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3.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 5 3.04 (24 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 2006 ISBN: 9781436125697
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Supernatural curiosities, finely wrought characters, and unpredictable plotting combine in this exciting whodunit.

Twenty-something Harper Connolly has a gift. After being struck by lighting as a child, she discovered an eerie ability to locate the deceased. In Memphis, skeptical Professor Nunley wants her to demonstrate that skill at an ancient cemetery. There, Harper stands atop a grave and says there are two bodies entombed: one centuries old, but the other, a young girl named Tabitha. Her assertion holds water: Tabitha has been missing for two years—and now the police are suspicious of Harper. So with her loyal stepbrother Tolliver, Harper begins to amass clues that will solve the case.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Winning…Peppered with the author’ trademark deadpan wit, this book should help make Harper and Tolliver as popular as Sookie Stackhouse, the heroine of Harris’s vampire mystery series.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Alyssa Bresnahan gives a low-key performance that makes Harper a believable and sensitive character. Bresnahan’s steady intensity brings the suspense to the fore without overstatement.”

    AudioFile

  • “Harper and Tolliver are likable, well-developed characters whose unhappy past binds them together as they care for one another and work together…The supernatural elements are integrated believably into the plot in this engrossing mystery.”

    Booklist

  • “Believers and skeptics alike will enjoy Harper’s search for the truth and her changing relationship with Tolliver.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eli | 2/19/2014

    " Fun book. Different kind of mystery series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 2/18/2014

    " This is the first book I've read by Charlaine Harris. I am really looking forward to reading the other books in the Harper Connelly series, and I'll probably pick up the Sookie Stackhouse books soon too! If you are into murder mystery and/or paranormal type novels, this would be a good one for you to read. The characters are interesting and have some quirks about them that make you either love them or hate them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 2/11/2014

    " The second book in the Harper Connelly series is interesting in a lazy, "this is readable" way. The mystery is a little convoluted, but plausible, and the characters are likable enough to get you invested in them. Harper herself is bit prickly, but it doesn't grate, since the story is told from her point of view. I can't help but feel that the first two novels were something of a wind up for the third and fourth, which are very engaging and full of surprises. If you like the Sookie / True Blood novels by Charlaine Harris, this series is worth a read as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/29/2014

    " I enjoy this character. And the mystery was fairly good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgiann Hennelly | 1/29/2014

    " When Harper Connelly and Tolliver her step brother go to Memphis to demonstrate Harpers unique talent-in an old cemetary- at the request of Professor Clyde Nunley. Professor Nunley is skeptical of Harpers Talent even after she senses two bodies in the grave beneath her feet . One is a man centuries old the other a young girl recently deceased, whom Harper had once tried and failed tto locate. But when Harper begins to investigate into the crime the next day a new body is found in the very same grave......The police think Harper had or has something to do with the crimes. Now Harper and Tolliver must figure out what is going on before they themselves become a victim "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bianca | 1/26/2014

    " I am a big fan of Harris' more popular and successful books - the Sookie Stackhouse series so I thought I would give this series a go as well. The premise for this book is original - Harper Connelly, makes a living by finding dead bodies, she is able to sense them because she was struck by lightning at 15 years of age. She is called to a very small town to find the body of a young girl who has been missing for a period of time, and another local was suspected of her murder. Harper locates the body and discovers that other recent murders in the town could be linked to this girls disappearance. Harper and her brother, Tolliver, become suspects of having some involvement and then their lives are endangered by bigotted locals and the real murderer wishing them harm. An action packed short read - I will definitely be reading the next book to see where the series goes from here. I enjoyed the Sookie series much more, as there are a number of storylines, but for a short read this book was very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Lamar | 1/16/2014

    " Good.. But too similar to the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/16/2013

    " Not as good as the other series, but interesting enough. Only two recurring characters, so it's a bit of a drain learning new ones "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carahcat | 11/6/2013

    " Okay, I think I liked this one more than the first book, but I just can't warm up to Harper. I have to be attached to my main character, and I find myself not caring what happens to Harper. I don't think I will read anymore of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caileen | 9/26/2013

    " I think it was just as good if not better then book 1. Harper and Tolliever's lives are equal with the mystry of the story which I find rare in a splendid way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Dally | 8/25/2013

    " Yup, I pretty much feel the same about this as the first book. Light, engaging reading. I kinda don't like the uncomfortable feeling when the protagonists are the murder suspects when we the readers know they didn't do it. It makes ya antsy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 8/3/2013

    " I'm loving this series, and I didn't expect to. The woman who does the audiobook versions, Alyssa Bresnahan, is just wonderful. I think I might like the audio versions better than I would the hard copy, and I'm not sure I've ever thought that about an audiobook before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhoda | 5/8/2013

    " This book is on repeat and lacked intensity. A few good chapters towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gracychelse | 2/11/2013

    " Nice brain candy. Still a little squicked by the love fest, but it's believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael McEvoy | 8/25/2012

    " It seemed like this was crapped out by charlaine harris in about 2 hours. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lulu | 8/18/2012

    " I didn't really enjoy this series, the characters lacked depth and were entirely unsympathetic. It was hard to connect or care about their journey and the plots were predictable and bland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 1/24/2012

    " Very interesting. Will definitely look for more in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 6/24/2011

    " I liked the resolution, and the twists and turns...but the heroine needs to man up a bit, not sure if I will continue with these... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 6/17/2011

    " In my opinion, this series just keeps getting better. I can't wait to read the next one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 6/6/2011

    " Good characterizations but a slow burner. The ending was rushed! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 6/1/2011

    " 3 plus read first of the year "

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

    " This is the 2nd book in the Harper Connelly series. The mystery is well written and not to predictable and I think I am beginning to like the characters, even though the main character seems to always make the wrong decision. Well on to the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Farrah | 5/10/2011

    " Better than the first. This book could have been edited better. Lots of errors. But the charm of Harris is that she keeps me coming back for more. I just ordered Book 3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 5/5/2011

    " This is the second book in the Harper Connelly series. She has the ability to go to find dead people and then while standing over the body, can tell how they died. It's pretty interesting, and the book is a fast paced mystery. "

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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 sixteen 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.