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Hired to find a boy gene missing in Doraville, North Carolina, Harper Connelly and her brother Tolliver head there, only to discover that the boy was the only one left 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, alHired to find a boy gene missing in Doraville, North Carolina, Harper Connelly and her brother Tolliver head there, only to discover that the boy was the only one left 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. Afterward, what she most wants to do is collect her fee and get out of town ahead of the media storm that's soon to descend. But when she's attacked and prevented from leaving, she reluctantly becomes a part of the investigation as she learns more than she cares to about the dark mysteries and long-hidden secrets of Doraville—knowledge that makes her the next person likely to rest in an ice-cold grave....

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An Ice Cold Grave Reviews

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2019-02-23 06:00

    4 stars! This was the best book in the series so far! Harper Connelly was struck by lightning when she was fifteen. Since then she has been able to locate dead bodies and determine their cause of death. Harper and her step-brother Tolliver travel the US using her ability to make a living. Harper and Tolliver are brought to North Carolina on their most recent job in an effort to locate missing teenage boys. Not only does Harper locate their bodies, but it turns out there is a serial killer in this small town and he's not happy that Harper has ruined his fun. An Ice Cold Gravewas the best book in the series by far. I felt the mystery was way more interesting in this book and the way it unraveled had a nice flow, compared to the first two novels where it was very all of the sudden. The murders were much more gruesome than previous novels, which was a bit surprising. But my favorite part was watching Harper and Tolliver FINALLY reveal their attraction to each other. It's not gross to me because they're not related, and they know each other better than anyone else. It made sense. Plus it was a bonus knowing Tolliver had been way more aware of it than Harper had. He was just waiting for her to realize it, too.So if you like paranormal mystery with some romance thrown in, this is the series for you. I'm going to hold off on reading the next book as I don't want this series to end!!!

  • Jilly
    2019-03-12 11:10

    This one is pretty dark because the murders are of young boys who were tortured. So, be aware that it's disturbing and I definitely reminded myself that these murders were fiction.Okay, now on to the fun stuff!So, we all knew that brother and sister were going to start getting it on at some point, but that they were both in deep denial about their feelings. I think one of the biggest hurdles in this whole thing is how publicly they have called themselves brother and sister when they aren't really related. Once they get together there is going to be a whole lot of "What? Eww!" going on. So, Tolliver starts changing things up."I'm Tolliver Lang, and I accompany this lady, Harper Connelly."Good job, Tolliver! That's not awkward at all! It reminds me of the geeky boy who calls girls "My Lady" and acts like a Renaissance Fair worker. Just stop, kid. Please. You are so going to regret this later.So, they finally get together, and then comes the strangest description of a sex scene I have ever read (and that's saying something. look at my "books read" amount)I am going to give you an accurate transcription of some of the things Harper says, so beware. It's awkward.I'll spoiler it so that my more sensitive viewers won't freak out.(view spoiler)[His phallus was long, not as thick as some I'd encountered. He'd been circumcised. He had a slight upward curve. He was very sensitive around his balls. I loved touching him.. (hide spoiler)]Okay, that's enough. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.Is that the weirdest thing ever, or what? She said "phallus"? In her head? She thought the word "phallus"? I can honestly say that that word has never been a part of my inner monologue.I was horrified, and yet I had to laugh. Neither of those reactions are typical or probably intended by the author.I felt like this kid:Other than that weird moment, I really enjoyed the book. The killings were creepy, the sex was creepier, and there were plenty of suspects for the mystery.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jamie Collins
    2019-02-21 11:17

    I like Charlaine Harris's writing, and she captures small-town southern life very well, but I find this series depressing. Harper's narrative is a perpetually gloomy monotone, reflecting her dismal life, the details of which are repeated ad nauseam in every book. To make matters worse this one is about a serial killer who targets children, and I hate reading about serial killers.... spoilers ...The relationship between Harper and Tolliver is creepy. Even though they're not blood relatives, they lived together as brother and sister too long for it not to feel incestuous.

  • Jim
    2019-03-09 11:11

    The third book in the Harper Connelly series, it was a fun, quick read. Harper was struck by lightening & now can find dead people. She can tell how they died, but that's it. This time she runs into a serial killing & a lot of trouble. Kind of predictable overall, the details were fun to read. There are some added twists & turns to the plot that were fun.I'd give this book 4 stars, just because it was such a fun, quick & relaxing read, but Harris just annoys me by constantly bringing up Harper's past. Yes, I know it defines her, but quit beating me over the head with it! There are entire paragraphs of self-pity that I continually have to skip over. She could reference it in a few words, a sentence at the most, but no! She has to recap it again & again. Not only have we read it in previous books, but also in this one! Enough already!!!Still, I want to read the next one.Her works are like chips. They're not all that filling & I can't seem to put them down. I have to read just one more....

