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Precinct 13

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,212 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
Recent college grad Alex Conner is thrilled to have landed a job as the Hughes County coroner/medical examiner in Pierre, South Dakota. But when her first day on the job ends with a missing corpse, Alex starts to wonder if she would have been better off collecting unemployment...

When the cops made some cryptic comments about being careful with the body they brought in, Al
Trade Paperback, 308 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley Trade
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Kate Phoenix
Most certainly a book and author to watch out for. I can't wait to see if this will stay a standalone or turn into a series.
FV Angela
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Precinct 13 is the first book in a new adult urban fantasy series by Tate Hallaway, according to the author's website, and categorized as Paranormal Romance by Berkely. I would say this book leans more urban fantasy than paranormal romance. As Tate Hallaway is a new to me author, I didn't know exactly what to expect, the blurb sounded interesting and I'm always open to anything in the urban fantasy and paranormal genres.

When we meet
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 17, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Precinct 13 is funny, full of wit, and refreshing.

Opening Sentence: I never dreamed of being a coroner.

The Review:

I’m new to Tate Hallaway as an author, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The cover is interesting with the many faded symbols all throughout the background. The blurb on the cover, under the title, says “The dead have tales to tell. And sometimes they just won’t shut up.” I knew I was going to enjoy this, and that Hallaway would t
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Precinct 13 is a nifty combination of urban fantasy and police procedural, quite a pleasant surprise for someone who adores both like I do. Running from her old life, Alex gets a job as Hughes County medical examiner and becomes even more involved in the very thing she fought so hard to run away from – anything and everything supernatural. On her new job, she is forced to work with Precinct 13, a special police division in charge of all paranormal crimes. Alex questions everything about this, es ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Marisa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Brandy
Un libro muy, muy entretenido, con todos los tópicos de la magia pero de una manera muy "mundana", incluidos los prejuicios y la división entre buenos y malos en la comunidad mágica. Una investigación policíaca bastante decente, una protagonista bastante sensata y que no es "super-woman" y una escritura muy entretenida y divertida en algunos casos (en absoluto de risas, de sonrisa por detalles, que es lo que más me gusta).Espero que sea una serie y por los menos siga con otro libro, y sepamos al ...more
Aug 25, 2012 Marsha rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Adults
(2.5 Stars) When I first read the summary for "Precinct 13" it sounded like a book I could truly enjoy. The overall concept was intriguing and had such potential; unfortunately, the book proved to be a mediocre read for me.

Alex Conner's roommate Robert has bet her to run for office as coroner in Pierre, South Dakota. This is an elected office and the previous coroner was outsted for corruption. So, Alex places her name in the hat for the $60k a year job and actually wins the election. Her first
Jul 12, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok
Precinct 13 is a Paranormal Romance by Tate Hallaway from Berkley Trade.


Recent college grad Alex Conner is thrilled to have landed a job as the Hughes County coroner/medical examiner in Pierre, South Dakota. But when her first day on the job ends with a missing corpse, Alex starts to wonder if she would have been better off collecting unemployment...

When the cops made some cryptic comments about being careful with the body they brought in, Alex just thought the boys in blue were messing wi
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Zombies/Vampires/Werwolves/Fae
RECEIVED: Received for review from Penguin

Precinct 13 I found to be a huge bundle of fun and a great new urban fantasy series that includes every kind of paranormal being there is. I haven’t read anything by Tate Hallaway yet, but if this series continues I’m definitely going to get the next book. I loved the characters, humor and really interesting plot.

Precinct 13 follows Alex, who made a be
Aug 09, 2012 Stacy rated it liked it
Alex is nominated to be the Hughes County Coroner on a dare. She hasn't had a crazy life so far so when her very first day on the job a corpse gets up and walks away she isn't quite sure how crazy she actually is.

Alex had a great personality and was fun to read about. There was a lot of times where Alex mentioned her past or a past event but they were only hinted at or slightly mentioned and it would have been nice to know the details of stuff that affected her so much. I felt like I missed a bo
Aug 03, 2012 Kt rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Through a funny set of circumstances, Alex Conner finds herself in a new job as the Hughes County Coroner. Considering there hasn't been any murders in the area for over two years, Alex thinks she's in for an easy paycheck. But those ideals quickly go out the window when a corpse comes in with a cryptic warning about magic. With Alex's troubled past involving magic and the psychiatric ward, she thinks she's become the brunt of a nasty joke,
Heather Book Savvy Babe
With a reluctant heroine, a colorful cast, and supernatural occurrences taking over, Precinct 13 is an paranormal read that urban fantasy readers will not want to miss.

