|Deadlocked - Charlaine Harris|
That being said, if you've never read any of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, you don't want to start with this one. This is #12 in the series (Harris intends to discontinue the series after #13) and each novel does build on the previous ones. You'll want to start with Book 1, Dead Until Dark and take them in order. I'll leave it up to you whether or not you want to get ahead of the TV series or not.
The last couple of books in the series had been kind of ho-hum, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this one was really quite good. I remained absorbed in the story throughout, and was surprised a couple of times. Sookie has definitely become older and wiser, but the supes are just as unpredictable as ever.
If you aren't completely up-to-date on the Sookie Stackhouse series, or if you've only watched the TV show, you might want to stop reading now.
Naturally, I won't reveal any SPOILERS for this novel, but the situations that Sookie finds herself in might reveal major plot developments that you don't wish to know yet.
Sookie by now is deeply involved in a romantic relationship with Eric -- he's even gone so far as to make her his "wife", a step that should protect her from some trouble with other vampires. But all is not well. The couple and their accomplices will have to answer to Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana, for past actions, and the situation doesn't look good. When a dead woman turns up on Eric's front lawn, all the vampires have some explaining to do, but Sookie has her own ideas about how the woman got there. To add to the tense climate, all the fae seem restless too, and the weres have a few problems of their own. Sookie and Eric each have a major decision to make, and it's likely that their choices will have a serious impact on their relationship.