Harper Connelly earns her living finding the dead. She’s been able to locate them ever since lightning struck her as a child. Along with her step-brother, Tolliver, Harper travels to a small town in the Ozarks to find a young lady; her boyfriend was found dead at the time of her disappearance. But finding the body sparks a series of strange occurrences, with a long-standing secret trying to stay in the shadows. Too bad that Harper is caught in the middle. I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, and thought Harper’s odd mix of strengths and weaknesses made her an interesting character. I’m looking forward to more books in this series.
43. Charlaine Harris, Grave Surprise, 295 pages, Paranormal Mystery, Paperback, 2006.
The 2nd book in the Harper Connelly series finds Harper in an old graveyard, telling the cause of death at each grave in front of a university class on the paranormal. The instructor is livid; he likes to prove frauds, and Harper is nailing them, one after another. That is, until she reaches the final grave and finds 2 bodies there – the original occupant listed on the headstone, and the body of an 11-year-old girl that Harper tried to find for her family over a year prior. With the standard don’t-leave-town from the police, and mixed signals from the family, Harper finds it all too coincidental. So she decides to investigate things for herself with help from her step-brother, Tolliver.