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Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, Bk 2)
Grave Surprise - Harper Connelly, Bk 2
Author: Charlaine Harris
After Harper Connelly was struck by lightning as a teenager, she developed an unusual ability--she is able to locate bodies and see how the victims died, although she cannot identify the murderers. — Harper and her stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, are at Bingham College doing a demonstration for a class, identifying bodies and causes of death in an ol...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425214701
ISBN-10: 0425214702
Publication Date: 9/25/2007
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 589 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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algernon99 avatar reviewed Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, Bk 2) on + 418 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
I was so far down on the wish list for this book that I decided I'd just have to buy a copy--you know, pay actual money to read it. What a concept! (Luckily I had a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com.)

So I bought it and read it the day after it arrived, since I didn't get to open the mail until after 10 pm that night. It reads quickly and is a lot of fun. Not funny, but entertaining in a thoughtful sort of way.

First, read #1 in the series. You absolutely must, before you tackle this one.

The thing that makes Charlaine Harris books so interesting and so believable is that she just adds one little fantasy element and then makes sure the rest of the story follows logically and inevitably from that one surreal premise. As we follow Harper Connelly around as she "reads" graves to discern who the occupant is how and how the unfortunate corpse died, everything seems normal. The woo-woo element is workaday routine rather than something to be held up and wondered at. I like that.

This story proceeds logically to its end. There was one side plot element introduced near the end that disturbed both me and my wife (she read the book the day after I did), but it is certainly a fair complication to enter the ongoing series story line. We just don't like it!

Anyway, if you can wait through the wish list, give this one a read. It's quite enjoyable.

And, yes, we put our copy into the mail to another PBSer on the third day after it arrived.
CheriePie avatar reviewed Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, Bk 2) on + 149 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
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.
Princesslooneytoons avatar reviewed Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 3
This is the second book in another great series by Harris, this one a little darker with a little less humor but no less a read than the Sookie Stackhouse books. This series is about A woman who sees the dead's last moments on earth when near their bodies, obviously this leads to a valuable mystery solving tool....and Danger;-)
algernon99 avatar reviewed Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, Bk 2) on + 418 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I was so far down on the wish list for this book that I decided I'd just have to buy a copy--you know, pay actual money to read it. What a concept! (Luckily I had a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com.)

So I bought it and read it the day after it arrived, since I didn't get to open the mail until after 10 pm that night. It reads quickly and is a lot of fun. Not funny, but entertaining in a thoughtful sort of way.

First, read #1 in the series. You absolutely must, before you tackle this one.

The thing that makes Charlaine Harris books so interesting and so believable is that she just adds one little fantasy element and then makes sure the rest of the story follows logically and inevitably from that one surreal premise. As we follow Harper Connelly around as she "reads" graves to discern who the occupant is how and how the unfortunate corpse died, everything seems normal. The woo-woo element is workaday routine rather than something to be held up and wondered at. I like that.

This story proceeds logically to its end. There was one side plot element introduced near the end that disturbed both me and my wife (she read the book the day after I did), but it is certainly a fair complication to enter the ongoing series story line. We just don't like it!

Anyway, if you can wait through the wish list, give this one a read. It's quite enjoyable.

And, yes, we put our copy into the mail to another PBSer on the third day after it arrived.
reviewed Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, Bk 2) on + 347 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Definitely need to read "Grave Sight" first; this one doesn't stand on its own. Story developed nicely ... until the end. Read as though the author had stopped short, put away the manuscript, and returned close to the contract deadline to tack on a thrown-together ending.
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yanibooks avatar reviewed Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, Bk 2) on + 2 more book reviews
I loved this book! The entire series is great but this is my favorite in the series. It is nonstop! Couldn't put it down.
myhotstylist avatar reviewed Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, Bk 2) on
I enjoyed this book very much.

In th opening of the second book, Harper and Tolliver find themselves in Memphis, TN to do a demonstation at a graveyard for a college professor and his class.

They discover the body of a long missing child, Tabitha Morgenstern, of whom theyd been paid to search for and find her body well over a year ago.

The police now belive that Harper is behind the murder, So she and Tolliver get tangled up in the families' affairs until they uncover the true murderer.


Great story, and great series.
jsrobertson avatar reviewed Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, Bk 2) on + 55 more book reviews
Wonderful book. Fast read. Great characters.
robinmy avatar reviewed Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, Bk 2) on + 2029 more book reviews
After being struck by lightning when she was fifteen, Harper Connelly gained the ability to find dead people and perceive just how they died. Now Harper and her manager/stepbrother/best friend Tolliver use her talent to make a living. At the request of Professor Clyde Nunley, Harper and Tolliver travel to Memphis to St. Margaret's Cemetery where Harper begins to tell his class how each person died. But when she steps onto one of the graves, she realizes there are two bodies inside. One is the original inhabitant from 150 years ago. The second is a murder victim who was buried on top of him. Eleven-year-old Tabith Morganstern disappeared from Nashville almost two years ago. Harper was hired to find her, but was unsuccessful. Now Tabitha has been discovered buried in an old cemetery miles away from her home. It's up to Harper and Tolliver to figure out who put her there.

This paranormal mystery is the second book in the series. The mystery was well done with several suspects to pick from. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. My rating: 4 Stars.
reviewed Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, Bk 2) on + 204 more book reviews
Excellent series. I recommend it.
AZmom875 avatar reviewed Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, Bk 2) on + 624 more book reviews
What a dumb photo on the cover! Geez like something popped up from a grave in this story.

Ok Well, actually something in the grave did surprise main character Harper. When Harper is doing a demonstration at an old grave yard, she finds feels the bones of Tabitha, a girl whose body Harper failed to find 18 months ago. The body was planted. It is obvious someone is setting up Harper and Tolliver.

I really enjoy these 2 main characters. I like that Harper is closed to the living, in so many ways, but open to helping the dead be found. I think the characters are so unique, and they dont fit the stereotype we often find in cozy paranormal mysteries of this sort.

I felt right away that I the suspect and motive was obvious. But even near the end I was still guessing.

I think this series is worth reading.


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