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Precinct 13

(Alex Connor #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,497 ratings  ·  193 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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Jody McGrath
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was a sort of Urban Fantasy book with humor. It was pretty good. The mystery portion was way too easy to figure out, but I mostly liked all the characters. The author only wrote the one book and I don't think it is a series, so that seems weird to me. Overall, it was entertaining. ...more
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. ...more
May 22, 2012 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
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Read again on 08/17/2020

I lowered my original 4 star rating to 2 because honestly I can’t rate more than that (and it’s generous...) It’s seriously flawed. I found it lacking in world building, plot, characterisation. The villain was so self evident to be annoying (and no I didn’t remember anything at all from my first read). I didn’t like any character.

It was superficial at best.

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 n
FV Angela
Originally posted at:

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
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
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A shame that Hallaway hasn’t continued with this series. I really enjoyed the mix of urban fantasy and police procedural.
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 17, 2012 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 tur
Jul 09, 2012 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,
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, paper, series
I like the story. Couldn't really keep up with the characters, and the plot was messy. (Who was a murderer? How many cases did they have? Not sure.) Interesting enough to try another one. ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this bright, clear, lively first-person narrative full of interesting, well-rounded characters and twists I didn't see coming in the fast-paced action; there were only two reservations that kept me from rounding the rating up to five stars, but more about that later.

The publishers seem to be calling this a paranormal romance (PNR), but in my view it's solid urban fantasy with none of the usual PNR features: Alex (the narrator) and Valentine have been lovers for a long time, the
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
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
Aug 13, 2012 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

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
Michelle Greathouse
May 20, 2012 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
Jun 27, 2014 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
Oct 04, 2011 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
Ornella (Nyx)
Aug 09, 2012 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
Glinda Harrison
I loved this book! In fact, I devoured it in less than a day. The book is pitched as urban fantasy meets police procedural and it is certainly that. It is also pitched as a paranormal romance and, while I don't generally enjoy paranormal romance, this one was quite enjoyable.

Some of the reviews of this book that I have read talked about not liking the protagonist. I actually found her quite believable, especially based on her back story. I thought the all the characters were interesting and uniq
Jasmine Lopez
Feb 18, 2014 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
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. ...more
Apr 28, 2016 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. ...more
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Dec 31, 2011 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).
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, urban-fantasy
The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that there is no sequel, and there needs to be a whole series of them. :)

Really enjoyable read. I was sucked in from page 1.
What do you do with a forensic science degree and no job? Run for office! ....Okay, that is not what I would have done, but it was so well done that I just could not stop reading. Alex is cool. She is not a superhero, and she has a firm knowledge of experimentation, examination, recording observations, and other logic. In a small town, she does not expect much work, but a body arrives on her first day. Without an assistant, she somehow picks up her big-boy britches and performs the autopsy. Howe ...more
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Aug 17, 2012 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
Snarktastic Sonja
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I really, totally, thoroughly enjoyed this one. So, why only 3 stars? Well, in THIS case, because it is a stand lone. As far as I can tell, no further books have been written. This one ends with too many unanswered questions for me to give it more than 3 stars. Which is sad. Because I really enjoyed the characters and the story here. It actually had some twists that surprised me (though they likely should not have . . . ) And some I saw coming from *miles* away. And, these made me happy and my h ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful book that I quite enjoyed. Other reviews have done little summaries, but I'll give a different perspective. I'm a hard-sci fi guy who really doesn't like fantasy because I'm not a fan of magical solutions to problems. (I write this despite the fact that I play Dungeons and Dragons). I think that all too often authors will use magic as a type of deus ex machina solution to a problem. Yes, hard sci-fi does the same thing some times and it drives me crazy there too.

Anyway, so I
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love! ❤️! Love!
This could be a great series of books as tthere are so many good possible story lines leading-from the main story.
I also thought there could be a prequel. What happened between Valentine and his love before they moved . Makes me curious...
Urban Romance is done well in this case.
I’m sorry to say that some short sighted-publisher has not picked up to make this a series
You can find for-the author has continued to write in Wattpad
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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.

This author also writes science fiction under the name Lyda Mor

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