Saturday, 7 December 2013

Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly #2) by Charlaine Harris

Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
When I was fifteen, I was struck by a bolt of lightning through an open window of the trailer where we lived...I recovered, mostly. I have a strange spiderweb pattern of red on my torso and right leg, which has episodes of weakness. Sometimes my right hand shakes. I have headaches. I have many fears. And I can find dead people. That was the part that interested the professor...At the request of anthropology professor Dr. Clyde Nunley, Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver come to Memphis to give a demonstration of Harper's unique talent. And what better place to have that demonstration than in a very old cemetery?
Dr. Nunley doesn't bother to hide his skepticism, especially when Harper stands atop a grave and senses two bodies beneath her - one of a centuries-dead man and the other of a young girl, recently deceased. When the grave is opened, Harper's claim is proven true. The dead girl is Tabitha Morgenstern, and eleven-year-old abducted from Nashville two years previously - a child whom Harper had tried, and failed, to find. The coincidence raises suspicions about her among the police - so she and Tolliver undertake their own hunt to find the killer. They make a nocturnal visit to the cemetery, hoping that Harper can sense something further about the murder.
And then, the next morning, a third dead body is found in the grave...

Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, #2)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Harper Connelly’ series.
When Harper is called to walk through a cemetery and prove her talent, the last thing she expects is to find a dead body that shouldn’t be in the cemetery, and she’s even more surprised when it turns out to be Tabitha – an 11-year-old girl abducted three years earlier.
Once again Harper and Tolliver come under suspicion, but the actual killer remains hidden.
Who killed Tabitha? Why was she hidden in a graveyard so far from where she was taken? And can Harper and Tolliver find the killer before they kill again?

This was a good murder mystery with a paranormal twist, and I didn’t guess who the killer was.

Harper seemed a little less fragile in this book, and more able to look after herself. I didn’t quite understand the revelation that she had towards the end of this book, but I admired how she continued to hunt for the truth.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and I liked how it tied in with what we had learned about Harper in the first book. I only wish that we could find out what happened to Harper’s younger sister Cameron now.
There were some twists and turns to the story, and it wasn’t easy to spot the killer, even right up until the end. The ending was good, and it will be interesting to see what Harper’s next case is!
Overall; a good paranormal/murder mystery story.
7 out of 10.


  1. I have read a few of the Sookie Stackhouse books but that's all I've read by Charlaine Harris -- I will have to check these out!

    Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. Happy it was good and everything tied in well. Great review.