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When I was fifteen, I was struck by a bolt of lightning through an open window of the trailer where we lived...I recovered, mostly. I have a strange spiderweb pattern of red on my torso and right leg, which has episodes of weakness. Sometimes my right hand shakes. I have headaches. I have many fears. And I can find dead people. That was the part that interested the professWhen I was fifteen, I was struck by a bolt of lightning through an open window of the trailer where we lived...I recovered, mostly. I have a strange spiderweb pattern of red on my torso and right leg, which has episodes of weakness. Sometimes my right hand shakes. I have headaches. I have many fears. And I can find dead people. That was the part that interested the professor...At the request of anthropology professor Dr. Clyde Nunley, Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver come to Memphis to give a demonstration of Harper's unique talent. And what better place to have that demonstration than in a very old cemetery?Dr. Nunley doesn't bother to hide his skepticism, especially when Harper stands atop a grave and senses two bodies beneath her - one of a centuries-dead man and the other of a young girl, recently deceased. When the grave is opened, Harper's claim is proven true. The dead girl is Tabitha Morgenstern, an eleven-year-old abducted from Nashville two years previously - a child whom Harper had tried, and failed, to find. The coincidence raises suspicions about her among the police - so she and Tolliver undertake their own hunt to find the killer. They make a nocturnal visit to the cemetery, hoping that Harper can sense something further about the murder.And then, the next morning, a third dead body is found in the grave......

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  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2019-03-08 10:40

    3.5 stars! “I love the South, don’t get me wrong; but it does lag behind the times in social developments.”The second book in a series of four, you must readGrave Sightbefore reading this book. Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver travel the US, using Harper's ability to find dead bodies and to know how they died as a means of employment. This came about when Harper was struck by lightning when she was a teenager. Harper and Tolliver are called to Memphis for a grave reading in an old cemetery. While there Harper discovers the body of an eleven year old girl that she had searched for before. Now the mystery begins as it was obvious someone put the body there for her to find, and instead of a random stranger having taken the girl, it's someone close to home. Tied up in the case, Harper and Tolliver are stuck in Memphis and are further entwined in the case when another body shows up in the same grave, someone they know. I'm going to say this in the nicest way possible, while I like these books and they're a wonderful urban fantasy guilty pleasure, I think that Charlaine Harris isn't a very good writer. I'm sorry! But the way she writes almost excludes feelings, skipping around settings in a sentence where I have to go back and reread them because I missed it it was so quick. In fact, a ghost showed up and I had no clue he was a ghost until she explicitly said so four pages later! I guess what I'm trying to say is she isn't always very clear with her writing. “Nothing could stop tragedy from visiting your home. The angel of death would not pass over, leaving you unscathed, no matter how large your house was."Now here's a small spoiler I'm not tagging: I went into this series knowing that a romantic relationship developed between Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver. And while it doesn't bother me I could see how people would be a little creeped out by it, especially since they refer to each other as brother and sister in the books. But since I knew going in I felt it was fairly obvious what was developing since the beginning, and I'm not really creeped out by it because they aren't blood related. It was interesting to see Harper's revelation of her feelings in this book and I really want to see how she'll handle it in the next book.As for the mystery, it was slow and came together all too quickly at the end. As all of Ms. Harris's books do. At this point I'm not reading for the mystery, I'm reading for the character development and the use of Harper's abilities and how they affect her life. That's the part I enjoy about these books.So remember everyone, 3 stars means I liked it! Don't pity the 3 star rating, I still very much enjoyed! I'll continue the series as I am intrigued by these characters.

