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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  990 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Murray, a loner who communes with the dead in the town cemetery, hears the voice of a murdered cheerleader and tries to convince the adults that he knows what happened to her. But who believes him? He's a loser. Can he even believe in himself? Also comes Pearl, the daughter of the cemetery caretaker, who befriends Murray and tries to enter his world. Together they may prov ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Roaring Brook Press
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Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This book had great potenial, but the execution lacked a bit. The story was interesting, but never had any true strong points and there never seemed to be a climax to me. The characters were okay, I liked a few more than others. Sometimes I felt as if the story could've done without a few of the characters, and by the end I think the author was ignoring certain characters that really didn't pertain to the story at all. While the book was good enough to keep me reading, the ending did dissapoint ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugh
Try reading something different, I said. It's only $3 I said. That was $3 too much.

I was intrigued by the description, and if that indeed had been the actual book, it could have got 3 stars. But the description lied. The kid talking to the dead bit was *maybe* 20% of the book. The rest was from other perspectives about this investigation. And as investigations go, it was shoddy at best. Most of the time, I was just wondering what anything had to do with anything and the further I got into the bo
Margaret Schoen
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Booktalk: Murray Kiefer is a loner with a weird name and a disaster of a mother. His real friends are at the cemetery. He sits at their graves and listens to the dead tell him their stories, and they listen to him. But now he hears a new voice crying out, asking for help, asking to be found. While Murray tries to find out who is calling to him so desparately, Deputy Sheriff Gates is on his own quest, searching for a missing teenager, searching for a killer.

Dead Connection has a supernatural bent
Oct 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 722
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Anna Karras
Oct 18, 2009 rated it liked it
This book wasn't what I expected. The cover says, "He talks to the dead. The dead talk to him." I thought it would be more of a story about Murray, the kid they are talking about on the cover. But it really reads more like an episode of Law and Order. There was a crime committed, and the story jumps around from place to place and person to person to put the pieces together to solve the mystery. I guess I was hoping for more of a story about a boy who finds he has this talent/curse and must find ...more
Anabel  kamenske
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Personal Response:
I liked this book but I didn’t like some of the formatting. I didn’t like how the book jumped from multiple points of view from chapter to chapter. It got hard to follow where the main story was going. Other than that the book was excellent and a good read.

Plot Summary:
Murray was a weird kid who didn’t have, what you would call, a “normal mother”. He was an outcast at school and didn’t have any friends, except the dead. Murray spent most of his time in the cemetery talking with
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was overall pretty good. It reminded me a lot like that movie frankenweenie. The comedic elements were perfect for me. Such a strange type of humor but I️ laughed a few times (dark humor). All I wish is that the story built more to the resolution and that the characters (other than the main) were discovered more. A multi perspective would’ve been interesting.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did not expect this book to bring tears to my eyes, but I've seen far too much death come far too soon. More than anything, I wish that I could communicate with the dead as Murray does in Dead Connection.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Murray makes for a great character, I really feel for him. His pain and loneliness seeps through the pages as he finds solace in the cemetery, escaping his home life through comforting those who died far too young.
Pearl and Robert, excuse me, Mister Robert Bar
Jul 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Dead Connection is unique to anything I have ever read before in many aspects, I don't believe I have ever read a book with a male character being able to communicate with the dead before, nor do I believe I have read a book that has been told from the perspective of so many characters. Of course, none of these diminish the story surprisingly. Generally, with so many characters the story becomes lost, however, I found Murray to be a particularly interesting and somewhat captivating character. He ...more
Kolden Baehman
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
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Lacy Lovelace
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
It definitely was not what I expected. It was a murder mystery taken from the perspective of 6 people. The boy in the book was kind of a clairovoyant who could communicate with the deceased and considered a few as family since his mother was not involved. He befriends the caretaker, Jenochek, and his daughter, Pearl, and their friendship takes them on an adventure to find out..."What happened to Nikki Parker?" All the while a police officer, Gates, is working on the Nikki Parker case with the he ...more
George Parker
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
The premise for Dead Connection is intriguing...a boy in a cemetery who can speak with the dead involved in a missing person mystery.

Charlie Price tells this story through multiple viewpoints, which was also interesting. One of those other viewpoints is that of a mentally challenged young man. I really enjoyed this perspective.

I had hoped to read more from Murray's perspective, the boy who can communicate with the dead. I was certainly left wanting to hear more about this guy. I believe Charlie
Dhanna Soriano
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
At first, it seems a puzzle that you need to solve in order to understand the flow of the story. But as I went further and put the pieces together, I surely understand the story but it takes time haha and the ending satisfy me :D
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Dead Connection by Charlie Price is a mystery fiction book. Murray is one of the main characters and he is able to talk to the dead. Deputy Gates is also one of the main characters in the story, he is trying to figure out this high school girl's death. At the same time, Murray thinks he hears another voice in the cemetery, but it's different from the others. Mr.Janochek owns the cemetery and he has a daughter named Pearl and she helps Murray figure out the new voice he hears. Murray really think ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Occasionally, when I walk through the library, the cover of a book catches my eye. That’ s how I came across Dead Connection by Charlie Price. The cover of the mystery novel is from the perspective of someone who is in a grave, looking up at the sky. I was intrigued from the beginning because anything involving death, mystery, and crime is right up my alley. The plot starts out by introducing the main protagonist, Murray Kiefer. He is a teenage boy who is, for the most part, neglected by his alc ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dead Connection
By Charlie Price

I actually enjoyed the book. This Book is about a kid named Murray, he seems like a normal kid at First but there’s more to him than meets the eye. It’s a third person Novel, the main Conflict is that a girl named Nikki Parker is missing and nobody knows a thing. Although when Murray Hears a new voice, He might find out just what happened.

