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An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly…

An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly Mysteries, No. 3) (edition 2008)

by Charlaine Harris

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Title:An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly Mysteries, No. 3)
Authors:Charlaine Harris
Info:Berkley (2008), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
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Harper 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. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Harper and Tolliver together creeps me out. Good serial killer mystery though. ( )
  staceyfronczak | Apr 3, 2018 |
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. ( )
  Tiffy_Reads | Mar 19, 2018 |
3rd in the Harper Connelly mystery series. This one has Harper and Tolliver in North Carolina just at the end of winter. She's been brought in by the grandmother of a local boy who has gone missing. It seems that this little town has had a number of teen boys go missing in the past few years. Harper finds the missing boys behind an abandoned house in the woods. Unlike the previous two books in the series I did not have this one figured out way in advance.. The killer was a surprise to me. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Apr 17, 2016 |
Harper can find dead people. She has a fucked up family and a tragic past, but at least she's got her one talent--and her devoted step-brother, Tolliver. They're a great couple of characters, and the mysteries Harris throws them into are always clever and disturbing. When Harper finds the bodies of eight teenagers, the little southern town is thrown into an uproar. Harris has a true talent for the details of small town life, and even the background characters are fully fleshed out. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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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, 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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Harper Connelly and her brother Tolliver are hired to investigate the disappearance of a boy in Doraville, North Carolina; however, their search uncovers several victims buried in the half-frozen ground.

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