Harper Connelly can sense the dead - not ghosts, but corpses - and tell how they died. She and her step-brother Tolliver Lang make a precarious living travelling around the US and using her skills to help solve mysteries.
Sookie Stackhouse is a barmaid in a little town in Louisiana. She's also telepathic - a skill that has burdened her with unwanted information and distraction all her life.
She gets pulled into the affairs of vampires - who have recently admitted their existence to the world - when she find that she can't read vampire minds ... and the quiet is a blessing.