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Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Book 1)

Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Charlaine Harris
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An author of rare talent. --Publishers' Weekly

A great read that will grip you. --Waterstone's Books Quarterly on Dead Until Dark

Book Description

Introducing Harper Connelly: a gutsy new heroine who makes her living finding the dead - telepathically!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 368 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (10 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TO59UU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charlaine Harris was born in Tunica, Mississippi, and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area in the middle of a cotton field. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and started writing novels a few years later.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a light-hearted mystery series 'starring' Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden. The first of the eight books, Real Murders, was shortlisted for Best Novel in the 1990 Agatha Awards. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses.

Charlaine Harris then wrote the first of her Southern vampire mysteries starring Sookie Stackhouse, the quirky, telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Dead Until Dark won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery. It also won Harris a whole new fan club of devoted readers and pushed her into the bestseller lists. The Sookie Stackhouse series, in which Sookie has to deal with vampires, werecreatures and other supernatural folk - not to mention her own complicated love life - was also instrumental in creating the urban fantasy genre.

Sookie Stackhouse also enchanted Alan Ball, creator of the smash TV show Six Feet Under, who took an option and wrote and directed the pilot episode for True Blood himself. It was an instant hit when it premiered in the US, and that success was repeated when it was first aired in Britain last year. The second season of TRUE BLOOD will start this spring.

Harris's newest series features Harper Connelly, a young woman who, after being struck by lightning, finds herself able to locate the bodies of the dead and to determine the cause of their death. There are four Harper titles (Grave Sight, Grave Surprise, An Ice Cold Grave and Grave Secret).

Charlaine Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. She is married, the mother of three, and lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas. When she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!

Here are the Sookie Stackhouse True Blood novels in series order:

Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse 1
Living Dead In Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse 2
Club Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 3
Dead To The World: Sookie Stackhouse 4
Dead As A Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse 5
Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 6
All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 7
From Dead To Worse: Sookie Stackhouse 8
Dead And Gone: Sookie Stackhouse 9
Dead In The Family: Sookie Stackhouse 10
A Touch Of Dead (a Sookie Stackhouse short story collection_

Here are the Harper Connelly novels in series order:

Grave Sight: Harper Connelly 1
Grave Surprise: Harper Connelly 2
An Ice Cold Grave: Harper Connelly 3
Grave Secret: Harper Connelly 4

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still enjoyable but what happened to suspence? 16 Jan 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book focuses on the adventures of Harper Connely, a woman who has an unusually morbid gift for finding the dead. At least that is how the fearfull and prejudiced pea brains who hire her seem to regard her. Aided by her brother she ends up resolving a mystery regarding one of her bodily discoveries, while she and hers suffer the price for her persistant investigations. Which are not welcomed by the culprits, as one might have assumed from the beginning. The dead, unfortunately, don't say much to Harper, but the living assume that she heard too much anyway.

Having arrived at this book via avid contemplations of the adventures of Sukie Stockhouse in Southern Vampire mysteries, I found myself rather disappointed by the predictability of the plot, which I sort of worked out by the third chapter. All the elements of a successful Harris work are there, form original characters to gracious writing technique, so I cannot claim that it was a bad read, merely that it was below the standard I have come to expect from this writer. I was not as instantly attracted to the protagonists as in the afore mentioned series, and feel they would have benefited from being expanded upon in a more vivid manner. It seemed like it was not enough, and left me with a vacant expectation.

Having said all that, I am awaiting the arrival of the second novel from this series in the post any day now, the reading of which will hopefully make me eat my words!
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read This 10 Feb 2006
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i've read other boks by Charlaine Harris and really enjoyed them but i think this one is even better. it surrounds a character called Harper who was struck by lightening as a little girl and developed the ability to find dead people and see their last moments on earth. she travels with her brother tolliver and the story is as much about the relationship with her family as it is about the mystery. i really enjoyed this book and would reccomend it to anyone who is a fan of sookie stackhouse novels.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intruiging idea 26 Jan 2007
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Having read four of the excellent Southern Vampire Series (Sookie Stackhouse) and a few of the rather good Lily Bard Mysteries I had high expectations of this book.

I have to say I was slightly disappointed.

