Charlaine Harris, Author . Ace $22.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-441-01279-4

Harris's rousing fifth Sookie Stackhouse fantasy-mystery (after 2004's Dead to the World ) pits vampires, were-creatures, shifters and one fairy godmother against a sniper with an apparent aversion to nonhumans. If trying to discover who's behind the shootings isn't enough, the telepathic cocktail waitress from Bon Temps, La., has to cope with a few other distractions: her sexy "Were" friend, Alcide Herveaux, needs her help in his father's bid to become the next leader of the local werewolf pack; her boss, Sam Merlotte (a collie in his spare time), gets shot; her house partly burns down; and what's she to do about the handsome vampire bartender who dresses as a pirate at Sam's place? Between one mishap and another, Sookie is one busy gal. Harris does an admirable job of creating a heroine who's not only interesting but completely believable in a world of the strange and the different. Natural and humorous dialogue and a nicely paced plot that doesn't dwell so much on Sookie's old boyfriends help make this entry the best yet in the series. Agent, Joshua Bilmes at Jabberwocky. 10-city author tour. (May 3)

FYI: Harris is also the author of the Aurora Teagarden ( Real Murders) and the Lily Bard ( Shakespeare's Landlord) mystery series.

Reviewed on: 04/04/2005
Release date: 05/01/2005
Genre: Fiction
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