A new collection of linked short stories from Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse books, the basis for HBO’s True Blood, and the Midnight Crossroad series, the inspiration for Midnight, Texas on NBC.
Principal Anne DeWitt knew her past could catch up with her, but she didn’t expect it would make her late for school. Killing a man does take time though; so does disposing the body . . . if you do it right.
After three relatively quiet years at Travis High School, it seems Anne is in danger of being exposed—even the baseball coach knows more about her former life than she ever imagined. Now, she must find out who else holds her secrets and who wants her to pay for them. . .without letting it make her tardy again. Anne still has a school to run, parents to manage, and a few students who might benefit from her unique—and deadly—experience.
Collected together for the first time in Small Kingdoms and Other Stories, “Small Kingdoms,” “Sarah Smiles,” “Small Chances,” and “Small Signs” are sure to delight fans of Charlaine Harris.
The four stories in this slight collection from bestseller Harris (the Southern Vampire mysteries) center on Anne DeWitt, the principal of Travis High School in Colleton County, N.C. Under a different name, Anne was once an instructor at a secret training program that taught students "to be masters of close fighting"; many of them became "wonderful killers." After a well-connected pupil died during the rigorous program, Anne was fired and given a new identity. But her past returns to haunt her in the title tale, when a murderous intruder enters her home. She overcomes him with ease and succeeds in concealing the corpse, only to find that her secrets are known to Holt Halsey, Travis High's baseball coach. Holt, who was also fired from the same program, helps Anne learn why she was attacked, and the two join forces to wreak justice on deserving miscreants connected with Travis. Harris does provide a clever twist in "Sarah Smiles," in which a star pupil is the victim of physical abuse. Those who like violence conveyed with a light touch will be most satisfied.