loss as to where she might be. Alf teams up with a stranger and together they look for the lost girl. “Glamour” by Mike Doogan is an amusing tale of surprise’s that will have you laughing before it’s over.
In “Spellbound” no one is ever safe when a witch leaves loves spells lying in wait. Gwynn may be an apprentice to a great and wonderful wizard but she has her hands full trying to investigate the strange occurrences at her school and keep her boss away from the infatuated witch and her pesky love charms. Suspense, romance and spell casting make this a stand-out story by Donna Andrews.
This science fiction story “The Duh Vice” by Michael Armstrong portrays a future world where wasting energy is a punishable crime. An officer investigates a resource-wasting violation and captures the guilty offender. Things go downhill from there. This is an interesting and disturbing look at what the future may hold.
It’s not unthinkable to assume Santa has a life after the big night, but where exactly does he go? “Weight of the World” by John Straley takes us into the mind of the big elf and we see what happens when murder surrounds him.
In “Illumination” by Laura Anne Gilman, when Bonnie goes searching for her missing father, things become difficult and convoluted. An encounter with a cave dragon becomes an enlightening moment for Bonnie and allows her to discover truths both past and future.
In “The House” by Laurie R. King a class project has a group of students investigating and researching a creepy old house on the outskirts of town. Although it’s isolated and foreboding they’re not deterred. But when one of them goes missing they must all bond together to unravel the mystery.
With “Appetite for Murder” Simon R. Green takes us into the Nightside, a dark and depraved city. There we meet Sam, a supernatural detective, who’s seen and done it all. However when he’s asked to investigate a serial killer who’s stalking the streets hunting down the innocent he knows many lives are at risk. With a sensual and sexy heroine sidekick, Sam investigates a case that will shock and thrill.
Women’s rights, mystery and magic are all combined in “A Woman’s Work”, a story of supernatural intrigue written by Dana Stabenow. A female team, Seer and Sword are commissioned by the king to look into the death of a royal heir. This fast-paced action-filled story takes place on the Island Kingdom of Pylos where things quickly go astray.
Overall, this is a good collection of fantasy short stories that introduced me to several new authors!
This collection of short stories brings a new element of creativity to paranormal romance. Just how wrong could your wedding day go? Well, amongst the supernatural, weddings are never normal or boring. Charlaine Harris contributes with “Tacky” which follows a marriage between a werewolf and vampire, and Jim Butcher has detective Harry Dresden trying to stop a ill-meaning fairy from marrying a werewolf. Many top authors combine their writing talents in this diverse anthology:
“Spellbound” by L.A. Banks
Imagine a heartfelt romance between Odelia Hatfield and Jefferson McCoy. This pair of supernaturals meet and fall in love in college, but their families don’t approve of their wedding. Hilarious trickery and magical mischief ensue.
“Something Borrowed” by Jim Butcher
Two werewolves, Billy and Georgia, are getting married and are eager to have Harry Dresden, a modern day wizard detective, as their best man. After an unusual turn of events, Harry finds that the bride, Georgia, has gotten involved in foul play and is now trapped in a spell. And there’s only one way to break it. Can he save the marriage in time?
“Dead Man’s Chest” by Rachel Caine
Cecilia Welles thinks things are too good to be true when she finds herself about to marry the handsome Ian Taylor after a short courtship. But he isn’t everything he seems and he’s been hiding quite a bit. The wedding will take place on a pirate ship, the pirate captain has a big surprise in store, and her soon-to-be-husband is thinking of . . . murder?
“All Shook Up” by P.N. Elrod
Caterer Frankie Foster meets “Elvis” at Santiago and Trinidad’s wedding. Due to her psychic powers Frankie can tell that Santiago and Trinidad are wrong for each other, but she finds herself falling under the charm of the guy in blue suede shoes. Can she find her own “hunka hunka burning love”?
“The Wedding of Wylda Serene” by Esther M. Friesner
Wylda Serene, a pampered and spoiled woman accustomed to getting her way, decides to have her wedding at The Club, a place known for its supernaturally disastrous events. Although her friends try to warn her away from this venue she digs in her heels. Can you say “I told you so”?
