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Angel's Tip (Ellie Hatcher #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  2,013 Ratings  ·  225 Reviews
In a city full of victims . . . it's hard to choose just one.

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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Harper (first published 2008)
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Lewis Weinstein
Dec 23, 2013 Lewis Weinstein rated it it was amazing
A terrific read ... great plot, tension, detecting, and an interesting group of characters. What more could you ask for in a crime thriller?
Dec 04, 2013 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Spring break in New York for three girls from Indiana couldn’t start out more exciting nor end more tragically. Chelsea Hart, Stephanie Hyder and Jordan McLaughlin are best friends and plan to spend their last night in New York checking out all the clubs. Two girls survive the night but for one it will be her last night.

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
Gregory Baird
Dec 29, 2014 Gregory Baird rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: James Patterson fans
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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
Mar 20, 2014 J.R. rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Just beginning her career as a homicide detective, Ellie Hatcher and her brother Jess are among joggers who discover the mutilated body of a young college student.

Hatcher and her partner J. J. Rogan are assigned the case. They discover the girl had been on spring break with two friends from the Midwest and separated from them at a trendy club. It isn’t long before the last man the victim was with becomes the prime suspect.

Despite compelling evidence and the certainty of her colleagues and the pr
Dec 21, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
I think the author has a good, solid writing style, the characters are realistic and the plot was anything but predictable. After reading two of the books in the Ellie Hatcher series, I can definitely say that I will read the rest of this series, and more from this author. I would recommend that others do the same!
May 27, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
The second in a series of police procedurals starring a female homicide detective. Much more realistic in terms of the main characters actions than the first in the series. Good story, interesting ending.
Amanda McGill
Jul 18, 2016 Amanda McGill rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, 2016
Gripping novel that I couldn't put down!

Angel's Tip is the 2nd novel in the Ellie Hatcher series. I would recommend reading the novels in order since this novel did speak about events that happened in the 1st book.

Even though Ellie Hatcher brought down the bad guy in the first novel, she still needs to prove herself to the NYPD that she isn't just a pretty face that the media enjoys showing. While out for her morning run with her brother, Jess, they stumble upon a body of a teenager girl who w
Jennifer Jaynes
Jul 03, 2015 Jennifer Jaynes rated it really liked it
First title of hers. Will definitely read more.
May 22, 2010 Maddy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
PROTAGONIST: Detective Ellie Hatcher
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
Jan 20, 2015 Hobart rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
The way that Dead Connection ended, I figured this one would be Ellie going back home for a while, and was pleased to see I was wrong. I really appreciated the way that Burke fed us details on Ellie's trip to Kansas to investigate her father's death in bits and pieces rather than in one big dump of information somewhere along the way and/or a novel-length tale. I'm sure at some point we will get a lot more time and attention paid to that story, but for now, I'm satisfied keeping the focus on E ...more
Heather Hopkins Roberts
Sep 01, 2016 Heather Hopkins Roberts rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Heather by: Alafair Burke
Angel's Tip by Alafair Burke is her second Ellie Hatcher novel. For the second in a series it is a remarkably well written and detail oriented book. Often, as the reader we have a good idea who the "bad guy" is, yet, this one kept me guessing. (For those who this surprises, it was well written, it IS a mystery, and I do not read mystery novels trying to solve them first...seriously who does that?)
I loved the character development, having not read book 1 and getting a deal on this one via Amazon
Stephen Tremp
Oct 15, 2010 Stephen Tremp rated it really liked it
main character, Ellie Hatcher, is a likeable and believable character. She’s a straight shooter who can do things the easy way or the hard way. Regardless, she’ll get results. She’s smart, tough, aggressive, calculated, and pretty darn hot. But she also likes to drink Margaritas with friends and relax.I liked the chemistry with her brother Jess and new partner JJ Rogan. I appreciated the balance as its no fun to have a completely wound up protagonist. The minor characters were engaging and fun ...more
Mar 25, 2009 Carey rated it really liked it
When new homocide detective Ellie Hatcher takes her usual early morning jog with her brother, Jess, they stumble right over a murder victim. Chelsea Hart, a beautiful blond Indiana college student, has been dumped there in East River Park with her hair weirdly chopped off.

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
Kara Jorges
Dec 20, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it
Detective Ellie Hatcher catches a homicide one morning while she’s out jogging in the park with her brother/roommate Jess. They find the murdered and mutilated body of 19-year-old college student Chelsea Hart from Indiana. Chelsea and her friends had come to Manhattan for spring break, and Chelsea disappeared on her last night in town after partying it up in a VIP room with some yuppies. All the evidence points to the last man to see her alive, obnoxiously coiffed Jake Myers, but when Ellie ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
This second book in the Ellie Hatcher series is remarkable for the vicious "Barber of Manhattan." Bodies begin to line Hatcher'a path as she and partner, J.J. Rogan strengthen their bond as NYPD detectives in seeking the killer of young, blonde women who stay out too late and don't go home when their friends warn them to do so.

