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An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 3)
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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 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. Afterwards, 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."

Customer Reviews:

  • Somewhat disappointed
    I got this book after reading the many good reviews, but I have to say I was a little disappointed with it. I was more than halfway thru the book and all I could think was "when is something going to happen?" It's an okay story, but just too slow and repetitive to keep you hooked. I like to read a book I can't stand to put down -- this definitely wasn't one, in my opinion.
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  • This is a page turner
    I love Charlaine Harris' books. All of her series! But I especially love her Harper Connelly mysteries. I think it's because Harper is both strong and yet vulnerable, and that's difficult to get across in print. But Harris manages to do it and the books are stronger for it.

    Harper Connelly suffered a lightening strike and since that time (her step-brother Tolliver saved her life), she has not only been able to locate corpses but knows what and how they died. She and Tolliver have taken that talent and made a living out of her psychic abilities. They travel together working to help family members and police solve cases. Finding the bodies is easy-it's telling the family and seeing the pain of death that is difficult and draining to Harper.

    Harper and Tolliver arrive in Doraville, North Carolina to find the missing grandson of a local resident. It turns out there are a number of missing boys from the community. It doesn't take Harper long to find the six missing boys' bodies (plus two that they didn't know about) and become embroiled in a serial killer case. Harper doesn't want the kind of publicity that comes along side a serial killer case and tries to leave town. She is stopped from leaving by a physical attack from an unknown person (could it be the killer?). If Harper isn't careful, she could be the next victim.

    This is a page turner. And I love that Harris explores a bit of Harper's inner self. It makes the mystery even better.

    Armchair Interviews says: Read An Ice Cold Grave! You'll love it!...more info
  • Angieville: AN ICE COLD GRAVE
    I am so into this series. I stumbled across Charlaine Harris right about the same time I discovered Janet Evanovich--just after my son was born. I credit the two of them for getting me through those postpartum blues, for making me laugh when all I felt like doing was cry. While I always look forward to the next Sookie Stackhouse book, it's Harris' Harper Connelly mystery series that's really got me champing at the bit for more. Harper finds dead people. With the help of her stepbrother Tolliver, she travels from town to town helping police departments and grieving families alike get to the heart of mysterious deaths. The best thing about these books is the unexpectedly complex relationship between Harper and Tolliver (two people who don't have a thing in the world except each other) and the increasingly mesmerizing/horrifying events they find themselves mixed up in. Harper never fails to find the body(ies) in question, but the two of them just can't seem to make it out of town before all hell breaks loose. This third installment is by far the most chilling and Harris wisely balances out the heinous with some great interpersonal stuff between Harper and Tolliver. I like that she isn't dragging this series out. With Harris you always get plenty of bank for your buck....more info
  • disappointing
    Although I loved the first two Harper Connelly books, this one disappointed me. I liked the first two because they weren't too graphic, but still told a good story. The details of the murders in this one were too disgusting. I think that anyone who reads the word "torture" can get the idea of what happened without all the gruesome details. It seems Ms. Harris thinks she has to shock to tell a story (like in the Sookie Stackhouse books) but she is an excellent storyteller and should rely more on that....more info
  • Ice Cold Grave
    I love Charlaine Harris, period. She is a bit scary, and always great fun.
    When one of her books is published, I inhabit her world for as long as the story lasts.

    "Ice Cold Grave," is suspenseful, a little sexy, as are all of her books, and great fun.

    Mrs. Harris claims to be a soccer mom, but she is so much more. I wish she lived across the street. Not next door, mind you. I wouldn't be too happy if one of her vampires showed up in my bedroom... On second thought, maybe I would....more info
  • Charlaine Harris' books just keep getting better and better!
    This is the third book in this series I have read, and I think only the third in the series. The storyline just gets better and better! Charlaine's characters seem so real and believable!...more info
  • Better than Sookie ****SPOILERS AHEAD***
    I hate taking the time to write reviews BUT this book deserves one. It was the best in the series so far. I love that Harris didn't string us along endlessly with Harper & Tolliver's relationship. That really gets frustrating for me as a reader. In my opinion, the advancement of their relationship made their characters more vivid for me. In addition, the sex scenes were done perfectly. This story line really wouldn't work for me if the sex was "hidden" and left vague. Harper's 1st person narration has allowed us into the majority of her thoughts and feelings, censoring the sex scenes would have implied shame on her part.