“Charmed by the Moon” by Lori Handeland
The characters in this story are very likable, and Werewolf hunter Jessie McQuade is especially charming. Jessie is about to marry professor Will Cadotte because well, she loves him. However, she finds a love charm and starts to wonder if she truly loves Will or if they’re simply under a spell. This story proves that in the end, true love does prevail.
“Tacky” by Charlaine Harris
This short story follows Sookie Stackhouse in her latest short adventure. There has been a temporary truce between the werewolves and the vampires, but there are those who still don’t approve of vampire Taffy and Werewolf Don’s wedding. You see, vampires aren’t allowed to marry non-vamps. The vampires try everything they can to keep these two apart and Sookie finds herself in the midst of an intense battle. You’ll have to read the story to find out if they find their happily-ever-after!
“A Hard Day’s Night-Searcher” by Sherrilyn Kenyon
This story is linked to Kenyon’s “Dark Hunter” series. As you may know, the Dark-Hunters are vampire hero Artemis’s immortal personal fighters and are dedicated to defending humans against vampires, daimons and other enemies, including evil gods and goddesses. In Kenyon’s latest story, an unassuming squire falls in love with a Dark-Hunter. Along with some intense vampire-hunting, prepare to be thoroughly amused.
“…Or Forever Hold Your Peace” by Susan Krinard
The setting is England during the Victorian days and paranormal is the norm here. The story opens with a strange man who appears at Lady Emma and Lord Edward’s wedding and drops dead immediately after trying to halt it. The next day, the bride mysteriously vanishes. Resident detectives Lady Olivia Dowling and “Kit” Meredith try to find out what’s going on in this truly supernatural and humorously romantic tale.
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-The Girl Who Was Infatuated With Death by Laurell K. Hamilton
-One Word Answer by Charlaine Harris
-Biting in Plain Sight by MaryJanice Davidson
-Angela Knight’s Galahad
-Blood Lust by Vickie Taylor
Here’s a review of each short story:
The Girl Who Was Infatuated With Death is an earlier chapter from Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. When vampire hunter Anita Blake is called upon to help a distraught mother stop her daughter from becoming a blood-sucking beast, she knows she must give it her best shot. Since it’s illegal to convert teenage mortals into vampires, Anita would have to slay the beast who committed the infraction. Along with her vampire friend, Jean-Claude, and local werewolf leader Ulfric, Anita embarks on the dangerous mission.
In One Word Answer by Charlaine Harris our saucy mind-reading cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse can’t seem to stay out of trouble. While Sookie and her ex-boyfriend Bill Compton are doing yardwork one night a suspicious looking man arrives in a limo to tell her that her cousin has died and that she’s been named the sole heir in the will. Sookie soon senses that he and his “friends” have more in store for her than a simple will reading.
Biting in Plain Sight by MaryJanice Davidson brings readers back to the delightful Queen of the Vampires series. In a small Minnesota town we meet veterinarian Sophie Trudeau, a likable if not eccentric doctor. You see Sophie only takes appointments in under the cover of night. She also never seems to age. Although we, as vampire fans, know what’s up, the townspeople are in the dark. So, when a rash of deaths occur Sophie and her devoted friend Liam (who knows what she is) set out to capture what they believe is a vampire gone haywire. Queen Betsy Taylor joins the duo, and the antics ensue in this light-hearted and entertaining short story.
Galahad by Angela Knight is easily the sexiest of the stories in the anthology. Incorporating full-on sex scenes and brash language, it is set in the parallel universe of Mageverse. Caroline Lang is a witch who, along with King Arthur and his vampire knights, is determined to save humanity. The local witches want to work but unlucky (or lucky) for Caroline, a witch has to have sex with a vampire before she can begin using her powers. Caroline’s scenes with the handsome Sir Galahad will have readers thoroughly engrossed in this guilty pleasure.
The last story, Blood Lust by Vickie Taylor, stars Daniel Hart, a researcher whose development of synthetic blood is in high demand. After Daniel loses his girlfriend and his valuable discovery to his vampire employer, he begins a mission to become a fanged one himself. Daniel tries to convince a local beauty, female vampire Deadre, to turn him. She’s not inclined to do this and the interactions between she and Daniel are priceless.
Overall Bite was a joy to read. Fans of the authors will enjoy reading about their favorite characters, and finding new ones! Check out Bite at online sources like Amazon.