Grave Secret (Harper Connelly Series #4)

Grave Secret (Harper Connelly Series #4)

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by Charlaine Harris

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Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as family. But as they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface. Family secrets ensnare them both, as Tolliver learns his father is out of jail and Harper finally discovers what happened

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Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as family. But as they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface. Family secrets ensnare them both, as Tolliver learns his father is out of jail and Harper finally discovers what happened to her missing sister Cameron so many years before. And what she finds will change her world forever.

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Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Harris's solid fourth Harper Connelly mystery (after 2007's An Ice Cold Grave), Harper, who can not only locate bodies but also deduce the cause of death, and her stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, are summoned to Texas by members of the wealthy Joyce family, who are looking for answers behind the death of their patriarch, Rich. But when an act of violence threatens the pair, Harper realizes that the circumstances behind Rich's death may have ties to her own troubled childhood in nearby Texarkana. Further complicating matters, Tolliver and his drug addict father, who's recently been paroled, have an uneasy reunion that stirs up long-buried memories about the unsolved disappearance eight years earlier of Harper's older sister, Cameron. Harper and Tolliver's relationship, which blossomed into romance in Ice Cold, is the beating heart of the story and helps smooth over the somewhat rushed and questionably coincidental plot. (Nov.)

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Harper Connelly Series, #4
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Grave Secret (Harper Connelly Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 462 reviews.
smoochys More than 1 year ago
I can appreciate and admire Ms. Harris' success with the vampire series. What I can't appreciate is the half-hearted effort that she put into this book. Readers of this series have been anxiously waiting to find out what happened to Cameron. Although the mystery was finally solved, the culprit was a joke, as was much of the book. Save your money and wait for the library edition.
Billify More than 1 year ago
I love this series but I thought this enstallment was a bit of a let down. It was nice to have the interaction with Harper's family and some past issues resolved but overall I though the book was a little boring. #3 was much more entertaining and much more of a page turner. However, it was nice to get family things out of the way. Maybe the next book will move forward instead of backwards.
Dyanie More than 1 year ago
The book was good, I just expected more from it. Plus I kind of felt like the author was cutting this series short, almost like she was bored of writing it. Just considering, most of her series are fairly long. The ending came abruptly and she seemed to sum up the series in a couple paragraphs. I was left a little disappointed.
Midas_Mulligan More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with the other reviews that say Mrs. Harris' focus on the Stackhouse Series caused the quality of this series to slip*. There is a noticable decline in the quality of the storyline that begins towards the end of 'An Ice Cold Grave'(book 3) and continues throughout this book. I found myself at times struggling to care, and for the first time, forcing myself to finish the book. The pace was too quick and choppy at times, struggling to seperate the action sequences from the dramatic family related portions. There was so much coming to a head at the end of this book, plots stemming from this individual novel and others that have been rolling along since the start. The ending came on suddenly, without warning. It was a massive set up for a lackluster conclusion. I wasn't sure what was more absurd the final showdown with her case and clients, or with the conclusion of her sister's disappearance. The aftermath.... which entails her sisters and her relationship with Tolliver, are basically wrapped in a few measely paragraphs, almost as footnotes. Of course everything was loosely tied up, where it could stand as a finished series, or be re-opened down the road. *Note: I don't blame her for focusing her attention on the series that is making her money and bringing her fame, but it is apparent that this series, which was very good in it's own right, took a nose-dive towards the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This latest Harper Connelly installment relies on farfetched coincidence and unrealistic confessions to resolve the mystery plot lines. Consequently, the book simply isn't a gratifying read. There's no gradual unraveling of clues leading to logical deductions which result in well-earned solutions. Other than determining that Texas tycoon Rich Joyce was killed, Harper does nothing. Instead, the killer is identified by a co-conspirator's implausible and overly convenient confession. Furthermore, the mysterious disappearance of Harper's long-lost sister, Cameron, is resolved by an unbelievable coincidence which links a previously unknown baby, (born to Joyce's housekeeper immediately prior to her death), to Tolliver's drug-dealing father. Once again an improbable confession confirms the disappearance scenario. Note, the author attempts to inject suspense and tension into the plot by adding violent attacks directed against Harper, Tolliver and others connected to them; but, given the perpetrator(s)' desire to obscure his/their prior misdeeds, the attacks are absurdly counter-productive and, as such, patently artificial. Moreover, the rationalization employed within the book to explain the use of open violence is utterly unconvincing. No one seeking to obscure or otherwise downplay a criminal or quasi-criminal occurrence would draw attention to the importance of that occurrence by openly attacking the initial or subsequent investigator. Similarly, Cameron's disappearance scenario exceeds the bounds of credibility. Specifically, the vanishing of a well-known teenager like Cameron, (while her backpack remains abandon on the street), would invariably cause the kind of intense scrutiny that the kidnapper sought to avoid. As an additional matter, the story periodically portrays Harper as embittered, calculating and/or less-than-forthright. Most worrying is Harper's uncharacteristic uncertainty and caution when interacting with Tolliver. Despite these substantial flaws, this story effectively wraps-up the outstanding family and romantic issues in Harper's life, and dedicated series' fans might enjoy that aspect of the book.
