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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  805 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Murray, a loner who communes with the dead in the town cemetery, hears the voice of a murdered cheerleader and tries to convince the adults that he knows what happened to her. But who believes him? He's a loser. Can he even believe in himself? Also comes Pearl, the daughter of the cemetery caretaker, who befriends Murray and tries to enter his world. Together they may prov ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Roaring Brook Press
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Mar 28, 2009 Thomas rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This book had great potenial, but the execution lacked a bit. The story was interesting, but never had any true strong points and there never seemed to be a climax to me. The characters were okay, I liked a few more than others. Sometimes I felt as if the story could've done without a few of the characters, and by the end I think the author was ignoring certain characters that really didn't pertain to the story at all. While the book was good enough to keep me reading, the ending did dissapoint ...more
Sep 22, 2010 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Booktalk: Murray Kiefer is a loner with a weird name and a disaster of a mother. His real friends are at the cemetery. He sits at their graves and listens to the dead tell him their stories, and they listen to him. But now he hears a new voice crying out, asking for help, asking to be found. While Murray tries to find out who is calling to him so desparately, Deputy Sheriff Gates is on his own quest, searching for a missing teenager, searching for a killer.

Dead Connection has a supernatural bent
Oct 18, 2010 Theresa rated it 1 of 5 stars
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Lacy Lovelace
It definitely was not what I expected. It was a murder mystery taken from the perspective of 6 people. The boy in the book was kind of a clairovoyant who could communicate with the deceased and considered a few as family since his mother was not involved. He befriends the caretaker, Jenochek, and his daughter, Pearl, and their friendship takes them on an adventure to find out..."What happened to Nikki Parker?" All the while a police officer, Gates, is working on the Nikki Parker case with the he ...more
Try reading something different, I said. It's only $3 I said. That was $3 too much.

I was intrigued by the description, and if that indeed had been the actual book, it could have got 3 stars. But the description lied. The kid talking to the dead bit was *maybe* 20% of the book. The rest was from other perspectives about this investigation. And as investigations go, it was shoddy at best. Most of the time, I was just wondering what anything had to do with anything and the further I got into the bo
Dead Connection is unique to anything I have ever read before in many aspects, I don't believe I have ever read a book with a male character being able to communicate with the dead before, nor do I believe I have read a book that has been told from the perspective of so many characters. Of course, none of these diminish the story surprisingly. Generally, with so many characters the story becomes lost, however, I found Murray to be a particularly interesting and somewhat captivating character. He ...more
This book wasn't what I expected. The cover says, "He talks to the dead. The dead talk to him." I thought it would be more of a story about Murray, the kid they are talking about on the cover. But it really reads more like an episode of Law and Order. There was a crime committed, and the story jumps around from place to place and person to person to put the pieces together to solve the mystery. I guess I was hoping for more of a story about a boy who finds he has this talent/curse and must find ...more
Rowen Satell
Sep 12, 2015 Rowen Satell rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like boring things
Shelves: blah
Plucked this book off my sister's bookshelf and was really disappointed. I was worried the book would be a little cheesy/cliché because of the blurb but overall it was immensely boring and poorly delivered.
The idea was cool. A kid who talks to dead people and is friends with some of the younger deceased.

Quickly though things went downhill for me in the book. For those of you like myself who read the blurb and think the story follows Murray and him alone - I'm here to tell you it doesn't. In fa
Dhanna Soriano
At first, it seems a puzzle that you need to solve in order to understand the flow of the story. But as I went further and put the pieces together, I surely understand the story but it takes time haha and the ending satisfy me :D
Ron Giesecke
I love my "connection" to this inugural book. Maybe it's because I live in "Riverton," or that my father is actually buried in the cemetary used for the book's backdrop. I don't know.

