I enjoyed this book, and from the other reviews, my guess is that this is in part because it seems like a visit to many of the characters I have learned to enjoy in the previous novels. Like watching an episode of a serial with a strong ensemble cast. I am sure that I would have not felt this way if I were reading this as a standalone, and could not enjoy all the associations that they have built up in the previous eleven novels. I found this entertaining, and even funny, particularly as Sookie responds to the threat of a duplicitous antique dealer armed with Mace, etc. The very novel experiences that Sookie has lived thru have changed her outlook and the way she deals with new challenges, makes me feel like my unusual friend is growing up.
The novel ends some relationships, and changes others, and leaves me very curious about Sookie's future.
Entertaining, many surprises at the end, in addition to the surprising solution to the murder that starts the book.