Love this series! have been reading these for over a decade and I have yet to tire of them. I encourage you to look into Dana Stabenow 's other books!
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
I'm one of those folks who has to go back to the begining of a series. In this case the downside of that was that this story starts to feel a little slow and a little old fashioned, although I'm sure it was leading edge when it was published.
The book has a strong sense of place and some deeply (although not subtly) carved characters who make you care what happens to them,
The plot is complicated enough to be interesting with being annoyingly clever.
Perhaps I'm just not used to the accent but I was distracted by the fact that the reader placed stresses in unexpected places. She did dialogue well but the descriptive pieces lacked focus. It seemed her voice needed a little more range.
I will continue with this series on audible.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I like Kate, but I really wish there had been more exploration of her past in this book. Fleshing out her character would have guaranteed a fourth star overall. I hope that in the next novel we learn much more.
I really liked the setting. Alaska is almost another protagonist here and I love it. The descriptions of the way of life in the bush; the hardships of the cold; the loveliness of the park; the politics of the Aleut people versus the "greenies"... all of this made the book so much more intriguing than it might have been.
Say something about yourself!
This wasn't a bad listen. It was a good quick murder mystery, maybe a little predictable but still fun. I enjoyed the characters and am interested to see how Kate continues in AK. The narrator was great, I haven't been to Alaska, but her accent sounded on par with NatGeo/Discovery shows showcasing Alaskan natives. Worth the listen!
And Buffalo George
A COLD DAY FOR MURDER is the first in her Kate Shugak series--now 20+. It's not overly complicated except for the many characters -- one of them won't be in the next novel, but may pop in after a stretch in prison. The characters demonstrate Alaskan provincial racism very well. I liked the setting and the main character. Where's book #2?
It is easy to understand why this story and author won an Edgar award. The story is lively, with interesting character development, very fine depiction of the characters' environment and the cultural and legal battles of the early 90s in an Alaskan park. Tying in murders to these battles, with plenty of action and local color produces a story that is refreshing. The reader will want to read more stories about Kate and Jack. This is my first read of a Stabenow novel and I will read more of them.
Kate - she's independent and loves the outdoors, yet has needs like everyone else
I liked this book because I really grew to like Kate and I loved hearing about Alaska and the people and the customs - hearing in entertaining ways that were woven into the story. I ended and bought the 2nd in the series so that says something!