With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.
Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.
A few years ago after a sleepless night, I came across the series premier of True Blood. Not quite sure what to think, but being intrigued, I discovered that there was a book that the show was based on and decided to give it a try. I became addicted to the series and quickly read through the first 5 books in about 2 week’s time. As the series continued, I chose to stick with my mantra of “don’t judge a book by its movie” or in this case, television show, simply because they are not very similar. The show is much more erotic rather than mystery although it does involve plots from the books. I do love the show, but I am a bigger fan of the books to say the least. That being said, I found myself excited about Deadlocked because I wanted to see where the relationship between Sookie and Eric stood. Unfortunately, I was still left wondering exactly that.
The book itself was very interesting and stays true to the mystery genre. A murder takes place on the front lawn of a home owned by none other than the viking vampire Eric Northman. Sookie is determined to help prove Eric’s innocence but is irritated because the woman that was murdered was draped over Eric’s lap in his guest bedroom only moments earlier. This leaves her wondering if Eric killed the girl to clean up the mess that upset her. In typically Sookie fashion, all hell breaks lose while the new King of Louisiana is in town. Sam’s girlfriend seems like she is up to no good, Eric seems to be growing more distant, there are fairies everywhere, and the Queen of Oklahoma has her sights set on Eric.
Dealing with her fairy cousin Claude, and her great uncle Dermot, Sookie has a full house. When her great great (there may be three greats in there) grandfather Niall appears, accusations are raised as to why he does not accept his son Dermot, and who cursed him to act against Niall in the first place. This leads to Claude and Niall leaving to go back to fairy for some time and poor Dermot is left to clean up the mess. Can Dermot handle taking care of Hooligan’s strip club all by himself? And why do the fairies keep gravitating toward Sookie as if she has some type of presence around her?
Overall the story was fun and interesting but I was sad that it did not involve more of Sookie’s relationship with Eric or even Bill Compton. That being said, it is a well thought out plot and I enjoyed reading how things unfold to solve who commited the murder and why. The way the story ends leads me to believe that perhaps the next book will leave more room for a little romance and perhaps Sookie will finally figure out where her relationship is headed.
Southern Vampire Mystery fans will not be disappointed but you will be anxious to see what happens next.
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