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Dead connectionBy Burke, Alafair

This is the first book in the Ellie Hatcher series which, to date, includes five titles. New York City rookie detective Ellie Hatcher has been asked to work on a homicide case involving the murder of two women who were both using FirstDate, an online dating website. The company’s founder refuses to divulge the names of anonymous male dates, however, and someone is blocking the detectives’ request for a subpoena. Hatcher and her maverick partner Flann McIlroy link the victims to a murdered Russian woman who served as an FBI informant, but the facts in the three cases just don’t seem to add up. A retired cop, the Russian mafia, and more dead bodies all contribute to the plot. Ellie Hatcher is a very likeable protagonist, with an interesting backstory and an evolving personal life. I listened to the second book in the series first, Angel’s Tip, and I’m now listening to the third, 212. I can enthusiastically recommend all of them to mystery fans. Christopher Lane ably narrates.

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04/20/15 |
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Delicious foods : a novelBy Hannaham, James

Hannaham’s book is the engrossing story of a Southern family’s disintegration after the death of husband and father, Nat Hardison. It is narrated by Eddie, the couple’s son, as well as an unusual inanimate character named Scotty, and Eddie’s mother, Darlene, absent both emotionally and physically during much of his childhood, unable to cope with the intense emotional burden, local injustice, and overwhelming grief she experiences when Nat is murdered. Eleven year-old Eddie spends a lot of time with his widowed Aunt Bethella, but at one point he decides to try to find his absent mother. Boldly navigating the seedy underbelly of the streets, Eddie’s path leads him to the horrible prison-like agricultural farming enterprise called Delicious Foods, from which he barely escapes with his life. A bold, harrowing story told with amazing love and respect for its characters.

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