  • Shae
    2019-03-14 06:19

    No. No no no no no. This book was bad. The mystery bit and the plotty bits were kind of all right, I would even say this was one of the best in the series if it hadn't been for the amount of creepiness in the book. OMFG DON'T SLEEP WITH YOUR BROTHER YOU MORON. I was so creeped out by the relationship in this book it ruined the entire thing. Okay, so they aren't biological brother and sister, but have been living together as siblings for about 10 years. It was just sooo awkward and sooo creepy. Ruined everything.

  • Pat
    2019-03-13 07:22

    I love all 3 books in this series by Charlaine Harris. Harper, the protag, was hit by lightning as a child and suddenly was able to sense the presence of dead bodies and how they died.She and her "not" brother (her mother married his father) travel the country, helping families find closure when their missing dead are found.Two things I love: the relationship of Harper and Tolliver (her "not" brother )is genuine and sweet. They are mutually supportive and fiercely protective. The other thing (as a self-employed person, myself) is that they are not ashamed to charge people for the valuable services they provide, despite the fact that they are scorned, hassled, even reviled, because they need to make a living doing the work they do.As always, Ms. Charlaine does a fab job of introducing the reader to a wide variety of characters and making us love or hate 'em. :)

  • Lauren
    2019-02-21 13:21

    Ice Cold Grave4 StarsHarper and Tolliver travel to Doraville, North Caroline when they are hired to find a missing teenager. Harper soon realizes that she has bitten off more than she can chew when she discovers the horrific burial ground of a deranged killer who has been committing unspeakable crimes for quite a while and has no intention of allowing Harper to get in his way … This installment in the Harper Connolly series takes a darker turn toward the serial killer thriller genre rather than cozy mystery. Nevertheless, the plot is gripping with several heart-stopping descriptions and nail-biting scenes to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Harris captures the nuances of small town life so well. Doraville epitomizes the idea of still waters running deep and people remaining unaware of the terrible atrocities that occur right under their noses committed by neighbors they have known all their lives. The villains in this book are true abominations not only due to their despicable actions, but because they conceal their true natures so easily - actual devils in disguise. ***Warning: Mild spoiler ahead***The romance between Harper and Tolliver seems to be the main bone of contention for many reviewers who view their relationship as creepy and incestuous. For me, it contributes to rather than detracts from the appeal of the story. The subtle chemistry and attraction between the two is apparent from book one and the progression to a sexual relationship is not only natural, but inevitable given that they are not biological siblings and care so deeply for one another.All in all, Ice Cold Grave is a fantastic addition to the series although readers who prefer less gruesome cozies may be disappointed.

  • ✨Susan✨
    2019-03-18 06:56

    I have never read any books in this series or by Charlaine Harris and did not realize that she was the author of the very popular Sookie Stackhouse series until after I started it. I thoroughly enjoyed the premise and fast moving story line. Quite an interesting twist to put on a paranormal book. After a young woman is struck by lightening she has the ability to find the dead and tell you how they died. She and her once step brother make a living at it while searching for her sister who was killed. When they are hired by a grieving grandmother to find her grandson in a small town, it becomes clear that his body is going to lead them into an investigation to find a serial killer. Parts of the story get very grafic and there are sex scenes. Even though this was a very good book I wish I would have started with the first book because there are definitely parts that I had missed. Now that I have read this one, however, too much is revealed to start at the beginning so I will just move forward in the series.

  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    2019-03-12 13:16

    Quick review:Cover: Interesting Rating:NC-17 Steaminess:SO HOT Thumbs Up:4Overall: I enjoyed itCharacters: Well DonePlot: First, finally. Then, there is a serial killer on the loosePage Turner: Yes Series Cont.? Yes Recommend:YesBook Boyfriend: ManfredSUMMARY (50 words or less)I feel like I could breathe. This story finally got somewhere in the romance department. The mystery in this one sucks with a serial killer on the loose. It’s just really sad to read about whether fact or fiction. I figured out the killer pretty quick once introduced.For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at:http://mybookboyfriend.blogspot.com/2...Audio ReviewAlyssa Bresnahan did a really good job with this series. She really brought this series to life for me.

  • Melissa McShane
    2019-03-02 14:19

    This book was quite a bit darker than the first two, with a serial killer/sexual predator and Harper's horrific discovery of the man's eight victims. The fact that he's still out there, a member of a small town who could be anyone Harper and Tolliver meet, adds to the tension. This is also the book in which Harper and Tolliver's relationship goes to a more intimate level (though seriously, did anyone besides those two fail to understand what "in the time of ice" meant? Duh.) without really overcoming, entirely, the ick factor of Harper still calling him her brother when she forgets herself. Except for that one little thing, though, I didn't see their relationship as incestuous in any way, and overall it was an enjoyable and exciting suspense novel.

