Grave Sight (Harper Connelly

Grave Sight (2005) — Harper Connelly #1, by Charlaine Harris

Harper Connelly series by Charlaine Harris. This series has a sequel series: Midnight, Texas series.

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy / Cozy UF Mystery

Series Description or Overview Edit

Harper’s paranormal gift—or curse—is her ability to locate dead people and to communicate with their spirits. This ability began after she was struck by lightning when she was a teenager. Harper and Tolliver grew up in a broken family: drug-dealing and drug-using parents each of whom had two children by previous marriages and then two children together—six children total. They lived in a decrepit trailor in Texarkana until Harper's older sister Carmen disappeared. After that, police and social workers got involved and the children were divided among foster homes. Now, Harper and her beloved stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, have established a consultant business, hiring out Harper’s services to law enforcement agencies across the country. Adventures ensue, because there is always someone who doesn’t want the body found. In each book, Harper is hired to find a dead body or bodies, generally murder victims. ~ Fang-tastic Fiction

Lead's Species Edit

  • Ghost Comminicator

Primary Supe Edit

  • Ghosts

What Sets it ApartEdit

  • Equal parts Cozy Mystery and Urban Fantasy.

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • First person narrative told by Harper Connelly.

Books in Series Edit

Harper Connelly series:

  1. Grave Sight (2005)
  2. Grave Surprise (2006)
  3. An Ice Cold Grave (2007)
  4. Grave Secret (2009) ~ Final

Shorts, Novellas, Anthologies and Guides Edit

  • Grave Sight (2006) [SF]

Companion Series, Spinoffs, Sequels or Prequels Edit

Other Series by Author on this Site Edit

World Building Edit

Setting Edit

Memphis, Tennessee


  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Doraville, North Carolina

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Psychics (only), telepaths,

Glossary: Edit

  • SBI agent:

Groups & Organizations:Edit

World Edit

Protagonist Edit

She is making the most of an unwanted gift by providing victims' families with closure at the expense of her own health. Each time she discovers and communicates with a spirit, her strength is drained and she must live with that person's horrible memories of his or her death. Harper's relationship with Tolliver is extremely complex. In the early books, they try to maintain a sister-brother relationship and use a variety of casual one-night stands with various partners to stave off the growing attraction between them. In the later books, the two solidify their bond and face the future together. ~ Fang-tastic Fiction

Sidekick Edit

Name: — What: — Sidekick-to: — About: — Book First Seen In:

Characters Chart Edit

Characters What About
Harper psychic Finds dead bodies with psychic gift & talk with dead due to being hit by lightening when young;
Tolliver Lang psychic step-brother and partner in body-finding business; travels the country with her; not related, but they grew up in the same house, are very close;
Xylda Bernardo psychic medium eccentric, elderly medium with a true gift; fakes it when her gift fails; Rain Bernardo's mother and Manfred Bernardo's grandmother
Rain Bernardo #3 Xylda's daughter and Manfred Bernardo's mother. She does not have any psychic abilities
Manfred Bernardo telepathic; gifted psychic; Xylda's doting grandson; eccentric, flamboyant; has a huge crush on Harper (moves over to Midnight, Texas series)when her gift fails her, she is not afraid to fake it
Tolliver Lang Harper's step-brother and manager travels the country by her side. He is fiercely protective of Harper;
Sybil Teague socialite hires Harper and Tolliver to investigate the deaths of her son, Dell and his girlfriend, Teenie Hopkins
Dell Teague Sybil's deceased son had been dating Teenie Hopkins
Gracie Connoly-Lang half-sister Harper and Tolliver's other half-sister; the youngest in the Connoly-Lang family
Mariella Harper & Tolliver's half-sister she and Gracie are the daughters of Harper's mother and Tolliver's father; adopted by Iona and Hank;
Mariella & Gracie half-sisters Harper Connelly's and Tolliver Lang's half-sisters
Dick Teague spirit Sybil Teague's deceased husband
Hollis Boxleitner deputy takes an unexpected liking to Harper. He is the widower of Sally Boxleitner
Mary Nell "Nelly" Teague Sybil's daughter Sybil Teague's only living child. She has a schoolgirl crush on Tolliver
Monteen "Teenie" Hopkins spirit "wild" girl; Helen Hopkins's younger daughter; Sally Boxleitner's sister, and Dell Teague's girlfriend; she was murdered for mysterious reasons; her body is discovered by Harper
Sally Boxleitner (nee Hopkins) spirit Hollis Boxleitner's deceased wife; she was the elder daughter of Helen Hopkins and the sister of Teenie Hopkins
Helen Hopkins recovering alcoholic Sally Boxleitner's and Teenie Hopkins' mother
Jay Hopkins Helen Hopkin's estranged husband
Harvey Branscom sheriff of Sarne, Arkansas Sybil Teague's brother
Terence "Terry" Vale mayor of Sarne, Arkansas
Paul Edwards lawyer Sybil Teague's charming lawyer
Phyllis Folliette: polished lawyer helps Harper and Tolliver
Annie Gibson friend of Helen Hopkins
Marv Bledsoe police officer disreputable
Vernon McCluskey hotel owner, former cop owner of the hotel at which Harper and Tolliver stay in Sarne; believes that Harper is in league with the devil because she possesses usual skills
Scot teenager hot-blooded teen who loves Mary Nell Teague and hates Harper
Cameron Connelly Harper's biological sister and Tolliver's step-sister; abducted when she was eighteen and never heard from again;
Mark Lang step-brother Tolliver's biological brother and Harper's other step-brother; same cheekbones chin, brown eyes but shorter, thicker, and not nearly as smart as Tolliver;
Sandra Rockwell #3 newly elected sheriff Doraville's newly elected sheriff who is committed to solving the mystery of the missing boys
Abe Madden #3 Doraville's previous sheriff voted out of office because he did not look very hard for the missing boys. He assumed that they were alive, sowing their wild oats
Rob Tidmarsh  deputy #3
Twyla Cotton #3 Jeff McGraw's G-mother one of the missing boys. She hires and pays Harper and Tolliver. She also lets them use her family's lake house for lodging
Archie Cotton #3 Twyla Cotton's employer becomes Twyla's second husband. He is deceased at the start of the book
Parker McGraw #3 Twyla Cotton's son He is the husband of Bethalynn McGraw, and the father of Jeff McGraw and Carson McGraw.
Bethalynn McGraw #3 Parker McGraw's wife mother of Jeff McGraw and Carson McGraw.
Carson McGraw #3 Twyla Cotton's grandson and Jeff McGraw's 12-year-old brother
Pell Klavin #3 SBI agent trim and well-dressed; older than his partner, Max Stuart
Max Stuart #3 SBI agent younger than his partner, Pell Klavin
jeff McGraw #3 missing boy Twyla Cotton's grandson and Carson McGraw's older brother
Chester Caldwell #3 missing boy first Doraville boy to disappear
Tyler Webb #3 missing boy 16-years-old when he disappeared
Dylan Lassiter #3 missing boy
Hunter Fenwick #3 missing boy
Aaron Robertson #3 missing boy 14-years-old when he disappeared
Ted Hamilton #3 Twyla's neighbor Twyla Cotton's retired, year-round neighbor at the lake house
Nita Hamilton #3 Ted's wife Ted Hamilton's spry wife
Tom Almand #3 mental health counselor Chuck Almand's father
Chuck Almand #3 13-year-old Tom Almand's son who is suspected of torturing animals
Doak Garland #3 Baptist minister
Dr. Thomason #3 doctor caring, grey-haired
Barney Simpson #3 hospital administrator
Lyle Worsham #3 ice fisherman
Aunt Iona #4 Harper's aunt Pleasantly rounded, hair is graying in a pretty way, eyes are dark gray;
Lizzie Joyce #4 Rich woman hires Harper to tell her how her grandfather died
Chip Moseley #4 Manager of the Joyce ranch and Lizzie's lover
'Drex', Drexell Joyce #4 Lizzie's brother
Dr. Spradling #4 doctor Tolliver's doctor in the hospital
Renaldo Simpkins #4 Drug dealer used to associate with Matthew Lang
Laurel Howe Connelly Lang #4 Harper's mother Harper's now dead addict mother
Richard Joyce #4 spirit Lizzie, Kate and Dexter's grandfather who died 8 years ago
Rudy Flemmons #4 policeman
Ida Beaumont #4 neighbor saw A blond girl get into a blue truck 8 years ago
Kate Joyce Richard Joyce's granddaughter
Hank Harper's uncle adopted Harper and Tolliver's young half sisters
Mariah Parish caretaker Rich Joyce's caretaker who died 8 years ago
Tammy Rinaldo's wife
Beverly Powers Detective Powers' wife
Pete Gresham police detective Texarkana detective on Cameron's missing person case

