An American mystery author, best known for The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries, also known as The Southern Vampire Mysteries. She has also written two mystery series, the Lily Bard or Shakespeare series and the Aurora Teagarden series as well as the Harper Connelly Mysteries which fall into the realm of Magical Realism.
Works by Charlaine Harris with their own trope pages:
Other works by Charlaine Harris contain examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Harper Connelly and her stepbrother were nearly sold into prostitution as children by their drug-addicted parents.
- Broken Bird: Lily Bard, due to her having been gangraped, tortured (leaving her body permanently scarred), then left for dead.
- Heroic Neutral: Lily Bard is just a cleaning woman, albeit one with a traumatic past and a black belt in karate, and would be happy to be left to that but friends, acquaintances and customers keep insisting on getting murdered around her.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming:
- In the Harper Connelly Mysteries series, each title features the word "Grave".
- In the Lily Bard Mysteries series, titles follow the pattern "Shakespeare's ______".
- Lightning Can Do Anything: Played relatively straight in the Harper Connelly series. Harper is struck by lightning at the age of fifteen and has realistic and permanent aftereffects from this. She can also find dead bodies and tell you what they died of, which ability appeared only after the strike.
- Magic Realism: The Harper Connelly stories, about a woman who, after being struck by lightning gains the ability to locate dead bodies and know how they died. The existence of other people with psychic powers is mentioned briefly in the first book and we meet a couple in the second. Harper also encounters a ghost in the second book, Grave Surprise.
- Not Blood Siblings: Harper Connelly develops a romantic and sexual relationship with her stepbrother Tolliver that eventually leads to them becoming engaged, much to the shock of their relatives. Making it especially squicky, they have two mutual half-siblings from his father's marriage to her mother.
- Southern Gothic: The Shakespeare series.