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Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  29,622 Ratings  ·  1,144 Reviews
While in Memphis, psychic Harper Connelly senses-and finds-two bodies in a grave. One of a man centuries-dead. The other, a girl, recently deceased. Harper's investigation yields another surprise: the next morning, a third body is found-in the very same grave.
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Berkley Books
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars!

“I love the South, don’t get me wrong; but it does lag behind the times in social developments.”

The second book in a series of four, you must read Grave Sight before reading this book. Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver travel the US, using Harper's ability to find dead bodies and to know how they died as a means of employment. This came about when Harper was struck by lightning when she was a teenager. Harper and Tolliver are called to Memphis for a grave reading in
Sep 07, 2007 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
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.
Jun 29, 2010 Patti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I tried. I really tried. I got another book from this series, just to see if it left me feeling icky. And it did. Oh, it did.

Once again, the creepy relationship between Harper and Tolliver was there for all to see. Every time she mentioned him "holding" her or kissing her, I just wanted to pull my eyeballs out and scrub them. Once again, Harper had to talk about how Tolliver was all about having sex with waitresses. Why waitresses? I mean...why would the author include that? Why not just "
Not a bad book, but not quite as good as the first due to redundancy. Very similar to the first in the plot & all. Again, the heroine isn't very upbeat nor is the story line. Same issues with folks accepting her for what she is/does.

The biggest drawback was background of the heroine. We're treated to several pages where she crams in all the background info we learned through the first book & then she dishes it out again through out the book. OK, she & her step-brother had a rough tim
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Interesting
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: I enjoyed it
Characters: Well Done
Plot: giving the finger to the doubters
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Tolliver

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
The lightning strikes again. I really like this series. I think I like Harper much more than Sookie. I like that this book seems to have a lot more going on than the mystery set in front of us. This one kept me guessing longer than the last book.

For a full review
GRAVE SURPRISE (Paranormal Suspense-Memphis-Cont) – VG
Harris, Charlaine – 2nd in series
Berkeley Prime Crime, 2006- Hardcover
*** Harper Collins and her stepbrother Tolliver have come to Memphis at the request of Professor Clyde Nunley. He has asked Harper to demonstrate her unique ability to find the dead and know how they died. When she comes the grave of a centuries-old man she not only identifies him, but a second corpse buried on top—the body of a girl Harper had been hired, but failed, to fi
Dec 01, 2015 Nico rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Generally, these books are not the fillet mignon of books. They're the carnival corn dogs. This book, like a corn dog, is bad for you, but yet somehow you eat it anyway.

I've often said that Charlaine Harris's books are like the trash tv equivalent of the book world, and even though the characters are awful, disgusting people, I can't help but read this crap.

Harper and her step brother Tolliver still have this weird, co-dependent relationship with each other. And at least on Harper's part, she
Melissa McShane
I liked this book a lot more than I liked the first; the story is more engaging and the mystery more complex. There's the college professor who invites Harper to demonstrate her talents so he can debunk her, and then there's the mystery that arises when in the course of this demonstration Harper finds an extra body in a grave. And when the extra body happens to be that of a girl Harper had been hired to find, and failed, several months back, the mystery deepens. Harris continues to think through ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Hallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dlr-library
Enjoyed this a lot, although I'm not totally certain why it was quite so engaging. I liked the set up for Harper finding this mystery's dead body, with the snotty professor so arrogant and so sure she'd fail in her demonstration of her powers to his class. I also liked that there was a bit less of the Unclean! Abomination! response to her than there was in the first book. It was a bit on the needlessly repetitive side for such a short book (seriously, did anyone *not* get that Harper and Tollive ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
Yeah, I can't help it, I like Charlaine Harris' books. This series is popcorn for my brain, but that's not a bad thing: so is Georgette Heyer, in a different way. I've been spoilered as to future developments in the series, and it doesn't put me off a bit: I was sort of expecting it to go this way. I mean, I've dipped in and out of fandoms since I was twelve. But just in case anyone has a really bad squick and needs to check that it's not going that way, the spoiler is (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

