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Subject: charlaine harris question
Date Posted: 5/7/2008 8:11 PM ET
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I found  a couple of series by her (already have the southern vampire series but not read yet) but not sure what to expect in lightness/humor/overall type of mystery it is before I get really 'into' it...shakespeare's landlord is the one I have up next to read..the other series has 'grave' in the title..probably should've asked before buying huh? but sometimes I'm in the mood for something but just need to know what kind of stories these are LOL!

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 9:45 PM ET
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I've read her "Landlord" series...the main character, Lily Bard, is a bit dark (there is a reason for this) and there isn't really humor in the books. There is a fair amount of physical violence in the books.

The "Grave" series is not  gorey and the grave aspect really has to do with the main character, Harper Connelley's abilitiy to locate dead bodies. So, there is a bit of a supernatural bent to the books.

I would place them somewhere between a cozy mystery and a traditional mystery...not a thriller or procedural, which tend to be grittier in descriptions and blood & guts scenes.

They are both decent series and I liked them.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 11:25 PM ET
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thanks Charlie! I started 'shakespeare's landlord' but it does seem a bit dark already..guess I'll just get through it and see how it turns out. tought it out and stop being such a wimp LOL!

ETA: well I just finished 'Shakespeare's Landlord' and enjoyed it once I got 'into it'. a good mystery but you're right she definitely has a past. Now to find the 2nd and 3rd books..not sure i have those..I got a couple a few weeks ago that I think are in this series so might have a duplicate to post but hoping I have the 2nd book in that purchase! at least that one's available new at Borders just down the road.the 3rd one is out of print but I think it's being reprinted November so I'll have to wait on that one I guess or skip it and read it later...



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Date Posted: 5/10/2008 5:53 PM ET
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Just thought I'd add a couple of comments -

Harris has another series about a librarian Aurora Teagarden.  First is REAL MURDERS.  It is a bit rough at the beginning, as this was early in her writing career.  The series picks up quickly.  The first three have been reprinted and the rest are scheduled over the next year.  Otherwise, you can find them on ebay, but they can be pricey. (As can the Shakespeare books - especially "Christmas").  These are less dark/graphic than the Bard series, though they do have their moments.  Like Bard, there aren't any paranormal elements.

The grave series has some disturbing stuff as well, particularly the third, most recent, book.

I think all of her books are very good, but enjoyed the grave and Bard series the best.

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 9:34 PM ET
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Thanks Rick! I noticed the Christmas one was pretty darned pricey..I think I saw it scheduled to reprint in November though so I requested it from the library and gonna wait! I have the 4th and 5th books and someone just mailed the 2nd to me so hopefully i'lll be set on those..oh, and the first aurora book just m ailed the other day and I think I have some of the others. I enjoyed 'shakespeare's landlord' once I got into it..the woman is a bit standoffish for me and I wanted her to get with that police chief instead of youknowwho but oh well...from the 'sound' of her she's probaby gonna make her rounds LOL..she didnt' waste much time in that first book!

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 3:46 PM ET
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OK, I'm reading 'shakespeare's champion' which when I search here says is book 2..but there are incidents being discussed like I'm supposed to know they happend in another book....they didn't happen in book 1 so did I miss something?? I mean, the mystery itself I suppose is stand alone but a lot of stuff seems to be missing like these unsolved murders...

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 4:06 PM ET
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It goes Landlord, Champion, Christmas, Trollop, Counselor. So you've got the order right.

It's been a number of years since I read this series, but I do remember thinking - huh? - at various points through the first two or pobbily even three books. I ended up liking Lily a lot, but I was slow to warm up to her. I was glad I stuck with it, though. It is, however, a pretty dark series, and it was clear that the author was working out some of her own life experiences in her writing - which made me more willing, I think, to hang in there with her, since she was doing it so sincerely. That's not the right word but the only one I can grab at the moment.

I also enjoyed the fact that Lily made a cameo appearance in one of Harris's other series, the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. My wife pointed it out to me and I had to smile. It was a nice little crossover and well done.

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 5:18 PM ET
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Thanks Lester! thought I was going nuts or something 'cause I sure as heck didn't remember reading about some of those things! I have the Southern Vampire books - or some of them- so I'll look forward to seeing her make an appearance. She is a little hard to warm up to but then I reckon if I'd gone through all she did I'd be hard to warm up to as well!

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 7:30 PM ET
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Susanna, she thinks Lily appears in book 5, Dead as a Doornail, but she can't swear to it.

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 9:28 PM ET
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I loved the Lily series (in all its darkness) and enjoyed Aurora. I can't get into Sookie at all.  Is the grave series' Harper male or female. 

Mendy -
Date Posted: 5/17/2008 9:30 PM ET
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Harper is a female.  She travels with her stepbrother.

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 9:39 AM ET
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well, I have books in all her series but have to wait on shakespeare's christmas before continuing with Lily..i requested it from my library and it's been a week and 4 locations show it checked in..might have to call or go by one in person though it's out of the way. just got the first in the Aurora series and I think I have the first 2 in the grave series and several in the southern vampires series..I hd those first but wasn't sure I was ready to tackle paranormal!

I finished 'shakespeare's champion' last night..stayed up to finish reading it 'cause I knew I'd probably be busy here at work today and not be able to concentrate on it. It was good but a lot 'darker' than the first one was. This one had a lot of racial stuff in it too. That was the main theme in this one.