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Grave Sight: 07/17/11
Charlaine Harris's most popular series is the one starring Sookie Stackhouse. I've read some of the short stories from the series but don't want to commit to a long series of vampire mysteries. That said I'm still curious about Harris's popularity. I am borrowing from a friend the first three books of the Harper Connelly series. The first book is Grave Sight.
Harper is a psychic. Her specific skill is seeing how people died. If that death involves murder she can often see the murderer's face. She travels from town to town with her brother (via marriage) taking assignments to help people find their loved ones.
After quickly solving the case she has come to do she's lured into a year's old murder mystery. She doesn't want to take the case because she can already tell it's going to bring up uncomfortable memories and facts for everyone involved.
I liked how the psychic elements were described. They seemed credible without being overbearing. The set up of the series was probably the best part of the book.
Like Sookie, Harper tends to get a little more buddy-buddy than I like. Her relationship with her brother and business partner is necessary for the plot but its presentation is heavy-handed.
The solution to the mystery was unfortunately pretty obvious.
Comment #1: Monday, July, 18, 2011 at 11:07:24
I haven't read the Sookie Stackhouse books (a couple of friends have described them as literary crack, and, like you, I don't want to commit to such a long series right now). This sounds interesting enough; I always try to keep in mind the intended audience, and for most YA books, things tend to be straightforward and black and white. :)
Comment #2: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 22:02:10
I'm not into vampires enough for them to be literary crack for me. Charlaine Harris's books, while they do feature paranormal stuff aren't YA. They are adult books.
Comment #3: Tuesday, July, 19, 2011 at 22:24:45
I read the second book in this series. It was okay but I like the Sookie series better. :-)
Comment #4: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 22:12:22
Sookie's not my cup of tea. I do plan to continue with the other two books in this series.