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A Beautiful Corpse

(Harper McClain #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,436 ratings  ·  322 reviews
From Christi Daugherty, author of The Echo Killing, comes another pulse-pounding suspenseful thriller featuring crime reporter Harper McClain.

For a woman, being killed by someone who claims to love her is the most ordinary murder of all.

With its antebellum houses and ancient oak trees draped in a veil of Spanish moss, Savannah’s graceful downtown is famous around the world
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 Stars

This book is book 2 in the Harper McClain series and works very well as a stand-alone novel but do yourself a favor and read The Echo Killing first. It will provide background information on many of the characters in this book plus, it's an awesome read!

Harper McClain in hanging out at the Library Bar with her friend Bonnie, when a call comes in that there has been a shooting nearby in a high tourist area. Harper, a crime reporter, hurries to the scene with Bonnie at her side. At the sc
This is the 2nd in the crime reporter, Harper McClain series set in the small town of Savannah, Georgia. This worked fine as a standalone but I should warn there are major spoilers here about events that occurred in the first book. A 24 year old woman, Naomi Scott, is shot twice in the tourist district of town. Harper and her best friend, Bonnie, arrive on the scene only to discover to their horror that they knew the victim, and had seen her earlier in the night. Naomi had worked part time as a ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid 4 stars.
This is book 2 in the series, but there was enough information about the events in book 1 that it worked fine for me. Harper McClain is the crime reporter for the Savannah Daily News. She goes to the scene of a murder with her friend Bonnie, a bartender at the Library Bar. The murdered woman is the other afternoon shift bartender, Naomi Scott. Harper wants to solve the case, because she feels the police are pursuing the wrong man. She identifies another suspect, Peyton Anderson,
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

One night as Harper McClain is having a few drinks and visiting with her best friend, Bonnie, a bartender at The Library Bar, she receives a call that there has been a shooting.

As an Investigative Reporter on Savannah's crime beat, Harper knows she needs to get to that scene fast.

She's had a couple of drinks by this point, however, so Bonnie insists on driving. It's closing time anyway and she promises not to get in Harper's way.

Once at the scene, Bonnie is shocked when
Holly  B
Book Two in the Harper McClain series, but could be read as a stand-alone. Harper is a crime reporter for a newspaper in Savannah, Georgia and has a background with the Savannah police department. Something major happens in book one and many in the PD are keeping their distance from Harper and refuse to share information with her.

In this installment, there is a new murder mystery and Harper is determined to find justice for the victim even without much help from the police. The case is intriguin

This is the second book in the Harper McClain reporter procedural series. The First book in this series “The Echo Killing” was fantastic, so this was a much anticipated book for me. Christi Daugherty has definitely not disappointed, this was another exceptional read.Still not sure if reporter procedural is a thing, but it certainly should be because this is One heck of a series! Fabulous characters, an interesting setting, and a cleverly crafted mystery.

Harper i
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
There’s a reason The Echo Killing was a fan favorite book, and A Beautiful Corpse is its much-anticipated follow-up. Woo hoo! There are actually quite a few reasons!

Everyone’s favorite crime reporter, Harper McClain, is back. Savannah is the setting with its Spanish moss, gobs of southern history and secrets, and sweet tea hospitality on the front steps of antebellum houses. Murders don’t happen downtown, though. Until this one.

Naomi Scott is the victim, just 24 years old. She has her life ahe
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
This book was so compulsively readable and addictive! I found myself thinking about the mystery of A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty whenever I wasn’t reading it. As journalist Harper McClain pursues a killer, the police throw up road blocks, and Harper finds herself the focus of a different sort of crime that is no less terrifying. This should be a top pick for mystery fans in 2019!