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
First Sentence: The man leaned forward on his stool to make room for a big-boned redhead who was reaching for the two glass of pinot grigio she’d ordered.

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
Sep 17, 2008 Lara rated it it was ok
If I had to describe my experience with this book in one word, I would say “typos”. Oy. I hope I’m not getting an editor in trouble with that, but it’s the truth. Hell, at one point, there was even a mix-up with a character name.

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
Alan Mills
Nov 22, 2014 Alan Mills rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-crime
Wow! Talk about a page turner, lots of twists and bodies. Sex and drugs and rock and roll. Also, an interesting main character (Ellie Hatcher) and enigmatic partner (seems 100% straight shooter! but has too much money for a cop).

Young Indiana University student on Spring break in New York city stays out late at a dance club, gets wasted, and is found the next morning murdered. As bodies pile up, the killer appears to focus on Ellie--is she the target? Or just being taunted? Or is it in her mind?
Dec 08, 2015 Berit rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by this author, so obviously the first book I have read in the series. I thought it was very good and very interesting. A definite police procedural, with some twists and turns. I really didn't know who the bad guy was until the very end, and was actually a bit surprised. Ellie was very likable and realistic as character, I think this was actually true of all the characters in this book. I will definitely read another book in the series, hopefully sooner than ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Msjodi777 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2016, june-2016
This is the second book in the Ellie Hatcher series, and while there was quite a bit of reference to what happened in the last book, it was not distracting enough to detract from the story. All in all the plot was interesting, the characters are likeable, and the story moved along at a good pace. Eliza Foss' narration was excellent. <><
Oct 29, 2012 Wilson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid, straight-forwardly told American crime thriller with a female lead character, who may lack a little in personality but makes up for it with some good quips. The author is not attempting to replicate James Lee Burke's unique style, but she settles in nicely as a lightweight companion to Michael Connelly, and his novels.
Dec 03, 2013 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story had a well thought out plot, although not crazy about the brutal murder of young women--and love the team of Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan!! Ellie is one smart cookie and is able to piece the case together in the end. Just an OK "listen" for me--6 out of 10 on this one.
Sep 06, 2014 Niki rated it really liked it
Good book! Just enough plot twists and turns to keep things really interesting without delving into the confusing and absurd. This is my third Alafair Burke book and I look forward to reading more! She always has interesting plots in her books, and I love her writing style.
Oct 23, 2008 Natalie rated it really liked it
Enjoyable contemporary detective thriller. I was guessing up until the last second, mostly incorrectly. =)
Sue Coggan
Oct 26, 2016 Sue Coggan rated it did not like it
This is not my kind of book. Not very good!
Sep 01, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
Chelsea Hart is an Indiana University student in New York City on spring break. She and her friends are out at a trendy night club on their last night in town. It's late and her friends are trying to pry her away from the club. Chelsea, however, doesn't want to leave yet so she talks her friends into returning to the hotel without her. It's a deadly decision. Chelsea isn't seen alive again.

Ellie Hatcher is one of the first to find Chelsea when she and her brother Jess are out for a morning run.
Sherri Hunter
Feb 27, 2014 Sherri Hunter rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
I usually prefer my mysteries and thrillers on audio. For me, the tension, suspense, anxiety and, yes, sometimes fear are more heightened through the audible performance of the narrator. If done correctly, it makes the story more enjoyable for me. Unfortunately, not every audiobook has provided the nail-biting edge of my seat anticipation. When this happens, I find it a struggle to continue the book. Depending on the story’s subject matter, I may give up on the book entirely or start over with a ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Frank rated it really liked it
[library audiobook, plot summary elsewhere]

A good continuation of a series. I confess that I was getting irritated by Hatcher's inability to identify the killer until it turned out I was wrong about who the killer was. The Perils of Pauline sequence at the end was confusing, why did Hatcher think she was in danger?

I will read another.
Sep 23, 2016 Sam rated it really liked it
Another great 'didn't see it coming' book by Burke!
Sep 22, 2016 Jackie rated it really liked it
Shelves: alafair-burke
Another great read. I love the character that Kellie hatcher portrays. So far the series is a page turner.
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Alafair Burke is the New York Times bestselling author of "two power house series" (Sun-Sentinel) that have earned her a reputation for creating strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters, such as NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. Alafair's novels grow out of her experience as a prosecutor in America's police precincts and ...more
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