Monday, July 18, 2011
An Ice Cold Grave
Berkely Prime Crime
Amazon Blurb -
Bestseller Harris's exciting third Harper Connelly mystery (after 2006's Grave Surprise) finds the psychic sleuth faced with her most challenging and heartbreaking job to date: locating the bodies of runaway boys who the people of Doraville, N.C., suspect have become victims of a serial killer. After Harper locates eight long-dead bodies, much to the surprise of skeptical Sheriff Sandra Rockwell, a mysterious figure attacks Harper. Though all Harper wants is to go home and recover from her injuries, the local authorities and State Bureau of Investigation agents demand that she stay in town to help with their investigation. The cold case heats up fast, attracting media attention as well as Harper's friends, ailing psychic Xylda Bernardo and her doting grandson, Manfred, who make another gruesome discovery. Harper's changing relationship with her stepbrother, manager and confidant, Tolliver Lang, lends personal interest. Harris dependably delivers fear with charming down-home finesse.
Harper and Tolliver are in North Carolina searching for several boys who have gone missing in the past few years. The most recent one just 3 months ago. This is a first for Harper, she has never dealt with a serial killer before. Sheriff Rockwell isn't as skeptical nor nasty to Harper as she has dealt with in the past. One of the missing boys grandmother has taken up a collection to pay her with, and Harper sets out to see what she can do.
Locating 8 bodies for them, Harper is horrified at how they died and just wants to get the heck out of there. Unfortunately that won't be the case. She's attacked, ends up in the hospital, and the State Bureau of Investigations wants her to stay and help them some more. It becomes a media circus, friend and psychic Xylda Bernardo and her grandson Manfred come to town to lend a hand.
Manfred is sweet on Harper and this just drives Tolliver crazy. Harper loves Tolliver, who is NOT her brother, but keeps it to herself for fear that he'll up and leave her. As the story progresses, how she feels comes out and what Tolliver thinks does as well.
Filled with suspense, great storyline, and great characters, Harris has scored again with Harper Connelly. You can breeze through this book and not feel bogged down, yet be fully engrossed by the action. I look forward to the next book.