  • Bill
    2019-03-12 06:22

    An excellent series; I've enjoyed every book in the Harper Connelly series thus far. I like the main characters, Harper and Tolliver very much, especially Harper, with her unique talent of being able to sense how people have died. This story has many twists in it, both crime-wise and relationship-wise and it kept the story interesting and moving along at an excellent pace. I'm very happy for some of the developments (will let you find out for yourself) and the mystery led me down paths I didn't expect. It was nice to see that sometimes Harper's talents (gift) are respected by law enforcement, rather than being treated as strictly ghoulish. I enjoyed this very much and will have to ensure I get the remaining books in the series.

  • Nikki
    2019-03-08 13:56

    Okay, this book was kinda gross, and I don't mean because of the incestuous vibes. The murders were much nastier, there was more risk to Harper and Tolliver, and yet Harper's focus on the case felt so much less because of the developments in her relationship. I can understand why people didn't like that aspect of this book: I've seen it coming, and was actually quite hopeful about it, but I don't see why after two books suddenly there has to be a bunch of explicit (if somewhat mechanical) sex. I remember the sex in the first book being a lot less graphic, and I'd rather it stuck like that.Still, it's a pretty enjoyable book for what it is, if you're not looking for too deep and involving a read. There're some recurring characters, developments in a certain over-arching plot, and while I might not like some of the narrative choices to do with the newly-developing relationship, I've been hoping for it and emotionally it was well done.Definite trigger warnings for rape, incest and torture. Not all terribly explicit, but bad enough. And I'm not sure I don't feel like there's a bit of homophobia in it, too.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-19 07:08

    The third in this series about Harper Connolly, who can detect corpses, continues with her first serial killer case. The limitations of her ability, as always, make it hard for her to help figure out "who done it," especially when all she wants to do is leave Doraville. An ice storm helps ensure that she and Tolliver get stuck there, however. The denoument is excellently scary and dangerous (though I figured out the threat a bit faster than Harper did). I could've done without the long detailed sex scene (most of which I skipped), but Harris had been leading up to it through both the previous books, so I guess some fans were anticipating it. Still a great series and a good book - including appearances by the wacky (and sometimes scarily accurate) seeress and her weird-looking son, and events in which minor characters get to play important roles too.

  • Diana
    2019-03-15 05:57

    Arriving in a small town in North Carolina to find a missing boy, Harper instead finds eight, and the hunt for a serial killer is on. When Harper is attacked, she and her stepbrother Tolliver are stuck in town, and are drawn into the mystery of who could be killing these boys.This one was slightly more interesting, but with a darker twist. Things are a little hard to follow, like usual. The romance between Harper and Tolliver feels slightly skeevy.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-21 12:00

    I really enjoy books written by Charlaine Harris. This series was not quite as good as the Sookie Stackhouse series, but I still liked it.

  • Jen
    2019-03-12 08:12

    4.5 stars - great!This third story featuring Harper Connelly and Tolliver Lang is the best one, yet, in my opinion. And not just because I ended it with tears in my eyes. The story was very suspenseful, full of mystery and and danger. And those responsible for the atrocities Harper uncovered managed to stay hidden for a long, long time. (I figured it out a bit sooner than Harper did, but not all that much sooner. I just realized the significance of what a certain person said right away, while it sort of went over Harper's head and was left for her to ruminate over later.)So it was a "fun" mystery. And Harper (view spoiler)[and Tolliver became lovers in this book! (hide spoiler)] I had been suspecting that Tolliver (view spoiler)[had feelings not of a brotherly-sort toward Harper almost from the beginning, from things he said and how he behaved. (hide spoiler)] And I was right! But reading about how I was right was a little awkward. After seeing Harper (view spoiler)[mention Tolliver's "phallus," I had the fervent wish that the sex had been "off-screen" in this book, like it had been in the first book when Harper slept with Hollis...So not so much "off-screen," as just very circumspect with the details shared. (hide spoiler)] A little circumspection in this book would have been MUCH appreciated, but it was not to be, sadly. I think that's why this book isn't hitting my "it was wonderful! 5 stars!" radar.About the continuity issue I mentioned in my status update, I'm so turned around that I don't know which way is up any longer. Things have been out of place and wrong in all three books and I just can't remember which way they're supposed to be any longer. But one thing does stand out: on page 25, Harper tells Twyla that her sister Cameron has been missing for eight years. This contradicts what we were told in Grave Surprise, which was that she'd been missing for six years (p.34). Now they were in Memphis (in Grave Surprise) in November (p.2). In An Ice Cold Grave, we're told that it's the "end of an especially nasty January" on page 2. And on page 5 we find out that it's been just weeks since the end of the the events in Memphis. So why did Cameron go from being missing for six years to being missing for eight years when only about three months have passed? ARGH!!!!! :-(The potential continuity issue that I was actually referring to in my status update was the fact that in this book, Harper mentions that Cameron was her older sister (p.63) who was taken when she was eighteen (p.65). I did a bit of looking in the first two books, but I can't find anywhere that says that Harper was the elder sister and Cameron was only 15 or so when she was taken. I guess that was just an impression I had. So, NO CONTINUITY ISSUE HERE. But the aforementioned one, about the length of time Cameron's been missing, is definitely a continuity issue. :'(But thankfully, the one true continuity issue I discovered was just a minor blip and, since no other issues or errors jumped out at me, I was able to fall in love with this book. :-) As I said above, this story didn't hit my "it was amazing! 5 stars!" radar, but it still managed to be pretty great. And as I said at the beginning, this was the best book in this series so far. I did really love it. So, "4.5 stars - great!" is an accurate rating for how I feel. :-)Oops! Almost forgot... I should say a few words on how this story ends:Harper (view spoiler)[is in the hospital again, to recover from the beating she received by the second killer, and she and Tolliver are talking after Twyla made her goodbyes. Tolliver said, "Tomorrow, if you don't have a fever, we're leaving this place.""Absolutely," I said. "Maybe by the time I get to Philadelphia I will have healed enough that I won't scare the clients.""We can cancel and go to our apartment and just relax for a couple of weeks.""No," I said. "Back in the saddle again." And then I made an effort to smile. "And when I'm a little better than that, we'll see about really getting back in the saddle." I tried to leer, but the result was so ludicrous that Tolliver had to choke back a laugh.But I poked him in the ribs, and he let it out.Back in the saddle again. [fin](hide spoiler)] So that's the ending. It was pretty wonderful (for me). I really loved it, and this story. :-)

