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An Easy Death

(Gunnie Rose #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,838 Ratings  ·  340 Reviews
The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood, and the Midnight Crossroad trilogy adapted for NBC’s Midnight, Texas, has written a taut new thriller—the first in the Gunnie Rose series—centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose.

Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 30th 2019 by Pocket Books (first published October 2nd 2018)
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Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris is the first book in her new Gunnie Rose series. I had a whole internal debate on what to even classify this series, sort of a historical western fantasy I suppose. Characters in here can wield magic and it does take place in an alternate version of our world in the past in the days of gunslingers.

Lizbeth Rose is a gunslinger is an obviously man’s world making her work that much harder to succeed at her chosen job. When out with her crew making a run protecting
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hooray! If, like me, you loved roughly 1/2 of the Sookie books (the beginning 1/2) but found the rest sort of meh (but still kept on reading) you will like An Easy Death. Same for the rest of her series, love some and are annoyed by the others (but still kept on reading). An Easy Death had me putting off chores so I could spend all my time with my new gunslinging girlfriend, Lizbeth. Oh boy, oh boy, I'm surely looking forward to this kick-ass series and its alternate history line.
Sh3llraiser (grumpybookgrrrl)
I might get this from the library and try it. I like alternate histories - plus magic.

But... still not over Sookie. :P
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Look what just landed on my doorstep! Looks very interesting - the only question is how and when to fit it into my already overstuffed reading schedule.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Before An Easy Death, my past experience with Charlaine Harris’s work pretty much began and ended with the first Sookie Stackhouse book, and it was swiftly determined that southern vampires just weren’t for me. Afterward, I wasn’t so sure about trying another one of her series, but then I heard about Gunnie Rose. Maybe it was the weird western vibes or the idea of a modern gunslinging urban fantasy set in a post-collapse
Oh my stars, yes! Move over, Sookie Stackhouse, and take a seat, Angel Crawford! There's a new snarky southern chick in town and she's jumped right to the top of my supernatural fun list! This is not a deep read, but goodness, did I enjoy it!


In An Easy Death we follow Lisbeth "Gunnie" Rose who lives in an alternate timeline where (when?) the US became fractured with the assassination of Roosevelt. Without his guidance, the country was divided and broken into pieces -- some parts were absorbed by
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
It pains me to write this review, almost as much as it pained me to finish this book. I’ve always enjoyed Charlaine Harris’ writing: the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series, Harper Connelly, Midnight, Texas. When I saw that Harris had a brand-new, what I would call, dystopian/fantasy, I was all in.

An Easy Death simply did not meet my expectations. I’ve always loved the way that Harris could make me laugh out loud through a unique dark story. While Lizbeth Rose had a constant stream of sarcasm fl
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Easy Death is the first book in the Gunnie Rose series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. It’s not what her mother, Candle wanted, but nineteen-year-old Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie with the Tarken Crew. They have a good reputation for safely transporting newly landless ranchers from Mexico through Texoma to New America. Gunnies are needed because bandit attacks are common.

When such an attack sees Gunnie Rose without her crew, she’s sought out by a pair of grigoris from the Holy Russi
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well that was really a fun read. Ms. Harris has hit the money spot with this series. Strong action packed, characters, magical extras and suspense with only a semi touch of romance. I really enjoyed this and want more asap.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong start to a new series.

I’ve read and enjoyed most of Charlaine Harris’s books, and even if I was disappointed in how she ended her Sookie Stackhouse series, I was curious to try this new one. Harris already has demonstrated that she writes in a variety and mix of genres, and this new Gunnie Rose series is quite different from all her others.

The story takes place in an alternate history, in approximately the 1930’s after the US was devastated by assassination, flu, and civil war, with the f
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Charlaine Harris has a way of sucking me in to her books.  It isn't exceptional writing or story lines, in fact I do a lot of eye rolling usually, it's more about cozy entertainment with strong ordinary female protagonists.

When I saw this new release is the beginning of yet another series, I was like, *sigh* "Another series?  Another series?" *clicks "Place Hold" on library account.
I seriously don't know where this compulsive need for yet another Charlaine Harris series on my TBR comes from but
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher, but all opinions are my own.

I must confess I've not read anything by Charlaine Harris before. It wasn't until I looked her up that I realized how prolific an author she is! I only really knew about the Sookie Stackhouse books and I don't particularly care for vampires so I didn't do my research, and that's shame on me.

Anyway, the point is that I thoroughly enjoyed An Easy Death. I could not put it down! I was just so enthralled by the world that Harris had
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Girl has guy. Guy is killed. Girl kills killers. Walks across the desert. Kills other people. Drives across the desert. Kills more people. Walks across the desert. Kills still more people. Has sex with frenemy. Walks home. The end. Nice cover. No point.
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie, which means individuals hire her for assistance based on the fact that she is an excellent markswoman and is not afraid to kill to survive. Early on in the book, we see Lizbeth's team fall prey to an ambush. She survives but this means that she must find another way to make a living. Despite hating the Russian wizards and wanting noting to do with the part of the United States they have taken over, she agrees to a job helping two of them, Eli and Paulina. However, unbek ...more
Wayland Smith
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: westerns
It's hard to even know how to classify this book. It's part Weird Western, part alternate history, and part sorta urban but really rural fantasy. We never do get a year the story is set in, but I think sometime just after World War I, the United States fell apart, weakened by a major flu epidemic, a massive depression, and rival countries. The former America fragmented into several regions.

