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An Easy Death

(Gunnie Rose #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,958 ratings  ·  528 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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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Soooo I got this from the library but I’m definitely buying this when the HB price goes down!!

There are mixed reviews on this book as there are on any book! My take? I FREAKING LOVED IT! This book is on my favorites list now!!

There are a few shocking things in the book but overall it was awesome!!

Trigger warning for a rape you can skim over

Happy Reading!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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.
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
Sh3lly (
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.
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.
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
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
I didn't get on with Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. Never the less when I read about this book before it was published, I was excited. I do love a weird western. And I absolutely loved this. Can't wait for the next one.
Lorraine Southern
I'm a huge Harris fan, have enjoyed all her other series, so I really hate to say this ... but, Gunnie Rose? Meh. That is all. Just, meh :(
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
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.
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 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
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-release, fantasy
Review from Tenacious Reader:

I found An Easy Death to be very easy to get in to. I immediately enjoyed getting to know Lizbeth. She is fiercely independent , speaks her mind and is quite the shot. Really, there’s not much not to like.

Lizbeth, also known as Gunnie Rose, is part of a crew of “gunnies”, which are are pretty much hired protection, people skilled with handling bandits that might try to prey on their customers as they travel. Because this world
☕ Kimberly
In Lizbeth's wonky world the US fell after the assassination of FDR in the 1930s, and was picked off by the UK, Canada, Mexico, and Russia. Lizabeth Rose is a gunnie *gunslinger* who makes her living providing safe passage for folks. She and her security team escort them from Texoma (formerly the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and  Colorado) to Mexico where opportunities and jobs are plentiful. Ironic twist huh?

After a bad run, Lisbeth reluctantly accepts a job from two Russian wizards e
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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
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
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
Lynn Williams
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 of 5 stars
I had such a good time with An Easy Death – it’s one of those books that is, well, frankly, easy. Easy to read, easy to understand, easy to get along with and it has a great central character that I’ve already become attached to and can’t wait to read more from.

An Easy Death brings to us an alternative post apocalyptic America with a Wild West feel, it has magic, shootouts and a hint of romance. The pacing is terrific and there is literally never a dull moment.

The story practically
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As a huge fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series I keep hoping that Charlaine Harris will put out a similar paranormal romance. This isn't it. And I should have known that when I read the synopsis. Lizbeth is a "gunnie" who protects people trying to get across the wild west. The novel is set in an alternative history, which I thought would capture my interest, but did not. Set in the early 1900s, the U.S. has crumbled and the world map has been redrawn. FDR is the last U.S. President and most of th ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Shelves: z2018
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
Carolyn F.
A really good book. Kind of a bizarro world where FDR is assassinated before becoming president and America goes to hell. I loved it. Can't wait until the next book comes out.
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 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
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
Wing Kee
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept, not so good execution.

World: The world building is a mixed bag, the concept of the spit up America is an interesting one but the pieces that are moved into place to make it happen: Canada invading (really...), parts of America accepting British rule again (really...) and First Nations rising up again (did you really need to go this is very sensitive place...are you sure you’re gonna be respectful about it?) really made me have to turn off my logical brain to accept the premi
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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