Alex Connor has been convinced that something is wrong with her. She has always been able to “see things,” but after lots of therapy, medications, and moving to a small South Dakota town, Alex thought she could finally leave her past behind. She begins her new job as the coroner, and once she experiences her first case where the d

The bag dropped suddenly to the ground when the breeze shifted. There was something eerie about it, that was certain. But was it magic? Jack had told me that I'd been seeing magic my whole life, but had been told not to talk about it. In effect, I'd been trained not to see, not to believe.

The bag skittered along the ground. Like some kind of strange, urban animal, it scooted behind the corner of the building, out of sight.

I decided there was definitely something creepy and weird about
Jul 17, 2012 Candace rated it it was amazing
First of all, lets get the genre label cleared up. My copy of the book is labeled as a paranormal romance, but I can tell you that this reads much more like an urban fantasy. The one thing (for me) that differentiates the two is paranormal romance has sex. Well, more descriptions of it anyway. And while we know that there IS sex in the book we see none of it. For me that's a good thing, I like UF better than PNR. However, there is romance and I assure you, you'll do plenty of swooning! And this ...more
Ornella (Nyx)
Aug 12, 2012 Ornella (Nyx) rated it really liked it
Shelves: stand-alone
Ah, such a refreshing book. It had action, romance, a SMART MC, not like those ditzy Mc's you see so much, where they are supposed to be smart yet they miss the most obvious things. Plot actually moved along quite nicely, the only Duh! moment was what Valentine was, but she still knew she just didn't really want to accept it. I really liked how she got over he denial of magic in a timely fashion, she didn't spend most of the book whining about all her insecurities. But it wasn't like she was mag ...more
2.5 stars. Ok paranormal romance about a woman who moves to Pierre, South Dakota, to get away from an "unhealthy influence" who'd encouraged her "delusions" that magic was real. After she gets elected as coroner, she discovers maybe she isn't quite as delusional as she thought... This book seemed to be trying to cram in an awful lot of plot and subsequently felt like it was all over the place.
Apr 28, 2016 Simone rated it liked it
Everything was a soooo convenient, the MC figured out everything even though she has zero experience as a detective. I even thought this would end with her waking from a coma or something like that to justify the convenient plot. 3 stars because it's still entertaining.
Jasmine Lopez
Apr 09, 2014 Jasmine Lopez rated it did not like it
Completely forgettable. It was on my bookshelf and I thought, hmm I should read that, but as I was reading I realized I'd read it before. The characters are really flat. The main character has been taking anti psychotics because she can see magic in the world and has been through horrible things. When she discovers that magic is real and she's not crazy, she has a moment of confusion, but then she just goes for it. There's no lasting angst or internal conflict or resolution. It's just bland. The ...more
Sep 10, 2012 Mara rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3 1/2
I admit I wasn't sure this was a book for me. But I was pleasantly surprised by it. Yes, it is light, but it never became fluffy or silly (in other words, I never thought of chick lit :).

I loved Alex's voice and the world/characters surrounding her. I loved that she already has a lover, so there's no romance to dilute the plot.

On a side note: when did ebook started costing this much? One of the reason I wasn't sure I was going to buy this book is the price. 10 bucks for an (almost) unknown
Mar 05, 2015 Leslie rated it liked it
Fun and easy to read. The premise of a medical examiner who investigates the unusual circumstances surrounding the small town is enjoyable. The plot twists are obviously foreshadowed in the book, so I knew what was coming long before it occurred. The main character is a little silly at times but is overall likeable.

I didn't realize this was a romance book when I ordered it from the library, and likely wouldn't have gotten had I known. The romance is cute but nothing titillating occurs mere soft
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
May 30, 2015 Rachel- Goodbye Borders rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Enjoyable lead and secondary characters. It got a little rushed at the end, but I liked the world this was set in. Easily would have worked as a series (this is a stand alone).
Aug 14, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: paranormal fans
Recommended to Emily by: Ben Shaw
In a paranormal kitchen, everything was thrown in except the sink. We're talking: necromancer, witches, zombies, fairies, werewolf/vampire hybrid, and a more other paranormal realm.

This was a fast and fun read, though. I really liked the m.c. Alex. Her potty mouth actually had me laughing quite a bit.

