Dead Until Dark Charlaine Harris, 2001
When Charlaine Harris took the first of her Sookie Stackhouse novels to publishers, they weren’t sure what to make of it. Here was a mix of horror, romance and mystery that defied categorisation. ( Even now, the term urban fantasy seems oddly inappropriate for novels so steeped in the southern US rural experience.) No matter, readers immediately connected with the telepathic waitress and Harris’s fortune was made.