KrisPA More than 1 year ago
This was a perfectly awful book. I read the first three books in this series and enjoyed them, but this book was boring and predictable. The coincidence at the end is ridiculous. There's almost no mystery to this book at all. None. Mostly it is Harper wandering around and running errands. That's it. Readers almost always know what Harper had for lunch because Charlaine Harris always includes that mundane and not very interesting information. I get the feeling, as I did with her last Sookie Stackhouse novel, that Harris is writing these books just because she has to because she already accepted the advance. She wrote this one as if she had something more important to do, such as her laundry. The far-fetched and completely unbelievable (and oh-so-convenient) connection between their most recent case and the disappearance of Harper's sister Cameron is just ridiculous. None of the characters are interesting. The big ending, in which the bad guys reveal themselves, is almost exactly like one of the endings she wrote in a previous Harper book. When the overall mystery of Cameron's disappearance is solved, I'm irritated. It is too convenient and not believable. I'm extremely disappointed that I bought this book and will try to get a refund. Also, Harper continues to refer to and think of Tolliver as her brother even though they are a couple and have a sexual relationship---um, gross. Then she gets mad because people are confused and disgusted by their relationship. Uh, duh. The Harper and Tolliver in this book aren't the same interesting and compelling people they are in the earlier books. Don't buy this book. It is absolutely not worth the money.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Grave Secret is the fourth and final book in the Harper Connelly series by American author, Charlaine Harris. Whenever Harper and Tolliver head to Texas, the disappearance of their sister Cameron, some eight years previous, looms large. This time, they are hired by wealthy heiress, Lizzie Joyce to discover the means of her grandfather’s death. Lizzie’s brother, Drexell and her boyfriend, Chip seem vaguely familiar to Harper. When Harper reveals a few unknown facts about the Joyce family, she unwittingly sets in motion events that lead to Tolliver being shot, and a policeman taking a bullet for her. The reappearance of Tolliver’s father, Matthew, a death threat, anonymous callers claiming sightings of Cameron and a murdered PI all add complications. Psychic Manfred Bernardo’s appearance is welcomed, even by Tolliver.  This final instalment neatly wraps up a series full of interesting and appealing characters. The plot has several twists and turns and an exciting climax. an excellent Harris series.
Lollypop99 More than 1 year ago
Charlaine Harris was a great find for me. I love her book and since I've been to New Orleans quite a few times and have friends that live in the South, I feel real at home when I read her books. They are very true to life and it's hard to believe, at times, that the characters are not real. I look forward to every book she writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book! And I never would have guessed at that ending! You should read it!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
I enjoyed the whole series.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
FINALLY Harris gives us some answers on what happened to Cameron in this last book of the series. In this one, Harper Connelly and Tolliver are back in Texas helping the Joyce’s figure out what (or who) killed their uncle. In the midst of this, mayhem ensues and once again someone is out to get Harper. But all pieces begin to fit into the puzzle with what happened to Cameron. Readers don’t want to miss this finale. It is action packed, filled with surprises, and readers will be glued to the pages in anticipation of what’s going to happen next. Overall rating: 4.2 Thriller Rating: 4.0 Would read again? I’ll try her other series first. My Love of Books
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Daphnea More than 1 year ago
A gift for a friend who enjoyed it very much. I did not read it.
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bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
PB/Mystery: Book 4 of the Harper Connelly series. I've looked around and I'm pretty sure this is the last book of the Harper series. If it's not, it should be. All the loose-ends had their finale including Harper's relationship with Tolliver and what happened to Cameron. Tolliver is hurt in this book along with him being with Harper and frankly, he got boring. I liked him when he was on a Harper emotional roller coaster. Harper becomes stuck in a town where she becomes someone's doormat. The story is okay, but there were too many coincidences between Cameron and the current case. With all that, the story was readable, but I only recommend it if you have read the other three books.
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What a twisted ride! Was not expecting that ending to the series but very good.
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Loved it! Didn't want to put it down.