I think Aurora Teagarden series might have been the first series she wrote, or maybe it was the Shakespeare Series (with Lily Bard)? I think Lily was the second series she wrote, and Lily and Jack appear twice in the Sookie Stackhouse series..... the 2nd time is in Dead Reckoning. It was fun to see Lily and Jack return. I love all of Ms Harris' series.
I've mentioned the other book series in the past, but at a time before Charlaine Harris became a household name.
To date, my favorite series is her Harper Connelly Series, which has a slight supernatural flavor.
I enjoyed Dead Reckoning and would agree it was a little slow in the beginning, then moved along fast. Harris seems to be getting ready to tie up loose ends. I don't remember how many books are left in the series, but it feels as if it will be coming to resolution soon. At least in this book she clarifies who will not be Sookie's true love.
Ok, I finished the book on break at work...lol. It did get better as I went along. I can't say I didn't like it but I really didn't love it like I've loved the others in the series. One thing I noticed....the author wasn't as descriptive as she usually is and most of the juicy stuff seemed rushed. So many characters didn't even make an appearance in the book at all, or barely for some of them. It was kind of weird.
Thanks again for your reviews, JavaJo. I finished Dead Reckoning this evening, and I really enjoyed it. I was kind of over the Sookie books after her last novel, but this one was much better, at least in my opinion. As you mentioned earlier, I wasn't glued to it like the earlier books in the series, but I felt this one had a lot of "meat" and answered several ongoing questions, and opened up some new story lines. I'm glad I gave Dead Reckoning a chance.
Am now starting the Lily in Shakespeare series! :)
Finished the Lily Bard series, and read the Harper Connelly series (4 books with heroine who can find dead people---and tell how they died---but not see who killed them if they were murdered--so she and her step brother manager travel the country looking for missing people or checking to see if the dead died the way the death certificate said, for a living)---as a result of being hit by lightening when she was a teen. I think Harper is my 2nd favorite to Sookie of all her heroines. Just to tidy things up also read Sweet & Deadly, a non-supernatural book that was her first book. Nothing like as good as her later work, but it was interesting to see her growth as a writer and early signs.
Lily Bard (non-supe karate expert who makes her living as a cleaning lady post a notorious rape when she was a teen) and Harper both have very troubled pasts and struggle to form good relationships. You can see how Harper's career would lead to difficulties with ordinary men---as Sookie's abilities did with ordinary men, but Lily also has issues that get in her way.
As with all her series you should read them in order, or you will know too much about what went on in earlier books.