  • Jilly
    2019-03-26 05:30

    I don't know why some readers are freaked out about the relationship between Harper and Tolliver, her "brother". The way I see it, these two are completely in love with each other, but are too afraid to tell the other so they pretend that they accept this sibling role when they are in no way related. They live as if they are a married couple, but go out and have sex occasionally with other people to take the edge off. Maybe if they had grown up together since childhood, I could see their relationship as teetering to incestuous, but when you read their back story, you realize that they met as teenagers and only lived in the same house for a few years. It would actually be very understandable for them to have a romantic relationship. You can call what you want, but we all see the truth as plain as dayIn this book, the wonder-twins are in town to walk through a graveyard and call out the dead peoples' names and cause of death. It is for a college class and the professor is out to "debunk" Harper. Well, too bad for him that she can really do it! And, while there, she finds a body that was a recent murder victim. It ends up being the body of a young girl that Harper had previously look for and couldn't find. Coincidence? No such thing. Now, they are stuck in town until the case is solved.I knew it!!The mystery in this book is decent, but I did tag the killer right away. That's okay because there were plenty of other things going on to make it an interesting read. One of those things being that Manfred shows up, and he's a teenager, and his grandma is still alive. That was really cool. Plus, he has a crush on Harper.This is how they are depicting Manfred for the Midnight, Texas tv show: (he's the main character)But, I'm a little disappointed because book-Manfred has bleached blonde hair, is covered in tattoos, and has multiple piercings. I think that would be much more interesting to see. Why do I have a feeling that NBC will ruin that book series for me?Anyway, this series is shaping up to be pretty fun. I like Harper and Tolliver, and I do hope they get their crap together and stop living in denial soon.

  • John
    2019-03-14 03:21

    Definitely need to read "Grave Sight" first; this one doesn't stand on its own. Story developed nicely ... until the end. Read as though the author had stopped short, put away the manuscript, and returned close to the contract deadline to tack on a thrown-together ending.

  • Patti
    2019-03-24 10:34

    Okay, I tried. I really tried. I got another book from this series, just to see if it left me feeling icky. And it did. Oh, it did.Once again, the creepy relationship between Harper and Tolliver was there for all to see. Every time she mentioned him "holding" her or kissing her, I just wanted to pull my eyeballs out and scrub them. Once again, Harper had to talk about how Tolliver was all about having sex with waitresses. Why waitresses? I mean...why would the author include that? Why not just "random women"?Something else got under my skin too...the flippant way in which Harper says she doesn't work for free and she's gotta earn a living. Many folks express disgust at how Harper makes money off of her unique talent. I wouldn't have even thought of it, but the author hammered it over my head time after time. And then I realized, yeah, it is kinda gruesome. Harper was so blaze about it that I wanted to smack her. I understand that yeah, girls gotta eat, but at least show some humility.One character went so far as to call Tolliver her "pimp" and I could almost agree. I mean, what does he do besides make comments against any male who shows any interest in Harper, set up appointments and collect the money. All we need is a scene where he tells Harper to get out there and make daddy more money and we are all set.I really love the basic idea of this book, as I said in my other review. If Harper was a little more humble and grown up and if Tolliver had gotten himself a stable somewhere out west instead of being her, um, "manager", I know I would love this series. But as it is.....

  • Luce
    2019-03-06 09:28

    4 Stars rounded up from 3.5 stars for audiobook.I am re-reading this series, but this time the audiobooks. Same reader as the first book - actually they keep the same narrator throughout the 4 book series (Alyssa Bresnahan). I like her. Does she have it easier, because it is written in the first person (Harper)? She doesn't really have to do voices? No matter, she does a good job.In this second book, Harper is hired by a college professor, Professor Nunley to read the dead people in the graves in an older cemetery on his college campus in Memphis. He wants to debunk her abilities using a log of the graves contents that were recently discovered. Not only is Harper correct for all of the graves she reads, but she finds a new body that has been buried on top of an older grave. She determines that it is a young girl, Tabitha who had gone missing 2 years earlier in Nashville. Harper and her step-brother, Tolliver are very familiar with Tabitha. They were hired by the family to try to find Tabitha, however Harper was unable to find her, until now. This is paranormal, because of Harper's abilities, but not scary, monster paranormal (vampires, werewolves, etc.). Nor is it psychic or at least Harper does not label herself as a psychic. She describes it like this - "Psychics—honest psychics—do receive a lot of information when they touch something a crime victim owned. The bad part is, quite often they receive information so vague it’s almost useless (“The body’s buried in the middle of an empty field”), unless you have a good idea what you’re looking for to begin with." She just finds dead bodies or as she stated once - “The closer I get, the more intense the buzz, the vibration, is. When I’m on top of them, I can reach down and tell how they died. I’m not a psychic. I’m not a precognate, or a telepath. I don’t see who killed them. I only see the death when I’m near the bones.”So this mystery - who put Tabitha's body in a grave in Memphis? Was it Harper? Why? Was she set up if so, by whom? I can't really comment on the mystery, since I read it before and I don't know if I guessed it correctly because it was obvious or was it obvious because I vaguely remembered?Harper and Tolliver have an interesting relationship. They are step-siblings but not blood related. Harper's mother married Tolliver's father. They met when they were young teens. Because their parents were drug addicts, they raised their younger sisters while in their teens. That is until the authorities discovered their living situations when Harper's sister, Cameron went missing walking home from High School. Cameron was never found by authorities or Harper. Their two youngest sisters, were taken by their Aunt and Uncle, Harper going into the Foster system, Tolliver was already 19 or 20. Harper and Tolliver are best friends, business partners and support system. But in this book, Harper realizes after all these years that Tolliver is more than just a BFF to her... though she never states it out loud - to herself or to him.On to book 3, An Ice Cold Grave.