Anyway, I just finished this book this morning. I hopped on my bike and rode the four blocks to the cemetary (as I do from time to time, anyways). I walked through the place, taking a different impression of it than I have before. I felt fortunate that I was able to picture much of what was described in actual, tang
Really this is more like a 3.5 stars novel.

Characters are great, and varied. The biggest issue I had was the major plot twist at the very end.
All in all, pretty standard Who Done It novel. Girl goes missing, sheriff finds info from an unreliable source, vague coincidences, with a splash of "Oh yeah, this boy can talk to dead people".
Every chapter is told from a different point of view, switching between Murray, Janochek (the cemetery groundskeeper), Billup (an alcoholic law officer), Gates (t
Jan 18, 2015 Drucilla rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Actual rating: 3.75 stars. This book just missed a four star rating. I liked that it was so different from your standard "kid speaks to dead people" plot. Murray and what he can do aren't really the focus of the book. It feels more like a character study of people who just happen to be tied together by a girl's disappearance. There were so many great characters. The reason it doesn't quite get four stars is because (view spoiler) ...more
Lyn Sidek
This book is written in all the characters' point of views. So, technically this story doesn't exactly circle around Murray but around the girl who went missing (Nikki). This is because every characyer in the story -in a way- played a role in solving the mystery about the missing girl. However, along thw way, some characters get more and more irrelevant to the story. Readers are given a background on every character, except the murderer. There was no way for any reader to have suspected the righ ...more
This suspenseful little book uses different perspectives, short chapters, and a riveting story to hold your attention. Nikki Parker has been missing since October 17th, and the police have few leads. A number of people may have seen her, but only one of them can actually hear her voice from beyond the grave. Murray has been coming to the cemetery for a long time now, to commune with his dead friends – he doesn’t really have any others. Then one day he hears a new voice – a frightening one, Nikki ...more
Natasha Yim
This book has a great premise—a young boy who can hear and talk to the dead. Murray is a bit of a loner with an unstable and lonely home life. His mother's an alcoholic prostitute parading a string of men/clients in and out of the home, so Murray retreats to the cemetery where he finds solace amongst the dead. He hears and talks to them and keeps them "company". Until one day, he hears another voice...a new voice...that no one seems to know. And, along with his friend, Pearl, embarks on a missio ...more
The book "Dead Connection" by Charlie Price is a more of a comedy book rather than horror. This book rotate around two different story first is a boy named Murray whom is able to talk to the dead. Second is about a Deputy Gates who is looking for a missing girl on a school ground. I think that book is not a very good book due to the fact that it is very confusing. There are far too many character in this book. In the beginnning there are atleast 8 character. Also the order that this story go is ...more
Lori Spadea
This was a great read! It was interesting the way the chapters were organized. Each chapter introduced a new character at the beginning. That created some suspense,for me, about how they were all going to be related and woven together. Murray was an interesting character. I didn't know what to make of him at first. He had a terrible home life and I wasn't sure if he could really hear the dead, or if there was something psychological going on. Well, turns out he can talk to the dead. He hangs out ...more
This book is about a mystery involving four main characters. The first main character is Murray, a teenage boy in high school who is a loner and spends his time at a cemetery "I think of myself as the comforter. That's what I want on my stone." (Price, page 4). The second main character is Gates who is the deputy Sierra County Sheriff's Department with a dead son and an ex-wife and just got a case on a missing teenage girl "He was familiar with sorrow" (Price, page 6). Next is a young man who i ...more
Reflection By Seth Rohm
Dead Connection
By: Charlie Price
Genre: Mystery
English 12-4

I like this book because i enjoy reading about mysteries and how all the curves and twists come together making a roller coaster of emotion throughout the book. All this excitement happens in a small hill town called River-town. It starts off with a young, nerdy man named Murray. What Murray does is hangs out in the local cemetery of River-town. He has a secret that will be explained in the book in a series of even
Jennifer Wardrip
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Murray is an outcast, who talks to the dead. He visits the cemetery every day to talk to his friends. He stays away from most living people until he meets Pearl, the graveyard caretaker's daughter. She finds him strange, but is also drawn to him.

