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3.25  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Dead Investigation is a mesmerizing stand-alone companion to Charlie Price’s acclaimed debut mystery, Dead Connection.

Murray Kiefer—friend to the dead—is happy to be living in an old shed on the grounds of the local cemetery. It’s a better home than the one he ran away from. Yes, he’d rather no one knew he can communicate with those buried beneath the tombstones, but word
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published September 1st 2015)
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Nov 19, 2019 rated it did not like it

I'm not usually a huge fan of multiple voices to follow in a book, anyway, but this one definitely irked me from the start. It wasn't ever really well divided on who's voice you are following. You have to decipher that out for yourself. So, a lot of the time I'd be reading and be like, "that doesn't sound like Murray to me," and then find out that I was actually reading in the voice of the police officer, Roman Gates. I hated the switching back and forth.

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Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Even though the blurb says this book can be read as a stand alone work, I felt like a lot of my inability to understand and connect with characters was a result of having not read book one. I picked up on past action with little trouble, but I couldn't understand what motivated characters. Having said that, I still felt that the pacing, the perspective, and the minimal development of YA characters in Dead Invest ...more
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The plot of speaking to the dead has been done over and over again, but not often as bad as here. Maybe it’s because I hadn’t read the first book (although I doubt it) but I had trouble connecting to the characters. All of them were bland and boring, and Pearl was just a drama queen. The dialogue made me cringe a few times, and didn’t seem appropriate for teens at all, it just wasn’t very realistic.
Cheyenne Ashley
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love these books! Once I pick them up there is absolutely no putting them down. I love the character development as well as the unfolding of the story that author Charlie Price is able to create. I read the first Dead Connection as well as this just about every 6-7 months. I hope to be able to read more of Murray's accomplishments in the future!!
I disagreed with those who thought that this wasn't a stand alone book. The story was ok and though I liked the characters it just wasn't as good as I thought it should be.
Manjitha De
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling and exciting
Olivia Regis
No estuvo ni bien ni mal. Neutral.
Danelle  @ Our-Wolves-Den
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Oct 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Why is there no audiobook? I need an audiobook

Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
This supposedly stand-alone sequel by Charlie Price is about a homeless teenage boy name Murray Kiefer who can talk to dead people, more specifically, their corpses. To escape his bad home-life and prostitute mother Murray lives in the gardening shed of a cemetery provided by the caretaker and friend Janochek and his daughter Pearl. Originally it was through Pearls’ encouragement that Murray used his powers to solve a murder, and as a result everyone found out about his abilities. Throughout thi ...more
Kathy Martin
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
DEAD INVESTIGATIONS was an engaging mystery told from two different points of view.

Murray is a high school senior who lives in a cemetery and can talk to the dead. He is staying in the equipment shed after leaving the home of his prostitute mother. Murray believes that the dead people he talks to in the cemetery are his only friends but he fears that being able to talk to them means that he is mentally ill. Murry does have a couple of living friends too. Pearl and her father Janochek also live
I thought the beginning was a little slow to really get going and some of the characters I just wasn't very fond of but once the story picked up it bumped it up to a solid 3 stars for me. The parts about Murray being (view spoiler) was really just weird. I wish we had seen a bit more of Murray's mom but I guess that just shows how much of a uncaring parent she is seeing as she doesn't care that her 17 year old son (who is still in school ...more
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
My husband is the one who bought this book to add to his weird spooky collection, but I am the one who ended up reading it! lol. Has this ever happened to anyone else, where your partner buys a book for themselves, but every time you walk pass their bookcase the book calls out to you to read it?!!
Well that's what happened to me :)
I feel Mr. Price has written a decent thriller with some spooky moments. I truly could not live in the cemetery, no way, but kuddos to Murray for living in the graveyar
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Murray Kiefer is a boy who lives in a cemetery and can talk with those buried beneath the tombstones. He'd rather no one knew, but word got out once he helped solve a fellow student's murder. Now people think he's nuts, or want to use his ability for their own ends, or don't care that he might not want to get tangled in another police investigation all over again. But there's been a brutal killing--maybe more than one--and Murray may be able to help unravel the crime, although not without riskin ...more
Liz Friend
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
The story: Murray can't help it that he happens to live in the cemetery's lawnmower shed. He also can't help it that he can hear dead people speak--but he doesn't want to get caught up in the voices he's been hearing just outside the graveyard's fence. It's only when those voices get so loud that they make it dangerous for Pearl and her father that Murray finally gives in and helps the police try to locate a bunch of homeless people who've gone missing. What he doesn't realize is that this is ju ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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Returning to several of the characters introduced in Dead Connection, this title follows seventeen-year-old Murray Kiefer's efforts to fit in. Despite the fact that he's living in a shed on the cemetery grounds and is able to communicate with dead people, Murray vacillates between longing for normality and keeping those connections. When Pearl, the daughter of the cemetery caretaker, insists on his help in solving the mystery behind a homeless person's disappearance, he unwillingly agrees to hel ...more
Heather Brown
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Heather by: Netgalley
Dead Investigation feels like a modern-day Hardy Boys. It keeps that old-style vibe with main characters' names being super retro and a serious lack of computer and cell phone usage, but kicks it up a notch with today's criminal investigation techniques, plenty of action, and a boy who can talk to the dead.
Murray can hear the dead speak. Last time he told someone about it, he wound up the suspect in a murder investigation, so it is no wonder he is reluctant to get involved when he hears voices c
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
It has been many years since I read "Dead Connection" but I found myself caught up and pulled into this one immediately. Murray is living in the shed of the cemetery and struggling to come to terms with his ability. Pearl wants him to tap into his ability and help others, but he just wants to be left alone. And Deputy Gates finds that he believes in Murray and is debating using him to solve cases. I thought it was interesting that so much of the story was told from Gate's perspective. I can't de ...more
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
I thought that the idea of this story was a good one even though the person who speaks to the dead thing has been done a lot. In this case, it was poorly executed. It may have helped if I had read the first book in the series. All the characters seem very wooden and much of the dialogue is cringe-worthy. Many incomplete sentences. Writing technique I guess. I'd only recommend this book if you read the first one and loved it.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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I didn't like this one as much as the first one, but it was still a good read. It was much more action packed than the previous book. The argument between (view spoiler) was amazing. Now that the characters are in a good place, I'd love to read another book in the series. ...more
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
Teenager talks to and listens to dead people and lives in a cemetery, in a garden shed. He is protected by the cemetery keeper and his daughter, and previously solved the murder of a teen-aged girl. I loved the character despite his almost-Harry-Potter-ish head-in-sand act.
Kelsey White
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not as exciting as its successor. I usually fly through my books, but this one barely kept my attention. I kept picking it up and putting it back down. Somewhat disappointing.
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mary Brebner
May 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Another wish-I'd-loved-it story. Was hoping for a Hardy Boys + ghosts story...almost got it but for the wooden dialogue and matching characters. *sigh* Alas.
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