The basic Story is quite good and certainly interesting. Its about a woman called Harpur Connelly. Harpur was hit by lightning and since then has an understandable fear of storms and an extra gift where she can locate dead bodies and get a brief snapshot of their final moments and an understanding of how they died. She is generally despised by the people who engage her to find the dead, mainly because she charges for the privilege.

Her latest job sees her involved in a messy missing persons case which quickly establishes itself as a murder case. The murderer does not wish to be discovered and will do anything to keep Harpur from getting to the bottom of the mystery.

The story does keep you interested but the characters are not especially likable. Harpur comes across as cold and a little whiney. Her brother seems roguish but without the charm.

Still it's a good read and I will read any subsequent sequels. Miss Harris develops characters well over a series and you do seem to grow to like them ... even if it takes a while
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlaine Rocks! 3 April 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read Grave Sight, Grave Secret and Ice Cold Grave in a week - hard to put down writing is characteristic of Charlaine's style. Her characters are addictive (though I prefer Sookie) and her stories are suspenseful and always give a feeling of a snow ball gathering diameter toward the bottom of the hill.

I gave it 4/5 purely because I prefer her True Blood series, not because this series lacks in any way. I prefer the wonderful world of vampires and fairies to this world of finding the dead. Just my preference. This series is well worth the commitment of cash and time, especially if you like your paranormal with a slice of humour, a sexy couple and plenty of twists in the plot. Bravo!!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Harper Connolly-A surviver of lightning 12 Feb 2010
Having finished the Sookie Stackhouse series, I need more Charlaine fix and hence I decided to give a go at the Harper Connolly series. Harper is a very lucky girl as she survived after being hit by lightning when she was 15. Apart from surviving the accident, she also gains a new ability- being able to locate bodies and find out the cause of death. Since then, as a way to earn a living, she's been traveling across the US with her stepbrother Tolliver to assist law enforcements or private individuals to locate the remains of lost ones.

This is the first book from the series and Harper and Tolliver travels to a small town Sarne at the request of Sybil Teague, a key figure in the local community, to search the body of the girlfriend of her son who has died recently, believed to have committed suicide.
Harper successfully locates the body of Tennie but more trouble comes to her way. After a visit to the grave of Tennie's older sister Sally with Sally's husband Hollis, she discovers that Sally's death was not an accident as previously believed. On the other hand, Tennie's mother is murdered and finally after much effort, Harper and Tolliver get to the truth which turns out to be a secret between two families.

This is not a bad read and the pace is slow to start with. It's a simple plot and clues are carefully hidden along the way, you don't get to find out the truth until the last chapter, even though I kind of manage to guess some of it half way through.
This is very different to the Sookie Stackhouse series, a different take to the supernatural world. Similar to Sookie, Harper has ability. But unlike Sookie, who is louder with good sense of humor, Harper is quiet and the whole atmosphere of the story is darker. This could be due to her upbringing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by redhead
5.0 out of 5 stars this repeats the great story telling of Charlaine Harris
The first of the Harper Connelly books, this repeats the great story telling of Charlaine Harris. Another rattling yarn about someone who is a little different from 'the rest' of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As stated
Published 1 month ago by Lynne Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and very entertaining
I love Charlaine's books (if you can forgive how badly written the last couple of Sookie books were). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Orchidroom
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with service
Very happy with the product and service.
Published 4 months ago by stonemason
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Easy to read and gripping - I didn't want to put it down

Why do you demand more words than I want to give?
Published 5 months ago by red90
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed these books, something a bit different but good
Having read through all the true blood series by Charlaine Harris i was looking for something else to read so thought i would give the harper connelly series a try. Read more
Published 7 months ago by wide eyed dreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent mystery
Grave Sight is the first book in the Harper Connelly series by American author, Charlaine Harris. After being struck by lightning at fifteen, Harper Connolly is endowed with a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cloggie Downunder
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series
I enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series, and although this is quite different the author's writing style shines through. I liked the characters and the storyline.
Published 13 months ago by Tussin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Totally love all her books...
Harper is really believable getting the next one in the set soon. Can't wait haha
Published 13 months ago by kc
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