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Dead Connection (Ellie Hatcher Series #1)

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Great mystery

Being a NYPD rookie, Kansas transplant Ellie Hatcher works the boring minor leagues of inconsequential robberies unless of course you are the victim. However, her break to the majors occurs when she is assigned as the partner of charismatic Homicide Detective Flann McI...
Being a NYPD rookie, Kansas transplant Ellie Hatcher works the boring minor leagues of inconsequential robberies unless of course you are the victim. However, her break to the majors occurs when she is assigned as the partner of charismatic Homicide Detective Flann McIlroy who investigates the murder of Louisiana expatriate Amy Davis. The veteran sleuth believes a serial killer murdered Amy the brass disagrees but stays out of the way of Flann who has a higher than norm completion record in spite of the worst case assignments. His theory and the police scoffing at it hits personally home to Ellie, who believes her father, a Wichita cop, was slain killed by a serial killer he was investigating but his brass says otherwise.--------------- The only clue found on the victim apparently was placed there by the culprit. It leads the sleuths to FirstDate Internet dating. They quickly realize the FirstDate connection includes the murdered last year on this day Caroline Hunter. Ellie and Flann begin to look into the lives of other deceased females who died under similar circumstances. The FBI notices their efforts and Agent Charlie Dixon tries to end their investigation, which only encourages Flann and Ellie to dig deeper while their murderous felon switch MO to mimic her father¿s killer.------------- Flann and Ellie make a delightful pairing as a media seeking veteran and a shy rookie work a psychopathic serial killer case that both knows will haunt them long after they are finished. The FBI causing roadblocks is not new, but fans will not care as this cat and mouse encounter switches roles to the delight of the audience. Initially the cops are the felines and the predator the rodent, but once the culprit realizes Ellie is on the case, he becomes the feline and she (and her partner) the rodents. This is a terrific New York police procedural.------------- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This book is ok, but it is the details that keep in from being g

This book is ok, but it is the details that keep in from being great. As an example that won't be a spoiler - the detective is from the Midwest, living in NYC, but drinks Pittsburgh-based Rolling Rock Beer
. Doesn't fit her persona or the story line. Besides the small...
This book is ok, but it is the details that keep in from being great. As an example that won't be a spoiler - the detective is from the Midwest, living in NYC, but drinks Pittsburgh-based Rolling Rock Beer
. Doesn't fit her persona or the story line. Besides the small (many) details that could have been fine tuned, it is an good easy read. Not as intriguing as Lisa Unger or Tammi Hoag, and not as fun as Sandra Balzo or Shelly Fredman's crime/mystery books.

posted by EurekaDB on January 7, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    GOOD read

    keeps you interested.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Engrossing

    I was skeptical. Thought Alafair was trading on her father's name. She's still a novice, but she has created an intriguing story with interesting characters both of which show promise for this series. I'm looking forward to reading her next to see how she and the series evolve.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    Definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. I

    Definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. I thought I had it figured our but was surprised in the end. There are many angels that you have to keep track of for when they come together in the end. I enjoyed the development of the characters, they are believable and either likeable or not. It is on the clean side with some strong language from the shadier characters. Just a touch of romance – really just a relationship. It was a quick fun read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

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    Excellent tale

    Ellie Hatcher is a memorable and funny heroine, and this creepy, and thrilling tale should intrigue anyone, but especially readers who use Facebook! I look forward to reading Burke's next, 212.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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