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An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly #3)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  23,363 ratings  ·  1,075 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...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jamie
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.

... spoilers ...

The relationship between Harper and Tolliver is creepy. Even though they're not blood relatives, they...more
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...more
Shae
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Pat
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...more
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....more
Nikki
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 Proffitt
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
Lins
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...more
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
Kristen
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
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
Diana
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.
Amanda
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...more
Genie
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
Kristen
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Leslie Callahan
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Erin
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
Caro
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
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...more
Lesley
Dec 30, 2008 Lesley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jasmine Giacomo
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Karen Brooks
I picked up this book immediately after finishing book 2 in the Harper Connelly series and, as other reviewers here promised (and thank you!), this is a terrific read - much better in many ways than Grave Surprise.

A bit of time has passed since the events in the previous novel and the relationship between Harper and Tolliver is fraught with tension. This is elevated to new heights when they're called to another small town to help with the investigation into the disappearance of a number of boys...more
Gloria Mccracken
Charlaine Harris has something for everyone. If you like "cozy" murder mysteries, there is her series featuring real estate agent Aurora Teagarden. If you're looking for a more complicated heroine, there is loner Lily Bard with her troubled past in the "Shakespeare" series (that's the name of the town, not the writer). And if you're into vampires, there is Sookie Stackhouse, with her ability to read human (not vampire) minds, on which the popular TV series "True Blood" is based. (Lily Bard and a...more
Sarah
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 3 in the ‘Harper Connelly’ series.
This time Harper is hired by a lady looking for her missing grandson, along with 5 other missing boys from the small town where they live. It looks like Harper may have stumbled upon her first serial killer though, and things are about to get messy.
Who is the killer? And will they get Harper before she works out who they are?


This was a good murder-mystery with a paranormal twist, and once again I couldn’t guess wh...more
Patti
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Chelle
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Christyn

An Ice Cold Surprise is the third in the Harper Connelly series and probably my favorite so far. The mystery in this one was better done in this one than in the first two. I did figure it out before the unveiling - but the second one was just before it was revealed - there was after all at least one other viable suspect in my mind. I also enjoyed the changing relationship between Harper and Tolliver - it's been clear for a while that they've both had feelings for each other and some of the same...more
Angie
I am so into this series. I stumbled across Charlaine Harris right about the same time I discovered Janet Evanovich--just after my son was born. I credit the two of them for getting me through those postpartum blues, for making me laugh when all I felt like doing was cry. While I always look forward to the next Sookie Stackhouse book, it's Harris' Harper Connelly mystery series that's really got me champing at the bit for more. Harper finds dead people. With the help of her stepbrother Tollive...more
Jaime
I find Harper and Tolliver to be rather interesting protagonists — two people just trying to make a living from an unusual gift and keep to themselves, but who keep getting pulled into other people’s affairs. In this case, the discovery of a serial killer, an attack on Harper, and several other events all conspire to keep the two in Doraville much longer than they’d like. I’ve decided that this has been my favorite book of the three, maybe because we actually get a taste of a happy Harper in thi...more
Jonna Rubin
Am I the only one who finds Charlaine Harris's sex writing to be CRINGE-WORTHY? It was fine when Sookie was bonking vampires -- sexy, even -- but I found the way Harper reacted to Tolliver to be a little inauthentic and a pathetic attempt at making a perfectly acceptable mystery novel with likable characters into something titillating. (It wasn't. At all.)

What's upsetting is that I wasn't against the relationship -- I actually like that they're in love, and I find them even more appealing as a c...more
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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...more
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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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