Ya know what really 'get's my goat, turns my crank, bee's my bonnet'? A story that has something missing. Or rather makes you feel like you have missed something really important, and what makes this even worse, is there are quite a few referrences in the book to the 'thing' you have missed. If you aren't in the know you are missing something important, so the first time I read this book, I was actually getting agitated thinking that I had missed something, that somehow Amazon.ca had messed up my order ( I had initially bought an eight-pack)...something was wrong because I had never heard anything before about the plot. WHAT where they talking about! It was driving me nuts! So, just in case this is your first time, I can reassure you now, the problem is not with you! The problem is with the fact that when Charlaine Harris is not writing her novels she is editing and contributing to collections of short stories, many of which are from the Sookieverse which are not one-offs, but little tidbits that advance the story along. So if you haven't read the short story you could be missing out on something important. So while it's not essential to read the short fiction for the integrity of the novels, this one, this particular little story featured quite a bit in Definitely Dead, and it was frustrating. Which is not fair when there is already so much pivotal stuff happening in this book. Six books in we could be in danger of it all being just filler keeping the space warm for when it gets interesting again, but not in this case. Quite a few important things happen that further the general plot and develop the characters. I can't wait to see what happens next!