There was some romance, but not a ton. This book really focused more on the paranormal aspect. It was kind of like X-Files meets CSI meets Buffy. You have an unexpected chick who ends
I really enjoyed this! It had lots of things I go for: magic, strong female characters, excitement, drama, and, most importantly plenty of humour.

Alex is the perfect combination of strong, kick-ass heroine, and slightly messed up troubled girl. She deals with her problems through action, and in this case those actions get her enough trouble to keep anyone occupied for a good long while.

The supporting characters in this are a bit outside the norm for paranormal fiction, both in species, and in b
Dec 11, 2015 Lillie rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Everything about it was spot on: the plot, the characters, the dialogue, even the main character's (Alex's) internal ramblings were entertaining. They revealed a lot about herself piece by piece as the story progressed which i liked. The side characters were the best part by far of the story though; they all had their quirky, fun personalities- even the more grumpy characters were interesting. Not once was I bored reading this book.



The thing keeping me from giving
This book was better than I expected. I had never read anything by this author, who usually writes romance, but this was well-done and funny, with a different take on the paranormal cop/PI genre (sci fi or fantasy with cops/PIs combines my favorite types of fiction).

Alex Connor is elected coroner in Pierre SD (trivia, pronounced Peer there, which the book doesn't mention, or maybe I missed it). She is performing an autopsy when "something" happens.

Between her backstory (view spoiler)
Sep 04, 2014 Lokki rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
PRECINCT 13 is a cute medical examiner meets police procedural mash-up urban fantasy. Due to it's lighter approach and mild romantic elements, the publisher bills it as a paranormal romance, but quite frankly it's a little too PG-14 for that genre. What it is though, is a light, entertaining read.

The story centres on Alex, a med-school drop-out who made a bet with her best friend and suddenly finds herself working as the new county coroner in Pierre, South Dakota. Little does she know that her n
Jun 18, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe it took me so long to read this story, and now I’m so glad I finally did. I loved Alex Conner and her reactions to the strange things occurring in the small town of Pierre, South Dakota. She has relocated there from Chicago to get a fresh start after being told she was mentally ill for thinking magic existed. Of course with a demon for a stepmother and seeing trolls under bridges, it wasn’t hard to convince her she had mental problems. After being elected the county coroner in Pi ...more
Stephanie  G
Aug 16, 2012 Stephanie G rated it really liked it
Alex Connor gets a job in a small town as a corner. She moved there after some trouble with her father and stepmother. It isn’t long before one of the bodies that is brought in gets up and walks away during an autopsy. Not knowing what else to do, she reports it and is pointed to Precinct 13. There she discovers that paranormal problems are very real, and she might be more of a part of them than she bargained for.

Precinct 13 is a mystery kind of Urban Fantasy. It stands out due to its dark humor
Dangerous Romance Book Reviews
Aug 17, 2012 Dangerous Romance Book Reviews rated it really liked it
Recent college grad Alex Conner is thrilled to have landed a job as the Hughes County coroner/medical examiner in Pierre, South Dakota. But when her first day on the job ends with a missing corpse, Alex starts to wonder if she would have been better off collecting unemployment...

When the cops made some cryptic comments about being careful with the body they brought in, Alex just thought the boys in blue were messing with her. That is, until something freaky happens that no amount of med school c
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

PRECINCT 13 is a funny medical examiner meets police procedural mash-up all wrapped up in an urban fantasy bow. Right from the start, Alex’s engaging voice draws readers into her world. She’s a little crazy in a Sookie Stackhouse sort of way due to the fact that she thought she was crazy her whole life. She’s always seen things that shouldn’t–couldn’t be real. Now in a new town, with a new job, away from a boyfriend who was ‘enabling’ her delusions, Ale
Book Binge
Feb 05, 2013 Book Binge rated it really liked it
Alex Conner is liking her new job as county coroner in Pierre, South Dakota but she's a bit more than bored. It's been 3 weeks and she's not had a body yet. When the cops do bring in a body she's told not break the rib cage while doing the autopsy which of course is impossible. Actually one of the cops mentions magic as well but since Alex has, as she puts it, a complicated relationship with magic she chooses to ignore the cop. As she's doing the autopsy not only is she attacked by a snake that ...more
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A Scorpio with a Leo Rising, Tate Hallaway is an amateur astrologer and practicing Witch. Tate has been a fan of vampire fiction since she first read Poppy Z. Brite in high school. Her first short fiction acceptance was to a vampire ‘zine called Nocturnal Ecstasy Vampire Coven. Tate lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with three black cats.

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