by Charlaine Harris
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.
Expectations: I've read all the previous 11 books in the series, so my expectations were more of the same - the continuing adventures of a telepathic waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. The cluviel dor is featured on the cover, so I expected that bit of powerful fairy magic would be in play as it's reveal was a major cliffhanger in the previous book.
As another installment in the series, I found little to complain about in Deadlocked. The characters stories all pick up where they were left, and we get to know more about what is happening in Sookie's soap opera-ish life. It seems like the past few books have been light on the murder mystery aspect, so that you sort of forget that there is a mystery to be solved when you have to catch up on so many other characters lives. In this book, the suspense really came from what Sookie was going to do with the cluviel dor her grandmother left her, and in the end I was sort of happy for what she did use it for, although I was hoping she could use it to make a bigger difference in her personal life. At least now there is a definite clue about who might be the man Sookie will settle down with. Maybe. If the next book is the last one in the series, I am so looking forward to seeing how this series ends. Overall this was a quick and entertaining read which is what I come to expect from this series.