Mystery writer Charlaine
Harris was born November 25, 1951, in Tunica, Mississippi. She received
a B.A. from Southwestern at Memphis in 1973, and she worked at newspapers
in Clarkesdale and Greenville, Mississippi, before her first novel,
Sweet and Deadly, was published in 1980. The novel concerns
the efforts of a journalist to solve the mystery of the murder of
her parents in a small southern town. She followed that novel with
A Secret Rage in 1984. With Real Murders in 1990 and
A Bone to Pick in 1992, Harris initiated a successful series
of mysteries featuring Aurora Teagarden, a librarian and amateur
detective who returns to her home town in Georgia. She would be
featured in a number of later novels, including Three Bedrooms,
One Corpse (1994), The Julius House (1995), Dead over
Heels (1996), A Fool and His Honey (1999), and most recently,
Last Scene Alive (2002).
In 1996, Harris began a new mystery
series, this time set in Shakespeare, Arkansas, and featuring Lily
Baird, a cleaning lady with a first-rate education but physically
and emotional scarred by a savage attack years earlier. In the first
novel of this series, Shakespeares Landlord, Lily witnesses
the disposal of a dead body. By careful questioning of her clients,
Lily begins to piece together the answer to the mystery, but she
is also being stalked by someone wishing to do her harm.
Lily Baird continued to solve mysteries
in subsequent books in the series: Shakespeares Champion
(1997), Shakespeares Christmas (1998), and Shakespeares
Trollop (2000). The plots of her mysteries are generally well
reviewed, but some critics have took special note of the unique
character of Lily Baird, who one reviewer called one of the
best-drawn and most compelling characters in contemporary mystery
fictioncomplex, smart, streetwise, tough.
In 2001, Harris began yet another
series, this time delving into the supernatural with The Southern
Vampires Series: Dead Until Dark (2001) and Living Dead
in Dallas (2002).
posted April 2002)
Links & Info
page from The Best Reviews features reviews of several
recent works by Harris.
- Sweet and Deadly. Boston: Houghton, 1980.
- A Secret Rage. Boston: Houghton, 1984.
Fiction Aurora Teagarden Mysteries:
- Real Murders. New York: Walker, 1990.
- A Bone to Pick. New York: Walker, 1992.
- Three Bedrooms, One Corpse. New York: Scribner,
- The Julius House. New York: Scribner, 1995.
- Dead over Heels. New York: Scribner, 1996.
- A Fool and His Honey. New York: St. Martins,
- Last Scene Alive. New York: St. Martins, 2002.
Fiction Lily Baird Mysteries:
- Shakespeares Landlord. New York: St. Martins,
- Shakespeares Champion. New York: St. Martins,
- Shakespeares Christmas. New York: St. Martins,
- Shakespeares Trollop. New York: St. Martins,
- Shakespeares Counselor. Minotaur, 2001.
Fiction The Southern Vampires Series:
- Dead Until Dark. New York: Penguin/Ace, 2001
- Living Dead in Dallas. New York: Penguin/Ace, 2002.
- Club Dead. New York: Penguin/Ace, 2003.
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