Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly Series #2)

Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly Series #2)

by Charlaine Harris

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ISBN-13: 9780425214701
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2007
Series: Harper Connelly Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 167,065
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.


Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi


B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

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Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 450 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.
youthfulzombie on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Now the waiting begins for the next Harper novel, for reasons unknown, I think I prefer this series to her Sookie books.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Harper Connelly is invited to a class on the occult to demonstrate her gift for finding dead bodies. When she finds not one, but two bodies in one of the graves, everyone is shocked and Harper and her brother are potential suspects. Tolliver Lang and Harper Connelly are a very unusual crime-solving pair. Harper was struck by lightning when she was younger, leaving her with the ability to find dead bodies. She and Tolliver, her step-brother, travel around the country making their living finding dead bodies upon request. Grave Surprise is the second book in a series about the pair and there are enough allusions to their background to make me want to go back and read the first book and hope there is another one in the works. The mystery is suspenseful and it's not until the last chapter that you even begin to suspect the identity of the killer. This is a very entertaining read and worth picking up.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The story of Harper, a young womean with a troubled childhood, and her step brother Tolliver, this is a mix of murder mystery and paranormal suspense. We follow Harper as she uses the unique abilites that she gained after suffering a lightning strike. It is full of wit, and a decent mystery, even if a little predictable. An enjoyable, quick read.
reannon on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Charlaine Harris writes GOOD mystery series. My favorite is her Sookie Stackhouse series, about a telepath dealing with all sorts of supernatural characters. But it must be admitted that the Harper Connelly series, of which Grave Surprise is the second, beats any series for originality of conception. Harper was struck by lighting when she was 15, and since then has been able to know if she passes over a body and can tell what the cause of death for that body was.In this outing, Harper and her stepbrother manager, Tolliver, are asked to do a demonstration for a college class on he paranormal. Harper finds the body of a little girl that she had failed to find a couple of years previously. The "coincidence" looks very bad, and Harper and Tolliver are forced to find the killer out of self-defense.Good book, interesting plot.
genealogygirl on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Another fabulous installment in the Harper Connelly series! Love the impending romance line between Harper and Tolliver; the build-up is clear but subtle. The supporting characters in this novel are also very well drawn; the reader is easily compelled to care about their problems.
paltner on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The past has not always been kind to Harper Connelly. Both parents had drug addiction problems, and her mother eventually died of AIDS. But one disaster, a direct lightning strike, uncovered an unusual, long hidden talent. As Harper explains to a doubtful police detective, "I find corpses. People call me in, and I find the bodies of those who've passed on. If the location of the corpse is already known, I can tell you the cause of death." Traveling with her stepbrother and business partner, Tolliver Lang, she arrives in Nashville, Tennessee at the invitation of anthropologist, Clyde Nunely, who would like her to demonstrate her particular talent to his class. He is skeptical of course, and Harper realizes this, but she is used to such an attitude. The students, Harper, Tolliver and Nunely meet at the old St Margaret's churchyard where Nunely has Harper stand on various graves, tell who is buried there and how each person died. Harper has no problem with this until reaching the grave of Josiah Poundstone. She is startled when she senses two bodies, one of which has been recently buried. Then Harper realizes that the second body belongs to a young girl, Tabitha Morgenstern only 11 years-old when she disappeared a year ago. From here the story takes bizarre twists and turns. A month after Tabitha disappearance the Morgensterns had asked Harper to help locate their daughter. She was never able to do so until now. The police are called and Harper is immediately under suspicion. She and Tolliver know that the discovery of Tabitha¿s body by Harper cannot be a coincidence. They have no idea who could be behind this, but they need to find out ASAP. The vividly drawn characters are as interesting as the the mystery that surrounds them. At the heart of Grave Surprise is a neat puzzle with a Perry Mason finale.
CheriePie69 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I ate this book up in a few days! Which was surprising because I'd been wondering why my reading pace had slowed down somewhat with my last few books. It's become obvious to me that I chew through the ones I really enjoy while the other stuff that's just okay kind of drags at a steadier pace. Hmmm....Grave Surprise continues the story of Harper and Tolliver started in Grave Sight. Harper has an unusual talent for being able to find the dead, and discover their last living moments including how they died. She's often called upon by distressed parents or various law enforcement officials to help in missing persons cases, to see if a body can be located... for Harper can only find the dead, not the living.Harper and Tolliver are called to Memphis by anthropology professor Dr. Clyde Nunley to "read" a graveyard, the records for which were only recently discovered. Little do they realize that Dr. Nunley is hoping to expose Harper as a fraud since no one else has had access to these records besides himself. But the entire class gets more than they bargained for when, besides being spot on for each person buried in the centuries-old cemetery, Harper discovers the body of 11-year-old Tabitha Morganstern, abducted from Nashville 2 years prior, in one of the existing grave sites. Harper had been called in on Tabitha's case back then but had failed to produce results when she couldn't locate the body. So her and Tolliver begin to wonder if this is too much of a coincidence and that perhaps they were set up to find this body. Unfortunately, the police and FBI aren't too pleased with the coincidences either...The action keeps going nonstop right up until the very end. I anxiously await the next book in the wonderful new Harper Connelly series by Charlaine Harris.
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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