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Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 2) (Harper Connelly series) Kindle Edition
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“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
- ASIN : B000O76OBI
- Publisher : Berkley; 1st edition (September 26, 2006)
- Publication date : September 26, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 1114 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 301 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,183 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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She explains the terms to her client before they sign the contract. Surprise
happens when she actually does what she promised to do: find the body.
Payment is due upon legal identification of the corpse, but collecting it is
another issue. The body is real, people see it, people deal with it according
to their custom, law, religion, etc. and provide the burial. Still, it can't be true,
people think, can't be real - she must have performed magic, used secret
knowledge climinally obtained or, in some devious way, cheated.
The client looks like a fool, won't pay and doesn't want her collecting
any rewards, either. The police want to arrest her - but, for what?
Every case - wash, rinse, repeat. Yeah, it's funny!
When Harper Connelly was a young girl she was struck by lightning. Since the lightning strike there are several oddities that are now a normal part of her life; weakness in one of her legs, a spider web pattern on her leg, headaches and oh yeah, she can locate dead people. If Harper is in a reasonable distance of a corpse she can find its exact location and see the deceased's final moments.
Harper and her stepbrother, Tolliver, travel to Memphis to hold a demonstration of her talents at a very old cemetery whose records have just been located. Professor Nunley brings her out there thinking to prove her a charlatan in front of his class, only to have Harper accurately name the deceased and their causes of death. When she stumbles on a recent burial of a young girl, the professor thinks he has won. But, of course, Harper is right and memories of a case she wasn't able to solve come flooding back when she knows she finally found the poor girls body.
Harper and Tolliver are then the center of a media storm as Harpers gift is scrutinized and the search for the killer begins...
I admit to being a little put off by the unusually close relationship Harper and Tolliver seem to share. I don't know why, maybe it's because I have a brother and if he did half the things that Tolliver does, I'd scream, flee, then vomit... and I am sure the feeling is mutual. During the first book, Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1) , I had to repeat "they are step siblings; there is no blood between them." I think half way through this book I finally got over it. Halfway through this book I began to see beyond the "step" label and just see two people who share an intense past and who love and care for one another, deeply.
This was a great follow up to Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1) . I was pleased to find the mystery a little more challenging then the first one and found myself flip flopping through the list of suspects. I thought the characters gave the reader an interesting mix of feelings, often times both sympathy and suspect. I already ordered the third book, An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 3) , and then went on Charlaine Harris's web site to see when I might be able to get the fourth book. It's safe to say, I am hooked!
Top reviews from other countries
'Grave Surprise' was full of mystery and I could not put it down, I was intrigued to know who was the murderer, Charlaine Harris is a brilliant mystery/supernatural author. I heartily recommend this series.
The difference being they tell her how they died and what other illnesses they had.
In this story Harper finds not one but three bodies in a grave.The story is well written,has the right amount of suspence ,a hint of romance ,and the usual disbelieving cop, A Good read.