One afternoon, Murray hears a new voice. While he can hear her and sense her presence, he can't see her or talk to her. Meanwhile, the town scrambles to find out what happened to Nikki, a missing cheerlead
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Shirley Worley
I found this book to be quite unusual in its style of writing and a little different from what I usually read, but I loved it and found it to be a quick read. There are several entertwining characters in the story and for the most part each chapter revolves around one character. Murray, the main character, is shy, awkward and because of a troubling home life, spends much of his time in the cemetary listening and talking to the dead. He eventually becomes friends with the caretakers daughter and ...more
If you enjoy a good mystery, Dead Connection will not dissapoint you. The book is being told from the perspective of several character's perspective but mainly centers around a boy named Murray who has the unique ability to bring comfort to the dead in the local "cemetery." Murray is an outcast in his town, since his mother has a less than perfect reputation with the towns folk (once she was arrested for prostitution. A local girl goes missing and there are several characters (cops) who are seek ...more
This book is told from different perspectives; that of a teen named Murray who hangs out in the cemetery talking to the ghosts there. Another is a policeman trying to solve the case of a missing teenage girl. The next is that of a troubled young man who has committed some minor crimes and can't remember things very well. A few other characters also take turns telling the story from their perspective, helping to move the plot along and solve the pieces of the mystery. The style of the writing kin ...more
This is Charlie Price's debut novel and I have to admit that I'm impressed. The novel follows 6 separate characters to show us vastly different points of view. There's Murray Kiefer who talks to the dead, Pearl Janochek who finds out his secret and vows to help him, Pearl's father who is the caretaker of the cemetery Murray frequents, Deputy Roman Gates who has made it his mission to find out what happened to poor Nikki Parker, Mister Robert Barry Compton who is a schizophrenic with a hard time ...more
Oct 09, 2007 Ozimandias rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens/ Simple Stories
This book certainly has a good premise. A boy who talks to people in cemetaries, and can envision them. He hears a cry coming from the graves, and the book is off. The problem is that it is off in many directions and everything gets glossed over. I think the problem is that the author feels the need to put in characters that are superfluous to the plot to throw us off the track, but in the end, those pages are wastes of time, especially since the book is 225 pages. The main character Murray is l ...more
Karen C
Dead Connection is a really interesting horror book about Murray and his wierd addiction. :/ Murray is not like other teenagers, unlike other teenagers Murray spends most of his time at a cementary talking to his dead friends and other people hes met along the way. In the bigining of the book Murray is tortured in school by some awful bullies the only thing he does to calm himself down is communicating with dead people. Towards the middle of the book, Murray finds a friend who is the cementaries ...more
Jolene Dretzka
It's a good story, it reminds me a little of Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book", but instead it has a murder mystery & the boy doesn't live in the cemetery. The story is also told from each main characters viewpoint, so each chapter bounces back & forth between first person character accounts. I still enjoyed it & would read it again.
Thoroughly unlikeable characters, too much sexual violence (though mercifully nothing too graphic), and an ending so abrupt I went looking for ripped out pages. I nearly put the book down after the first chapter because the teenage girl's dialogue was so unbelievable, but I hung on out of boredom and morbid fascination (appropriate, no?). I came away feeling like I needed a shower; a sense of hopelessness permeates this book, no one gets anywhere or ends in a better place. The author seemed to d ...more
As a avid reader of many books, I found this one as a sweet surprise.

I rate things like candy. Chocolate covered caramel is the highest I can give while that cheap disgusting excuse called chocolate would have to be the lowest. I give this one a Dove chocolate rating.

It was different, and that I liked. I was disappointed that it wasn't a psychic mystery novel, but more of a novel that focused on relationships, mental problems and addictions with the murder of a girl thrown in there.

I do recom
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