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This is the second book in a series featuring crime reporter Harper McClain, but it can absolu
Louise Wilson
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harper McClain #2

Harper McClain is a crime reporter. A woman is killed in the affluent district, Savannah. But this story is personal. The corpse is familiar. Naomi Scott was only twenty four years old, a law student who was working in a bar to make ends meet. She had been gunned down, no one had witnessed the shooting. There are three suspects: her boyfriend, who has a criminal past, her boss, who had stalked another bartender two years ago, and the district attorney's son, who Naomi had dated
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Wow, what a fantastic book. I only just read the Echo Killing which is the first book in this series earlier this week and I wish I had gotten into this series sooner. A Beautiful Corpse I felt was even better. I started this on Saturday night and couldn't wait to finish it this morning. And now that I have finished it I am already desperate for book 3! The way this book ended left it wide open with questions... questions that I am dying to learn the answers to.

It is a year since the events of
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm loving this series! I searched for a second book in this series for a few months before I spotted this. Unfortunately I couldn't remember the name of the first book or the name of the author. I will make sure I remember Christi Daugherty now and the protagonist Harper McClain! I'm already looking forward to the next book.

Harper McClain is a crime reporter for a struggling newspaper in Savannah, Georgia. She's had some issues with the local police department (leftover from the first book in t
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daughtery is the second book in the Harper McClain series.

Harper McClain is a crime reporter. A woman's body is found and Harper is called to the scene to investigate the body. Harper recognizes the woman's body and she is familiar to her. Who is she? Naomi Scott is a twenty four year old law student who was working in a bar to help make ends meet. She was shot and there are no witnesses to the crime.

There are three suspects of men that could have potentially commi
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crime reporter Harper McClain is back in the second book in this suspenseful series. A local woman is killed late at night in Savannah's tourist district. There are no witnesses to the crime, but the police have three suspects. Harper digs deep to discover who is behind the murder.

Harper is back, and after the events in the first book, her relationship with the Savannah police department is suffering. Since she is a crime reporter, this makes her job a little more challenging. Using the few conn
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

After the fallout from the first book, Harper McClain has spent the last year rebuilding her life, and focusing on her crime reporting career. But a murder closer to home will drag her back into the limelight and test every ounce of grit and gumption that she's got.

This book was great! Harper was just as interesting a main character as in the first book, but having got
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Beautiful Corpse is the second novel in Harper McClain crime reporter series set in hot and humid Savannah, Georgia, and I already have a feeling that this is going to be added to my list of most engaging, exciting series of which I should never miss an instalment. This is crime fiction at its most entertaining, and Daugherty's characters are easy to support and invest in, especially feisty Harper. After flying through the first couple of pages I knew it was going to be a night of no sleep as ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I have a new series to look forward to! I absolutely loved this book, set in Savannah, Georgia. This was a compelling read, following the character of Harper McClain, an investigative crime reporter, as she becomes involved in the search for a killer of a young woman, Naomi, who is shot on her way home from her job at the "Library Bar". Harper's job is to get interviews from all three suspects. At the same time, Harper is dealing with her own problems - her house is broken into several times, wi ...more
Laura Rash
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was fast paced and the characters were great. The plot was interesting and interwoven with Harpers past. I’m going to backtrack and read the first in this series and am looking forward to whatever’s next for Harper.
Thanks to Minotaur for this early copy:)
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Investigative journalist Harper McClain is searching for the killer of Naomi Scott a 24 year old law student.
The police have three suspects. Relying heavily on sources and her own investigative instincts Harper tries to unravel the mystery.
Harper McClain is a cool character even in the Savannah humidity that hangs so thick it leaves a white haze in the air. Christi Daugherty spins a good tale with strong characters and crisp dialogue that keeps the story moving.
I like seeing the mystery solved
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
A young woman is killed in the downtown of Savannah and for crime reporter Harper McClain this murder is especially brutal. She knows the victim; she worked at the bar where Harper's best friend is working. For Harper, it becomes personal to find the killer, but there are no witnesses. The police are down to three suspected killers: her boyfriend, the boss at the bar and the DA's son who dated the victim before it ended badly. All three men say they love her, but could love have turned into hate ...more
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
(4.5) I’m really enjoying this series! (The first 1 was good but I liked this 1 even more.) The characters are realistic & the mysterys are interesting. I guess tbh some of the crime “solving” is a little convenient, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying it & I find myself really looking forward to the next 1.
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
I had been dying to read this since I finished The Echo Killing and I was not disappointed. I love Harper McClain and A Beautiful Corpse is a great follow up. I raced through it, I couldn’t put it down. Great story, engaging characters and just a brilliant read! Bring on the next!
4.5 Stars

