An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly Series #3)

An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly Series #3)

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by Charlaine Harris
     
 

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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 the only one left 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

Overview

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 the only one left 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. Afterward, 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.

Editorial Reviews

In rural North Carolina, a boy's disappearance leads people to worry that he has fallen victim to a serial killer. Hired to investigate, psychic detective Harper Connelly finds much more than she bargained for. The discovery of eight teenage victims in icy graves so thoroughly disturbs Harper that she wants to leave the area as quickly as possible. But unexpected circumstances prevent any early exit and increase her visibility as a target.
Library Journal

In the third installment (after Grave Surprise) of her supernatural series featuring psychic Harper Connelly and her partner and stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, Harper is hired to find the bodies of six teenage boys who went missing over a two-year period. She discovers them buried in the frozen ground just outside of Doreville, NC, a good place to live until the community realizes that one of its own is a serial killer. Harris's greatest strength is creating realistic, fully rounded characters with just a sentence or two; her depiction of gruesome crimes is such that this work is not for the faint of heart. But fans of paranormal mysteries, especially of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake books, will snap this book up. Harris also writes the Sookie Stackhouse vampire series and lives in Arkansas. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ6/1/07.]


—Jo Ann Vicarel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425224243
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Series:
Harper Connelly Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
189,278
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris has produced two other series in addition to her Sookie Stackhouse books.

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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An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 433 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The residents of Doraville, North Carolina fear the worst as the number of runaway boys seems improbable. The townsfolk believe a serial killer is living amidst them murdering their male offspring. Against the opinion of Sheriff Sandra Rockwell, psychic detective Harper Connelly and her manager stepbrother Tolliver Lang come to the town to find the missing boys. To the horror of both women and Tolliver, Harper earns her fee when she uncovers eight corpses. Not long afterward, someone assaults an already weary Harper. Worn out to her bone marrow and fearful of further attacks, Harper wants to go home to heal from her injuries not all being physical. However, a less skeptical Sandra pleads with her and the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation demands she continue to work on the case. The media, learning of the deadly find and psychic link, turns the inquiry into a circus while Harper¿s psychic friends try to assist her as they begin to find more horrific remains. The third grave Connelly psychic mystery (see GRAVE SIGHT and GRAVE SURPRISE) is a tense thriller that grips the audience from the moment the heroine finds the grisly remains of eight bodies and never slows down until the final confrontation. The cast enhances the tale either by bringing local flavor to the plot or assistance/deterrence to Harper. Although there is a binge of serial killers in literature of late, the fast-paced story line deftly uses the paranormal to make it seem normal as the heroine confronts an abnormal psychopathic killer in an entertaining regional whodunit. --- Harriet Klausner
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
An Ice Cold Grave is the third book in the Harper Connelly series by American author, Charlaine Harris. Harper’s latest assignment is a law enforcement invitation by Sandra Rockwell, sheriff of Doraville, in Knott County, South Carolina in the middle of winter. The Sheriff is grasping at straws trying to find six boys gone missing over the last five years. Harper finds them all, and two more: a serial killer’s icy graveyard. But before she and Tolliver can depart the town, someone attacks her, landing her in hospital. Psychic Xylda Bernardo and her grandson Manfred (see Grave Surprise) turn up to help, but land in their own hot water. Eventually a serial killer is arrested (but not before another boy dies) so the townspeople can rest easy. Or can they? This instalment features murder ,  suicide, a lake cottage, power cuts, an ice storm, an underground chamber, quick-thinking neighbours, quite a lot of hospital visits, several suspects, a red herring or two and an exciting climax. Guns, knives and shovels are used as weapons. Harris has created a series with likeable characters and an original plot. The relationship between Harper and Tolliver takes a turn and readers will look forward to the final book in the series, Grave Secret.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the third in the series and i think it is the best one yet! i love the relationship between harper and toliver. great story line, had me guessing the whole time. i can't wait for the next one!
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Harper Connelly is back at it again, but this time she is really in deep. Finding the body of 8 boys is hard enough. But to tack on the fact that those boys were killed by a menacing serial killer makes life even more difficult. This book is dark and edgy. In fact, it isn’t as light a read as the first two books in the series. While the characters as the same (and you have to love Harper and Tolliver) the subject matter is truly frightening. Fans of Harris will love this book though as it is true to her writing style. This is my favorite book in the series! Highly recommended. Overall rating: 4.0 Mystery Rating: 4.6 Darkness: 5.0 Courtesy of My Love of Books
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Not bad. Quite readable. Although there is a binge of serial killers in literature of late.
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AvidReaderDG More than 1 year ago
The Harper Connelly series is surprisingly very good, although I am a little surprised by her relationship with her brother. Despite the initial shock, I think it's a good fit.
niicckkii More than 1 year ago
I wondered with the first of this series if it was worth reading any others. I bought the next few books and each book gets better. It was weird but great that the Harper end up with her step brother.
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While I still prefer the Sookie Stackhouse books this is the the best book in the Harper Connelly series as far as I am concerned!
Debbie4479 More than 1 year ago
Charlaine Harris never fails to provide great entertainment and reading enjoyment. This book is another example of her outstanding writing skill and ability to hold the reader rapt 'til the end.
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