    Yes, this book was more graphic, but it wasn't gratuitous. In fact, I know that I enjoyed this book more than the others BECAUSE of the details. I hope that Harris continues writing this series with this level of detail. This style really seems to suit her. This book contains her best writing by far....more info
  • Another win for Harris
    This is the 3rd in the (Grave) series and the best. Ms. Harris has been building on these characters and they have depth and personality. Her dialog is crisp, clear and to the point. The characters are likeable and well defined. Now that that is out of the way, this is a good book. I read it in one sitting and was left wanting more. I have ordered her other mystery series and will be checking them out. As for Sookie Stackhouse I am an avid fan and have been for years. Ms. Harris has earned the honor of buy immediately- do not stop to read the blurb - any book she writes is guranteed good....more info
  • an ice cold grave
    I've been waiting for this installment of the Harper Connelly series for awhile, & I was not disappointed at all. As in the first installment, we see Harper & Tolliver visit a small town, which has become a staple of any Charlaine Harris book. The small town setting is one aspect of Harris' books that I always enjoy because she paints the characters very realistic without deriding them.

    This time, the personal relationship between Harper & Tolliver outshines the murder mystery, & I was pleased with the path their relationship took. This series is truly unique, & I hope there are many more to come. ...more info
  • Harper just can't stay out of trouble!
    Once again Harper Connelly just can't stay out of trouble! All she wants to do is her job, get paid and move on! Of course there is nothing wrong with that, except she finds more than she's originally hired for! I can't tell you how much I love Charlaine Harris's books! I started with the Southern Vampire Novels (and I still continue to read them) and then just happen to pick up a new genre. Not since Lily Bard and Sookie Stackhouse can you ever find a female character like Harper. She has such courage, wit , immense passion and compassion (not to mention has strange talent when it comes to earning a living!) You'll not be dissapointed with this book, especially when it comes to Harper's brother/manager Tolliver!...more info
  • Excellent red in th paranormal vein
    Harper and Tolliver finally resolve their ambivalent relationship.

    They are asked to find 6 long time missing boys in a small town. The sheriff has (being hopeful) treated them as runaways although that doesn't really add up. They new sheriff gets Harper too come in and look.

    I am not going to blow the plot, after all this isn't a book report--although some reviewers confuse them. But the plot is well done avoiding clich¨¦s with the isolated cabin and the storm. Harper by and large gets some pleasant surprises in folks reaction to her, frankly weird talent.

    Outstanding plot and very well drawn characters. The characters are becoming much more compelling as the series goes on. Nicely written erotic scenes although not the high test Angela Knight or Jain Black.

    Overall an excellent read.
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  • Disappointed in explicit sexual content
    I am a big fan of Charlaine Harris books, and have read 10 of her works so far. I was not
    prepared for the explicit content of Harper and Toliver. I could see the relationship
    blooming, and expected a more delicate reference than the way it was exposed. I can
    understand Harper is kind of up front and can be gritty, but it just turned me off the
    way it was written. I know life to be life, and since I am not the author, I leave that
    to Miss Harris.......but.....I did not care for this chapter or the way it was revealed in this
    book. Naughty can be nice?
    I do want to Thank Charlaine for hours of wonderful reading. I hope to acquire her other
    novels.
    Sandy G....more info
  • Harris is Amazing
    Charlaine Harris is such an amazing writer. And this is one of her best books. I couldn't put it down, so stayed up half the night reading. The plot, while so fast paced and gripping, is enhanced by the developing relationship with her characters. That was the best part-- the characters stepping out of their comfort zones to become even better than they were before. I highly reccomend this book and am so glad that I bought it... because it is one that I will read again and again....more info
  • Harper Connelly
    I love this series. In fact, there are times when I love this series more than the Sookie Stackhouse books also written by Charlaine Harris. This is just creepy enough to be interesting and human enough to drag you into the lives of Harper and her not so brotherly companion, Tolliver.
    This book is especially good as it shows the progression of their relationship and a more horrific job than anything Harper has done before. It really shows how strong Harper is and how useful her skill is. They're real people with not so pretty lives who plug on just like the rest of us.
    Charlaine Harris is an amazing writer. She is a writer whose words you don't find yourself skimming as one does with books that aren't as well written. She is probably one of my favorite authors because of this. I'd probably enjoy reading ad copy if she was the one writing it! ...more info
  • fast paced and fun
    I've come to be particularly fond of the quirkiness of Charlaine Harris' characters. In this latest Harper Connelly mystery, much of what has been simmering under the surface comes to fruition. It's a delightful read and I couldn't put it down....more info
  • Love and serial killers in small-town North Carolina
    Since being struck by lightning, corpses talk to Harper Connelly. The talent was disturbing at first, but now she makes a living finding bodies--and determining what happened to them. When she's called into a small North Carolina town missing a series of boys, she fears she'll discover something unpleasant--but she has no idea how unpleasant it will be. The boys were tortured, sexually abused, and left to die--and whoever did it is still at large.

