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Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mystery) Hardcover – 4 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime; First Edition edition (4 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425205681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425205686
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,955,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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An author of rare talent. --Publishers' Weekly

A great read that will grip you. --Waterstone's Books Quarterly on Dead Until Dark --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Introducing Harper Connelly: a gutsy new heroine who makes her living finding the dead - telepathically! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Miss I Spy on 16 Jan. 2007
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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 By A Customer on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D.J. Graham on 10 May 2010
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As a huge fan of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, I've been slowly making my way through some of her other works and after just finishing Grave Sight, this is by far my favourite of Harris' novels I have read so far outside of the Sookie books. Now, I know that this series has many mixed reviews, but personally I thought it was just as entertaining as the Sookie novels and the protagonist is somewhat darker than Miss. Stackhouse, which considering that her "talent" is to locate dead bodies, her dark personality isn't a surprise.

The novel follows Harper Connely and her step-brother Tolliver Lang as they travel the country using Harper's ability to locate dead bodies as a source of income. The idea that she gets paid for what she does is constantly argued over in the book, and I think that Harris has invited the reader to question the morality of Harper's job themeselves. Well, this particular job lands them in a small own in Arkansas, the same kind of town that Harris uses a lot in her work, where they are hired to find the body of a missing teenage girl. It soon becomes evident that the girl was murdered, and before they know it, Harper and Tolliver are sucked into the investigation.

The story moves at a brisk pace, and despite the mystery not being as complex as some others of the same genre are, the story itself and the charm of the small town in contrast to Harper and Tolliver who are completely out of their element and essentially want nothing to do with the investigation. The supporting characters, as usual with Harris, are a varied bunch, and some perform more important functions than others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Bywater on 23 Oct. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
When Harper Connolly is struck on the head by lightning, she discovers that she has the ability to find dead people. This becomes her job she gets paid to help people find the bodies of the missing.

Harper is an honest, decent and loyal person and she has to face the fact that most people do not believe in what she does and think that she is taking advantage of the bereaved.

Harper travels with her stepbrother to the Ozarks, to find a local missing teenager who is believed to be dead. They are made to feel unwelcome by most of the locals. Her stepbrother Tolliver ends up unfairly arrested and thrown in jail for no good reason and Harpers own life is put under threat.

Who would go to such lengths to want Harper and Tolliver out of the way to stop the truth from being revealed?

This is a great paranormal mystery. It only touches lightly on the paranormal so is not a scary or creepy story. The books main focus is on the main character Harper Connolly who comes across as a person who has come to terms with her unique ability, but has to deal with people who doubt it. It's an interesting and original storyline that comes to a satisfying conclusion.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. Taylor on 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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