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Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 26, 2006
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Praise for the Harper Connelly Mystery series
“Charges in with plenty of plot.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[Harris] has a great gift for getting inside her characters and making them amazingly real.”—The Denver Post
“Grabs your heart and doesn’t let go.”—Gumshoe Review
“A winning supernatural caper...Should make Harper...as popular as Sookie Stackhouse.”—Publishers Weekly
“A spooky but sweet amateur detective mystery full of interesting characters.”—Locus
About the Author
Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.
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This is the first volume of a series about Harper, a most unusual woman, and her companion Tolliver, her step-brother. Harper was hit by lightning as a teen, which left her with paranormal abilities to find dead bodies and see how they died.
In this tale, she is tasked with finding a missing person in backwoods Arkansas. Mayhem follows.
I really enjoyed getting to know the main characters and plan to read their further exploits.
Harper and her brother travel across country using her gift/curse to locate bodies and even determine the cause of death of those who have died. Not everyone appreciates her skill especially after they hire and what she sees opens up the door to covered secrets and disappointment.
I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. Hopefully more character development and more background into Harper's family.
Ms. Harris seems to be trying really hard to create an outcast type that isn't totally off the rails. Harper has some issues and may look a bit like an emaciated fairy, but she's got that "professional" vibe. The girl wears turtle neck sweaters and pumps for crying out loud. She's not goth-queen extraordinaire. Thankfully.
I think Ms. Harris does a fantastic job of creating a character who is really struggling with her differences, and is trying to learn to live with the things that make her very peculiar to society. Instead of running and hiding from it, she's embraced it. At the same time she hasn't embraced her odd talent so completely that she's thrown society to the wind either. She's doing her best to be a legitimate business woman using the talent that she didn't ask to have.
You get a really good sense of the struggles that Harper is facing with people who are afraid of her, especially bigoted people who think her power is evil and her relationship with her brother/manager is REALLY suspicious.
Writing style is good. Characters aren't nearly as engaging as the ones in the Sookie universe, but that's not surprising considering this was an earlier series for Harris. Even though I felt like this was a pretty solid 3/5 I went ahead and bumped it up because I like Harper as a character.
A solid mystery. Worth a read on a rainy day. Especially if you like paranormal stuffs.
Harris's writing is first rate, as usual. The mystery is fairly believable and the pacing is excellent. The real problem with this book is the formulaic ending where the bad guy spills his guts about all the whys and wherefores in front of our heroes. That part reads like a bad made-for-TV movie. There is enough good stuff in here to make it worth reading but I really hope the next one ends on a higher note.
Five stars for the first 3/4 of the book. Two stars for the ending. Since I couldn't rate it 3 1/2 I'm rounding up to 4.
I enjoy the Harper Connelly stories because they have a slight turn from "day to day" people. Paranormal romance is my interest. This is just a slight departure into the paranormal...but it's enough for me. I like the idea that someone could be out there who could find your loved one for you. The fact that Harper and Tolliver always get pulled in to the crime (when they would MUCH rather avoid it) is great. And I could see how easily that could happen, if this were real life. A person like Harper would always be under suspicion, so it makes sense that she would need to solve some of the crime before getting to go on her merry way. I also like the dynamic between Harper and Tolliver. Keeps the books intersting. I'm looking forward to finding out how things go with their little sisters, especially Grace. And where did Cameron go? I hope she pops up in later books and is not really dead.
I'm waiting patiently for the next book in this series!
As always, Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite. must-have authors (I found her from Christine Feehan and Angela Knight), two of my other must haves! Always looking forward to how these creative people catch my attention again!!