(this is the fifth book in the Southern Vampire Mysteries series. while i do avoid spoilers for this installment, there will be spoilers for the previous books...so watch yourself.)in a sentence or so: someone's out to rid the greater Bon Temps area of it's shifters, the werewolves are electing a new pack leader, and a pirate-vampire is the substitute bartender at Merlottes. will Sookie's supernatural abilities be enough to stop a killer on the loose and facilitate the proper shift in supernatural leadership?when we last left Sookie, she had come fresh off the heels of a week of pure sexytimes with an incredibly sensitive Eric, killed Debbie (which no one is really sad about, to be honest), and learned that the town down the road - the one that's given her the creeps all these years - is full of in-bred shifters. yeah, some pretty crazy shiz went down.as we slide back into small town Louisiana, we find Sookie anxious about how Jason will take his first go as a shifter. will the community welcome him in? will he handle the lifestyle change? will he try to bone a girl while in were-form? we also discover that Sookie's secret slaying of that crazy bitch Debbie is still a secret. for now, anyway.after Sam (the bartender/shifter/ginger-hottie in love with Sookie) is shot leaving Merlotte's one night, Eric sends his newest Fangtasia bartender, Charles, to fill in. not only does Charles dress like a pirate, but he is also funny, charismatic, and a perfect fit for Merlotte's while Sam is out of commission. it doesn't hurt that he's able to protect Sookie from some psycho trying to burn her house down in his down time.while we do get to see some familiar faces - Tara, Sam, Eric, Bill, Alcide, Claude and Claudette, etc - we don't get a whole lot of excitement in the plot. i had it solved from the opening chapters, which was super disappointing. i would have handled that disappointment better with some character development, or at LEAST some sexytimes...but alas, none of that either.while there was definitely some violence, hints at sexytimes, and some new characters thrown into the mix, overall this book didn't further any significant plots or characters in a way that really mattered to me. there were a couple elements that i think will show up again in the next book, but i could definitely condense those down into 4-5 chapters and call it a day.don't get me wrong, i'm going to keep reading the series because i continue to LOVE Sookie and the dramarama of Bon Temps. i just was not thrilled at the pace, development, or plot of this installment.fave quote: "There are times to think, and times to lie fallow. Today was a fallow day." (232)fix er up: plot twists, character development, or sexytimes would have saved this for me.