  • Josephine (Jo)
    2019-03-09 08:44

    A thoroughly enjoyable book in the Harper Connelly series. Harper is no ordinary young woman, when she was a teenager she was struck by lightning and was left with both physical scars and a new mental ability, she can find missing dead people and also sense how they died. Harper and Tolliver had been employed over a year ago to find the body of a little girl called Tabitha Morgenstern aged eleven. Sadly at the time Harper was unsuccessful but when she is invited by anthropology professor Dr. Clyde Nunley to go to Memphis and give a demonstration of her abilities to his students Harper is shocked to find herself standing on the grave where Tabitha is buried. Why is she here so far away from where she was abducted in Nashville? Harper gets another surprise when she finds out that Tabitha's family are now living in Memphis and it is in fact the home town of the Morgenstern family. The police are called in and Harper and Tolliver are bombarded with questions and even treated as suspects and frauds.This is a really good detective story, supernatural and ghost story all rolled into one.

  • Jim
    2019-03-16 10:28

    Not a bad book, but not quite as good as the first due to redundancy. Very similar to the first in the plot & all. Again, the heroine isn't very upbeat nor is the story line. Same issues with folks accepting her for what she is/does.The biggest drawback was background of the heroine. We're treated to several pages where she crams in all the background info we learned through the first book & then she dishes it out again through out the book. OK, she & her step-brother had a rough time as kids, but I had that drilled into me in the first book. It was shoved in my face over & over again until I was skimming at times.There is one 'shocking revelation' on her part. I don't like spoiler reviews, so I won't say what it is. It didn't strike me too well, though. It was understandable in many ways, but her reaction seemed over dramatic. Maybe it's a female/moral thing. Very possible. I'm a guy & my morals tend toward practicality, so others could think this was OK. I think I'll go looking for a topic that discusses this & see what others think.

  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    2019-03-16 07:39

    Quick review:Cover: Interesting Rating:R Thumbs Up:4Overall: I enjoyed itCharacters: Well DonePlot: giving the finger to the doubtersPage Turner: Yes Series Cont.? Yes Recommend:YesBook Boyfriend: TolliverSUMMARY (50 words or less)The lightning strikes again. I really like this series. I think I like Harper much more than Sookie. I like that this book seems to have a lot more going on than the mystery set in front of us. This one kept me guessing longer than the last book.For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at: ReviewAlyssa Bresnahan did a really good job with this series. She really brought this series to life for me.

  • Tiffy_Reads
    2019-03-20 09:33

    Charlaine Harris does it again. I really enjoyed this one. In the 2nd installment of this series Harper comes face to face with a case she couldn't solve. She has to try to figure it all out before she gets herself in trouble or killed. Looking forward to next book.