    Finding the bodies is Harper's job, but when she's attacked, the case gets more complicated for her. Since the police won't let her leave the town, she decides to investigate a bit more.

    Being hospitalized does serve one additional purpose, though. Harper has been in love with her step-brother for years but has been afraid to tell him for fear that it will destroy their relationship. There's no way that truth can avoid coming out this time--although Harper worries that she'll lose everything by making the gamble.

    Author Charlaine Harris continues her Harper Connelly series with a mystery that stretches Harper's talents to the limit and also brings back psychic Xylda and her grandson, Manfred--a young man who happens to have a crush on Harper. With a strong start and an action-packed conclusion, there's a lot to like about AN ICE COLD GRAVE. Harris's writing is engaging, and the first person narrative brings us into Harper's thoughts and dangers.

    I would have liked to see a bit less of the romance between Harper and her step-brother. To me, this element slowed down the story. While it's perhaps understandable to be afraid of change, Harper's inability to see Tolliver's jealousy and desire as anything other than what it really is makes her seem less intelligent than we know her to be. On the other hand, Harris's handling of the animal-torturing youth, Chuck, is strong and compelling.

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  • ice cold grave
    I find Mrs. Harris one of the best authors I read regularly. She is excellent in her descriptions of her characters and their dialogue suites the situation perfectly. An Ice Cold Grave is one of her best efforts. Her first novel she wrote in the mystery series was a bit weak but she has improved to the point of equaling her previous vampire series or even surpassed those books - which are excellent imight add....more info
  • A unique blend of good plotting and disgusting character development
    This could have been an excellent book in a very good series. The idea of the dead communicating from the grave has enormous potential. This author demonstrates both the ability to write well and the capacity for unique story lines, but...

    Here comes the big BUT. The incestuous relationship between the two step siblings is just too off putting to tolerate. A few may argue that a sexual relationship between step children is not illegal however; it is beyond normal moral values.

    It would seem that for whatever reason, Charlain Harris set this series up for failure. Since the majority of the mystery genre reading public is female and most have children this series may be considered distasteful in the extreme.
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  • The best of the 3 so far...
    An Ice Cold Grave continues the trend of the well-written Harper Connolly series (Grave Sight and Grave Surprise). I read this in one sitting and agree with the other reviewers that this book is the best of the three so far. Not only does Ms Harris describe the wintry climate in such a way as to make you actually feel you're right there in the freezing temperatures with Harper and Tolliver and the rest of the inhabitants of Doraville, NC, but you can feel the tension among them as well.

    An Ice Cold Grave is definitely darker than the first 2 books in the sense that there are more violence, more bodies, and more graphic descriptions of what happened to the victims. After all, Harper's talent is to find dead bodies, by nature a dark skill, regardless of whether the deaths are natural or not. On the other hand, Harper and Tolliver's personal and business relationship grows apace, and they each come to terms with what it is they want. {My hope is that this series doesn't follow Ms Harris's other two (ie, The Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse series, Lily Bard/Shakespeare series), as well as a number of other paranomal/urban fantasy series, in that the "heroine" loves and then leaves or is left by the "hero(s)." There seems to be a trend of such women finding and losing one's lover (sometimes many lovers throughout a series) recently. I can think of 6 series offhand that have done this.}

    Another nice thing about An Ice Cold Grave is that, for once, Harper and Tolliver aren't treated with suspicion by every person they meet. Sure, there's skepticism, but at least most of those they come in contact with aren't outright hostile, leading to a wearying tango and tangle with such individuals.

    We also meet Xylda and Manfred Berdardo again, and both are colorful as always, but they're also sympathetic and poignant characters here. I can't wait to see what becomes of Bernardo and his psychic skills. Will he be a small talent, as he seems to believe, or as great as or better than his grandmother? And how will his path cross that of Harper and Tolliver in future?

