I’m always on the lookout for new novels–especially mystery or thriller series–by talented authors.

I was especially pleased after reading Dead Connection, the first book in the Ellie Hatcher series by Alafair Burke. Alifair’s father  is university professor and respected novelist James Lee Burke and her mother is school librarian Pearl Burke.

A graduate of Reed College and Stanford Law School, Alafair workded as a Deputy District Attorney in Portland Oregon. She is now a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law  School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure.

Alafair Burke is the author of “two power house series” (Sun-Sentinel) that have earned her a reputation for creating strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters, such as NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid.  Alafair’s novels grow out of her experience as a prosecutor in America’s police precincts and criminal courtrooms, and have been featured by The Today Show, People Magazine, The New York Times, MSNBC, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Chicago Sun-Times.  Dennis Lehane has called her “one of the finest young crime writers working today.”

A graduate of Stanford Law School and a former Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair is now a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure.

She lives in New York City and spends too much time on Facebook and Twitter, but has no plans to quit.

Learn more about Alafair at

In this electrifying thriller, a rookie detective goes undercover on the
Internet dating scene to draw out a serial killer targeting single women
in Manhattan
When two young women are murdered on the streets of New York, exactly one year apart, Detective Ellie Hatcher is called up for a special assignment on the homicide task force. The killer has left behind a clue connecting the two cases to First Date, a popular online dating service, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric, publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that only Ellie can help him pursue his terrifying theory: someone is using the lure of the Internet and the promise of love to launch a killing spree against the women of New York City.
To catch the killer, Ellie must enter a high-tech world of stolen identities where no one is who they appear to be. And for her, the investigation quickly becomes personal: she fits the profile of the victims, and she knows firsthand what pursuing a sociopath can do to a cop–back home in Wichita, Kansas, her father lost his life trying to catch a notorious serial murderer.


Don’t forget to visit and download the ebook version of my novel Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) during the five day promotion running from July 2nd through July 6th. You can also register to win one of three paperback versions of the novel offered during this same period. Just comment and include your email address to enter the drawing. The winners will be notified by email and shipping direction may be arranged.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading it and will send me your comments


About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

Posted on July 4, 2012, in Book Recommendations, Uncategorized, Writers, Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Mary Preston

    How wonderful to win a tree book copy. Yes please!!

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