  • Lins
    2019-03-08 11:06

    I loved this book! But to tell you why, exactly, would spoil it... so I'll tell a little about why else I like this series.What I have loved about this series is that despite being oriented around dead bodies and a mystery, they don't read like the hundreds of crime thrillers and forensic mysteries out there. Harper Connelly is not a forensic expert and she knows it; she doesn't attempt to do the police and other experts jobs for them, in fact she bluntly refuses! This character with her unique gifts uses them the best way she knows how to help people find answers. Of course, they aren't always the answers they wanted to hear.This particular book concentrates on a serial killing which is extremely brutal. This book seemed much more gritty and violent than the first two, which were based on family and small town discord. To tell the truth, it was a bit sickening at times and I am not easily sickened, but I think my discomfort was partly because I just hadn't expected the violence given the past books. And it matched the discomfort that Harper feels through most of the book. And the spoiler? (view spoiler)[ Well, that just made me squee in fan-girlish delight when they finally got it together!! But then, I am a sucker for slow-burn relationships (see: Sookie and Eric waiting til book 4! I'm definitely Team Eric) I see that a lot of people found the relationship squicky, but I just didn't have that problem. For one thing, Harper's realisation that she loved him in the second book (it was obvious from the start given how she thought about his other women) primed me and made it obvious that something was going to have to happen. Secondly, Tolliver's behaviour made it obvious to me that he didn't really think of her as a sister and that all the emphasis he gave that relationship was out of his own fears, for her benefit and the benefit of the public... the silly pair were in love from the start but too scared of breaking the support network they needed to risk making it obvious. Gotta admit though, the graphic sex scenes were a surprise, but not entirely unwelcome. (hide spoiler)]Now I'm torn. I desperately want to read more of Harper Connelly, but I also love, love, LOVE the Southern Vampire Mysteries... Can we clone Charlaine Harris?! ;)eta: Just discovered that the fourth book is the final one apparently. Now I'm torn about reading it, knowing it will be the last. I am awful about this, it took me months to watch David Tennant's last episodes as the Doctor since I didn't want it to end...

  • Tatiana
    2019-03-20 07:17

    Harris is losing me again. This series is taking a weird turn, just like her Lily Bard series, which I abandoned after book 2. I like Harris for her stories set in small towns, with colorful characters, with families full of dark secrets and back stories. "An Ice Cold Grave" is just too dark for my taste - mass graves, serial killers, teenage sociopath torturing animals... That's not what I care for. Plus the relationship between Tolliver and Harper - not comfortable with it. Too quick of a transition from brother/sister (even though biologically they aren't) to lovers. Too ewww for my taste. I might have been OK with the entire thing if their relationship was portrayed as tender and romantic, but no - it is too lustful and outright gross at times. As for the sex scenes - ew again. Harris definitely pushes the envelope here - she makes these scenes risque and rather unsavory and dirty. I am planning to read the 4th (last) book in the series just to get done with it, but without much excitement.

  • Tiffy_Reads
    2019-03-06 11:16

    Love this book. Can't wait to start the next one. I listened to the audiobook of this and the narrator does a superb job with this series.

