Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly Series #2)

Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly Series #2)

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by Charlaine Harris
     
 

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While in Memphis, psychic Harper Connelly senses-and finds-two bodies in a grave. One of a man centuries-dead. The other, a girl, recently deceased. Harper's investigation yields another surprise: the next morning, a third body is found-in the very same grave.

Overview

While in Memphis, psychic Harper Connelly senses-and finds-two bodies in a grave. One of a man centuries-dead. The other, a girl, recently deceased. Harper's investigation yields another surprise: the next morning, a third body is found-in the very same grave.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Harris's winning second supernatural caper to feature Harper Connelly (after 2005's Grave Sight), a skeptical anthropology professor, Clyde Nunley, tests Harper's gift of clairvoyance in a historic Memphis cemetery, where Harper correctly senses a fresh corpse in the wrong grave. Strangely, the body turns out to be a missing 12-year-old girl, Tabitha Morgenstern, whom Harper failed to locate in Nashville on a case two years earlier. The hotel suite of Harper and her manager and stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, both of whom fall under suspicion, becomes a magnet for a medley of amusing characters, including Memphis cops, Tabitha's assorted relatives and a drunken Clyde Nunley, who, shortly after accusing Harper of fraud, is found dead in the same grave as Tabitha. Peppered with the author's trademark deadpan wit, this book should help make Harper and Tolliver as popular as Sookie Stackhouse, the heroine of Harris's vampire mystery series (Definitely Dead, etc.). Author tour. (Sept. 26) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
It's no surprise when Harper "I See Dead People" Connelly discovers three bodies...but in one grave? Harris lives in Arkansas. Author tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Being struck by lightning has given Harper Connelly (Grave Sight, 2005, etc.) the ability to find dead bodies and know what killed them-a spooky talent that earns her a living and places her in frequent danger. Clyde Nunley is a professor at a Memphis-area college who loves to debunk paranormal behavior. When he invites Harper Connelly to visit an old campus graveyard where records labeling the bodies and causes of death have just been discovered, she confounds him as she works through the graves, correctly identifying each manner of death, until she comes to one she knows contains a recent burial. The body is that of Tabitha Morgenstern, 11, whose body Harper had tried and failed to find 18 months earlier. Harper's stepbrother Tolliver, her manager and traveling companion, had had a brief affair with Tabitha's aunt. The skeptical police consider Harper a prime suspect when Nunley turns up dead in the same grave after verbally abusing Harper in a hotel lobby. Because Harper and Tolliver come from a dysfunctional family, they recognize problems among the Morgensterns, and they soon unearth many snippets of information that never came to light in the original investigation. The amateur sleuths have their own near-death experience before the killer is discovered. Believers and skeptics alike will enjoy Harper's search for the truth and her changing relationship with Tolliver. Agent: Joshua Bilmes/JABberwocky Literary Agency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425214701
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/25/2007
Series:
Harper Connelly Series , #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
117,426
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, three children, three dogs, and a duck. She is an avid reader, mild cinemaphile, and occasional weightlifter. Her favorite pastime is cheering on her children in various activities.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Southern Arkansas
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1951
Place of Birth:
Tunica, Mississippi
Education:
B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
Website:
http://www.charlaineharris.com

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Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 443 reviews.
SunnieDLite More than 1 year ago
Only reading this series right now b/c I have nothing else to read. Love some of her other work and I just don't care for the characters or the action in this series. I like the concept and idea for the series, but that's about it. Sorry, just being honest.
TPau48 More than 1 year ago
This series had a strong beginning, with the first book. This book was just so-so, but the 3rd and 4th were good.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Grave Surprise is the second book in the Harper Connelly series by American author, Charlaine Harris. Harper has been invited by a sceptical anthropology professor at Bingham College in Memphis to demonstrate her talent for determining cause of death at an old cemetery. She does well until the last grave, where she finds two bodies, the most recent burial being Tabitha Morgenstern, an eleven-year-old whom Harper had tried unsuccessfully to find in Nashville almost two years ago. Harper and Tolliver realise immediately this cannot be a coincidence. Soon they are embroiled in an investigation that attracts media attention (of the wrong sort) and have to face the distraught family. Throw into the mix a nosy PI, a single-minded FBI agent, a psychic ex-prostitute and her pierced and tattooed grandson, disbelieving police and family members with their own agendas, followed by yet another corpse in the same grave, and you have a first-rate mystery with plenty of twists and turns, a couple of red herrings and plenty of suspects. The reader learns a little more of Harper’s own history, Harper makes a startling discovery about herself and the psychic makes some personal predictions for her that the reader will do well to remember for the next instalment, An Ice Cold Grave. 
Purpleorchid1011 More than 1 year ago
I really like this series so far. It keeps you wondering what the end result is. If you like crime books you should read these.
Kristin Fisher More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stay interested. not one of her best works.
Patricia Matthews More than 1 year ago
loved the first book in the series and was excited to read this one. it seemed very slow and just not very exciting.
care2010 More than 1 year ago
Plot: Harper Connelly is a young women with, after being struck by lightening, has a unique gift. She can locate corpses and tell how the individual died. After having a trouble childhood Harper and her step-brother Tolliver found a way to make a living off of her gift, and they travel around the country to do so. When Harper is hired for a job, her and Tolliver get in a little too deep and look like they could be murder suspects. Review: I enjoyed this book, which I listened to on CD while traveling. It was a good book that stayed in supernatural genre while giving me a break from the vampire scene for a while. It was a fun fast paced book. The only thing negative I can say about this book is the relationship developing between Harper and her step-brother is a little creepy.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
This is book #2 in the Harper Connelly series. For those who haven’t started the series yet, read Grave Sight first as it is the first in the series. It is no surprise that this book was just as good as the first. After all, Harris has a way with words that keep readers glued to the pages. It literally took me only two days to finish this book (I had to get some sleep). It is fast paced, interesting, filled with mystery, and answers some of the questions that have been posed in the first book. Grave Surprise starts where Grave Sight left off. Harper and her brother are on their way to a college to prove a professor wrong that doesn’t believe in her gift. Proving him wrong though turned Harper’s life upside down when after months of looking for 11 year old Tabitha, she finds her. Then it is up to Harper and Tolliver to solve the mystery before it’s too late! Again, this is another great read that all fans of Harris will enjoy. I sure did, and I can’t seem to stop reading the series! Overall Rating: 4.0 Mystery Rating: 4.6 Courtesy of My Love of Books -- Elle --
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This is a difficult premise to grab an audience with, I think. Harper Connelly and her brother are enticing and believable. Ms. Harris handles embarrassing and tricky circumstances well and never makes me feel this is somehow forced. It does not "smell of the lamp." Too bad she can't write them as fast as I can read them.
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How could u?!? U didnt even bother telling me!""
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