Angel's Tip (Ellie Hatcher #2)
Fresh-faced Indiana college student Chelsea Hart is so excited to spend the final hours of her spring break in the VIP room of an elite New York City club that she remains behind when her girlfriends call it a night. The next morning, as her concerned friends anxiously pace their hotel lobby, joggers find Chelsea...more
I decided to read this book because I have heard many good things about the mysteries written by Alafair Burke’s father, James Lee Burke. Unfortunately, I found the experience rather disappointing. Ms. Burke seems to be a capable enough plotter, but this novel suffers from an excess of twists and some supremely laughable dialogue (for example, when asked if she went out the previous night, main character Ellie Hatcher responds “Nah, maybe back in my old skanky days. I k...more
Ellie Hatcher is a Manhattan South Homicide detective. Ellie is single and currently lives with her brother Jess. While out for a morning run the two discover the body of a young...more
If I didn’t say “typos”, I’d just say “enh”. The book had the elements of an entertaining murder mystery: dead bodies, hot female detective, possibility of a serial killer, discord within the investigative team, yada yada yada; but it just didn’t really deliver in an in...more
Ellie is jogging and comes upon a body of a young woman, who had come to Manhattan on college break.
The woman has had her face mutilated and her hair cut off.
Ellie is a new detective in the homicide unit, attempting to make her way in a male dominated world. The investigation slows and a tip comes in from the hot line that another victim, Robbie Harrington was murdered in the same fashion in 2000.
Ellie, JJ, Ellie's brother, Jess, and the rest of the characters are believable. The villain evokes fear. Burke is a master of plot, and this one does not disappoint. How...more
Ellie is an interesting character committed to her profession. Burke describes her well; makes her human, along with her partner Rogan. I like Ellie much better than I did Samantha Kincaid, but I don't remember why (it's been a while since I last read a Kincaid book). Ellie & Rogan seem well-paired as partners, making fast progress (too fast?) to a level of trust that's a bit hard to imagine when the partnership has barely begun. But they are both straight forward people who don't seem to pl...more
Angel's Tip by Alafair Burke is a thriller with tons of twists and turns. While the reader is...more
There are some places in the book that I had to re-read two or three times, particularly dialogue, to make sense of what was being said. Too frequently, although th...more
Detective Ellie Hatcher is taking her morning run with her brother when, at 5:30 a.m., they come across a body, a pretty young woman, with her hair shorn off, many cuts to her body and strangled. Because Ellie was the first on the scene, it became her case along with her partner’s. Ellie has only been a homicide detective for a week and isn’t well liked in the homicide unit bec...more
As the first detective on the scene, Ellie takes charge. Her find, her case. She calls her new partner, J.J. Rogan, and together they begin to put together the pieces of this seemingly random crime. Attractive college girl, in...more
Ellie gets her first big case since joining the squad, when she goes out for a run with her brother Jess, and they come across a dead body of a young woman. She turns out to be a college student from Indiana, who went to New York with h...more
I couldn't forgive the scene when the lead investigator walks into a NYC hotel (with 2000 rooms) and "runs" into the victim's worried girlfriends. Yikes, that was just bad acting, and all within the first 35 pages.
I also require more than one plot string. Needless to say, this book was dull and flat. Simply not enough story happen...more
(This sucking in could be partially because it caught me at a time when I am susceptible to New York nostalgia, and it made me want to move back to New York, so I can once again go out in the meatpacking district and shake my head at people who pay hundreds of dollars for bottle service while I hypocritically do not turn down their hospitality.)
I read this on my Kindle for PC (...more
This book picks up about a month after the first one (Dead Connection). Ellie has returned from Kansas where she was interviewed by Dateline about the mystery surrounding her father's death-a mystery that will undoubtedly continue for...more
SETTING: New York
SERIES: #2 of 2
A group of young women from Indiana are just about to return home after some time vacationing in New York City. For their final night in the City, they decide to party at a club called Pulse. When her friends are ready to leave, Chelsea Hart decides she'd like to stay a little longer. She's been drinking too much, but having such a great time that she wants to make the evening last as long as possible. That turned out...more
A young collage woman is missing after a night bar-hopping with her friends in New York City. Her body is found severely mutilated. As Detective Ellie Hatcher, investigates, she finds similar murders in the past..
This was another sociopathic serial killer who attacks young women, mutilates them, keeps a souvenir and gets off on it. The protago...more
Ellie Hatcher is one of the first to find Chelsea when she and her brother Jess are out for a morning run....more
It was difficult in trying to rate this...more