Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

In the last Sookie Stackhouse book, I listened to a twenty minute giggle inducing sex scene. In this book, there was no sex but a lot of, well, snogging. Sookie is like a bug light for supernatural beings. She’s now attracted the attentions of two vampires, a werewolf, a werepanther, a shapeshifter, and a weretiger. I didn’t think there could be so many werecreatures out there but I like it. Again I am in awe of Harris’s subplot work. If I had to pinpoint a weakness in my own writing it would definitely be this. Somehow she manages to make the subplots so well entwined with the rest of the story that I don’t even realize when she’s leading me off and sometimes I forget the main plot altogether until I have one disk left to and I realize something hasn’t been tied off quite yet. In this book the subplots dangle a little bit after the main plot is solved and that was just fine too.

The main plot of Dead as a Doornail revolves around the mysterious shootings of supernatural creatures. The first is a girl who we haven’t heard of before and who Sookie didn’t know was a shape shifter but it isn’t long before the shooter is aiming at people near and dear to Miss Stackhouse. (Honestly, though, for Bon Temps being such a small town and Sookie being all up in the supernatural world, how is it that she doesn’t know everyone who is a supe?) If my memory suites me right, Calvin Norris, head werepanther, is the first to get shot and some of his pack thinks that Jason, now a werepanther himself, is behind the shooting. Next is Sam, shapeshifter and Sookie’s boss, who then sends Sookie to ask Eric to lend him a bartender.

This book is packed with action and story. At book five in the series we are familiar enough with Sookie’s world and the characters and the history that Harris can throw a million little things at us and we just need to keep up. There’s a battle for pack leader in Alcide’s pack. The Fellowship of the Sun comes up. Private detectives are searching for Debbie Pelt. I found that if I was missing something it came back to me if I kept listening or it didn’t really matter that much.

Sookie, if you hadn’t noticed, is not the luckiest woman in the world. In this book she is the victim of arson, a shooting, and an attack. She’s not great at choosing safe friends. Even her human friends get into trouble. I have to give her props, though. She’s no *ahem* Twilight character. She has no interest is becoming a vampire. She is a strong, independent woman who manages to mostly take care of herself, except when things get a little too rough and tumble in the supernatural world. The only time that she’s even seemed remotely interested in getting married is when she’s been dating Bill for a while and even then it’s just in passing. Sometimes she is surprisingly quick on her feet.

This was an interesting one to listen to. Sookie has just too many suitors. Really. I’ve been voting this whole time for Eric (drool) and Alcide (who just seemed like a good kind of guy for Sookie). Alcide lost a lot of his charm in this book and while it’s easy to blame it on the werewolf in him it definitely made him fall in my esteem. And now there’s this new guy, Quinn. I may be a little biased on that one. I mean, he’s a tiger and the name. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens. I’m already almost an hour into the next book.