Thursday, September 10, 2009

Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris

Harper Connelly and her step-brother Tolliver are back in action in Harris' Grave Surprise. This time the dynamic duo are in Memphis, hired by a professor of the paranormal, who gets his kicks by proving psychics and the like are farce. During her "demonstration," Harper comes across the body of a young girl, Tabitha, who she had been previously hired, and failed, to locate. Harper and Tolliver become entangled in the investigation, which ultimately leads to another death. One which places Harper and Tolliver as prime suspects. While Harper and Tolliver work desperately to clear their names, the killer lays in wait, desperate to strike again.

A delightful follow up to Grave Sight. Harris has more to offer this time around, and it shows. Grave Surprise offers a fully charged plot, an introduction to a new cast of characters and deeper insight into the minds and pasts of the two main characters. I can say with stark honesty, that the Harper Connelly series is completely different than the Sookie Stackhouse series. It took me a while to get used the difference, but I fully enjoy seeing another side to Harris' writing. I look forward to reading more books in the series.

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