  • Debbie
    2019-03-07 06:58

    My second read/listen - picked up in audible sale. Made a long car ride go quickly. I was surprised that I liked all in the series - 4 stars

  • Natascha
    2019-03-04 13:17

    Wieder einmal ein spannender Fall für Harper Connelly und ihren Stiefbruder Tolliver. Charlaine Harris überzeugt mich mit ihren Geschichten und den darin enthaltenen Beschreibungen von Kleinstädten und deren Bewohnern jedesmal aufs Neue. Immer wieder kommt man mit den beiden Protagonisten an neue Orte, lernt dort, genau wie die beiden, neue Umgebungen und Menschen, sowie manchmal auch deren finsterste Seiten kennen.Ich mochte es sehr, dass die Geschichte düsterer und auch brutaler war als die vorherigen Bände. Irgendwann mussten die Beiden einfach auf einen Serienkiller treffen! Allerdings habe ich für mich selbst noch nicht entschieden ob die Entwicklung zwischen den Geschwistern ein Geniestreich oder doch einfach nur verstörend und kaputt ist.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-16 08:57

    Like I said in my review of Grave Surprise, shit gets weird in this installment of the Harper Connelly books, and I'm sorry to say that my view on it is absolutely and completely coloured by having already read the fourth book in the series, Grave Secret. Because of that, the whole review is marked as a spoiler for the fourth book as well as this one. You have been warned.First off, what I liked. The plot in this one was the strongest, I think. I really liked the mystery that was created here, which may be because I have an unhealthy obsession with serial killers. By this time I know that Harper and Tolliver are going to be trapped in this town until the mystery is solved, since that is the formula of the other books, so although I didn't appreciate yet another police unit telling them not to leave town until Harris's plot had a chance to play out, at this point I'm willing to go along for the ride. And it was a well-written mystery yet again. I figured this one out, but I liked the way the hints were introduced as well as the way in which the characters pieced everything together themselves. There was enough twists and turns to keep me interested, and there was an action-packed scene that almost took this into a thriller status for me. I was surprised Harris had it in her, to be honest, but it was awesome.For the second part, I suppose I need the disclaimer that I have this thing about incest, in which I think it is squicky. I know, right? Colour me intolerant.This, to be clear is where I look back and dislike everything that happens in the whole aspect of Tolliver and Harper having any sort of sexual thoughts ever because this makes me very uncomfortable, but it is totally the fault of Grave Secret, because as I was reading An Ice Cold Grave I was totally into it *kills self*.To be clear: it is firmly, without a doubt, and repeatedly established that Tolliver and Harper are not related by blood. They didn't even really grow up together; they were teenagers when they met and their parents married. If they had been toddlers, different. If there hadn't been foreshadowing from Grave Sight, I would have been far more uncomfortable, but there was, and so I wasn't.... mostly. There is just something... weird about having a sexual encounter start off with "I am not your brother." Am I right?Anyway, I loved these characters and was willing to forego my Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn, run awaaaaay reaction for this book and really enjoy the sexitymes. Harris is low-key in this series, compared to the Sookie Stackhouse books, but there is plenty to work with in an isolated cabin in the middle of an icestorm and she goes there.I can't even finish this review, because where do you go from "enjoyed the incestuous sexitymes?" Yea. Plot was good, good action, romance between the two main characters was good because I enjoyed their dynamic and I liked how it played out. In this book, I was happy with the overall story and it's not until I read the forth book that I looked back and was like... "Harris.... wtf?"

  • Dee
    2019-03-17 11:58

    4.25 starsFirst up - I love Manfred. I see that there is a book for him Midnight Crossroad Midnight Texas 1 which if I liked the reviews more I would buy right off, but will probably pause to see how book two is received. (It's the multiple POV's that give me pause - Manfred is awesome and deserves star status).This is very much a penultimate book - a lot is going on, it's exciting and terrifying and quite dark. Harper is called in to locate a missing boy(s) but it's actually a whole disturbing serial killer torture thing in this village (or whatever Americans call it, I've forgotten, it seemed village size in writing). Various factors have lead to it being more of a Wicker Man affair in the area so you don't know who might or might not be either knowingly or unwittingly a part of it all. It was creepily written and paranoia inducing. Then there's the culmination of Harper and Tolliver's relationship, practically anti-climactic but necessary; not to mention Zylda and Manfred's colourful presence. Everything ends nicely organised and tied together to lay ground for what it's all been about - Harper finally finding Cameron in Grave Secret Harper Connelly 4.

