Series: #2 in the Sookie Stackhouse series
Publication Date: 2002
Challenges: Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge #2
I enjoyed this second book in the Sookie Stackhouse series even more than the first. With the major characters established in the first book, the story pretty much just takes off and runs from the beginning in this one.
Sookie and Bill (her vampire boyfriend) travel to Dallas. The vampires need Sookie’s telepathic abilities to help investigate the case of a missing and possibly abducted vampire. At the same time, a co-worker of Sookie’s is found dead in a car in the parking lot of Merlotte’s (the bar where Sookie works). Sookie is pretty sure the owner of the car is innocent of the murder since she had called his sister to take him home from the bar and that’s why his car was left in the lot overnight.
Vampires, shapeshifters, and other supernatural creatures as well as at least one other human with the same telepathic “disability’ as Sookie are all a part of the story. In addition to the simultaneous investigations of the murder and the missing vampire, the book introduces more information about the vampire culture and its complex politics and traditions.
I’m enjoying this series a lot. I like the combination of mystery, romance, supernatural creatures, vampire lore, and a handful of comic relief tossed in here and there.