Sunday, 8 December 2013

An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly #3) by Charlaine Harris

An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Hired to find a boy gene missing in Doraville, North Carolina, Harper Connelly and her brother Tolliver head there-only to discover that the boy was only one of several who had disappeared over the previous five years. All of them teenagers. All unlikely runaways.

All calling for Harper.

Harper soon finds them-eight victims, buried in the half-frozen ground, all come to an unspeakable end. Afterwards, what she most wants to do is collect her fee and get out of town ahead of the media storm that's soon to descend. But when she's attacked and prevented from leaving, she reluctantly becomes a part of the investigation as she learns more than she cares to about the dark mysteries and long-hidden secrets of Doraville-knowledge that makes her the next person likely to rest in an ice-cold grave.

An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly, #3)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 3 in the ‘Harper Connelly’ series.
This time Harper is hired by a lady looking for her missing grandson, along with 5 other missing boys from the small town where they live. It looks like Harper may have stumbled upon her first serial killer though, and things are about to get messy.
Who is the killer? And will they get Harper before she works out who they are?

This was a good murder-mystery with a paranormal twist, and once again I couldn’t guess who the killer was.
Harper was once again stronger and more able to look after herself in this story, and I appreciated the way she fought back.

The storyline had its ups and downs in this one. I liked the murder mystery aspect of the story, I liked the twists and turns, and I liked the fact that it wasn’t easy to pinpoint the killer. The romance aspect of this book was just weird and uncomfortable though.
I can’t say too much because of spoilers, but the whole situation between Harper and her lover, was just wrong, and I didn’t like it. Let’s just say that the person she ended up sleeping with was the last person you would expect her to be sleeping with, and it was a bit wrong.
I also found it really blunt and strange the way she kept describing in detail her partner’s naughty bits, (I really didn’t want to know), and the whole thing was a bit like listening to two little old ladies discussing vibrators. Unexpected and wrong. I also don’t know how she’s going to explain this bizarre relationship to her younger sisters, who are probably going to feel the same way I did.

The ending was pretty good, and it will be interesting to see if Harper finally finds her missing sister in the final book in the series.
Overall; a good murder-mystery, but the romance was a bit wrong.
7 out of 10.


  1. I love when you can't guess the killer in a book because it's so rare now.