  • Leslie Callahan
    2019-03-04 13:06

    Third book of the series: so far the same as the others, they go to do a job, for some reason they always seem to get hassled by the law, or forced to stay there longer "just in case"...Just in case what? All she can do is find the dead body, why do they always need them to stay longer & who flips the bill for their extended stay?? (I know in this one the cabin was free). I especially didn't like the sheriff in this book. She treats them both very poorly, after all they are there to help the sheriff.I agree with others that say it wasn't written very well. There were parts of the story when Harper & Tolliver were talking I had flash backs to Doug & Bob Mckanzie's dialog, or maybe the movie Fargo. Just very simple minded conversations. The blossoming relationship between Harper & Tolliver shouldn't be a surprise by anyone, book 2 hit on it a bit. However, I did think the sex scene was awkwardly told.Speaking of Harper & Tolliver, WHATS WITH THE NAMES IN THIS BOOK??? Does she actually know people with these names or make them up? I didn't know "who dunnit" till the end. I felt like the whole town was guilty! I also think someone probably did kill Xylda, some medical person added something to her IV drip - why else would someone just be standing there watching her die?

  • Erin
    2019-03-02 13:09

    LOVE. THIS. SERIES. I immediately picked this up after #2 and finished it in a matter of hours. Harper and Tolliver's undefinable relationship really makes it as intriguing and different as anything else I've read, and I just loved not quite knowing where it was taking them. Add to that an interesting case (if more graphic than the previous books, with 10 teenage boys abducted and murdered in a small town near Asheville) and some interesting characters, all in the deep of winter, and you've got a great read. This time, because the killer was SUPPOSED to be a psychopath, I had no problems when he (I'm just going to say he--that's not a spoiler. How many serial killers do you know that are women?) completely went off the rails in the end. And again, it's plausible that Harper would be in danger because she's a smart cookie and can figure things out. REALLY irritated that i have to wait until tomorrow to pick #4 up from the library, but that's probably a good thing...I really need to finish up The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane for Thursday's book club!

  • Amanda
    2019-03-03 07:11

    This book was the most interesting out of the first three books in the series. There were many characters that were positioned in the story to be considered the suspect for the murders taking place in this small town. I found it interesting trying to determine which character was responsible for the horrible acts of crime. However, the responsible party was not revealed to the last possible moment.This mystery was much darker then the mysteries from the previous books. The thought of the violent acts that were suggested in this book were cringe worthy but thankfully the author did not go in-depth with details. Harper and Tolliver develop into a more romantic relationship in this book. Even though the idea is a bit incestuous considering they were raised as siblings, I could see that their relationship was heading it this direction and I like them developing into a deeper relationship. Considering both characters depending so much on each other that they can’t truly allow someone else to integrate into their lives it only makes sense that these characters grow into a more adult love for one another. I am interested in seeing how their relationship develops in the next series book.

  • Genie
    2019-03-20 10:21

    Third Harper Connelly mystery in the series finds the psychic sleuth facing her most heartbreaking job so far. She is hired to locate the body of a missing teen aged boy. She not only finds the body of this boy it is in a yard of a vacant house surrounded by the bodies of seven other runaway boys. Residents of Doraville, N.C., must come to grips with the knowledge that these are the victims of a serial killer living among them. After Harper locates the eight bodies, much to the surprise of skeptical Sheriff Sandra Rockwell, Harper is attacked. Although all Harper wants is to go home and recover from her injuries, the local and state authorities insist that she stay in town as they continue their investigation. The cold cases attract media attention as well as Harper's friends, ailing psychic Xylda Bernardo and her grandson, Manfred who stumble upon another gruesome discovery. In the midst of all the chaos, Harper realizes big changes in her relationship with her stepbrother / manager and confidant (Tolliver Lang),

  • Caro
    2019-03-21 08:24

    Finally!!!! I was waiting for it...and it happened! I'm glad I didn't have to wait much longer or it would've been another Babe/Cupcake and I don't think I could handle another of those. I loved this. Chocked full of mystery, some hard emotions, good steamy scene, and plenty of page-turning and breath-holding. Another tip of the tongue feeling induced book that made me thunk my head, but not too hard. I can't wait to read the next book. I loved the characters. Poor Xylda. She was good, if a little loopy. So far, I wouldn't mind reading this series again. Definitely worth some shelf space and I'll be keeping a lookout for them. The ending really had me going too. Onto the next...!!!!! Enjoy!

  • Rachel Caine
    2019-02-27 12:06

    I love what Charlaine has done with Harper Connelly ... she's a cautious character, guarded, and unexpected at every turn. Harper's ability -- or disability -- is that she can find dead bodies, and see how they died. But Harper approaches it as a business, rather than a charitable enterprise, and it's fascinating how that changes the attitudes of others to what she does.I thought this book was a tour de force -- chilling, thrilling, perfectly paced and utterly convincing. This is a different kind of supernatural thriller, and I can't recommend it enough.