I seem to be in the minority, but I enjoyed this a bit more than Grave Sight Harper Connelly 1. I love when an innocuous seeming character rubs their skills in people's faces so the opening scenes set me in a great place with Harper showing the disbelieving Clyde her corpse mojo. Then there was the fact that references made in book one were followed through here with the discovery of Tabitha - continuity pleases me considerably. We got a bit more paranormal too with ghosts and psychics th
May 25, 2007 Caty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are not bothered by odd boundary issues
This is another series by Charlaine Harris. I have read two and will not read more. The heroine and a stepbrother (odd, odd boundary issues here that get in the way of the plot) travel from town to town using the heroine's ability to communicate with the dead to resolve death's and settle spirits. Good premise. Good read. Creep factor too much to bother with again.
A thoroughly enjoyable book in the Harper Connelly series. Harper is no ordinary young woman, when she was a teenager she was struck by lightning and was left with both physical scars and a new mental ability, she can find missing dead people and also sense how they died. Harper and Tolliver had been employed over a year ago to find the body of a little girl called Tabitha Morgenstern aged eleven. Sadly at the time Harper was unsuccessful but when she is invited by anthropology professor Dr. Cly ...more
Barbara ★
Harper Connelly finds dead people and once found can tell you exactly how they died. Yup creepy as hell but cool too. At 15, Harper was struck by lightning and now has this weird ability and a bunch of health issues as well. As her manager, her brother Tolliver travels the country with Harper keeping her appointments and assists her physically when needed. Harper and Tolliver had a rather bad childhood which made them very close and dependent upon each other. Of course Harper and Tolliver are no ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From back cover blurb:
When I was fifteen, I was struck by lightning. I recovered, mostly. I have a strange spiderweb pattern of red on my torso and right leg. I have headaches. I have many fears. And I can find dead people. That was the part that interested the professor…

At the request of anthropology professor Clyde Nunley, Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver come to Memphis to demonstrate Harper's unique talent-in an old cemetery. Nunley is skeptical, even after Harper senses-and find
Jun 20, 2012 Zarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot is thin, the characters are cardboardey, the MC's are weird and not very likable - and ms Harris keeps mixing up her facts, which ruins books for me.
Another pet peeve is characters that keep repeating and rehashing things they've already gone over in previous instalments (or earlier on in the book). Yep. Gotcha, thanks. Not stupid - move on, please! This book does that all-the-frickin'-time.

I'm NOT gonna read the rest of these books.

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I was excited to check out this series because I really enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series. Eh, no. While an interesting and entertaining listen, I found the plot to be predictable and the incestuous undertones a little disturbing. Just because someone is not your relative by blood doesn't mean they can't still be considered your brother. And he is described as being skinny, pock-marked, and with a ponytail! Get real!

Anyway, when I first began this one, I did not know it was the second in the s
Harper's second adventure (at least our second adventure with her) was just as fun as the first. Not too predictable, always interesting, and with great characters. The only issue I had was that we didn't get as much action as the first. Yeah, there were a few murders and twists, but I felt like a lot of time was spent at the hotel discussing who could possibly have done it, as opposed to the first where they were out there getting their hands dirty. I still enjoyed it, and know that cases have ...more
Apr 11, 2008 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, paranormal
Harper has a unique ability to "know"/"see" things about the dead. And when she goes to do a demonstration for a group, she "sees" something completely unexpected.

I like the originality of the series and Harper and her brother as characters.
I really enjoyed this story, but I have to say that I'm giving it four "very good/really liked" stars DESPITE a bunch of errors.

In this outing with Harper and Tolliver, they're in Memphis, Tennessee to do a cemetery reading for Bingham College. What should have once again been an easy in-and-out job turned into a real production when the cemetery reading turned up two bodies in a hundred-plus year-old grave. And the second body was none other than that of a missing girl that Harper had tried to
*~Lan Lan~*
“Tell me it’s not,” Tolliver said. His dark brown eyes were steady on mine.
“It is,” I said. “We finally found Tabitha Morgenstern.”

