Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Read-alike Guides - Dead Until Dark

If you enjoyed Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, you might enjoy one of these books:

Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Were-Hunter Fang Kattalakis is forced to choose sides when war erupts among his lycanthrope brethren, a situation that is further complicated by accusations targeting a woman he loves. Threats against both races could change the world forever. This is the steamiest of paranormal romantic suspense.

Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
When young Tommy Flood meets beautiful Jody on her nocturnal visit to the supermarket, he unwittingly begins an eternal relationship with a vampire. Together they deal with the occasional corpse, suspicious cops, and a nasty old vampire. Oddball characters, clever dialog, and hilarious situations are Moore’s trademarks.

Dark Road Rising by P.N. Elrod
In 1938 Chicago, vampire P.I. and club owner Jack Fleming is playing babysitter to Gabriel Kroun, an unstable mobster (and newly created vampire) with deadly secrets. Dealing with Kroun leaves Jack vulnerable to the return of an old enemy desperate to unlock the secrets of Jack's immortality. Mystery, suspense, vampires, and gangsters—what a combination!

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Anita Blake is a vampire hunter and necromancer in a time when vampires are protected by law. Now someone's killing innocent vampires, and she agrees to find out who and why. This story is full of energy and humor, as well as appealing characters—dead and alive. Also try A Kiss of Shadows, the first in the Meredith Gentry series.

The Messenger by Jan Burke
Tyler is a Messenger, one who hears the final thoughts of the dying and conveys their messages to their loved ones. His life is solitary until he meets Amanda and grows close to her, unaware that he is being pursued by an old enemy. Charlaine Harris fans will appreciate Amanda's ghostly abilities in this supernatural suspense.

Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff
A former ally of private detective Vicki Nelson and vampire Henry Fitzroy, Tony Foster embarks on a new career as a producer of the new TV series Darkest Night, a show about the adventures of a vampire detective. His success is soon threatened by dark forces. This exciting, creepy adventure is a must-read for fantasy mystery enthusiasts.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Meet Harry Dresden, Wizard for Hire. He finds lost items, conducts paranormal investigations, does consulting work, gives advice and charges reasonable rates. Zippy dialogue, fast-moving plots, and likeable characters (such as the cynical, flippant Harry Dresden) are the hallmarks of The Dresden Files, a fantasy mystery series with plenty of humor—and even a touch of romance.

Sunshine by Robin McKinley
All hope for stopping the vampiric elite from controlling earth depends on human SOFs (Special Other Forces) and the success of their attempt to recruit Sunshine, the daughter of legendary sorcerer Onyx Blaise. McKinley does suspense with a light touch. Sunshine and her companion Constantine are an enthralling pair of characters.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Young Adult fiction is not just for teenagers! Many supernatural YA series are fun for adults too—start with Twilight. When 17-year-old Bella moves to Forks, Washington, she meets Edward Cullen at school. She feels an overwhelming attraction for him, but she begins to suspect he is not entirely human. Romance with a mysterious love interest and plenty of suspense create a story that even adults can sink their teeth into.

Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
For humor and vampires, look no further than Davidson’s Undead series. After being killed in a car accident, fashion savvy Betsy Taylor becomes one of the undead. With the help of her newfound friends, the lure of designer shoes, and a sexy vampire, she must destroy a dark enemy and fulfill her destiny as the prophesied vampire queen. This is laugh-out-loud paranormal chick lit at its best.

Also by Charlaine Harris:

Grave Sight
In Harris’s latest series, Harper Connelly is a young woman who possesses a strange gift. She has the ability to uncover the final location of a recently deceased individual and to share their last moments. Aided by her manager and stepbrother Tolliver, Harper uses her skill to find the dead. Harris delivers a nail-biting mystery populated with well-developed, edgy characters. A puzzle toward the end will challenge even the most jaded mystery buffs.

Real Murders
A society of crime buffs discovers a mutilated body in their clubhouse kitchen, and the town librarian suspects a fellow member because the crime resembles the club's "murder of the month.” The small-town Georgia setting, endearing characters, and clever pacing make the Aurora Teagarden series a pleasure to read.

Shakespeare’s Landlord
Lily Bard runs a cleaning business in Shakespeare, Arkansas. One night, she discovers the body of her landlord in a garbage bag, which makes her a suspect. Now she must clear her name. Charlaine Harris has created another amateur sleuth in a small Southern town and given her a colorful and suspenseful mystery series, filled with vigorous and unique characters.

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