A core mystery running through the Grave series has been the fate of Harper Connelly's long-missing sister Cameron. In the fourth installment, that question
is confronted -- with devastating consequences. The evolving relationship between Harper and stepbrother Tolliver continues to be the heart of a series that often is about the darkness of souls. It's riveting from beginning to end!
For once Harper and Tolliver are able to combine a visit to their sisters in northern Texas with a paying job. Lizzie and Kate Joyce want Harper to read their grandfather's grave to know how he died. But another grave nearby causes some consternation. Harper reveals that Mariah Parish died in childbirth, when everyone was told it was a burst appendix. Soon after Harper and Tolliver visit their young half-sisters Mariella and Gracie, never dreaming of the danger stalking them. First Tolliver is shot, then a cop standing next to Harper is gunned down. Who is trying to kill Harper and why? The twisted trail leads to the past and devastating revelations. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Nov., 320 pp., $24.95)