What I liked about the book was the fact that you’re gonna think, that someone did it or something happened, but that’s not the
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Price, Charlie Dead Connection, 240 p. Roaring Book Press –

Murray has been communing with the youngest residents of the local cemetery for some time now – to escape his home situation, to escape his school situation. After a very rough beginning, Murray forms a friendship with Pearl, the daughter of the cemetery’s caretaker. She supports him when he hears a new voice – one that he thinks belongs to a girl who disappeared months earlier. While I enjoyed the unfolding of the mystery, a wide varie
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story and the character work. There are good but fallible people throughout whom I cared about. One prominent turd, but the rest... I really rooted for them.

Murray talks to the dead in the cemetery where Pearl's father is the groundskeeper. Murray and Pearl are unlikely friends, but soon they find themselves with a mystery on their hands.

I appreciated the twists and turns, appreciated that I had a few different theories throughout the book, but was still surprised and satisfi
Brandy Sharpe
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
...When I reached the last page and realized there weren't anymore, I dropped the book and I swore.

I couldn't put it down.

I'm considering writing Mr. Price, including a picture of the book, and demanding moar of Murray and Pearl.

But, why did I give it a four star? Listen I could list my reasons, but the good of this novel kind of out weigh the bad reasons. Read it for yourself and I'm sure you'll find them... And you'll agree.

Would definitely recommend.

That ending though...
Nov 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
If you’re looking for a deep mystery with good writing and beautifully done ending you’re looking at the wrong book. It had good ideas but it was poorly executed. The ending felt rushed and it ended abruptly with no real closure. There was no passion in Price’s novel. It felt like it was written as a money maker instead of a book that keeps the reader captive. I do not recommend this book for any reader
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This junior book was FANTASTIC! A murder mystery with a slight supernatural element. It led me along and I thought I had figured it out but the book threw me for a twist at the end. I will highly recommend to my junior readers!
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
It was okay but I would like to know more about the aftermath. The book ends on a rather abrupt note.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Most impressed with a law officer treating a mentally ill possible suspect kindly and with respect.
Duson Lovingood
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
In my opinion Dead Connection was a good book with a good plot but it wasn’t well executed. Charlie Price did well at bring all of the different lives in the book together as one but it would sometimes be confusing when hopping from character to character. A book like this isnt really a good book to just pick up and read, you really have to be into it to understand it. With that being said I would only recommend this book for people who are faithful readers and are great at paying attention to d ...more
Rowen Satell
Sep 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who like boring things
Shelves: blah
Plucked this book off my sister's bookshelf and was really disappointed. I was worried the book would be a little cheesy/cliché because of the blurb but overall it was immensely boring and poorly delivered.
The idea was cool. A kid who talks to dead people and is friends with some of the younger deceased.

Quickly though things went downhill for me in the book. For those of you like myself who read the blurb and think the story follows Murray and him alone - I'm here to tell you it doesn't. In fa
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Favorite character in the book was Pearl. She was my favorite character because she stood on what she believed since the beginning no mater how crazy it sounded like she wasn't afraid to show what her believes were. She also I think was really nice and sweet with the people that surrounded her. That's why she is my favorite character...
The question I have for the author is, why didn't Gary pay...?
One of the quotes I liked was: "These people need me. Everybody needs a friend! - Murray
This boo
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A girl named Nikki Parker apparently is missing. No body has turned up. The police have three suspects, including her ex-boyfriend, a tennis coach, and a bus driver.

Murray is a high school boy who is is unpopular at school. His mother had been arrested for prostitution and tends to still play around a lot. He has the ability to talk to the dead in cemeteries, dealing only with the relatively younger persons in the graves. He spends most of his time in the cemetery talking to the dead. They are,
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reflection By Seth Rohm
Dead Connection
By: Charlie Price
Genre: Mystery
English 12-4

I like this book because i enjoy reading about mysteries and how all the curves and twists come together making a roller coaster of emotion throughout the book. All this excitement happens in a small hill town called River-town. It starts off with a young, nerdy man named Murray. What Murray does is hangs out in the local cemetery of River-town. He has a secret that will be explained in the book in a series of eve
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is about a mystery involving four main characters. The first main character is Murray, a teenage boy in high school who is a loner and spends his time at a cemetery "I think of myself as the comforter. That's what I want on my stone." (Price, page 4). The second main character is Gates who is the deputy Sierra County Sheriff's Department with a dead son and an ex-wife and just got a case on a missing teenage girl "He was familiar with sorrow" (Price, page 6). Next is a young man who i ...more
Jen T.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is about the murder of a young woman who is missing and how a few people in her community end up finding her murder.
You have a young man who talks to the dead, a police officer, a troubled juvenile, and another officer of the law. All of these characters share their voices and lead you on a journey to find out who killed Nikki the cheerleader.
There were parts of the story that dragged and the ending left you wondering what happened in the after math, other than that it was a interesti
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