  • LJ
    2019-03-08 11:39

    GRAVE SURPRISE (Paranormal Suspense-Memphis-Cont) – VGHarris, Charlaine – 2nd in seriesBerkeley Prime Crime, 2006- Hardcover*** Harper Collins and her stepbrother Tolliver have come to Memphis at the request of Professor Clyde Nunley. He has asked Harper to demonstrate her unique ability to find the dead and know how they died. When she comes the grave of a centuries-old man she not only identifies him, but a second corpse buried on top—the body of a girl Harper had been hired, but failed, to find previously. Now that they’ve found the body, the question is who killed her?*** I’ll admit I like books involving the paranormal when it’s well done, and this is. This series is more serious than Ms. Harris Sookie Stackhouse series, which I like. The main character and her step-brother are interesting, well-developed characters whose pasts tie them together in a unique way which will certainly influence their future. Harper struggles with the aftereffects, both physically and emotionally, of the event which triggered her abilities and with the lack of understanding from others. To me, this gives her an vulnerability and sense of frustration which seem very human. The story is well-plotted and interesting with some fascinating secondary characters. They story being set in Memphis added an interesting side element about which one wouldn’t normally think. I very much enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who enjoy the paranormal.

  • Aarann
    2019-03-22 05:46

    Okay this is another one I finished ages ago, and I'm going to try to remember it for the purposes of cleaning off my goodreads shelves and getting a review on here. This review will be short and sweet, with just a few impressions so I don't spoil anything.First, just like in the first book, the villain was laughably obvious (actually even more so this time). Harris is taking a premise and making it paper thin with each book. Harper's job as a corpse finder should be done once the body was found but because that would have meant no story, she and/or Tolliver had to be suspected in some way and told not to leave town long enough to get 200 pages in.Second and more important, I am not a fan of the way Harris decided to go re: Harper and Tolliver. Gross. If she wanted to go toward Harper falling in love with her stepbrother, she shouldn't have had them calling each other "brother" and "sister" over the last two books. Ick. I can live with a step-siblings in love schtick (although the older I get, the more that squicks me out), but not after getting used to thinking of them as siblings thanks to Harris's own writings. I wish Harris had done what I initially thought she'd do and hooked Harper up with the cute, goth grandson of her psychic friend (Zelda? It's been a month, so I'm blanking on names) -- only in a few years. The development of Harper's crush on her "brother" in this book was just... blech!Oh, this was an audio read for me and I remember I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator, but I honestly can't remember why... Sorry, that's not very helpful.Overall I liked the story, but I hope the next book is a little harder to figure out. And if we're going to deal with the stepsibling thing, I'm hoping they'll stop referring to each other as brother and sister when introducing themselves without specifying the "step" part.See? Short and sweet... or not sweet, but short.

  • Nico
    2019-03-05 03:27

    Generally, these books are not the fillet mignon of books. They're the carnival corn dogs. This book, like a corn dog, is bad for you, but yet somehow you eat it anyway. I've often said that Charlaine Harris's books are like the trash tv equivalent of the book world, and even though the characters are awful, disgusting people, I can't help but read this crap. Harper and her step brother Tolliver still have this weird, co-dependent relationship with each other. And at least on Harper's part, she comes to the revelation that she "trusts" him so much, he's the only person she could ever consider having a baby with!! Technically since they aren't blood related, they could have a relationship with no issue. BUT they call each other brother and sister which just makes the whole thing really disgusting to even think about. The story really hangs on their unhealthy relationship too. So many times in this book and the last, people make the mistake of thinking they're husband and wife, and then get really uncomfortable when Harper says they're siblings. The ending in this one was pretty damn weak, too. Harris wrapped everything up that needed to be said in about two pages or so, which was very rushed and also just bad writing. Ultimately, I'd say that the Harper Connelly books aren't my favorites by any means, but I'm curious about how everything ends. I think with a better writer, this series could actually be quite good.

  • Melissa McShane
    2019-03-11 08:25

    I liked this book a lot more than I liked the first; the story is more engaging and the mystery more complex. There's the college professor who invites Harper to demonstrate her talents so he can debunk her, and then there's the mystery that arises when in the course of this demonstration Harper finds an extra body in a grave. And when the extra body happens to be that of a girl Harper had been hired to find, and failed, several months back, the mystery deepens. Harris continues to think through the details of what Harper's occupation would mean--in this case, she falls under suspicion of having staged the discovery. I also thought it was a nice touch to have the girl's family be re-implicated in her death.It was another interesting twist that Harper discovers her feelings for her stepbrother Tolliver aren't exactly sisterly. It's a good twist because it's both logical and something others would be creeped out by. However, I don't think there's any hint of this in the previous book, so that was what I found unnatural. Even so, it's played out well, and I thought it was a good complication to be explored in future books.

