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Dead Connection (Ellie Hatcher #1)

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When two young women are murdered on the streets of New York, exactly one year apart, Detective Ellie Hatcher is called up for a special assignment on the homicide task force. The killer has left behind a clue connecting the two cases to FirstDate.com, a popular online dating service, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric, publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that ...more
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Published May 28th 2008 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2007)
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Lewis Weinstein
An excellent cop procedural with a worthy female detective. Sharp tension from beginning to end. I was a little surprised at how assertive she was with her far more senior partner, but she carried it off and it didn't intrude.

Alafair also pays a somewhat hidden tribute to her dad when her character Ellie Hatcher calls a Louisiana cop name Dave, and has problems pronouncing his last name. Could it be Jamie Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux?
Delee
This was a fun read, and a great start to a series! The main character-Ellie Hatcher was a strong independent woman, and I liked her right from the start. I give DEAD CONNECTION 3 and 1/2 stars. I wasn't crazy about the ending, but I look forward to reading more of this series.

Kristen
If you love a great suspenseful mystery series, you're at the right place. Alafair Burke introduces into the world of Ellie Hatcher, a new NYPD detective who's assigned to a new case. When we meet Ellie, we're welcome into her world as how she's treated as a fellow police officer, and how people look at her. Tough as nails, we see how she cares for her mother and brother, and how devastated she is, with some emotional baggage back in Kansas. She doesn't give up. This mystery series packs a punch ...more
Stephanie
I had no idea this was by James Lee Burke's daughter until there was a reference to his main character, Dave Robichaux, about midway through this book. The nut didn't fall far from the tree in this case! And wasn't Dave's daughter named Alafair, too?

I enjoyed this thriller about Ellie Hatcher, a rookie NYPD detective, who gets her first shot at a murder case. While I did guess who the bad guy was early on, there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested and a few surprises to make me wa
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Magpie67
A thrilling hunt to find justice for the dead women and a brilliant effort to connect the the crimes to First Date, a company created to find true love. I enjoyed meeting Ellie and her brother Jess plus a few other characters. This was a fast paced crime that had all the elements of a serial killer and more. I had a feeling that a sleight of hand was being played with the clues but didn't see the outcome at the end, exactly.... (view spoiler) ...more
Paul
Dead Connection – A Twist at Every Turn

In her first outing of Ellie Hatcher in All Day and A Night, Alafair Burke follows up her introduction to Ellie Thatcher with Dead Connection. Dead Connection is a sleek first rate thriller, which introduces us to engaging characters that helps to make this thriller so compelling. It is easy to see why Dead Connection and Alafair Burke has been lauded and quite rightly so as she delivers a compelling thriller that delivers on the suspense and thriller aspec
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Jane Stewart
Not good for me, but mystery fans might like it.

This is a police procedural. We accompany Ellie (a homicide detective) as she investigates murders by a serial killer. Michael Connolly does the same thing with his character Harry Bosch. But with Bosch I am intrigued and fascinated. I did not feel that way with this book. It was dry, almost plodding. Both authors use twists and surprises, but for some reason Connolly does it better. I don’t know how to explain why.

If you look at the plot and what
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Gina
Goodreads Description- When two young women are murdered on the streets of New York, exactly one year apart, Detective Ellie Hatcher is called up for a special assignment on the homicide task force. The killer has left behind a clue connecting the two cases to First Date, a popular online dating service, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric, publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that only Ellie can help him pursue his terrifying theory: someone is using the lure of the Internet and the p ...more
DH
I haven’t read a good mystery novel in a while and Dead Connection definitely satisfied my hunger for one. It had everything I could ever ask for in a mystery novel. Great characters, check. Suspenseful, check. Fast pace plot, check.

I love the characters in the book and even more than that I love the relationships and interactions they had with one another. The characters were drawn extremely realistically and they were fully fleshed out. Each character carried around their own personal baggage,
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Mary
A new series here, Ellie Hatcher is a rookie detective called to help on a homicide, but not for her skills so much as her history. She was highlighted in the news a fews years back as she demanded that her father's death be looked into more closely, it was ruled a suicide and she felt it was murder. Now she gets caught up w/ Russian gangsters & an evil man who will kill to serve his own ends.
Rachel Brady
I "read" this one on audiobook. Both the story and the narrator were fantastic! Lots of twists and turns in this one with a variety of unique characters, each with personal demons (I like that). The mystery revolves around murders that are connected to an online dating service, a hook that internet junkies like myself will enjoy. I'll be back for more Alafair Burke.
Suzanne
Jun 24, 2008 Suzanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Krista & Emma
Recommended to Suzanne by: Cincinnati Public Library
Shelves: mysteries
This was my first Alafair Burke book, although technically the Samantha Kincaid series was written before this Ellie Hatcher debut. Vastly enjoyed the writing style and intricate mystery. Loved Ellie and can't wait for more in this series!!
Cher
Dead Connection was my first read by Alafair Burke. I could not get into the protag, Det. Ellie Hatcher till about mid-way. While the premise was alright the plot pacing was off. It was a slow go till the mid-way point and after that there were parts that went to fast and had too much info dumping. Then towards the end there were pivotal points that should have been addressed but were not till the last few pages and then were pressed into one or two sentences. I hate when that happens. Case in p ...more
Stacy Bearse
An above-average mystery centered on the murky world of online dating services. Burke creates a strong plot with the requisite twists and turns, as her likable characters struggle through the mean streets of New York City. Burke is the daughter of my favorite novelist James Lee Burke which leads to my one nitpick criticism: A cheesy and totally unnecessary cameo appearance by Dave Robicheaux, daddy Burke's protagonist. A great read for your next transcontinental flight.
Monty
I had trouble getting into this book initially, but I was away on a short trip and had plenty of time to immerse myself in it. I am glad I did because this turned out to be a satisfying read by the last third of the story. I was thankful that I finished it in two days because my short term memory issues would have been overly taxed if I had spread this out for a longer period of time--a new character or plot twist would emerge frequently, except near the end when characters described earlier are ...more
Betty
Listened to this as an audio book and it was very well read by Elizabeth Kaye. It is the first of a series and I will be looking for the next one. It is a detective murder mystery with an interesting plot and characters.
Christine
When a woman is murdered after a date she arranged through internet dating site First Date, rookie police detective Ellie Hatcher is unexpectedly assigned to work on the case. Ellie is paired up with veteran detective Flann McIlroy who suspects this might be part of a series of murders. As more murdered woman are discovered in connection with the case, it becomes harder rather than easier to determine a pattern and a motive for the killings.


