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An Ice Cold Grave

This is a review of the novel “An Ice Cold Grave” by Charlaine Harris. It is the third novel in the Harper Connelly Series. It follows on from “Grave Surprise“.

As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers.

Harper has been invited to Doraville, North Carolina to help with the investigation into the disappearance of woman’s grandson. But even more chilling, is the fact that he is only one of eight missing young males. Initially it had been thought that the boys were simply runaways, (it is the age for that kind of thing after all) but the new sheriff remains unconvinced of this theory of her predecessor. Harper begins her search for the missing grandson with his grandmother leading the way, and before long Harper has located the boys. It’s her hardest (emotionally) case yet. To see each boy’s last moment is horrific.

And someone is deeply unhappy with Harper. So unhappy that they decide to attack her. It is only her quick thinking that stops the attack from being fatal, but she is badly injured. Tolliver and her are forced to stay in town longer than they had planned, and again, they become drawn deeper and deeper into the case. Who has been taking boys in Doraville? What sick and depraved person is lingering in this North Carolina community?

I enjoyed this novel and the return of the character Manfred Bernado. There’s a somewhat shocking (Or is it really? This re-read has had me picking up on signs since the beginning) development towards the end of the novel, I won’t spoil it. I like that each of Harper’s mysteries throughout the series are different. As always, Charlaine Harris did not disappoint!

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Grave Sight

This is a review of the novel “Grave Sight” by Charlaine Harris. It is the first novel in the Harper Connelly Series.

Harper possesses a rare ability that connects her with the dead. She can locate bodies and determine the cause of death. She can see why they’ve died, but in the case of a murder or foul play, she cannot see the killer, just the dead person’s last moments. This ability was bestowed on Harper after she was struck by lightning as a teen. She’s made a living out of her strange ability, helping people find the bodies of their lost loved ones and providing them with closure. Her brother Tolliver Lang (they’re step siblings) travels around with her and helps her with her searches and provides support (finding the dead can be very draining).

Harper and Tolliver find themselves in the small town of Sarne in the Ozarks. Harper has been tasked with finding the body of the missing (and presumed dead) teenaged girl Teenie Hopkins. She and her boyfriend, Dell Teague, both went missing. Dell was found dead, and Teenie was just presumed to be a runaway. But then ugly rumours began to spread. It’s been said that Dell murdered Teenie and then committed suicide. His mother Sybil would like to put a stop to these rumours, so she’s hired Harper.

But when Harper finds Teenie, she finds a whole lot more, and the deaths of the two teenagers become a mystery that sorely needs to be solved.

Running in the background is the deeper mystery of Harper’s missing sister Cameron, who vanished when they were teens. Harper believes that Cameron is dead, and hopes that someday she will find her. But she and Tolliver may never discover what happened to Cameron Connelly.

I first read this book some time ago, and loved it then. Re-reading it, I still love it. Like anything I’ve read of Charlaine Harris’ it’s compelling and very hard to put down. The Harper Connelly Series is darker and more somber than the Sookie Stackhouse Series (Trueblood), but just as intriguing. I love the way that Harris writes her mysteries. I am always wanting to continue reading and I like the pace of her novels.

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