Title: An Ice Cold Grave
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
The Blurb: Hired to find a boy gone missing in Doraville, North Carolina, Harper Connelly and Tolliver head there, only to discover that the boy was one of several who had disappeared over the last five years. All of them teenagers. All unlikely runaways. 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.
My Thoughts: The third in the Harper Connelly mystery series my only disappointment is that there is only one more to go and no sign of Charlaine Harris continuing on with Harper’s story – so I do hope everything is wrapped up in book 4. After being struck by lightning as she lay in her bed when she was fifteen, Harper has developed the unique ability to find dead bodies 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 to find the dead and/or determine how they died. Although I was fairly certain who the perpetrator was (and proved to be correct) it did not spoil the book for me. The darkest book of the series so far with some really terrifyingly disturbing scenes the witty interaction between Harper and Tolliver give it just enough lift to keep me from closing the book. I don’t like disturbing stuff in books; there is enough in real life to want to fill my escape time with it as well. Charlaine Harris has brilliantly portrayed the grief that a small town suffers when a calamity strikes the community. All the characters are well written and believable; being trapped in a small town with a serial killer is not an ideal situation for anyone.
Rating: B – Really Good Read
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