- Hardcover: 295 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (26 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425212033
- ISBN-13: 978-0425212035
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,399,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly Mystery) Hardcover – 26 Sep 2006
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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
When it comes to serving up the supernatural. Harris is unmatched. --The Romantic Times
Harris delivers a knuckle-gnawing tale populated with well-developed, edgy characters. --Publishers Weekly
A series that might just surpass all her others in popularity. --Booklist --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Harper Connelly: a gutsy new heroine who makes her living finding the dead - telepathically! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Hardly before the local police can suggest Harper and Tolliver had some ulterior motive for suddenly finding the girl's body, a third corpse is found in the same grave!
And, as in all Charlaine Harris's novels, there is plenty of action and mystery as the two try to establish the reasons for the deaths of the two recent bodies. Murder and mayhem are the usual bywords and I'm happy to to await the pending arrival of 'Ice Cold Grave', the third in the series. You can put Sookie to oneside now; Harper is definitely a stand-alone hero - not forgetting Tolliver, of course.
This triggers the investigation of the death of the girl and Harper and Tolliver are once again drawn to the turmoil involving the law enforcement and the media. And they have to face yet again the Morgenstern family, the parents of the missing girl. And the investigation takes another turn when Professor Nunley, the guy who invited Harper for the demonstration, is found dead in the same graveyard when Tabitha was discovered.
When Harper and Tolliver finally get to the truth, it turns out to be someone that Tolliver knows quite well and the reason for the killer's action is as dark as the truth itself.
This is quite a good follow-up to the first book. The pace is much faster and the plot is more clever than the previous one, with something from the past biting back at the siblings. There are also some new characters introduced to the scene such as the psychic Xylda and her grandson Manfred, who is a telepath (sound familiar??) . Their addition adds colours to the gloomy atmosphere to the story. Manfred, who obviously has a crush on Harper, also gives a lot of spice to the relationship between Tolliver and Harper which is already full of tension.
On the other hand, we get to know more about Harper's background and her younger sisters. Personally, I think Charlaine has put in this build up for later books which I believe has something to do with Harper's family. I will start on the next book to see what's in store.
"I've never left a body unreported," I said, remembering how proud I'd been of that fact only a day before."
Harper Connelly, Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
I picked up the second book in the Harper Connelly Mysteries, Grave Surprise, from the library yesterday, and I've already finished it. This is partly due to an interesting mystery and partly due to having a lot of spare time over the past 24 hours. I am looking forward to getting hold of the next book in the Harper Connelly Mysteries, An Ice Cold Grave. Fingers crossed the library has this book in next week.
Grave Surprise picks up some time after the ending of Grave Sight. I'm not sure how much time has passed because it isn't mentioned. It don't think it is too long because in Grave Sight, Tolliver mentions that Harper has been asked to demonstrate her ability to a class that essentially tries to debunk people with abilities like Harper as frauds. At the beginning of Grave Surprise, Harper and Tolliver are in the cemetery at Bingham College in Memphis. The college class has gathered to test whether Harper is the "real deal" as such. They have recently located the registry of the graves in the cemetery so there is no way that Harper could have found the information out prior to meeting them at the cemetery. Harper moves from grave to grave successfully identifying the cause of death for each grave. There is a shocking discovery when Harper finds two bodies buried in the same grave. One body belonged to Josiah Poundstone, a man who was murdered via a stab wound that gave him blood poisoning fifty years ago. The other belonged to an eleven year old girl named Tabitha Morgenstern.Read more ›
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