  • MelM
    2019-03-17 13:58

    http://story-of-books.blogspot.com/20...14,5/20 C'est dans le comté de Knott, en Caroline du Nord, que se rendent Harper et Tolliver pour une nouvelle mission. À Doraville, de jeunes garçons disparaissent régulièrement depuis cinq ans, sans laisser de traces derrière eux et sans que personne n'ait la moindre idée de qui se cache derrière toutes ces disparitions. La grand-mère du dernier disparu et d'autres habitants, face à l'incapacité du shérif, Sandra Rockwell, à mettre la main sur le responsable de ces disparitions, ont décidé de récolter assez d'argent pour payer les recherches d'Harper et Tolliver. C'est donc dans une ambiance tendue que Harper et Tolliver se mettent à arpenter les différents lieux des disparitions, dans l'espoir de retrouver les corps des nombreux adolescents disparus. Mais ils doivent encore une fois se heurter à quelques sceptiques qui les accusent d'en savoir trop pour être honnêtes et à des individus bien plus violents qui n'hésitent pas à s'en prendre à eux. Harper et Tolliver n'ont donc d'autre choix que de s'impliquer plus que de raison dans cette affaire, qui mettre aussi leurs sentiments à rude épreuve et chamboulera tous leurs repères. Après avoir lu les deux premiers tomes de cette série et les avoir plutôt bien appréciés, c'est avec beaucoup d'attentes que je me suis lancée dans ce troisième tome. En effet, les deux premières enquêtes avaient été assez satisfaisantes mais manquaient encore de piment, de ce petit plus qui en aurait fait des histoires encore meilleures. Il faut dire qu'en à peine 300 pages pour chaque tome, tous les aspects d'une histoire ne peuvent pas forcément être énormément développés. Alors, pour ce troisième tome, comptant seulement 255 pages, c'est avec appréhension, peur du trop peu mais aussi en espérant être surprise que j'ai commencé ma lecture. Et finalement, toutes mes attentes n'ont pas été comblées, certains points sont améliorés mais au détriment d'autres et c'est bien dommage. Frissons d'outre-tombe fut donc encore une assez bonne lecture mais qui ne surpasse pas les deux premiers tomes de la série et auquel il manque encore beaucoup de densité sur certains points pour en faire plus qu'un assez bon récit. Une lecture agréable et intéressante donc mais toujours très, voire trop, légère. Comme d'habitude avec les tomes de cette série, Frissons d'outre-tombe démarre sur les chapeaux de roues, sans perdre de temps avec des détails inutiles et tout s'enchaine extrêmement rapidement. Les personnages, leurs relations et les raisons de leur présence sont vite décrits, sans pour autant être bâclés, et l'auteur nous plonge directement au coeur de l'intrigue, au coeur de l'enquête sur laquelle est centrée ce troisième tome. Il faut dire qu'avec seulement 255 pages, Charlaine Harris avait tout intérêt à ne pas trainer pour nous plonger dans son histoire. Et elle a très bien su mettre en place tout ce qu'il fallait à son récit, en très peu de pages, sans pour autant ensevelir son lecteur sous les informations, et en nous donnant envie d'en savoir plus sur cette enquête. De plus, le début de ce troisième tome n'a pas seulement pour vocation de nous introduire une nouvelle enquête mais aussi de nous faire assimiler les changements qui interviennent, petit à petit, dans la vie de Harper et Tolliver, et qui semblent prendre de plus en plus de place dans le récit. En effet, ce troisième tome des aventures de Harper Connelly marque un tournant dans la série comme dans la vie des deux personnages principaux et cela se ressent tant au niveau de l'intrigue de ce troisième tome qu'au niveau de l'univers développé par Charlaine Harris. L'univers reste un subtil mélange entre fantastique et policier, néanmoins, l'avancée des différentes intrigues mises au point par l'auteur entraine ce tome dans une nouvelle voie mettant plus l'accent sur l'aspect sentimental et personnel. Résultat, l'aspect policier du roman est très largement survolé selon moi, ce qui conduit à d'assez grosses lacunes de ce point de vue là. Personnellement, j'ai quand même apprécié découvrir les nouveautés entrainant une atmosphère et une ambiance plus "romance" lors de ce troisième tome même si ce n'est pas ce qui m'avait attirée à la base. Reste que si vous voulez lire une enquête policière, je pense que vous serez déçus. Heureusement, l'écriture de Charlaine Harris reste toujours très fluide et simple à lire, sans fioritures et assez agréable à suivre. Les descriptions et dialogues sont toujours juste assez développés pour permettre d'étoffer l'intrigue sans en faire trop. Malgré tout, je déplore le manque de détails apportés à certains points et qui auraient permis d'approfondir les différentes intrigues de façon positive. Si la plume de l'auteur n'a rien de révolutionnaire, elle reste simple et très facile à lire, ce qui représente l'un des plus gros points positifs de cette série. Pas de prise de tête avec le style de l'auteur, c'est donc très agréable. De plus, l'écriture est prenante et même si j'ai parfois eu l'impression que l'auteur passait un peu du coq à l'âne, cela créé un certain besoin, une