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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (9 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575083999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575083998
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paranormal mystery at its best. --The Romantic Times

An author of rare talents. --Publishers Weekly

A series that just might surpass all her others. --Booklist --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Harper Connelly finds dead people - and a cold case suddenly becomes too hot to handle . . .

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Format: Hardcover
In this series Harper and her step brother Tolliver travel round America trying to find dead people - either for law enforcement or private cases. Due to a lightening strike Harper has been left with this unusual talent. She can find where the body is buried and then tell you how they died, Tolliver's main role is to look out for Harper and protect her from the media, the police, just about everyone.
In this book 3 Harper is called in to get involved in a serial killer case, 6 boys are dead and no-one knows how or where. Harper finds them pretty quick and if you've read the other books (which I thoroughly recommend)then you'll know that this normally leads the police/sheriff to start questioning her skills. While the previous books have stuck to the formula and set up the characters I think this is the one which has moved things up a step - Tolliver and Harper's relationship moves on from step -brother/sister to something else entirely and it'll be interesting to see how that effects the next book. Also Harper's character is developing nicely from being - find the body, cash the cheque, leave town. Now there is more involvement in finding the killer and she is beginning to stand up for herself a bit more.
All in all the characters are intriguing and the plot moves along well, if you like crime novels with a sci-fi or supernatural twist then this could be a good series for you. If you're familiar with Charlaine Harris from her other series (Sookie Stackhouse) then this one doesn't have as much supernatural goings on and isn't as funny, but I have to admit its beginning to grow on me and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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This is a series of books about Harper Conolly, who was a normal girl before she got hit by lightening. After the lightening strike she found she had the ability to feel dead people. Now she makes her living travelling around the country with her step-brother Tolliver, using her ability to find missing loved ones. Each book is a self-contained story of their adventures, though there are recurring characters and continuation, which means these are not stand-alone books.

I decided to try this series as I enjoyed the True Blood series so much. It provides the same kind of easy read and silly escapism as True Blood, but that's where the similarity ends. I'm sorry to say that this series is a lightweight in comparison. All the books feel rushed, the attempts at mystery, intrigue and drama are sometimes predictable and dull, other times laughable. Harper is nowhere near as charming and spunky as Sookie, and the rest of the cast is narrower, less colourful, less interesting.

Having said this, the concept is original, there is a tantalising theme of forbidden love, and it doesn't pretend to be anything it's not - a cheap and cheerful fantasy. Despite all my negative comments I read the whole series without any difficulty. It might be an unfair to compare the Harper series to a hum-dinger like True Blood but it felt unavoidable. And therefore disappointment was inevitable.
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The third in the series and it didn't let me down.

That said, the storyline is becoming rather formulaic. Call in Harper and Tolliver, find bodies, stay around for whatever reason to solve the murder mystery, leave for another case.

In this story, there is a development in the relationship between Harper and Tolliver which was, of course, broadcast in the previous novel. I don't know whether this helps or hinders future stories but it does rather slow down this one.

Nevertheless, fans of the genre will enjoy this book. I did but I do hope the next one branches out somewhat. It's becoming a little tiresome when the police call in these guys to help them find the bodies then try to discover how they were involved in the first place. In this day of mass communication, one would have thought that even the US police nationally would have heard about Harper's strange ability - especially when we discover that there is a website following her every move.

So, I look forward to her next outing but not before I pick up the latest Sookie Stackhouse novel when that is released!
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I did enjoy this book as I have enjoyed pretty much everything I've read by this author, but I have to support previous reviews that the series seems to be sticking to a set formula - i.e the pair are called in to find bodies, Harper finds them, the police turn on her, someone wants her out of the picture,the killer is caught, they leave town. I also agree that the only different direction I can see this going in is if they find Harper's missing sister.

Also, although I'm in no way prudish, I must say the sex scene made me cringe - I think it might have been their gushing pillow talk afterwards! All this said, the book is pretty well written and enjoyable, I just think Charlaine needs to come out of her comfort zone. Unless the next book is a bit different I think I'll be disappointed.
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It's not that it isn't True Blood - with the ever so lack lustre ending - but this just feels like an also ran .. a good idea which does not quite work out and that's down to the characterisations. Don't feel engaged or remotely entertained.
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