So I am having a really hard time with this review and for a while could not figure out why. And then it dawned on me. This book gave me nothing to review. I neither hated it nor enjoyed it enough to actually make an effort to write my usually formatted spiel. I have no motivation because this book gave me no reasons to be motivated. I felt absolutely nothing whi
M.J. Heiser
Harper Connelly finds dead people, but she eschews the term "psychic." It doesn't matter how she refers to herself; people don't like her because they think she's a con artist, regardless of her nearly perfect record of results for her clients.

How do I know how she feels about this?

Because she whines about it so often.

Everything that is resilient and charming about Sookie Stackhouse seems to be lacking in Harper Connelly. I'm not saying that Harper doesn't deserve some measure of pathos. Her bac
Juliana Graham
I have already read the first of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlane Harris, so I was quite interested to try this book from a different series. I didn't realise it was part of a set until I'd already started it, and as it happens it's the second one but this didn't cause many problems with only the occasional reference to previous events. I imagine that reading the books in order will show the relationship developing between the two main characters so I'll definitely read the others in seq ...more
Nicole Field
This was a good candy book for me.

I remember when I read the first one in the series last year, I thought it was a fun read and meant to get back to it before now.

There are no vampires in this book, very little supernatural in this book apart from Harpers own abilities, of course. One thing I really like about this series is that it keeps looking at the cost in real life of these kind of powers. I hope that's a theme that later books in this series continue to explore.

I know the relationship be
Althea Ann
Charlaine Harris has a very charming writing style, but based on ‘Grave Surprise,’ I don’t like this quite as much as her Sookie Stackhouse books. While Sookie’s world is unmistakably supernatural, here, heroine Harper Connelly is more in the realm of daytime talk shows for the gullible. Harper, a woman in her early 20’s, gained psychic powers when she was struck by lightning. Now, she can mystically find dead bodies – and if she touches those bodies, she can tell how they died. This allows her ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the Harper Connelly series. I think I liked this one a little more than the first. Of course, the first book was great for setting up Harper and Tolliver's background and how they came to do what they do but this book took it further and you find out more information about their childhood and their family.
One revelation in particular that Harper has is quite disturbing.

But even the murder mystery in the book was more exciting than in Grave Sight. Harper goes to a cemetery
Dec 02, 2009 Larissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver have been invited to Memphis to give a demonstration. Dr Nunley, who teaches an unorthodox class at Bingham College, has it in mind to expose Harper as a fraud. But when Harper makes a surprising discovery at the old cemetery, even Dr Nunley is left speechless.

Harper had finally found Tabitha Morgenstern who had disappeared eighteen months ago in Nashville; only its months later and in the wrong city. Something about all this was not quite right, and when a ne
Cheryl Landmark
Oct 14, 2012 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Harper Connelly was called upon to demonstrate her gift for finding dead people. But, this time, it wasn't to bring closure to a grieving family. Instead, the professor from Bingham College who had contacted her did so with the clear intention of proving she was a fraud and a scamster preying on the emotions and grief of those who had lost loved ones. To everyone's surprise and disbelief, Harper did find a body in a grave that wasn't supposed to be there. It turned out to be an abduc ...more
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Harper Connelly’ series.
When Harper is called to walk through a cemetery and prove her talent, the last thing she expects is to find a dead body that shouldn’t be in the cemetery, and she’s even more surprised when it turns out to be Tabitha – an 11-year-old girl abducted three years earlier.
Once again Harper and Tolliver come under suspicion, but the actual killer remains hidden.
Who killed Tabitha? Why was she hidden in a graveyard so f
I kind of went crazy and read all four Harper Connelly books in less than 24 hours. This means I have full knowledge of how the series ends as I'm writing these reviews, and that makes it hard to not spoil. If you're like me and hate any and all mention of a book before you read it, run away now.

I really, thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought the set-up for the mystery was much stronger here than it had been in Grave Sight, and added to the already strong characters and overall idea, it made i
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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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