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Grave Surprise Audiobook

Grave Surprise: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Twenty-something Harper Connelly has a gift. After being struck by lighting as a child, she discovered an eerie ability to locate the deceased.

In Memphis, skeptical Professor Nunley wants her to demonstrate her skill at an ancient cemetery. There, Harper stands atop a grave and says there are two bodies entombed: one centuries old, but the other, a young girl named Tabitha.

Her assertion holds water. Tabitha has been missing for two years - and now the police are suspicious of Harper. So with her loyal stepbrother, Tolliver, Harper begins to amass clues that will solve the case.

©2006 Charlaine Harris Inc; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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    carey archer 09-30-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great mystery, weak main character, wonderful performance"

    This really is a great mystery/supernatural series. I have read the whole series in like a little appearance of man food from the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries and midnight crossroad is well. But the main character really comes across as such a scared little mouse constantly. I understand the trauma that's taken place in her life but I just wish she was stronger. It's a rare time when Harris writes a weak character. And the last two books in the series really do have way too much back-and-forth with her and her stepbrother, and less mystery. But the audio performance is still wonderful. The narrator does a really great job and trying not to give away the story.

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    tzinnamon 05-24-17
    tzinnamon 05-24-17
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    "Good sequel"

    Thoroughly pleasing sequel although I think it's capable of standing alone. It fleshes out the characters and their backgrounds and furthers their relationship. I look forward to the sequel.

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    MSEreads Marianna, FL 09-30-16
    MSEreads Marianna, FL 09-30-16 Member Since 2001
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    "Engaging mystery / easy listen."

    Harper Connelly was struck by lightning as a child and survived with a special ‘gift’. She can locate the dead by feel of the ground or burial spot and she can identify the cause of death – natural or unnatural. She might be able to say how a victim died but that doesn’t tell her who perpetrated the murder. Although it isn’t easy, her skills provide a career in which she is aided by her loyal stepbrother Tolliver.

    Harper is challenged by a jeering college professor to show her skills to his special class. The professor becomes angry and the class is surprised as Harper successfully identifies one death after another in the old Memphis cemetery. Then Harper is shocked when she stands on a grave that reveals a child she was seeking a year before. Harper had been engaged by the parents to find the missing little girl but with few clues she was unsuccessful.

    Harper and Tolliver have to deal with local and FBI authorities who look suspect at them. They also have to meet with the family members who have a range of reactions to the discovery of the body. Harper has to dig through the clues to find out how the child was buried in a different city and why events were manipulated so that she would find the body.

    I liked the thought processes shared for Harper who is a well-developed, engaging character. Her relationship with her stepbrother, already an important element which affects them both, appears to be poised for a change. The skeptics are fully represented and the suspects are lined up as Ms. Harris skillfully lays out the clues to the mystery. This is different than the Sookie Stackhouse series but enjoyable for the mystery and psychic elements.

    This was an easy, fairly quick listen. I would read more in this series. It was very enjoyable and I recommend it to mystery lovers who enjoy a touch of psychic with their clues.

    Audio Notes: It took me a little time to get used to the narration by Alyssa Bresnahan. It seemed rather low-key initially but as it proceeded I felt the voices and subdued tone fit the spooky elements of the story. I was glad to have this in audio format for quick reading/listening.

    From my TBR. My rating 4.25.

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    Just Me 09-28-16
    Just Me 09-28-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Bizarre addition to a great story series"

    I enjoy the story of Harper Connelly and her brother Tolliver. This book provides the strongest story yet and truly proves Charlaine Harris wasn't a one hit wonder with Sookie Stackhouse. However, this story takes a bizarre turn that seems to be a desperate attempt to inject some tension or conflict into the story when the author just ran out of other ideas. Although I'm familiar with blended families, this plot device, at least to me, is distracting and contrived. I hope it gets resolved quickly as it ruins a good story.

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    Lois McDonald 04-09-16 Member Since 2009
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    "a different premise"

    she was struck by lightning and now can find dead people and know how they died. Occasionally she finds they have been murdered and must face a primarily disbelieving world to help those victims.

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    Lauren 01-27-16
    Lauren 01-27-16
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    "Glitch-y Recording "

    I love this book but there is something off about this audio book. It has very abrupt trasitions that make you think you might be missing something. sometimes this even happens during a sentence. It feels off somehow and I have never experienced this with Audible before. the narrator does a good job though and the story is great!

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    hannah 12-30-15
    hannah 12-30-15
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    "Narrator"

    I like the narrator of these books. She doesnt seem off or talk funny for the characters.

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    Xela 12-05-15
    Xela 12-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as the first one"

    This story was not as engaging or suspending as its prequel. The characters were OK but lacked the depth of development that would usually keep my attention. However, it was good enough to finish and I wanted to have the historical background for its sequel, which I will "listen" to next. So I guess Charlaine Harris' reputation with me has caused me to be faithful to her novels.

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    "editing needs work"

    I enjoyed the content, however; editing was not of the high standard I desire.

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    Adrienne Percival 04-08-15
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    "Tedious"

    Uncomfortable, draining and tedious. Characters remain stubbornly unlikeable. Harper vacillates between defensive, rude and churlish and moments of emotional high-drama. Really? The realization of her feelings means she crawls on the floor to her hotel bed??? I could barely hear the story over my eyes rolling.

    The repeated discussions of money just feels unnecessary and crass, while the pseudo-incestuous relationship with her stepbrother creeps me out.

    The narration is flat. Unclear whether these characters are designed to have no spark of humor or if narrator just kills it, but result is plodding, pedantic and wearying.

    I found the premise of this book, a lightning-strike victim who can read dead bodies, intriguing. The first book was just okay, but one reviewer said the second story line was less transparent so I spent my credit on it. Learn from my mistake.

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