  • Hallie
    2019-03-05 03:45

    Enjoyed this a lot, although I'm not totally certain why it was quite so engaging. I liked the set up for Harper finding this mystery's dead body, with the snotty professor so arrogant and so sure she'd fail in her demonstration of her powers to his class. I also liked that there was a bit less of the Unclean! Abomination! response to her than there was in the first book. It was a bit on the needlessly repetitive side for such a short book (seriously, did anyone *not* get that Harper and Tolliver had a terrible childhood?), but it wasn't a big problem. Some of my gulping this down, I think, is fascination with Harris's choice to make Harper almost the antithesis of the "kickass UF heroine", although she doesn't want to be a clingy, emotional wreck, which keeps it interesting. [Unfortunately, I read Melissa's review of Grave Surprise before reading Grave Sight, so have no way of knowing whether I was getting the incestuous (or not, depending on how you view it!) vibes in that or just knew they were to come. I think I was getting them, but really, it's probably all pride and self-deception!]

  • Steven
    2019-03-03 07:40

    Harper's second adventure (at least our second adventure with her) was just as fun as the first. Not too predictable, always interesting, and with great characters. The only issue I had was that we didn't get as much action as the first. Yeah, there were a few murders and twists, but I felt like a lot of time was spent at the hotel discussing who could possibly have done it, as opposed to the first where they were out there getting their hands dirty. I still enjoyed it, and know that cases have to be different, and can't wait to read book three. :)

  • Caty
    2019-03-15 08:44

    This is another series by Charlaine Harris. I have read two and will not read more. The heroine and a stepbrother (odd, odd boundary issues here that get in the way of the plot) travel from town to town using the heroine's ability to communicate with the dead to resolve death's and settle spirits. Good premise. Good read. Creep factor too much to bother with again.

  • Lauri Saplad
    2019-03-24 07:36

    Offbeat 2nd installment in the Harper Connelly series. Harper is unique in several ways. 1) She's a lightning strike survivor. As a result of that 2) she can sense dead people! AND 3) she can tell what the body's cause of death was. And even stranger yet: 4) she makes a living locating mostly missing persons' bodies...Harper with her stepbrother Tolliver travel the country locating dead bodies. Usually they're called in as a last resort. Her talents don't include finding living persons. Some people believe, some are skeptics, and others are downright hostile. It's a bizarre life, tough and draining, but she feels as if she's providing a necessary service. Is it wrong to make money off her talent? I don't think so. But you decide.This one has several twists and turns. Yes, there is a murderer. No, you will not be able to guess whodunit until the very end. Go ahead. I dare you.

  • Susan
    2019-03-02 08:35

    From back cover blurb:When I was fifteen, I was struck by lightning. I recovered, mostly. I have a strange spiderweb pattern of red on my torso and right leg. I have headaches. I have many fears. And I can find dead people. That was the part that interested the professor…At the request of anthropology professor Clyde Nunley, Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver come to Memphis to demonstrate Harper's unique talent-in an old cemetery. Nunley is skeptical, even after Harper senses-and finds-two bodies in the grave beneath her feet. One of a man centuries dead. The other, a young girl, recently deceased, whom Harper had once tried, and failed, to locate. But Harper's new investigation into the crime yields yet another surprise: the next morning, a third body is found-in the very same grave…I'm really glad I've picked up this series, I'm liking Harper almost better than Sookie. I like the way Charlaine Harris writes in general. The whodunit is not overly obvious to me, I think there might have been one Sookie book I knew with relative certainty ahead of time, but overall she's pretty good at casting suspicion in enough different directions that you may have a hunch but nothing is a dead giveaway.The premise of Harper having received her "gift" via a lightning strike incident is very creative. It's clear the author has researched what long-term effects such an incident might have on someone. The reactions to those Harper comes across, even those who hire her but aren't sold on whether she's for real are comical.The relationship Tolliver and Harper has is very interesting. The past created for them is tragic and sad, which makes me glad they at least have one another to count in.While I won't keep these books to re-read, I am highly enjoying them and look forward to the next installment. But first, I'm going to move onto another Harris creation: Shakespeare's Landlord, featuring Lily Bard.