    I strongly recommend An Ice Cold Grave -- which can be read as a standalone but would enhance a reader's experience if read in sequence. The book consists of a taut story line, mystery, love, grief, betrayal, and pathos, but in the end, there's hope and compassion....more info
  • well um.... Ok, not the best out of the series very disapointed
    Ok the story up to the relationship between Harper and Tolliver was good the gory details of the murders did not bother me it was the relationship between Harper and Tolliver ok, for to books we see them as brother and sister then we get Harper asking to go down on him!!! ( WHAT), I could not go any further. Sorry even if they were not of the same blood it just was the creepy factor; reading how close they were and how they helped raise their younger sisters.


    And I have a feeling that old Tolliver is the one taking pictures of her and plastering them on the web without her knowlege!! WT heck is that.....more info
  • Great Series
    Charlaine Harris has quirky, interesting characters that I love getting to know. I also recommend her Sookie Stackhouse series and Aurora Teagarden series....more info
  • Best of the series, so far
    First Sentence: The eastern seaboard is crammed with dead people.

    After being struck by lightening, Harper Collins was left with spider-web scars, a weak leg and the ability to find dead people and to determine how they died. With Tolliver, whose dad married her mom but they're not related by blood, by her side, they are in North Carolina where Harper has been hired by Twyla Cotton's missing grandson, Jeff. In talking to the Sheriff, six boys have gone missing without a trace. Near the place where Jeff's cell phone had been found was an abandoned house--and, Harper perceived, eight bodies. Now that the bodies have been found, someone is not happy and Harper's life is in danger.

    This is my favorite book of the series so far. The characters, and their relationship, have developed. Learning about Harper's gift and how it works is fascinating. There is enough skepticism of Harper's abilities yet willingness to let her use them on the part of the authorities to make the story realistic. The plot was tight with enough possible suspects to keep me going. There is an escalating feeling of suspense with the protagonists continually almost leaving town but then something else happening to keep them there. An ice storm, the illness of a friend's mother and the alteration in a relationship all add dimension to the story. Readers should be aware that this book is more graphically violent and sexual than previous books.
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  • Getting To Know Harris
    About a month ago I read all the Sookie Stackhouse books, and decided to read her other stories. I like this series. I think anyone who reads Ms. Harris has to expect creepy and unresolved relationships.

    I have no problem with Tolliver and Harper becoming a couple. They aren't brother and sister and didn't come together until they were teenagers. Plus, from the moment they're parents married, Tolliver and Harper were placed in the role of mother and father to the two youngest children. They weren't able to be children together, they had adult responsibilities and only had each other to lean upon and offer comfort and support.

    I was disappointed in how the love scene was written. I understand that Harper is only 24 or 25 and Tolliver around 28, but the juvenile language that the author uses to express their thoughts and feeling, doesn't fit their relationship. It should have been fraught with the tension of Tolliver's fear of almost losing Harper.

    We experience his increasing jealousy, which is normal, but that shouldn't have been the reason for the two of them to finally express their adult love for one another. After all that they have experienced together and their emotional commitment to each other, their coming together should have been more passionate, sweet, and filled with loving words. Yes, Tolliver does express some of his thoughts, but it's just not done to my satisfaction.

    As seems to Ms. Harris's way, I expect that Tolliver and Harper will eventually break up as a couple, and maybe come back together at then end of the series. I hope that this statement proves false, as I think, it would be more real if they grew to trust one another as a couple, and allowed their feelings to become firm with love and commitment. After their childhood and what they've experienced since Harper being hit by lightening, this would be the most satisfactory outcome, at least for me.

    As an aside, I think Tolliver's biological brother killed Harper's biological sister and we'll find this out in a future book. I hope Ms. Harris doesn't make it that Tolliver knew, because he so would not have kept this from Harper. Tolliver may have his faults, but he does love Harper more then anyone else. I think if this hypothesis proves true (his brother being the killer)that this will cause some hurt to the couple. However, it would only make them realize what they've always known that they only have each other.

    I thought the story was well done, and I'm interested and awaiting the next book.
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  • oh wow very differant twist
    This is the third installment in the Harper mystery series and it really keeps getting better. The only beef i had about it the language was stronger in this installment as were some of the described sex scenes, but other than that, it was excellant.
    The book alludes to Harper finding her missing sister also in another book possably forthcoming.
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  • Charlaine Harris can do no wrong!
    Mrs. Harris can not write fast enough. All her books are great. She sucks you in by her wonderful characters. They all have a great sense of humor. The book is a very fast read. Can't wait for the next one....more info
  • Mind Blowing!
    An Ice Cold Grave is mind blowing and a fantastic read. It did not take me long at all to read once I finally bought it. Harper and Tolliver are back at the job and this time end up in North Carolina where young boys have been missing for days, months, and even years. When the most recent victim's grandmother hires Harper to find the body, for she knows that he has to be dead, Harper finds more than just one body. She finds several.

