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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35,022 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlaine Harris Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Harper Connelly Series Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781440780547
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Grave Sight is the first of the Harper Connelly mysteries by Charlaine Harris, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, which has been made into the TV series, True Blood. Whereas the Sookie Stackhouse books feature a protagonist who can read people's minds, along with a host of other supernatural creatures, the Harper Connelly mysteries are a little more grounded in reality. Only the protagonist, Harper Connelly, has supernatural powers, which she gained from being struck by lightning when she was a teenager.

Harper can sense the dead, which enables her to find dead bodies and figure out how the person died. She and her stepbrother, Tolliver, travel around helping people figure out what happened to their loved ones and in what manner they died. At times, their work leads them into solving mysteries while, at other times, they just help bring closure to the living.

In this book, they are taken to Sarne, Arkansas to figure out whether a crime that just occurred was, in fact, a murder/suicide, as the police seem to think. Harper finds the girl's body right away and can tell she died a violent death, but, it turns out, the same is true of her boyfriend, who was also murdered. So this is not a murder/suicide and the killer is out there; it will take all of Harper's ingenuity to bring him to justice.

Harper is an engaging protagonist with a vulnerable side, rather like Sookie Stackhouse. Both are plagued with feelings of being a "freak" in a normal world, because of their superpowers. Fortunately for Harper, her stepbrother is there to help her out and manage the business side of things while she focuses on honing her powers. Whereas the Sookie Stackhouse novels are adventure stories, the Harper Connelly series is rooted in mystery and will keep you guessing until the end.

Charlaine Harris was born in Tunica Mississippi and was always interested in writing, even when she was young. At first, she wrote poetry and ghost stories, but when she was in school at Rhodes College, she also started writing plays. A few years later, she turned to novel-writing and has been doing so ever since; her career spans thirty years. She has written the Aurora Teagarden series featuring a librarian who solves mysteries; the Lily Bard series, also a mystery-themed series featuring a protagonist who was abused; the Sookie Stackhouse series; and the Harper Connelly books, which are currently being made into a TV series. Harris lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children.

Grave Sight draws listeners into the intriguing world of Harper Connelly, a woman with a unique gift: she can “see” the dead and how they died. A teenage girl missing from a small Ozarks town is feared dead. Hired by local police, Harper locates the girl’s body in a nearby forest. But there’s more than one corpse in those woods, and the second one raises questions no one wants to ask. Soon Harper and her assistant, her stepbrother Tolliver, are under suspicion. All they want is to get out of town, but they will have to clear their reputations first. The pun in the title is only the first dose of a potion that is sure to put every listener under Grave Sight’s spell.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Harris delivers a knuckle-gnawing tale populated with well-developed, albeit edgy characters. A nifty puzzle toward the end will challenge the most jaded mystery buffs.”

    Publishers Weekly
  • “A strong debut that will have readers dying for more.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor Alcantar | 2/18/2014

    " These books are great! I usually would consider myself a romance reader over a mystery reader but this book has the perfect combination, it kept me up a whole night because I couldn't go to sleep until I figures out who-dun-it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 2/11/2014

    " Meh. Didn't bother finishing it, lost interest about half-way through. Kind of bland and not particularly creative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/5/2014

    " I really liked the premise of the book. Girl hit by lightening and now can detect dead bodies as well as see there.last moments of death/cause of death. That said I really liked Harper too but the book had a very depressing feel and I figured out 'who done it's pretty early on. It is more of a 3.5 but u Washington interested enough in the series to want to read more of Harper and her brother's adventures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Jacobs | 1/28/2014

    " Great start to a series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/22/2014

    " Book was just okay. The story seemed like a good idea and started off well but then fizzled toward the end. More was spent on the characters then seemed necessary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorena | 1/16/2014

    " Good book. Kept me coming back for more. I love her writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie (73) | 1/7/2014

    " Not the sort of read I would normally pick up but.....I really enjoyed it and will be reading the rest of the series!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dragana | 1/2/2014

