Book Review: Precinct 13 by: Tate Hallaway

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Publish Date: August 7, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

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Synopsis: 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 could have prepared her for. By the time Alex gets herself together, the body has disappeared and the other residents of the morgue start talking her ear off.

After working up the courage to report the missing body, Alex is transferred to the mysterious Precinct 13 where she discovers that her new co-workers—including a cute technomage named Jack—are paranormals just like her. Now, Alex is being encouraged to use her ability to speak to the dead to solve crimes. And despite being in the middle of nowhere, Hughes County sure does have a lot of paranormal activity…

Review: As a result of a bet, Alex Conner is now the Hughes County coroner. Trying to put her checkered past behind her, she’s happy to have the job. Especially since it’ll be quiet, right? Wrong! When a couple of cops bring a new body, Alex is in for a real shock as she starts the autopsy. She didn’t expect to be attacked nor for the corpse to get up and walk away under his own power. Thinking she may be going crazy (again), she reports the runaway corpse to the police captain and he transfers her over to Precinct 13. What she comes to learn is all of the magic from her past was real…and she was never crazy!

‘Precinct 13’ held my interest from the first sentence. I think Ms. Hallaway did a great job of pacing the story correctly. There was no information overload, but everything was explained as it happened and in direct relation to where the story was heading. Yet, the story was never dull and Alex’s eyes were reopened to the magical world as the reader learned about it with her. I liked all the characters, from the sanctimonious Jones to the quietly fiery Valentine. While I felt sorry for what Alex had to endure in her life, she didn’t let it get her down for too long and she dove into the magical world with relish and a knack for solving mysteries. The dialogue was witty and the ideas behind the story very fresh. I enjoyed ‘Precinct 13’ very much and I hope it’s the start to a fun new series!


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