  • Nikki
    2019-02-27 03:37

    Yeah, I can't help it, I like Charlaine Harris' books. This series is popcorn for my brain, but that's not a bad thing: so is Georgette Heyer, in a different way. I've been spoilered as to future developments in the series, and it doesn't put me off a bit: I was sort of expecting it to go this way. I mean, I've dipped in and out of fandoms since I was twelve. But just in case anyone has a really bad squick and needs to check that it's not going that way, the spoiler is (view spoiler)[that Harper is in love with her step-brother and they do develop a relationship in the next book (hide spoiler)]. (Sorry, people on LibraryThing. If you have a spoiler tag, I haven't met it yet.)There's nothing of great moment about the actual plot of this book, aside from those emotional things, but Harper and Tolliver get dangerously embroiled anyway. I'm not a great fan of the portrayal of the killer -- it seems we have more than enough of that type of person in the media -- but it's hard to take too seriously, and it won't linger with me. It was just fun. In an entirely different way to Georgette Heyer.This review really doesn't encapsulate how I feel about these books. It makes me sound too indifferent. I do love them, in a casual popcorny way!

  • Barbara ★
    2019-02-25 05:29

    Harper Connelly finds dead people and once found can tell you exactly how they died. Yup creepy as hell but cool too. At 15, Harper was struck by lightning and now has this weird ability and a bunch of health issues as well. As her manager, her brother Tolliver travels the country with Harper keeping her appointments and assists her physically when needed. Harper and Tolliver had a rather bad childhood which made them very close and dependent upon each other. Of course Harper and Tolliver are not blood related at all (Harper's mother married Tollivers father when they were both teenagers). This becomes important in this installment and should prove to be rather interesting in future books.In this installment they are called to Memphis Tennessee to do a demonstration of Harper's abilities in a college graveyard where Harper finds the body of a girl she was searching for a year and a half ago. Craziness ensues and Harper and Tolliver get sucked into a murder investigation but as witness or murderer? That is the question the police want answered. I find that I enjoy this series and will definitely be continuing the ghoulish adventures.

  • Dawn Michelle
    2019-03-17 10:21

    I am really enjoying reading the different series by Charlaine Harris. I really like her writing style and how I never confuse Sookie for Harper and vice-versa. The book finds Harper and her "brother"/best friends/traveling companion Tolliver in Memphis at a college to do a "reading" (for lack of a better word) at an old cemetery. They have been called/invited by a professor (who's college he works for is part of the cemetery, though on the outskirts of the actually college) who wants to debunk what Harper does (the records of the cemetery have been sealed and only recently discovered). Until she she gets them right. All of them. Then he starts believing. And then she find the body of a girl who she had been called in to "search for" in Nashville 18 months earlier and everyone freaks and things that Harper knows HOW the body got there.And then, another body is found. And the questions keep coming. Can Harper find out who is doing all the killing before she OR Tolliver are the next victims?Creepy and confusing. Good read!

  • Dee
    2019-03-03 07:44

    4 starsI seem to be in the minority, but I enjoyed this a bit more than Grave Sight Harper Connelly 1. I love when an innocuous seeming character rubs their skills in people's faces so the opening scenes set me in a great place with Harper showing the disbelieving Clyde her corpse mojo. Then there was the fact that references made in book one were followed through here with the discovery of Tabitha - continuity pleases me considerably. We got a bit more paranormal too with ghosts and psychics thrown in the mix and the mystery was still mysterious. The continuing evolution of Harper and Tolliver's relationship clarified the oddity of their sibling interactions in book one. I had no idea whodunnit and suspected everyone but was gratified but the murderer's final identity. Basically I think the series is progressing well, maintaining individual storylines while clearly pursuing an overall arc and an actual end - a matter of great import in today's publishing!

