Deadlocked is book 12 in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris from ACE.
With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it's the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman's front yard--especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.
Now, it's up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl's fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who's out to make Sookie's world come crashing down.
Sookie and Eric’s relationship is a bit rocky. He has declared her his human wife - but that is not recognized by the vampires. Before his death, Eric’s maker made arrangements for Eric to marry Freyda, Queen of Oklahoma.
Though Eric professes his love of Sookie - he claims there is no way he can get out of marrying Freyda. To add insult to injury, Vampire King Felipe de Castro is in town investigating the disappearance of Victor and he is determined to prove Eric and Sookie had something to do with that disappearance.
Sookie is ‘invited’ to present herself at Eric’s to meet with Felipe - something she doesn’t really want to do and something that Bill would prefer she not do as well.
When the body of a woman is found in the middle of Eric’s front yard - Sookie is determined to prove that Eric had nothing to do with it. In the course of her investigation Sookie finds more than she bargained for - she’s been the target all along...
I love this series - but Deadlocked was a little on the boring side. I loved the ending - but 15 chapters of so-so and one chapter of ‘wow’ doesn’t balance for me.
I give Deadlocked 3 out of 5 stars.
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ace (May 1, 2012)