Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

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24 Critic Reviews

I would rate this book three and a half stars because although it was good it wasn't surprising who the murder was and wasn't compelling enough for me. I hope it was just a bad start to a good series, because I do think they could actually be good.
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About Charlaine Harris

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Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestseller for both her Sookie Stackhouse fantasy/mysteries and her Harper Connolly Prime Crime mystery series. She has lived in the South her entire life.Toni L.P. Kelner is the author of the Laura Fleming mysteries, and the Prime Crime "Where are they now?" series. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, fellow author Stephen P. Kelner, Jr, and two daughters.
 
Published May 1, 2001 by Ace. 341 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dead Until Dark
All: 24 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 3

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by ABitCrazy on Oct 29 2013

I would rate this book three and a half stars because although it was good it wasn't surprising who the murder was and wasn't compelling enough for me. I hope it was just a bad start to a good series, because I do think they could actually be good.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
on Aug 10 2010

...some vampire politics, diverse supernatural characters, murders, violence and mystery, and you got yourself a highly engaging book to relax with after work.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Jul 10 2010

It has an interesting, strong heroine and compelling setting.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Jun 26 2012

This was quite the mixture of mystery, horror and paranormal romance. It is fun and interesting and I must warn you that you will want to run out and buy that second book even before you have finished book one.

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Examiner

Below average
on Apr 09 2012

The plot isn’t particularly unique nor the writing truly profound.

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Examiner

Below average
on Feb 07 2009

I'll be frank: the writing is pretty awful (and I have a high tolerance for crap). It was so bad I could barely finish the book.

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Suite 101

Above average
Reviewed by Katherine Kuzma-Beck on Feb 25 2010

Overall, Harris does a great job of getting the reader to feel as though they are truly in Bon Temps, watching the beginning of all of this supernatural activity swirl around them.

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Suite 101

Good
on Jun 09 2009

... Dead Until Dark will be an unexpected, entertaining, light read.

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SF Site

Good

Dead Until Dark is a hilarious adventure from start to finish.

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About.com Bestsellers

Good

Dead Until Dark is your typical page turning murder mystery with all these atypical elements thrown in for flavor. Charlaine Harris is a skillful writer, creating an interesting world with a gripping mystery

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BellaOnline

Above average
Reviewed by Karen Hancock on May 03 2015

Harris’s writing is good...It was also the novel that the HBO series True Blood was based on. For fantasy thriller lovers who like characters with special powers, this book is a good, quick read...Fans will be able to enjoy Sookie Stackhouse and her vampire boyfriend, Bill in several subsequent novels, as well.

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Love Vampires

Good

To sum up Dead Until Dark I would say that it was a fast paced boo...this book has great characters that have plenty of room to develop further in the later books in the series.

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Shelf Life ~ Book reviews from the VC/UHV Library

Above average
Reviewed by Amanda Breu on Aug 15 2011

Okay, now that we have that sorted out, it’s time to talk about the book. Dead Until Dark tells the story of Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana...The book ends with the murderer in Bon Temps being revealed but the story of Bill and Sookie is far from over.

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Tech Republic

Good
on Jan 02 2007

Where Harris really shines is in crafting a believably flawed, ordinary, yet entertaining cast.

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EzineArticles

Above average
Reviewed by Scarlett Moore on Sep 20 2008

Overall, readers of urban fantasy will find this first novel in the series to be quite entertaining. Although the entire book comes in under 300 pages Charlaine Harris has done a decent job in fleshing out the primary characters and keeping the storyline tight. The book works as a standalone piece of literature...

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Booking Mama

Excellent
Reviewed by Julie P on Jul 31 2009

This book is a light, quick read that held my attention throughout. I absolutely love Sookie and I was pleased with how well Ms. Harris developed her character...I definitely recommend DEAD UNTIL DARK if you are a fan of the whole vampire thing or even if you enjoy a good mystery!

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Nicki on Aug 12 2009

So, overall, while not perfect, Dead Until Dark was just what I needed: fun, slightly trashy, not terribly intellectual reading that contains an interesting world, great characters, a good romance, and enough mystery and horror to spice things up a bit.

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Jules' Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Jules on Oct 31 2011

The book surprised me. I didn't love it, and I'm not about to run out and grab the whole series, but will likely read the next couple books, perhaps slowly crawl my way through the rest of the series, as I did enjoy the book and its overall plot.

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Eagle

Above average
on Aug 12 2006

What sets Dead Until Dark apart is the different class background, characters with a refreshingly different perspective, and an enjoyably plucky viewpoint heroine who isn't a stock sarcastic private detective. I'm not sure I'll seek out the next book, but it's good airplane reading.

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Above average
Reviewed by Alisa McCune on May 01 2004

In Club Dead, Charlaine Harris shakes up Sookie's world and gives her more perspective on life...Club Dead is a very fun book to read. Charlaine Harris has a wonderful sense of wit with a tongue in cheek approach to the story line.

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I'd So Rather Be Reading

Good
Reviewed by Kelli on Jun 28 2010

Dead Until Dark is a murder mystery with romance, friendship, and family relationships all in the mix. I like the setting of Louisiana, it's a good mix of reality and fantasy...Sookie is a strong character who knows herself. She stands up for herself and knows what she wants. That makes her endearing, in my opinion.

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BCF Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite on Jan 08 2010

If you’re a fan of supernatural fiction you could do a lot worse than to pick up at least this first book in the series. Harris has a touch that is light enough for the funnier moments but strong enough for the darker ones too – it’s a fine balance, but she hits the mark and keeps you hooked into the action from start to finish.

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Warpcore SF

Good
Reviewed by Ros Jackson on May 03 2015

The story appeals to our baser instincts, to the realm of senses more than to reason. Fortunately it's very well written, so it makes for gripping reading nonetheless...This is a story with enough sensuality and charm to leave readers craving more of the same.

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Above average
Reviewed by Robert on May 13 2015

Sookie Stackhouse, like Jane Yellowrock or Harry Dresden, is not high fantasy but, more like blue-collar fantasy. They are also very entertaining reads. They can also inspire a person to examine some social issues in a different light without trying to tell people how to think (or shame them into it).

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