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An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly #3)

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Harper Connelly was struck by lightning as a teenager, and now she can find the dead. In her third case, Harper and Tolliver, her stepbrother, are hired to find a missing grandson. But the truth is far worse than a single dead child, for numerous teenage boys, all unlikely runaways, have disappeared from Doraville, North Carolina.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 9th 2008 by Gollancz (first published September 22nd 2007)
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

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This was the best book in the series so far! Harper Connelly was struck by lightning when she was fifteen. Since then she has been able to locate dead bodies and determine their cause of death. Harper and her step-brother Tolliver travel the US using her ability to make a living. Harper and Tolliver are brought to North Carolina on their most recent job in an effort to locate missing teenage boys. Not only does Harper locate their bodies, but it turns out there is a serial killer in t
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Jamie Collins
I like Charlaine Harris's writing, and she captures small-town southern life very well, but I find this series depressing. Harper's narrative is a perpetually gloomy monotone, reflecting her dismal life, the details of which are repeated ad nauseam in every book. To make matters worse this one is about a serial killer who targets children, and I hate reading about serial killers.

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The relationship between Harper and Tolliver is creepy. Even though they're not blood relatives, they
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Jim
The third book in the Harper Connelly series, it was a fun, quick read. Harper was struck by lightening & now can find dead people. She can tell how they died, but that's it. This time she runs into a serial killing & a lot of trouble. Kind of predictable overall, the details were fun to read. There are some added twists & turns to the plot that were fun.

I'd give this book 4 stars, just because it was such a fun, quick & relaxing read, but Harris just annoys me by constantly brin
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Shae
Oct 02, 2008 Shae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Pat
Jun 24, 2008 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all 3 books in this series by Charlaine Harris. Harper, the protag, was hit by lightning as a child and suddenly was able to sense the presence of dead bodies and how they died.

She and her "not" brother (her mother married his father) travel the country, helping families find closure when their missing dead are found.

Two things I love: the relationship of Harper and Tolliver (her "not" brother )is genuine and sweet. They are mutually supportive and fiercely protective. The other thing (as
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Lauren
Ice Cold Grave
4 Stars

Harper and Tolliver travel to Doraville, North Caroline when they are hired to find a missing teenager. Harper soon realizes that she has bitten off more than she can chew when she discovers the horrific burial ground of a deranged killer who has been committing unspeakable crimes for quite a while and has no intention of allowing Harper to get in his way …

This installment in the Harper Connolly series takes a darker turn toward the serial killer thriller genre rather than
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Interesting
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: SO HOT
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: I enjoyed it
Characters: Well Done
Plot: First, finally. Then, there is a serial killer on the loose
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Manfred

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
I feel like I could breathe. This story finally got somewhere in the romance department. The mystery in this one sucks with a serial killer on the loose. It’s just really sad to read about whether fact or fiction.
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Melissa McShane
This book was quite a bit darker than the first two, with a serial killer/sexual predator and Harper's horrific discovery of the man's eight victims. The fact that he's still out there, a member of a small town who could be anyone Harper and Tolliver meet, adds to the tension. This is also the book in which Harper and Tolliver's relationship goes to a more intimate level (though seriously, did anyone besides those two fail to understand what "in the time of ice" meant? Duh.) without really overc ...more
Bill
An excellent series; I've enjoyed every book in the Harper Connelly series thus far. I like the main characters, Harper and Tolliver very much, especially Harper, with her unique talent of being able to sense how people have died. This story has many twists in it, both crime-wise and relationship-wise and it kept the story interesting and moving along at an excellent pace. I'm very happy for some of the developments (will let you find out for yourself) and the mystery led me down paths I didn't ...more
Nikki
Aug 12, 2013 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, crime, lgbt
Okay, this book was kinda gross, and I don't mean because of the incestuous vibes. The murders were much nastier, there was more risk to Harper and Tolliver, and yet Harper's focus on the case felt so much less because of the developments in her relationship. I can understand why people didn't like that aspect of this book: I've seen it coming, and was actually quite hopeful about it, but I don't see why after two books suddenly there has to be a bunch of explicit (if somewhat mechanical) sex. I ...more
Michelle
I really enjoy books written by Charlaine Harris. This series was not quite as good as the Sookie Stackhouse series, but I still liked it.
Lins
Mar 24, 2011 Lins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-me, new, 2011-reads
I loved this book! But to tell you why, exactly, would spoil it... so I'll tell a little about why else I like this series.

What I have loved about this series is that despite being oriented around dead bodies and a mystery, they don't read like the hundreds of crime thrillers and forensic mysteries out there. Harper Connelly is not a forensic expert and she knows it; she doesn't attempt to do the police and other experts jobs for them, in fact she bluntly refuses! This character with her unique
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Tatiana
Harris is losing me again. This series is taking a weird turn, just like her Lily Bard series, which I abandoned after book 2. I like Harris for her stories set in small towns, with colorful characters, with families full of dark secrets and back stories. "An Ice Cold Grave" is just too dark for my taste - mass graves, serial killers, teenage sociopath torturing animals... That's not what I care for. Plus the relationship between Tolliver and Harper - not comfortable with it. Too quick of a tran ...more
Susan
I have never read any books in this series or by Charlaine Harris and did not realize that she was the author of the very popular Sookie Stackhouse series until after I started it. I thoroughly enjoyed the premise and fast moving story line. Quite an interesting twist to put on a paranormal book. After a young woman is struck by lightening she has the ability to find the dead and tell you how they died. She and her once step brother make a living at it while searching for her sister who was kill ...more
Kristen
Jan 19, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in this series about Harper Connolly, who can detect corpses, continues with her first serial killer case. The limitations of her ability, as always, make it hard for her to help figure out "who done it," especially when all she wants to do is leave Doraville. An ice storm helps ensure that she and Tolliver get stuck there, however. The denoument is excellently scary and dangerous (though I figured out the threat a bit faster than Harper did). I could've done without the long detailed ...more
Diana
Feb 16, 2008 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
Arriving in a small town in North Carolina to find a missing boy, Harper instead finds eight, and the hunt for a serial killer is on. When Harper is attacked, she and her stepbrother Tolliver are stuck in town, and are drawn into the mystery of who could be killing these boys.

