Title: A Touch of Dead
Author: Charlaine Harris
Narrator: Johanna Parker
Publication Year: 2009
Pages: 192 (audio length: 3 hours 35 minutes)
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Audiobook version purchased from Audible.com
From the cover:
New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her “spunky” (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written — together in one volume.
Stories include “Fairy Dust,” “One Word Answer,” “Dracula Night,” “Lucky,” and “Giftwrap.”
Somehow I didn’t know that these short stories existed all in one collection until quite a while after I finished reading The Southern Vampire Mysteries series. And while I’d known that there were Sookie-related short stories before, I didn’t realize at any point that some of them had actual somewhat important plot points! If I did, I would’ve read them as they came up chronologically in the series. While it’s not necessary to read them, it definitely did help explain a few things and flesh out some of the characters.
And on the other hand, some of the stories (like “Giftwrap”) were just plain fun. It was a different side of the characters that I hadn’t gotten to see before, which was nice. If you’ve read the rest of the series, definitely give A Touch of Dead a try. It’s a nice companion to the rest of Sookie’s story.