BOOK REVIEW | AN EASY DEATH

An Easy Death

(Gunnie Rose #1)

by
Charlaine Harris (Goodreads Author)
 3.9  ·  Rating details ·  1,270 Ratings  ·  244 Reviews
The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood, and the Midnight Crossroad trilogy adapted for NBC’s Midnight, Texas, has written a taut new thriller—the first in the Gunnie Rose series—centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose.

Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie. For the wizards, Gunnie Rose has already acquired a fearsome reputation and they’re at a desperate crossroad, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching through the small border towns near Mexico, trying to locate a low-level magic practitioner, Oleg Karkarov. The wizards believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin, and that Oleg’s blood can save the young tsar’s life.

As the trio journey through an altered America, shattered into several countries by the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression, they’re set on by enemies. It’s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.

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Lizbeth Rose is a gun for hire.  She works with a group who provides protection services to those who need to travel in the fractured United States.  Nicknamed Gunnie Rose, she has built quite the reputation for herself.  She is well known for her quick reflexes and fearlessness.
When she accepts the job of two Russian wizards to be their guide and protection on their quest to save the King, she finds that all is not what it seems.  On a quest to find answers herself, she vows to follow through till the end.  What she doesn’t expect is the amount of people out to kill her charges.  Will Lizbeth survive this quest?  Or will this be her last job?
I want to start this off by saying that I am a huge Charlaine Harris fan.  HUGE Fan!!!  I have read all her books, some more times than others, but all of them more than once.  With that being said, I did not like this book as much as her other books.  I am not saying I didn’t like it, but I didn’t love it.  It was still an excellent read, but I found it below par for her.
True to Charlaine form, this book offers a very original and unique world.  The characters are original and interesting.  The story line itself is very different from anything I have read in a while.  This book falls in the Fantasy genre.  It has a lot of wizardry, which some consider paranormal.  The story was steady paced, but the time line seemed off.  It was written as if it were in the old west days, but there are cars and buses.  So this to me was a tad confusing.
I did like Lizbeth’s character.  She is smart, strong and determined.  She is loyal to a fault and speaks her mind.  She doesn’t trust easily.   She is special and I think that towards the end of the book she starts to realize how special she really is.
The other characters in the book are very interesting and I am intrigued by them.  Overall this is a wonderful and unique read.  I will look forward to seeing what else is in store for this series.
4 star

About Charlaine Harris

Charlaine HarrisCharlaine Harris (born November 25, 1951 in Tunica, Mississippi) is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over twenty years. She was raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later.
After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a lighthearted series “starring” Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden, with Real Murders, a Best Novel nominee for the 1990 Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight Aurora titles. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare’s Counselor, the fifth–and last– was printed in fall 2001.
After Shakespeare, Harris created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first of these, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which now numbers nine titles, has been released worldwide.
Sookie Stackhouse proved to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new show for HBO based upon the books. He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008. It was an instant success and was quickly picked up for a second season.
In October 2005, Harris’s new mystery series about a young woman named Harper Connelly debuted with the release of Grave Sight. Harper has the ability to determine the cause of death of any body. There are now three Harper titles (GRAVE SIGHT, GRAVE SURPRISE, AN ICE COLD GRAVE) with a 4th (GRAVE SECRET) to be released in 2009.
Harris has also co-edited three very popular anthologies with her friend Toni L.P. Kelner. The anthologies feature stories with an element of the supernatural, and the submissions come from a rare mixture of mystery and urban fantasy writers.
Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. Personally, Harris is married and the mother of three. She lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas and when she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!
*Author bio and picture credit Amazon Author Page.
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