envie d'en savoir plus qui se révèle positive pour le récit. Dans ce troisième tome, l'intrigue se découpe donc facilement en deux, bien dissociées et différentes l'une de l'autre et qui ont des places bien différentes dans le roman. Tout d'abord, l'intrigue amoureuse qui se développe entre nos deux personnages principaux prend beaucoup plus de place dans ce troisième tome. Leur relation change et évolue énormément au fil des pages. Cela a pour conséquence de donner un rythme globalement assez lent à l'évolution des personnages et des intrigues. Harper et Tolliver se posent des questions, tentent de se comprendre et de s'apprivoiser dans leur nouvelle relation et cela prend forcément du temps. Bien que la romance ne soit pas le thème principal de cette série, elle prend tout de même beaucoup de place dans ce tome et cela apporte du négatif comme du positif. En effet, la romance empiète assez largement sur l'enquête policière qui se déroule en parallèle, mais permet de développer plus les personnages principaux d'Harper et Tolliver. La nouvelle relation que nouent Harper et Tolliver permet d'en apprendre toujours plus sur eux, sur leurs personnalités et leurs caractères. Harper se révèle plus féminine, plus sûre d'elle et beaucoup plus épanouie. Tolliver montre une facette toujours plus protectrice de sa personnalité, il est dévoué à Harper et cela leur convient à tous les deux. Harper et Tolliver sont vraiment mis en valeur par cette relation, ils n'en deviennent que plus attachants et c'est un point très positif pour la série. Cependant, les personnages secondaires, rattachés à l'enquête policière de ce tome, restent, comme pour les tomes précédents, assez décevants. Ils sont assez clichés et leurs actions sont prévisibles, leurs différents caractères ne sont pas assez approfondis et ils ne sont pas attachants. Néanmoins, un personnage en particulier a su me surprendre par ses actes et j'ai beaucoup aimé son implication dans l'enquête. Une enquête policière qui n'est donc que secondaire selon moi dans ce tome mais qui reste tout de même agréable. Malgré un récit au rythme assez lent pendant la majeure partie du roman, les rebondissements sont très intéressants et pour la plupart imprévisibles. De plus, Charlaine Harris a su inclure subtilement les indices menant au tueur dans son récit, tout en me menant en bateau du début à la fin. Au final, bien que passant parfois au second plan, cette enquête est tout de même très prenante et moins prévisible que les précédentes, ce qui ne peut être que positif. De plus, l'action s'intensifie à l'approche de la fin du roman et ce n'est pas pour me déplaire. Entre courses poursuites, tentatives de meurtres et échanges violents, les derniers chapitres sont hauts en couleurs même si tout cela va parfois trop vite, jusqu'au dénouement final. Au niveau du dénouement de l'enquête de ce troisième tome, je suis assez mitigée. D'un côté, j'ai apprécié ce dénouement inattendu et presque imprévisible, mais d'un autre côté, l'effet de surprise était quasiment garanti vu que l'enquête occupe une place presque secondaire dans ce tome. Néanmoins, j'ai apprécié le fait que le rythme se fasse plus rapide ainsi que les émotions que procure ce dénouement, de par les choix de certains personnages. Concernant l'intrigue sentimentale développée dans ce tome, beaucoup de questions restent en suspend et c'est donc avec grand intérêt que je suivrai son évolution dans le quatrième et dernier tome de la série. Une fin qui se révèle donc être satisfaisante malgré quelques bémols et qui donne envie de découvrir le dernier tome des aventures de Harper Connelly.Les +: une mise en place très rapide et prenante, un univers toujours agréable mais à l'approche et l'atmosphère différentes, une plume simple et facile à lire, plusieurs intrigues addictives, des personnages principaux plus attachants, une fin satisfaisanteLes -: un rythme globalement assez lent, un aspect sentimental trop approfondi au détriment de l'enquête policière qui n'est que survolée, des personnages secondaires trop peu approfondis, un tome trop "léger" Ce troisième tome des aventures de Harper Connelly est donc fidèle aux deux premiers: intéressant mais manquant toujours du petit quelque chose en plus qui l'aurait rendu encore meilleur. Les atouts et les points négatifs de la série restent les mêmes. L'écriture de l'auteur est simple et facile à suivre et l'enquête se met en place très rapidement en happant notre intérêt. Parallèlement, le rythme du récit reste globalement assez lent et les personnages secondaires sont très clichés et peu attachants. Néanmoins, quelques changements agréables pimentent ce troisième tome. En effet, l'atmosphère se dégageant de l'univers change en conséquence des deux intrigues parallèles qui se développent. Toutes deux sont très prenantes mais l'enquête policière passe parfois beaucoup trop au second plan selon moi. Cependant, cela permet de nous rendre Harper et Tolliver encore plus attachants et n'empêche pas le dénouement de l'enquête de rester satisfaisant. Un assez bon tome de transition pour cette série qui reste agréable à lire.