Sookie Stackhouse is a small town cocktail waitress whose brother is a newly changed were-panther. Shapeshifters are not a new concept for Sookie, but her brother was not born with this curse nor did he choose it, so she was worried about his ability to adjust to such a thing.
A sniper appears on the scene and is shooting at shapeshifters. Must to Sookie’s dismay, it appears that the were-panthers are suspicious that her brother Jason may be behind the shootings, due to the fact that he was changed against his will. In order to save her brother’s life, Sookie goes on a quest to find the shooter before he finds her first.
Sookie is very concerned about her brother, hoping he will adjust to his shapeshifting without too much grief. After he appears to embrace his new future, she becomes involved somehow with the politics of the werewolves, the werepanthers, and the shapeshifiting communities.
Sookie is known for her steamy loves affairs, and this book did not showcase that. This book simply did not sizzle, and you will find yourself waiting (im)patiently for that romance that Charlaine Harris is so famous for. There was no love in the afternoon here, and if that is what sparks your interest in this series, you will find yourself inattentive.
I usually get through her books in a few days, but this book took me a few months. I am not saying that her books won’t rock your world because in most cases they will, but 'Dead as a Doornail' will leave you dead in the water. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, but don’t let that stop you from reading her other books. This is an amazing series, one of my favorites, but this particular book didn’t do it for me. It doesn’t mean it won’t revive you.