    When Harper and Tolliver try to leave town after solving the case they are delayed when someone beats up Harper. Could it be the kidnapper?? Harper is determined to try to solve this mystery even though she did her part. Mandfred and his grandmother come along to support Harper and help her out, but then tragedy strikes them. Meanwhile Harper is trying to deal with the developing feelings that she has been having for Tolliver that are anything but sibling love. Tolliver's reaction to her feelings that suddenly get reveal are life changing for the both of them.

    Then there is a turning point in the case where they catch the kidnapper/murderer, but something is still nagging Harper. She believes strongly that there is yet another murderer out there somewhere prowling the streets of the quaint town.

    An Ice Cold Grave is a fabulous read!! I cannot wait until the next one, the only compensation to get is that the Sookie Stackhouse book will be out around May and then in September we'll get the next Harper book, yea!!...more info
  • Great Series
    I really enjoyed the Harper Connelly series and would like to see more of these characters....more info
  • An excellent dark mystery series!
    An Ice Cold Grave is the third book in Harris' Harper Connelly series, a dark mystery with feather-light touches of paranormal. For those who haven't encountered it before Harper is a woman who gained the uncanny ability to sense the dead and read their last moment after being hit by lightning. After surviving a horrible, abusive childhood she and her step brother Tolliver travel around using her talent to survive.

    In An Ice Cold Grave Harper and Tolliver have been called to Doraville, North Carolina where a woman, angry at the past sheriff's handling of the disappearances of several teen boys, asks Harper to find the bodies of the boys that surely must be dead by now. Harper begins her hunt, and to her horror finds not only the six missing boys, but two others as well, all buried in what looks suspiciously like a serial killer's dumping grounds.

    Suddenly Harper finds herself not just blackmailed into staying nearby by the newly appointed sheriff, but a target of the serial killer's outrage.

    As usual Harris offers a tale that features a delicate thread of darkness. There is true horror in this book, but by the characters trying to block it out, move past it and not dwelling on it, even when it rises up and tries to claim them, it becomes secondary, and undertow rather than a flood of dark themes. The characters are Harris' strength. They are complex, easy to sympathize with and as a reader you find yourself wanting things to work out for them.

    This particular book is more scattered than the previous books, but it reflects the complexity of the serial killer nature. Despite the attention focused on Harris' other series, this is her best. An Ice Cold Grave is satisfying, page turner that fans of dark fiction should definitely give a chance....more info
  • Love Harper
    I love Harris' books. I haven't read one that wasn't great. I really enjoy Harper's adventures. They are great fun and I can't wait until the next one comes out. ...more info
  • Really Great...if you like this kind of thing
    The book has a solid story line and is taut and well-written. She definitely set her mark and hit it squarely. I read all the time about books you can't put down and books that have twists and turns, but this is the first time in a long time that I actually experienced such a thing. All that said, I will be a bit careful when the next one comes out. The graphic details of torture were a bit much for me and I will be glad when they fade from my memory. I tried to skip, but her writing is so tight that the descriptions appeared quickly. I also did not like the development of some personal relationships and I think the series would have been better without it. I like the ability the main character has to communicate with dead people and that alone makes for some interesting reading and presents endless story lines. I hope Ms. Harris has gone as low as she intends and will find other interesting story lines. Of course, one story line is set in stone and rather upsetting. I was so hoping that she was not going to "go there." I am dying to say more but it would spoil the end for you. It was an unnecessary deviation that serves to limit future story lines. It will be hard to find an author whose writing I enjoy as much as I have her's, but I will not be able to read another book if the series continues in this vein. I am rethinking the five stars, but the author did what she did extremely well. A good writer and a compelling story. Still, I don't like the sexual abuse and torture. I read to escape not to be reminded of the vile nature of people. Sexual abuse, torture, and incest cross the line for me. For example, I like Law & Order, but not SVU. Ms. Harris has demonstrated in other books in this series that she can portray Harper's unusual talent without exploring such depraved sociopathic behavior in vivid detail. Okay, I knocked off a star for content unacceptable to me....more info
  • Evocative use of winter season
    Charlaine Harris' use of the cold of winter, as brought out by the title, is very effective in setting the nature of the crimes brought to light by Harper Connolly's lightning-bestowed talent for finding corpses in this book. The horror of what was done to the boys is chilling and is meant to be chilling. The attitudes of some of the local law enforcement establishment, past and present, are also chilling and, I believe, meant to be seen that way by the reader.

