Tuesday, May 26, 2009

An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris

Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Berkley Prime crime
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 280
Challenges: TBR Challenge, Series Challenge, Paranormal Challenge
New-to-me author? no
Author's website

Simple Description
Tolliver and Harper have a job in a small town in North Carolina. Several local boys have gone missing and the Grandma of one of the boys doesn't believe they are runaways like the older sheriff believed. The new sheriff believes something is going on as well and is open to Harper doing what she does best – finding bodies. Harper does find the grave site for the boys, it appears they were all killed by the same person or persons. Later that night, Harper is attacked when she leaves the hotel room.

Because this is a small town, outside help is brought in to help with the investigation. They insist Harper stick around. Soon Harper is convinced that there was more than one person in on the killings, yet the police arrest somebody and don't tell the towns people that they also believe there was more than one killer.

If you have read this series than you know that in the last book, Harper realized she had feelings for Tolliver. While their parents did marry – they are not biological brother and sister. This relationship intensifies in this book.

Why did I read this book?
I really liked the other books in the series and wanted to continue with it.

What I liked most:
I liked the paranormal aspect to it and the mystery behind it.

Was there something I didn't like?
Ok, while it doesn't bother me that Harper and Tolliver have feelings for each other (I get that they would say they were brother/sister and their parents were married – but they are not related biologically). However, that being said, I thought it was taken too far in this book. I didn't mind that they had sex in the book – rather it was how they talked about it and their language. It just wasn't necessary and turned me off. I don't mind sex in books but sometimes don't like how it's talked about. I mean they would talk about size and what not and it was just kinda gross. I don't know…just didn't fit with the book in my opinion. Have you read this book? What did you think – am I alone in my thoughts here or did you feel the same way?

Do I recommend the book?
I'm torn on this. Other than what I mentioned above, I did enjoy the book. I really do like Harper and Tolliver and find what they do interesting and think it makes for a great story. I do plan to read the next in the series (assuming there will be a next). In the past I have praised and highly recommended the other 2 in the series. I'm just torn on this one because of the sex talk.

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Have you reviewed this book on your blog? Leave me a comment to let me know and I'll link it below.

Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by……Kris


Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

I haven't read this series but have it sitting on Mt TBR. I've read the entire Sookie series though and loved it.

I know what you mean about tasteless language in books, I find it a lot and also think it's not needed.

Cathy said...

My review is here. The relationship between Tolliver and Harper doesn't bother me at all, but I didn't think the sex scenes were necessary at all.

Kris said...

Alaine - If you like the Sookie series - I bet you will like this one too.

Cathy - glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the link to your review - I know have it linked in my post. I did enjoy the story - but the sex scenes and talk weren't needed and turned me off. I'm with you - the relationship doesn't bother me, I just thought the way they talked about some of the stuff was weird.

Lisa said...

I've been holding off on this one, even though I have it in the TBR. I don't mind sex in books, but the brother/sister thing creeped me out in the last one (Even though they aren't REALLY.)

Ladytink_534 said...

The Tolliver relationship just icked me out. Sorry :( Still love Harris though!

Jess said...

I love this series. The relationship never bothered me and neither did the sex, I had read all the Sookies before this so I was pretty well versed in Harris's sex scenes. Can't wait for the new book to come out in October.

Kris said...

Jess - glad others, yourself included, weren't bothered by the sex scenes. It wasn't so much the scenes as the talk - not sure why it bothered me but it did.