Sunday, January 17, 2010

an ice cold grave by Charlaine Harris

an ice cold grave by Charlaine Harris.

Borrowed from my local public library.

***** "Loving this series!"

From the inside cover: "Hired to find a boy gone missing in Doraville, North Carolina, Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver head there - only to discover that the boy was only one of several who had disappeared over the previous five years. All of them teenagers. All unlikely runaways. All calling for Harper. Harper soon finds them - eight victims, buried in the half-frozen ground, all come to an unspeakable end..."

Did I mention that I'm loving Harris' "grave" series?

As usual, Harper just wants to do her job in relative anonymity; using her gift for locating dead bodies to bring closure to relatives and friends, or her ability to divine cause of death to help law enforcement officers. She justs wants a quiet life, travelling the highways and backroads of the country with her constant companion Tolliver, earning her keep by collecting a fee for each successful body recovery. She and Tolliver would like to spend less time on the road, living out of a suitcase and eating fast food; they'd like to learn to cook!

Unfortunately, Harper's life is never that simple.  There are always complications that arise once the body has been found. Things go from bad to worse, and Harper and Tolliver find themselves unable to leave Doraville, and in danger of falling prey to a sadistic serial killer.

I read this book practically all the way through in one sitting - it's that kind of a page-turner. Harper and Tolliver are appealing characters, I can't help but cheer them on! And I love the way that the mystery takes almost to the last page to solve.

If you like mysteries, you'll love this series. If you like Harris' other work (Sookie Stackhouse), then you'll probably enjoy this too.

Highly recommended.

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