When I was fifteen, I was struck by a bolt of lightning through an open window of the trailer where we lived...I recovered, mostly. I have a strange spiderweb pattern of red on my torso and right leg, which has episodes of weakness. Sometimes my right hand shakes. I have headaches. I have many fears. And I can find dead people. That was the part that interested the professor...
At the request of anthropology professor Dr. Clyde Nunley, Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver come to Memphis to give a demonstration of Harper's unique talent. And what better place to have that demonstration than in a very old cemetery?
Dr. Nunley doesn't bother to hide his skepticism, especially when Harper stands atop a grave and senses two bodies beneath her - one of a centuries-dead man and the other of a young girl, recently deceased. When the grave is opened, Harper's claim is proven true.
The dead girl is Tabitha Morgenstern, an eleven-year-old abducted from Nashville two years previously - a child whom Harper had tried, and failed, to find. The coincidence raises suspicions about her among the police - so she and Tolliver undertake their own hunt to find the killer. They make a nocturnal visit to the cemetery, hoping that Harper can sense something further about the murder.
And then, the next morning, a third dead body is found in the grave...
My Thoughts :
Any fans of Charlaine Harris will of, like me, have already read this series. However Charlaine Harris has managed to achieve something that no other author has. She has me going back to re-read or at least to listen to her books again. I have read nearly all of her books and slowly but surely I have been listening to them all too. I have already read and listened to all the Sookie Stackhouse, Aurora Teagarden, Midnight and Lily Bard books so I only have the Harper Connelly ones left.
Grave Surprise is the second book in the series and even though I definitely read it when it releases, I couldn't remember anything about it while I listened to it. Sure this book was released ten years ago and a lot has happened since then but I expected to at least remember some of the plot. Which I didn't.
The book was a great listen and once again a pleasure to read. The series is unusual and exciting with some interesting details. I was pleasantly surprised to meet Manfred in this book. A character who also appears in the Midnight series. I know a lot of the characters from Midnight have made appearances in other books but some of them have been long forgotten over the years. So I love putting those pieces together.
I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series. Luckily they all seem to be available on Audible and I can revisit the series in full. Well worth the listen, the narrator does a great job of bringing the series to life and I look forward to hearing her voice again soon.