This one was slightly more interesting, but with a darker twist. Things are a little hard to follow, like usual. The romance between Harper and Tolliver feels slightly skeevy.
Tiffany
Feb 10, 2017 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book. Can't wait to start the next one. I listened to the audiobook of this and the narrator does a superb job with this series.
Jen
4.5 stars - great!

This third story featuring Harper Connelly and Tolliver Lang is the best one, yet, in my opinion. And not just because I ended it with tears in my eyes. The story was very suspenseful, full of mystery and and danger. And those responsible for the atrocities Harper uncovered managed to stay hidden for a long, long time. (I figured it out a bit sooner than Harper did, but not all that much sooner. I just realized the significance of what a certain person said right away, while
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Kristen
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Dee
Feb 26, 2015 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars

First up - I love Manfred. I see that there is a book for him Midnight Crossroad Midnight Texas 1 which if I liked the reviews more I would buy right off, but will probably pause to see how book two is received. (It's the multiple POV's that give me pause - Manfred is awesome and deserves star status).

This is very much a penultimate book - a lot is going on, it's exciting and terrifying and quite dark. Harper is called in to locate a missing boy(s) but it's actually a whole disturbing
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Leslie Callahan
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Erin
Feb 07, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
LOVE. THIS. SERIES. I immediately picked this up after #2 and finished it in a matter of hours. Harper and Tolliver's undefinable relationship really makes it as intriguing and different as anything else I've read, and I just loved not quite knowing where it was taking them. Add to that an interesting case (if more graphic than the previous books, with 10 teenage boys abducted and murdered in a small town near Asheville) and some interesting characters, all in the deep of winter, and you've got ...more
Amanda
Jul 20, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was the most interesting out of the first three books in the series. There were many characters that were positioned in the story to be considered the suspect for the murders taking place in this small town. I found it interesting trying to determine which character was responsible for the horrible acts of crime. However, the responsible party was not revealed to the last possible moment.

This mystery was much darker then the mysteries from the previous books. The thought of the violent
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Genie
Mar 10, 2009 Genie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third Harper Connelly mystery in the series finds the psychic sleuth facing her most heartbreaking job so far. She is hired to locate the body of a missing teen aged boy. She not only finds the body of this boy it is in a yard of a vacant house surrounded by the bodies of seven other runaway boys. Residents of Doraville, N.C., must come to grips with the knowledge that these are the victims of a serial killer living among them. After Harper locates the eight bodies, much to the surprise of skept ...more
Caro
Apr 10, 2013 Caro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harris-charlaine
Finally!!!! I was waiting for it...and it happened! I'm glad I didn't have to wait much longer or it would've been another Babe/Cupcake and I don't think I could handle another of those. I loved this. Chocked full of mystery, some hard emotions, good steamy scene, and plenty of page-turning and breath-holding. Another tip of the tongue feeling induced book that made me thunk my head, but not too hard. I can't wait to read the next book. I loved the characters. Poor Xylda. She was good, if a litt ...more
Rachel Caine
Feb 09, 2010 Rachel Caine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love what Charlaine has done with Harper Connelly ... she's a cautious character, guarded, and unexpected at every turn. Harper's ability -- or disability -- is that she can find dead bodies, and see how they died. But Harper approaches it as a business, rather than a charitable enterprise, and it's fascinating how that changes the attitudes of others to what she does.

I thought this book was a tour de force -- chilling, thrilling, perfectly paced and utterly convincing. This is a different kin
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Liam
Feb 24, 2016 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not the best book, but I loved it all the same and had a lot of fun reading it. Can't wait to start on the last in the series! :)
MelM
Jan 10, 2016 MelM rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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C'est dans le comté de Knott, en Caroline du Nord, que se rendent Harper et Tolliver pour une nouvelle mission. À Doraville, de jeunes garçons disparaissent régulièrement depuis cinq ans, sans laisser de traces derrière eux et sans que personne n'ait la moindre idée de qui se cache derrière toutes ces disparitions. La grand-mère du dernier disparu et d'autres habitants, face à l'incapacité du shérif, Sandra Rockwell, à mettre la main sur le respons
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Jasmine Giacomo
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Alexandra
Sep 01, 2012 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best one in the series by far. (So far anyway. I still have one more to go.) Blown away right now.
The mystery in this book was very different than the past two have been because this involved serial murders.
Seriously gruesome stuff. And this book was the most serious of all, not only because of the investigation in Doraville. I knew things were happening but I totally did not see them happening like that. I actually put the book down and my mouth was gaping open. I said out loud, while in a roo
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr
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Harper Connelly (4 books)
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“That would do the trick," he said hoarsely. "Jesus, Harper, I don't understand why we don't have guys following us from town to town just to watch you do that."
"Because I've never done it for anyone but you," I said. "You don't think I'd say something like that to anyone else, do you?"
"Please," he said. "Please do that for me. And no one else.”
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