Texoma, the former states of Texas and Oklahoma with a bit more territory, is one of the new countries, an
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to read this new novel by Charlaine Harris as I am a huge fan of her books. This novel takes place in an alternate North America where the USA no longer exists. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie. She keeps people safe by being an excellent shot and this is how she earns her living. After a particularly hard job she ends up protecting two wizards and what happens is an exciting adventure with some interesting twists. The novel has a western feel to it but still has the feel of urban fantasy ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure if I would ever read another Charlaine Harris book again after she ran Sookie into the ground (IMO). I'm glad I tried this one because I enjoyed it very much.

The setting for the book was most intriguing. It's an alternate reality where FDR was assassinated, and that combined with the great depression (known as the Deconstruction) caused the end of the United States. Canada took some land in the north, Mexico in the south, most of the original colonies went back to England, and the
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
This book was Meh - \_(ツ)_/ Not good, not bad just okay.

One thing that bothered me a lot is that we are never sure what era this book was written in - we think we know that it is at the early part of the 20th century but the language that Lizbeth uses is more 21 Century. But since this is Charlaine's world we are never sure.

The killing both with guns and with magic go on and on, stick in some trekking through the desert not knowing if you are going to live, add in a secret Eli/Ilya is withholdin
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A lovable heroine who can shoot like nobody's business, a harsh, post-apocalyptic world, and plenty of action make this an excellent start to a new urban fantasy series.

I’m so happy I decided to take a chance on Charlaine Harris’ latest. I read the second book in her Midnight, Texas series and although I enjoyed it, I felt
I like this author, her series are always so different from each other at times it’s hard to believe it’s the same person writing them.

I really liked the world that this book was set in. An alternate history, the US fractured into different countries during the time of Franklin Roosevelt. The world a harsh place and magic is a real thing, although not trusted, its users more so.

Gunnie Rose lives a hard life, her job, to lead others to safety a dangerous one, one with not a long lifespan. Altho
☕ Kimberly
3.5 Enjoyable start. RTC
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on-these
This one just wasn't for me which is odd as I adore Charlaine Harris. (Midnight Crossing and Sookie as well as some of the early mysteries and Harper is one of my all time favourite series)

I'm actually sorry that I feel this way as the new Charlaine H coming out each year has been one of my annual book highlights for close on 25 years.

I think it was a combination of two quite unlikeable main characters, some very poor, slow dialogue and that I couldn't get a solid handle on the world. Oh and add
An intriguing look at an alternate post WWl America where gunslingers for hire are a way of life. Written in Ms Harris’s inimical style, the characters are fun to get to know and the story easy to read. Good fun.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an advance reader copy of this book through the library where I work. All opinions are my own.


In this newest sure-to-be-a-series from Charlaine Harris, we are introduced to Lizbeth Rose, a 19-year-old gunslinger in a post-apocalyptic, alternate-history Texas.

In Texoma (Texas + Oklahoma, presumably), infrastructure has been crumbling ever since President Roosevelt was assassinated and the former United States fell apart. North America now features several nations in addition to
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘An Easy Death’ is the first book in a historical-paranormal series by American author Charlaine Harris, called ‘Gunnie Rose’.

If you’ve been reading my book blog for a while now, then you would have figured out that Charlaine is easily one of my all-time favourite authors – and certainly the one I own the most books of. I inevitably fall in love with all her new series (whether they’re gritty small-town mystery noir, or paranormal-noir) I always get hooked, and I’m thrilled to say that ‘An Easy
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, I was so excited to get this ARC! I love Charlaine Harris. Her heroines are real people with real faults and I've loved them deeply
This story is set in an alternate history of the United States. In this reality Franklin Roosevelt is assassinated in Florida before he can take office. To compound this tragedy the 1918 Flu Epidemic kills a large portion of the population in several waves and other countries move in to take back American territory including Canada, the Holy Russian Em
Matt Linder
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jim Butcher meets Cormac Mcarthy. Good stuff!
Richard Gray
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
While I struggled to get through even the first book of Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood series, the prolific author has found the Venn Diagram to my heart (or at least a well-used section of my brain) in her new series. The combination of western, alternative history and fantasy strikes a chord and gives the stories an almost timeless quality. The world may not be as instantly holistic as Bon Temps, or at least the HBO version I’m actually familiar with, but Lizbeth “Gunnie” Rose i ...more
*Source* Library
*Genre* Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


Charlaine Harris's An Easy Death is the first installment in a brand new series called Gunnie Rose. The series is set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. It is a world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run that leaves her as the only survivor of her crew, Gunnie Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Holy Russian Empire wizard
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The most enjoyable thing about this book?
Definitely the alternate history! I love asking myself how the world would look like if... and this "if" was kinda exciting. (I'm happy to live in this world though)

Idk if there is a lot to say about the book. Main characters were strong enough to pull the story, the idea of Russian empire in the Wild West is fresh and unique and the Harris style is easy and light, so the book was good enough to read, but not much to ponder upon.
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Charlaine lives in Texas now, and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distance.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry an