Grave Surprise
by Harris, Charlaine

While giving a college class a demonstration of her unique talent to find the dead and see their final moments of life, Harper Connelly is stunned to discover two bodies in a single grave.

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO&;s True Blood, NBC&;s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.

After Harper Connelly was struck by lightning as a teenager, she developed an unusual ability-she is able to locate bodies and see how the victims died, although she cannot identify the murderers. Harper and her stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, are at Bingham College doing a demonstration for a class, identifying bodies and causes of death in an old graveyard, when Harper finds the body of Tabitha Morgenstern, a kidnapped young girl she had failed to locate months ago. To clear their names-the police consider Harper and Tolliver suspects in the crime-they set out to find the real killer. Harper and Tolliver are likable, well-developed characters whose unhappy past binds them together as they care for one another and work together. Harper craves normalcy as she wonders whether her talent is a gift or a curse. The supernatural elements are integrated believably into the plot in this engrossing mystery, the second in a series. ((Reviewed October 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Being struck by lightning has given Harper Connelly (Grave Sight, 2005, etc.) the ability to find dead bodies and know what killed them-a spooky talent that earns her a living and places her in frequent danger.Clyde Nunley is a professor at a Memphis-area college who loves to debunk paranormal behavior. When he invites Harper Connelly to visit an old campus graveyard where records labeling the bodies and causes of death have just been discovered, she confounds him as she works through the graves, correctly identifying each manner of death, until she comes to one she knows contains a recent burial. The body is that of Tabitha Morgenstern, 11, whose body Harper had tried and failed to find 18 months earlier. Harper's stepbrother Tolliver, her manager and traveling companion, had had a brief affair with Tabitha's aunt. The skeptical police consider Harper a prime suspect when Nunley turns up dead in the same grave after verbally abusing Harper in a hotel lobby. Because Harper and Tolliver come from a dysfunctional family, they recognize problems among the Morgensterns, and they soon unearth many snippets of information that never came to light in the original investigation. The amateur sleuths have their own near-death experience before the killer is discovered.Believers and skeptics alike will enjoy Harper's search for the truth and her changing relationship with Tolliver.Agent: Joshua Bilmes/JABberwocky Literary Agency Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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