A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty is book two in her series featuring crime reporter Harper McClain, and it's a fast-paced and thoroughly riveting read! I went into the book not having read The Echo Killing first, so I feel it can definitely be read as a standalone because Daugherty gives enough backstory about book one at the beginning that you aren't lost. After reading this book, I immediately understood why so many of my bookish best friends LOVE this series, Harper's characte
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harper McClain, a crime reporter for the Savannah Daily News, is hanging out with her friend Bonnie when she gets a call about a murder. Reaching the scene she realizes that the murdered woman is Naomi Scott who works with Bonnie. The police believe that Naomi’s boyfriend is guilty but Harper feels they are pursuing the wrong man. She is pretty sure that a suspect with a powerful family connections might have a hand in Naomi’s murder and to top all of this off there might be somebody stalking Ha ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying these books by US authors, I enjoy the speed of them, the depth of the female lead characters and the action.
I didn't read the previous book, and I will be looking out for it.

Thanks to NetGalley, Christi Daugherty and Harper Collins
Laura Peden
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty is the 2nd book in the Harper McClain series. I wasn’t planning to write up a review for this but I forgot to for book #1 (The Echo Killing) & the series deserves more attention. The main draw for me is the setting, Savannah, Georgia; the antebellum architecture, Spanish moss & hypnotic vibe. Harper McClain is a tenacious newspaper reporter, who throughout the series becomes responsible for her paper’s daily front page story. Book 1 sets the stage & the 2n ...more
Gail C.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A BEAUTIFUL CORPSE by Christi Daugherty is the second book in a series featuring Harper McClain, crime reporter for the local Savannah newspaper. Naomi, a young woman Harper knows through her best friend Bonnie is shot and killed on River Street. That mystery is the central storyline of this book and is solved within this nove. There is some carry over from the first book where Harper solved a murder and revealed a police officer as being the murderer. This has created great animosity between Ha ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Harper McClain is a report that cover the crime beat. What an exciting mystery!  Would you investigate if someone got murdered close to you?  I think this story was exciting and kept my attention.  I have not read book one and I don't think I missed anything by starting with book two.  I enjoyed this book and would read more. *This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.* ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book in a series that follows Harper McClain, a crime reporter living in Savannah. I recommend reading the first book in the series before this one because there’s quite a bit of background information about Harper’s life in the first book and there’s a secondary storyline about her mother’s death that has threads in both books. Side note, I listened to the first book and the audio was great so I’m sure this would be awesome on audio as well.

I know there are some series with a
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Beautiful Corpse was a fantastic follow up to The Echo Killing that has Harper investigating a murder while dealing with the fallout of the first book.

Very little shocks crime reporter Harper McClain these days. But when she heads to the scene of a young woman's murder, Harper is shocked to discover she knows the victim. Law student Naomi Scott was just getting started in life, tending bar to makes ends meet. Gunned down with no witnesses to the crime and three potential suspects, the police h
Susan Hampson
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Although this is the second book in The Harper McClain series but my first I didn’t have any problem settling into the story. Harper is a newspaper reporter that has that gut feeling when something just doesn’t sit right with a story. Within an hour of leaving a bar, that Harper and her bestie Bonnie were drinking in, a young law student Naomi Scott is shot down in the streets of Savannah and there isn’t any witnesses around. Harper, a woman who has always one eye on everyone else and an ear to ...more
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As a​ ​​newspaper​ ​reporter, Christi Daugherty first began covering murders at the age of 22. She worked as a journalist for years in cities including Savannah, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. The Echo Killing is her first crime novel. She has also written seven young adult novels under the name CJ Daugherty. Find out more and win signed books by visiting her website: You ...more

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