"keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end"

Harper Connelly and her Stepbrother, and now boyfriend, Tolliver, are taking a break from looking for the dead. Instead they are visiting the two young sisters who were adopted by Harper's aunt and uncle. It is hard to see them growing up from afar and being near their old home brings up way too many old memories from their bad childhood. However they have a connection to the girls and they don't want to break it.

Then the memories that are already raw are inflamed even more when Tolliver finds out his father is out of jail. His attempts to make contact with the other family members isn't going so well but Tolliver's brother lets their father back into his life and soon Matthew is hanging around with them all in one way or another.

When Harper and Tolliver help a local family find out more about their grandfathers death they stumble upon a mystery that seems harmless. Then people start getting shot and killed all around them and they realise that the mystery they unearthed goes a lot deeper than they thought.

As the mystery gets deeper and more and more confusing, Harper starts to put the pieces together and soon a lot of her family secrets are also muddled into things. Will she finally find out what happened to her missing sister, Cameron, after all these years?

I absolutely adore Charlaine Harris and all of her books. I have enjoyed all of her series and this one is no exception. When I saw that this fourth book in the Harper Connelly series was coming out this autumn I was overjoyed. I have been waiting for Harper to make another appearance and I am glad she finally has.

The story started off pretty slow and I have to admit I wondered if Harris had lost her charm. Then things took off and I was addicted to the story just like I am with any Harris story. With such depth and detail this, like all of her mystery books, was a pleasure to read. You never really know what is going to happen until it finally does, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

I hope Harper sees the light of day again. Just like I wish Lily Bard and Aurora Teagarden will. However this book did seem to tie up all the loose ends and gave me, as well as Harper, closure. Maybe Charlaine Harris will write about Harper again or maybe she will bring us something fresh and new to devour. Whatever she decides I know with 100% certainty that I will be reading anything she decides to write. However for now I am just looking forward to the next Sookie novel next year.

Reviewed by Amber Chalmers
Posted December 25, 2009


Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

To make matters worse, Tolliver learns from his older brother that their father is out of jail and trying to reestablish contact with other family members. Tolliver wants no part of the man- but he may not have a choice in the matter.

Soon, family secrets ensnare them both, as Harper finally discovers what happened to her missing sister, Cameron, so many years before.

And what she finds out will change her world forever.

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Psychic, Mystery


Grave Secret
(Harper Connelly Mysteries: Book 4)
by Charlaine Harris

Berkley Pub Group
October 1, 2009
Available: October 27, 2009
ISBN #0425230155
EAN #9780425230152
320 pages
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