Although this book felt a bit formulaic and somewhat pr
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Hobart
I'll be honest -- it was this video that got me looking into this series. I figured an author with taste enough to help out the Kickstarter enough to get that video as a reward is someone I'd enjoy spending time with.

And, yeah, I was right. Ellie Hatcher, her brother, and her father's dark past are right up my alley. Rookie detective, Ellie Hatcher, has been temporarily assigned to Homicide to assist with the investigation into a series of murders revolving around the client list of an online da
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Mark
I read "Judgment Calls," the 1st in the Samantha Kincaid series Alafair Burke and was, "Meh!"...but this initial book in the Ellie Hatcher series had me at the jump...likable characters and great plotting...maybe the backdrop of NYC was the difference...I don't know, but this series seems way more appealing...Hatcher is temporarily attached to homicide & is investigating murders tied to a dating web site...great twists and a fun thrill ride...loved it!!!
Lynda
Detective Ellie Hatcher is just as interesting a character as Samantha Kincaid, the Deputy District Attorney in Burke's previous series. The first book in this series ties a current series of murders in New York City involving an online dating service to Ellie's own background. Her father was a Witchita, Kansas police officer investigating a serial killer and Ellie believes he was killed by that serial killer. Homicide detective Flann McIllroy requests Ellie's assistance in dealing with his pres ...more
Karen
This is a very well-written mystery/thriller. Being a fan of the genre, I am always glad when the characters come across as real, and the situations as believable. A good, solid story, enough to make me start in on the second in the series right away!
Palmreader
A better than average plot, with a very well-drawn protagonist in Ellie Hatcher. I loved the reference to Dave Robi....(unpronouncable name) in Bayeux Teche. Lovely sense of familiarity.
I am looking forward to reading more of these.
Jeanne
This story had me hooked from the very beginning. The author kept redirecting so I was not able to figure out who the "bad" guy was until the very end. Well thought out plot made for an enjoyable listen!! 8 of 10 for me on this one.
Andrew
A pretty good police procedural with a female lead. A nice plot line "ripped from the headlines" as they say, with ties to internet dating, social media companies, and the occasional Russian gangster?.

A little lacking in character development, perhaps, but hopefully that's being saved for the next book in the series. (which I can hardly complain about since I usually fret that a first-in-a-series does all the good character development leaving nothing more for the subsequent volumes) Speaking of
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Evelyn
Detective Ellie Hatcher is specifically sought for a special assignment on the homicide task force when a clue left at the scene of a murder seems to connect two cases to an online dating service.
Dewayne Stark
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Lois
Premise: Man manipulates online dating service to kill women.

Best part: e-mails and dialog between Ellie and Peter.

Worst: Writing got clunkier as the book went along.
Lynn Pribus
After reading another of her books, I wanted to read more and something this week tickled me to request the first in another series by her. In one place, Our Heroine, Ellie, contacts a LEO in Louisiana, named "Dave Robi... something Cajun and unpronounceable."

Robichaux, of course. Then reading flap, saw this writer is James Lee Burke's daughter. Well, she does an excellent job. A more complex mystery than many, lots of back story and character development so it's not pure plot like many mysterie
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Leon Aldrich
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.....

I sure am glad James Lee Burke is her Dad. Alafair Burke is now one of my favorites!
Ed
#1 in the Ellie Hatcher series. Author Burke, the daughter of author James Lee Burke, is a law professor at NY's Hofstra University. After a 3 book series featuring Portland ADA Samantha Kincaid, she has embarked on the oft trodden path of a NYPD Homicide Detective.

Ellie Hatcher, rookie NYPD detective, is tapped to work with flamboyant homicide detective, Flann McIlroy. The case involves two women killed exactly one year apart who have used the same dating service. The first woman was killed wi
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