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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,252 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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


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

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by Diana | 1/29/2014

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

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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.