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Monday, March 01, 2010

Grave Surpise

Harris, Charlaine.  Grave Surprise.

While I'm not a Sookie Stackhouse fan, I do enjoy Harris' Harper Connelly series.  Hit by lightening when she was 15, Harper has the ability to find dead people.  She and her step-brother, Tolliver Lang, travel the country helping families locate missing loved ones.

Invited by an anthropology professor in Memphis to demonstrate her talent, Harper identifies individuals in an old cemetery and gives the cause of death.  The records, only recently discovered and sealed, tally with Harper's identifications, angering the professor who had hoped to expose a scam artist.  The exception...a more recent body buried in an old grave.

The body is that of an eleven-year-old girl who had been taken from Nashville nearly two years previously.  Harper had been called in on the investigation when it went cold as a sort of last resort, but Harper had been unable to locate the body either.  When the body is discovered in Memphis, things begin to get sticky.

A very fast read, Grave Surprise was a nice installment in the Harper Connelly series, and I enjoyed it.  Now that I've read all 3 in the serie  (I'd already read the first and third), I'm looking forward to the next one.

Fiction.  Mystery/Supernatural.  2006.  295 pages.


  1. I've heard great things about this series and am looking forward to reading it one of these days. I am glad you have enjoyed the first three in the series so far.

  2. I haven't read any books in this series, but have read other books by Charlaine Harris. I liked her Shakespeare series and I read some of her librarian series a long time ago. Maybe one day on this one and on Sookie.

  3. My local library system seems to have gone nuts on Charlaine Harris e-books. I knew nothing about her, though, until I spotted your post, so thanks for that. I may give her a try soon via an e-book or two.

  4. LF - I have enjoyed them all. The supernatural element doesn't overwhelm, and the characters are interesting as they deal with the complications of their unusual profession!

    Kay - Harris is certainly a prolific writer. So many people love the Sookie Stackhouse series and the True Blood televison series. Even though that one doesn't appeal to me, I admire her versatility!

    Sam - I've never tried an e-book, but Harris is so popular now, I'm not surprised. If you like good supernatural mysteries, give the Harper Connelly series a try.

  5. I am glad you have enjoyed the first three in the series so far.

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  6. I have read all the books in this series now. I struggled a bit with the relationship stuff, but I did enjoy them all. Will be interested to see what Charlaine Harris comes up with next!

  7. Marg - Yes, Charlaine Harris has quite an imagination, so many series, all different, so many characters!