  • Alexandra
    2019-03-08 11:26

    Another great book in the Harper Connelly series. I think I liked this one a little more than the first. Of course, the first book was great for setting up Harper and Tolliver's background and how they came to do what they do but this book took it further and you find out more information about their childhood and their family. One revelation in particular that Harper has is quite disturbing. But even the murder mystery in the book was more exciting than in Grave Sight. Harper goes to a cemetery on a college campus to be part of a class on studies of the occult and she stumbles across a new body in a century old grave. I have to say that despite some weirdness between Harper and Tolliver, I do really like them. They are really good, simple, down to earth people who just want to do the right thing and they really look out for each other. They don't want to be rich or famous, they just want a quiet, peaceful life. I like that. They are very refreshing characters to read about. I will be sad when this series ends.

  • Flannery
    2019-03-08 07:39

    I was excited to check out this series because I really enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series. Eh, no. While an interesting and entertaining listen, I found the plot to be predictable and the incestuous undertones a little disturbing. Just because someone is not your relative by blood doesn't mean they can't still be considered your brother. And he is described as being skinny, pock-marked, and with a ponytail! Get real! Anyway, when I first began this one, I did not know it was the second in the series. She catches you up pretty quickly so I did not feel lost. But I felt like the killer was obvious from the first interaction with that person.And what the heck kind of a name is Tolliver?

  • Zarah
    2019-03-21 10:34

    Boooriiiing!The plot is thin, the characters are cardboardey, the MC's are weird and not very likable - and ms Harris keeps mixing up her facts, which ruins books for me. Another pet peeve is characters that keep repeating and rehashing things they've already gone over in previous instalments (or earlier on in the book). Yep. Gotcha, thanks. Not stupid - move on, please! This book does that all-the-frickin'-time.I'm NOT gonna read the rest of these books.(view spoiler)[...and I get it. I do. They're not REALLY related. Maybe if you didn't constantly CALL him your brother and make such a HUGE deal out of it, it would be weird, Harper? Because the way it is now? Weird. Very weird. And kind of creepy. And makes me over-use the word weird. Which, in itself, is weird... ;) (hide spoiler)]

  • Natascha
    2019-03-04 10:45

    Der zweite Teil der Harper Connelly Reihe von Charlaine Harris hat mir genauso gut gefallen wie der Erste. Obwohl der Täter für mich dieses Mal offensichtlicher zu erkennen war, fand ich den Fall spannender und die Charaktere entwickeln sich, im Vergleich zum Vorgänger, besser weiter. Zwar verhalten sich die Protagonisten manchmal immer noch nicht wirklich nachvollziehbar, aber gleichzeitig entspricht das irgendwie auch ihren Persönlichkeiten. Ich gebe es zu, ich verstehe Harper und Tolliver des öfter nicht, aber damit kann ich ganz gut leben.Für mich gute Unterhaltung die sicher nicht weltbewegend ist, aber manchmal brauche ich eben Geschichten, die mir einfach nur eine gute Zeit bereiten und das tut diese Reihe auf jeden Fall.

  • Carolyn F.
    2019-02-28 08:19

    2nd re-read - this time by audiobook - Have the paperback too.This is the book where Harper realizes how she feels about Tolliver. Some people things it's cringy that she's in love with her step-brother, but to me it's not a problem for the following reasons:1. They are not blood relatives at all;2. Their parents didn't marry until both were in their teens;3. They took a really long time before they realized they loved each other more than just as family. They really thought it out. So to me, it's not a problem. I really like this series and the narrator is doing a great job.

  • Terri
    2019-03-18 10:38

    Harper has a unique ability to "know"/"see" things about the dead. And when she goes to do a demonstration for a group, she "sees" something completely unexpected.I like the originality of the series and Harper and her brother as characters.

  • Debbie
    2019-03-20 06:25

    My second read/listen - picked up in audible sale. Made a long car ride go quickly. I was surprised that I liked all in the series - 4 stars.

  • Shirley Revill
    2019-03-01 08:47

    Really enjoyed this audiobook it had me guessing till the end.The narration was really good and added to the story.Recommended.