    Equally, the season is used effectively, in a contrary direction, as an impetus to move forward the relationship between Harper and Tolliver -- who is not, as he points out at a critical moment, her brother. There has been plenty of background on this: their parents married when they were both in their teens. They are not consanguineous kin. It's actually somewhat odd that some readers perceive their relationship as incest, given how carefully Harris built it up through the first two books and the first half of this one.

    Overall, this series has shown much more depth than the author's popular Sookie Stackhouse series. I hope that Harris produces other books in the future that become more than just an evening's entertainment....more info
  • The best of the series so far...
    This story follows Harper (who can 'see' in her mind where bodies are buried and how those bodies came to be...well dead bodies) and her 'brother' and manager Tolliver. Some things shift in this novel, including her relationship with her brother, who really isn't her brother. Also, the murder case is intriguing. At times its grisly, and Charlaine Harris doesn't shy away from some of the more heart wrenching aspects of the case. The deaths focus on young to teenage boys and the torture they endured before dying. Harper for some reason is more compelled by these deaths than any of her previous ones and vows to find out who killed them. She has a theory that she has to try to get the sheriff to belive. There is plenty of intrigue, thrills, and horror to this volume, but its also heavier on the romance side of things than the previous books. Still very worth a quick read....more info
  • better than I expected -- a pleasant read
    "An Ice Cold Grave" is a modern day variant murder mystery. The setting is much like our own, the major difference being that the main character, H--, is a woman who was hit by lightning and now "knows" when human bodies are nearby, and can psychicly determine cause of death and some other details. She and T-- are hired to find a teenage boy who is presumed to have been murdered. What they find in the ice & snow are multiple victims from a pretty horrible murderer. A string of bad luck causes H-- and T-- to be stuck in town in the midst of the investigation.

    Though this book is third in a series, I dodn't feel that you'd need to read the previous two. For those of you who have read the previous, I think this one is better than #1 and #2. I wish I had read it first! The "everybody hates me" elements have been dropped or subdued, the police are both reasonable and respectful, and we aren't drowned in casual sex. H-- and T--'s reason for remaining in town is contrived, but we knew it was coming, so no biggie. The feeling is more murder mystery than scifi/fantasy. The middle drags a bit, but the ending was exciting, well written, and left me wanting more.

    For myself, I'd appreciate a sequel that didn't have any murders, but that is probably asking too much. Books with murders make me feel down. If you don't mind reading about murders, you should add one star to my rating....more info
  • Saved the best for last!
    Hopefully after this book she'll continue with the series cause I just loved this one. It's like the stories just get better as she goes. This is one of the worst cases Harper has ever come across but she'll have a little help from her friends from Grave Surprise. Even though this is the most gruesome it'll turn out to be the best for her personally and professionally! You gotta get it, you won't be disappointed I swear....more info
  • Another Winner by Charlaine Harris
    I loved this book, did not want to put it down. So far this is the best one in the series. Can't wait to read the next one....more info
  • An Ice Cold Grave
    I have recently become acquainted with Charlene Harris' works. I have enjoyed each and every one and hope she writes many more. The seller provided it as promised and well within the shipment window promised....more info
  • Excellent addition to the Harper series...disturbing murder descriptions.
    After being struck by lightning as a teenager, Harper Connelly has developed the unique ability to find the dead and see how they died. She and her stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, run a business in which they travel the country assisting law-enforcement personnel and family members of the dead. In her third case, Harper is hired by a woman to find her missing grandson. In fact, numerous teenage boys have disappeared from Doraville, North Carolina. Harper finds the bodies, but still reeling from coming into contact with her first serial killer, she is attacked and injured. She stays in Doraville to recover and assist in the investigation.

    Ice Cold Grave is an excellent addition to the Harper series. The story line is well written and it kept me glued, reading it in one sitting. However my pleasure in the story was marred by the disturbing description of horrible murder, torture and rape of children. That is just too far over the line for my reading pleasure. I tried to skim over that part. So I have to subtract one star.

    However, the story itself was facinating from cover to cover. I am a loyal fan of Charlaine Harris work (Sookie and Harper) and will look forward to the next installments. Yet, I will read the reviews on the next Harper before purchase just to make sure it does not have so much yuk factor. So pleased with the eventual development between Tolliver and Harper.
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