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Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who's passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she's providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living - but she's used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she's become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it's always urgent - even if the dead can wait forever.
Published: Penguin Group on Oct 4, 2005
ISBN: 9781101205600
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A solid start to the Harper Connelly series, and a solid entry in the subgenre of "paranormal mystery". I can't say that there was anything really startling or fresh about it, but it was one of those books that slip down seemingly without effort, and so it made for a very pleasant read (it was recommended to me by my sister for the new tradition of All Hallows Read, and I think she made a good choice).read more
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The first in the Harper Connelly series. Harper is a young woman who grew up in a rough home. As a teenager, she was struck by lightening and can now sense dead bodies and can see the last few seconds of their death.As an adult, she uses this unusual skill to her advantage and gets paid to help people find closure. She's asked to travel to a small town in Arkansas to help a woman find her son's girlfriend to help clear her son's name. Slowly, small town incestuous relationships emerge and we learn more about the citizens of Sarne than expected. Another great, light summer read.read more
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The start of a new series, this paranormal mystery about a young woman struck by lighting who can now locate the dead and see the moment of their passing is surprisingly good. Though it doesn't take long for the reader to figure out the mystery, it really doesn't matter- it is the characters that carry this book along amd make it impossible to put down. I've read other books by Harris and enjoyed them, but this is head and shoulders above The Southern Vampire Series or the Aurora Teagarden mysteries. Highly recommended even if you don't normally enjoy Charlaine Harris.read more
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A solid start to the Harper Connelly series, and a solid entry in the subgenre of "paranormal mystery". I can't say that there was anything really startling or fresh about it, but it was one of those books that slip down seemingly without effort, and so it made for a very pleasant read (it was recommended to me by my sister for the new tradition of All Hallows Read, and I think she made a good choice).
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The first in the Harper Connelly series. Harper is a young woman who grew up in a rough home. As a teenager, she was struck by lightening and can now sense dead bodies and can see the last few seconds of their death.As an adult, she uses this unusual skill to her advantage and gets paid to help people find closure. She's asked to travel to a small town in Arkansas to help a woman find her son's girlfriend to help clear her son's name. Slowly, small town incestuous relationships emerge and we learn more about the citizens of Sarne than expected. Another great, light summer read.
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The start of a new series, this paranormal mystery about a young woman struck by lighting who can now locate the dead and see the moment of their passing is surprisingly good. Though it doesn't take long for the reader to figure out the mystery, it really doesn't matter- it is the characters that carry this book along amd make it impossible to put down. I've read other books by Harris and enjoyed them, but this is head and shoulders above The Southern Vampire Series or the Aurora Teagarden mysteries. Highly recommended even if you don't normally enjoy Charlaine Harris.
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Grave Sight is the first book in the Harper Connelly series written by Charlaine Harris. I picked this up for a bit of fun, and a so-called 'trashy' read and it didn't disappoint. Main character Harper has the ability to find dead bodies, as well as being able to determine how they died. I thought this concept was interesting enough to pursue for a light read.The book had a very promising start with Harper and her brother taking on paying jobs for clients who need her services. However; the entire novel focussed on one job for a client situated in a smallish USA town (albeit with multiple bodies), and contained too much romance for my liking.I would have enjoyed Grave Sight so much more if I was able to follow Harper working for many different clients over a greater period of time. It certainly would have provided more scope for the author and more variety for the reader. Having said that, it was an entertaining read and is probably best suited for Young Adult readers.
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This is Book One of the Harper Connelly mystery series, by the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Harper Connelly, aged 24, was struck by lightning when she was 15, and ever since then has been able to sense the location of dead people and also see how they died (but not who killed them). Consequently, she and her 27 year old stepbrother, Tolliver Lang (acting as manager and assistant), hire themselves out to help find missing persons. As Harper explains:"The way I see it, I'm providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living ... I couldn't do it alone - that's why my stepbrother Tolliver travels with me, as my manager and, sometimes, bodyguard. It's an unpredictable work schedule: we live out of hotels, ready to hit the road at any time. Because for the living it's always urgent - even if the dead can wait forever..."In this book, Harper and Tolliver go to the small town of Sarne, Arkansas, to find a missing teenaged girl, lost about the same time as her boyfriend, whose body was found and deemed a suicide. The mother of the boy hires Harper so it won't seem as if she doesn't care about her son's wrong-side-of-the-tracks girlfriend. But the more answers Harper and Tolliver unearth [double entendre], the more they are subjected to murder threats themselves.Evaluation: This is a pleasant enough mystery, though it lacks the energy and charm of the Sookie Stackhouse books. Still, the author has an unerring eye for people’s quirks, insecurities, and insincerities, as well as an insistence on the complexity of motivations by giving even evil characters their moments of kindness.
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great story. characters were likable and the story was well written. :)
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