    " I don't know what, but something was missing to get me interested here. I skimmed trough other half of the book just to see 'who did it'... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belinda | 12/19/2013

    " Loved it! I was eager to read the next book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caileen | 12/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book sereis. My libary labeled it as mystry which I normally don't enjoy but this was less leave it to yourself hint hint. It was very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/4/2013

    " I really liked this book. So sad that there is only 4 books in this series :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Draper | 11/29/2013

    " This is one of my favorite series from Charlaine Harris. I truly enjoy reading her books and hope she comes out with another book featuring Harper and her brother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ami | 11/17/2013

    " good...didn't love it as much as the Sookie Stackhouse novels "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fortheloveofdanes | 11/17/2013

    " Enjoyed and couldnt put it down. Love her writings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura de Leon | 8/18/2013

    " This was the right book at the right time-- A quirky, slightly twisted lightweight read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Barker-benoit | 6/30/2013

    " Although enjoyable I found I was waiting for that "Southern charm" that is the backbone of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. None of the characters completely grabbed me the way Ms Stackhouse and her companions did "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 5/25/2013

    " I (surprisingly) really enjoyed this. Easy, light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kallierose | 10/25/2012

    " I know I read this about a week ago, but other than the weird, slightly creepy step-brother/step-sister vibe, I can't remember much about it. Guess I'll have to read the next one and see if it makes a bit more of an impression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 10/16/2012

    " Cleaner than her other series-2 paragraphs I could have done without; occasional bad language. Very different from anything I've read before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) | 10/7/2012

    " I really really wanted to love this book but I just had a hard time getting into it. I love the concept but for some reason I just couldn't relate to the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne | 8/23/2012

    " i liked the characters and story line in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucia | 7/11/2012

    " I read this because I missed Sookie. What I found was that Harper could not fill the void for me...and with out an Eric to lust after...what's the point? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Kirchmann | 6/26/2012

    " I like Harper Connelly...she kinda cracks me up ;). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caralee | 6/7/2012

    " Great series. Love Sook, she's great. A modern day heroine from a realistic background. The way the supernatural themes have been weaved through the storyline is fantastic. An different presentation of the modern day vampire genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 3/8/2012

    " Gave it 4 stars, but it's like I need orders of magnitude. This was a good, light read...the Healing was a good heavy read...hard to compare them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 11/21/2011

    " I wanted a light, fun read and I found it. I bought the first book and enjoyed it, so I bought the rest. VERY quick read (read all four books in the series in four days). Recommend if you are looking for light entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 8/31/2011

    " This was an amazing book along with the sequels! A great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Lopez | 7/25/2011

    " I like this book alot. Its a different kind paranoramal thats not too far out of the real world, if that makes sense. Its a good read and Ive read it a few times and will more than likely read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pattie | 6/30/2011

    " A fun bit of fluff ... perfect for a poolside read! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 6/27/2011

    " The ending fell a little flat - I think about 10 more pages would have done the trick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 6/26/2011

    " Also liked this series, but much darker than her others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 6/24/2011

    " what happens when you get hit by lightning? you find dead people...and of course people don't believe your'e for real...and so it begins... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 6/9/2011

    " Sadly predictable. The main character seemed weak with not a lot of depth. I did read the whole book which is a lot to say for a book I did not completely enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 6/7/2011

    " Not a bad detective story with a little twist - might read more of the Harper series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richnetta | 6/7/2011

    " Love the southern vampire books more. It's not bad. But it didn't compel me to want to read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 5/26/2011

    " This was fun summer-like reading. I think I might like this heroine better than Sookie Stackhouse.
    "

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About the Author
Author Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling mystery author and editor. She has written a number of successful mystery and urban fantasy series, including the Aurora Teagarden series, the Harper Connelly series, and the Shakespeare series, among others. The first book in Harris’ Southern Vampire series, Dead until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001; the series is also the basis for the hit HBO series True Blood. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the American Crime Writers League, and the International Crime Writers Association. Currently, Harris lives in Magnolia, Arkansas.

About the Narrator

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned twenty Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.