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An Easy Death

(Gunnie Rose #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  11,015 ratings  ·  1,644 reviews
In the southwestern country now known as Texoma, this is a world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico, gunslinger Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards.

She may be young, but Gunnie Rose has acquired a fearsome reputation and the wizards are at a desperate crossroads, even if they won't admit it.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published 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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.75 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review):

The author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels jumps into the Weird West with her latest series, GUNNIE ROSE: It’s a combination of Old West + magic + alternative history. An Easy Death appears to be set in the 1930s or 40s, but not in an era we’d recognize. When Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated before taking office, the U.S. fractured and chunks of it were claimed by other countries, including
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. ...more
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
AN EASY DEATH by Charlaine Harris is the first book in the Gunnie Rose series. This was an exciting start to a new series that spans genres. It is a western, an urban fantasy, an alternate history, a thriller and it contains magic.

Franklin Roosevelt was elected President, but assassinated prior to taking office. The vice-president dies of influenza, the banks crashed followed by a large drought and massive influenza. With the population decreased, the government was not able to protect itself an
April 21/19 -- This is the Audible daily deal today for anyone who was thinking about this one!

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. Wit
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
Mel (Epic Reading)
Just as the cover implies, An Easy Death is a cowboy shoot 'em up style book. In the classic comedic style of Charlaine Harris we are introduced to our bad-ass heroine who doesn't like anyone meddling in her affairs and has kept her hand on her gun mos of her life just to survive.

Something Harris is a master at creating are characters. Her original series 'True Blood' characters are unforgettable and as such so are the ones in An Easy Death. Not only is our lead gal likable, she has m
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
You have to give points to Charlaine Harris for being inventive. From Aurora Teagarden to Sookie Stackhouse to Lisbeth Rose (and a few others along the way) each series is totally different to the one before.

An Easy Death is set in an alternate USA, one where Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated and the Government lost control. Other countries quickly moved in to claim whole areas for themselves resulting in a sudden loss of things we take for granted such as usable roads and a police force. Lis
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a fun book! I usually don’t like western gunslinger themed books but I absolutely loved this one! Lizbeth (Gunnie) is an awesome character that you easily like to read about rather quickly. In a torn and divided USA, Gunnie ends up being hired by two wizards (which she is not fond of because of something in the spoilers from me!) and it is at this point that the story really picks up. At this point, I could not put this book down and I ended up finishing it in one sitt
Re read January 2020
I needed a refresher before the new A Longer Fall Gunnie Rose book. Believe me, it was no hardship! This book was action packed and full of great characters in an alternate version of America. There’s a lot more to explore I. Terms of the magic of the grigoris and I’m now really excited to move on the next book, especially as I had forgotten that I pre-ordered it!

First read
I didn't get on with Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. Never the less when I read about this book before
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's been a hot while since I've had the desire to pick up one of Harris's books after not liking quite a few of them but, I decided to try again after checking out the reviews for this as well as the description and slight switch in blended genres. I'm so glad I did because even with the slow start, this actually turned out to be quite a good read and one that I am glad I took a chance on.
I'm actually really looking forward to book two!
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I have read and loved all of the series that Charlaine Harris has written... until this one. Definitely not her usual great story, fantastical world, and dynamic characters. I will not be continuing with this series.
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
Madison Warner Fairbanks
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
Gunnie Rose series, book 1. Urban fantasy western. Alternative history and magic.
Lizbeth, aka Gunnie, is hired by two wizards for a search. As they are targeted everywhere they go, Gunnie must ask more questions and be more cautious when guns are fired, secrets revealed and bodies pile up.

The heroine has mad skills and determination. At only 19 years old. She is the take no prisoners type and fire first.
Fast moving action with twists and hidden connections. Zo
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

Well, I loved this! I have been a huge fan of Charlaine Harris's work but I haven't picked up any of her new books since the Sookie Stackhouse series ended. I have re-read a couple of the early Sookie Stackhouse books but I guess I was more than a little upset by how that series ended so I took a break from her work. I decided that it was time to give her books another chance and I must say that I am very happy that I picked up this
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
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 :(
Mindy Lou's Book Review
This was quite the unconventional story. The best way to describe this is that it had the feel of an old western with a more modern society. It was what western would feel like in todays world without the advancement of technology and a lot of fantasy thrown in.

What I loved about that, was it gave us a heroine that is a gunslinger, or more known as a gunnie in this book. Her skill with guns was pretty impressive. This 19 year old seemed to just have the right instincts that kept her alive in imp
Jacob Proffitt
I'm an enormous fan of Charlaine Harris, though not really a completist about it. In other words, I don't jump immediately after she writes a book and there are some I probably won't ever get to. I put this one off because the world didn't feel like one I'd enjoy much. It's kind of pre-apocalyptic in a post-apocalypse of a world that never was kind-of-way. In other words, things went to the bad place in the early twentieth century and it's limping along from there. Only, not everything fell apar ...more
The Captain
Apr 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandon-ship
Yeah when the love interest waited for the protagonist to get old enough to have sex it creeps me out. And I couldn't get into the writing. Not for me. Arrrr! ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read, audiobook
3.5 stars

This was pretty good, but I didn't love it like I expected to. I like Charlaine Harris and I like Western themed fantasy, so I thought this would be an easy win for me. I listened to the audiobook, and while the narrator did a good job, I don't think this was the right format for me in this case. Most of my audiobook listening is done in fairly short segments, and I had a hard time keeping the flow of the story listening to it like this.

That said, I did think the overall story and the w
Montzalee Wittmann
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris and narrated by Eva Kaminsky is a book that is totally different than what I thought it would be. This has an alternative history and it has magic as part of life. It is a rough life like cowboy times but they have some cars and occasional electricity. This world building is amazing! Truly strange and fascinating! The characters are very intriguing too! Our gal of the story is paid to escort people through the wilderness or from one place to another. It is a dan ...more
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.
4.5 Stars for An Easy Death: Gunnie Rose Series Book 1 (audiobook) by Charlaine Harris read by Eva Kaminsky. This was an interesting take on an alternate history of the United States. I really liked the characters and the setting. I’ve already checked out the next book in the series. I also liked the narration. I think this is the first book of hers I’ve listened to. I’ll have to check out what else Eva Kaminsky has narrated.
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
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Easy Death is the first volume in a new series written by Charlaine Harris. It's quite a departure from anything she's written before, being set in the past of an alternate America where history unrolled in a fashion quite different than it did in our world. (And magic works there, too.) There's a lot less mystery or romance and a dollop more adventure than one is used to finding in Harris's books. I enjoyed the characters very much, and was legitimately happily surprised by a couple of plot ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can't wait for the next book ...more
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
Elle G.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Genre: Paranormal. Fantasy. Western. Alternate History.
Actual Rating: 4 stars

I will be the first to admit that this genre is not one I would normally read. I don't care for westerns, fantasy novels, or books about alternate histories. However, I decided to read this one anyway because I have been a longtime fan of Charlaine Harris and wanted to see if she could persuade me to enjoy a genre I would normally avoid. Well, kudos Charlaine. I liked this book far mo
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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

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