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Charlaine Harris

Author Edit

Charlaine Harris

Bio: Charlaine Harris a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She switched to novels a few years later, and achieved publication in 1981 with Sweet and Deadly.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, a Best Novel 1990 nomination for the Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight books in her series about a Georgia librarian. In 1996, she released the first in the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare's Counselor, the fifth and last-- was printed in fall 2001. ~ FF

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Awards Edit

Publishing InformationEdit

  • Publisher: Berkley
  • Author Page:
  1. Grave Sight: Paperback, 293 pages, Pub: Sept 26th 2006—ISBN: 0425212890
  2. Grave Surprise: paperback,  pages, Pub:  —ISBN: 
  3. An Ice Cold Grave: paperback,  pages, Pub:  —ISBN: 
  4. Grave Secret: paperback,  pages, Pub:  —ISBN: 

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE—Grave Sight: 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. The way Harper sees it, she's providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living - but she's used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she's become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it's always urgent - even if the dead can wait forever. ~ Goodreads

BOOK TWO—Grave Surprise: When I was fifteen, I was struck by a bolt of lightning through an open window of the trailer where we lived...I recovered, mostly. I have a strange spiderweb pattern of red on my torso and right leg, which has episodes of weakness. Sometimes my right hand shakes. I have headaches. I have many fears. And I can find dead people. That was the part that interested the professor… At the request of anthropology professor Dr. Clyde Nunley, Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver come to Memphis to give a demonstration of Harper's unique talent. And what better place to have that demonstration than in a very old cemetery?

Dr. Nunley doesn't bother to hide his skepticism, especially when Harper stands atop a grave and senses two bodies beneath her - one of a centuries-dead man and the other of a young girl, recently deceased. When the grave is opened, Harper's claim is proven true. The dead girl is Tabitha Morgenstern, and eleven-year-old abducted from Nashville two years previously—a child whom Harper had tried, and failed, to find. The coincidence raises suspicions about her among the police—so she and Tolliver undertake their own hunt to find the killer. They make a nocturnal visit to the cemetery, hoping that Harper can sense something further about the murder. And then, the next morning, a third dead body is found in the grave. ~ Goodreads

BOOK THREE—An Ice Cold Grave: 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. ~ Goodreads

BOOK FOUR—Grave Secret: "While Tolliver slept, I wondered if it was possible that Cameron was still alive...At first, I'd thought she'd been abducted by a gang, sold into slavery, something lurid and horrible. Then I'd wondered if maybe she'd simply been fed up with her life: the tawdry parents and the tacky trailer, the sister who limped and looked abstracted, the baby sisters who never seemed to stay clean. Most days, though, I was sure she was dead." 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 matter 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 nothing to do with the man - but he may not have a say in the matter. Soon, family secrets ensnare them both, as Harper finally discovers what happened to her missing sister, Cameron, so may years before. And what she finds out will change her world forever. ~ Goodreads

First Sentences Edit

  1. Grave Sight (2005) — The silent witnesses lie everywhere, passing from one form of matter to another, gradually becoming unrecognizable to their nearest and dearest.
  2. Grave Surprise (2006) — I didn´t like Clyde Nunley the first time I met him face-to-face in the old cemetery.
  3. An Ice Cold Grave (2007) — The eastern seaboard is crammed with dead people.
  4. Grave Secret (2009) — "All right," said the straw-haired woman in the denim jacket.

Quotes Edit

Goodreads | Charlaine Harris Quotes (Author of Dead Until Dark) ~ pages and pages

Trivia Edit

Goodreads lists per book:

Awards Edit

  • RT Reviewers' Choice (2005: Amateur Sleuth)

Read Alikes (similar elements) Edit

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Notes Edit

See Also Edit

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