Grave Surprise (#2)

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Psychic sleuth Harper Connelly travels to Memphis and ends up involved in a case of murder times three in this mystery from #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris.

At the request of anthropology professor Clyde Nunley, Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver come to Memphis, Tennessee, to demonstrate her unique talent—in an old cemetery. Nunley is skeptical, even after Harper senses—and finds—two bodies in the grave beneath her feet. One of a man centuries-dead. The other, a young girl, recently deceased, whom Harper had once tried, and failed, to locate. But Harper’s new investigation into the crime yields yet another surprise: the next morning, a third body is found—in the very same grave…


“[Harris] has a great gift for getting inside her characters and making them achingly real to the reader. Particularly poignant is the unique relationship between Harper and Tolliver.”

The Denver Post

“It’s a rare thing to run across mysteries as quirky and improbable as the Harper Connelly series and enjoy the way the author takes the frankly implausible and makes it seem perfectly believable. Harper and Tolliver are so earnest, savvy and likeable, they don’t take themselves too seriously, that readers can sit back with confidence that in GRAVE SURPRISE they’re in for a fun ride through a guaranteed page-turner.”

The Advocate

“Believers and skeptics alike will enjoy Harper’s search for the truth and her changing relationship with Tolliver.”


“[A] winning second supernatural caper […] Peppered with the author’s trademark deadpan wit, this book should help make Harper and Tolliver as popular as Sookie Stackhouse.”

Publishers Weekly

“The supernatural elements are integrated believably into the plot in this engrossing mystery.”


“Begins with a bang […] Harris does an amazing job laying out this intriguing mystery while exploring Harper’s varying beliefs and skepticisms. When it comes to serving up the supernatural, Harris is unmatched.”

RT Book Reviews

“The characters are lovely, three-dimensional, fully developed people. There’s depth to Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver. There’s history and background that feeds into their behavior and actions. As a reader you can believe them because their actions and thoughts are consistent with what we’d do in similar circumstances […] It’s a book you won’t want to put down. I’m looking forward to another Harper Connelly story.”


“GRAVE SURPRISE was a pure delight to read. The relationship between Tolliver and Harper is uniquely intriguing but never overshadows the rapid pace of the plot. GRAVE SURPRISE is a wonderful book with many layers and I can’t wait to read the next addition to this series.”

I Love a Mystery

“You go to Ms. Harris’ books for the rich detailing of Southern life, the many interesting background characters, and for getting to know an unusual group of people. I’m glad to meet Harper and her friends.”

Fiction Nation (XM Radio)

“A refreshing supernatural mystery series.”

Monsters & Critics

“A fast and furious read. As in all her work, Harris effortlessly takes her reader from the macabre to the sorrowful with humor and humanity. This writer has a certain something in her prose that no one else writing today can match.”

Crimespree Magazine

Awards & Accolades


#23 New York Times Bestseller List (3 weeks on list)