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An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  26,689 Ratings  ·  1,200 Reviews

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, al
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Published September 1st 2007 by Berkley Books
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Rachel Reads Ravenously (AKA The Wildcard Reader)
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
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
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
Oct 02, 2008 Shae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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

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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.
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
Aug 12, 2013 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 01, 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
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.
Oct 25, 2015 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
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
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
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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
Jun 03, 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
Jan 10, 2016 MelM rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


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
With the exception of the random and unsanitary sex scene in the middle of the book. That honestly had nothing to do with what was going on... Also, the poorly constructed sentences and grammar I rather enjoyed the mystery and the serial killer aspect of the story. That and the characters Harper and Tolliver is this books saving grace. They aren't the least bit annoying and are actually quite likable. I may be in the minority here when I say, so far, I like the Harper Connelly series better than ...more
Liam Gardner
Mar 27, 2016 Liam Gardner 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! :)
By this, the third book, I was beginning to get a little bored with Harper. While the mysteries she's dealing with are fascinating (and in this particular book sickening and nightmarish) her own story line isn't progressing in a way that keeps me wanting to keep coming back to see what's going on with her.

I predicted her and Tolliver's relationship almost precisely, and I have to say that I'm happy Ms. Harris didn't throw in too much angst in this regard. I appreciate that they're both acting l
Lesley Looper
Dec 30, 2008 Lesley Looper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: psychic mystery and Charlaine Harris fans
What an interesting installment in the series! I enjoyed the western North Carolina setting, and the serial kidnapper/killer thing was pretty different from the story lines in Grave Surprise and Grave Sight. I was most suprised in the change in the dynamics of the relationship between Harper and Tolliver; I picked up on it earlier than it happened in this book, but I'm intrigued that it happened this early in the series. (Obviously, I'm hoping there are several more books in the Harper Connelly ...more
Susan de Vriend - Raddatz
So I've committed to reading this series of Charlaine Harris'. If for nothing else but to see what else she can do aside from the popular vampire genre, which I like. Here I find the heroine much more interesting and believable. Her mystical gift is delivered to her via a lighting bolt. I like it. But also this heroine is a lot more sturdy and tough than say the other well known champion, Sookie.

In this book it got a bit deep down a dark path of pedophilia. That made it hard, at times, to read
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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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Other Books in the Series

Harper Connelly (4 books)
  • Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, #1)
  • Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, #2)
  • Grave Secret (Harper Connelly, #4)

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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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