Join Harper Connelly as she uncovers the secrets - and bodies - buried deep in this paranormal mystery series from bestselling author Charlaine Harris.
Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who's passed, and share their very last moment. Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver have become experts at getting paid and getting out of town fast - because people have a funny habit of not really wanting to know the truth.
At first, the small Ozarks town of Sarne seems like no exception. The pair have been hired by local police to find a missing girl. But the secrets of her death - and the secrets of the town - are buried deep enough that even Harper's special ability can't uncover them. With hostility welling up, she and Tolliver want nothing more than to be on their way. But then another woman is murdered.
And the killer's not finished yet. . .
'Harris delivers a knuckle-gnawing tale . . . [that] will challenge the most jaded mystery buffs' Publishers Weekly
Ever since Harper Connelly survived a zap from a lightning bolt, she's been able to find dead people, a skill that makes the protagonist in the first installment of Harris's new series a tad more bizarre than the mind-reading heroine of the author's Sookie Stackhouse books (Dead as a Doornail, etc.). Harper travels to the Ozark town of Sarne, Ark., to find a missing teenage girl's body, accompanied by her stepbrother, Tolliver, who acts as her manager and bodyguard and with whom she shares a thinly disguised physical attraction that they manage to keep at bay by engaging in casual sex with various partners. Finding the body takes no time at all, but leaving town afterward isn't so easy. When Harper's life is threatened and Tolliver ends up in jail on trumped-up charges, it quickly becomes apparent that something sinister is going on in Sarne. Harris delivers a knuckle-gnawing tale populated with well-developed, albeit edgy characters. A nifty puzzle toward the end will challenge the most jaded mystery buffs.
Another great female lead from Harris
Charlaine Harris has a wonderful ability to write strong female leads. Like Aurora Teagarten, Lily Bard and Sookie Stackhouse, Harper Connely is witty, interesting and also flawed.
Harris's leads are good reads and like all the other series' you reach the end of this book wanting to read a bit more about the next Harper adventure.
Anyone who's read Harris before will enjoy this series starter.