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A Cold Day for Murder Audiobook

A Cold Day for Murder: A Kate Shugak Mystery

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Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow. A Park ranger with powerful relatives is missing, and now the investigator Jack sent in to look for him is missing, too.

Reluctantly, Kate, along with Mutt, her half-wolf, half-husky sidekick, leaves her wilderness refuge to follow a frozen trail through the Park, twenty thousand square miles of mountain and tundra sparsely populated with hunters, fishermen, trappers, mushers, pilots and homesteaders. Her formidable grandmother and Native chief, Ekaterina Shugak, is — for reasons of her own — against Kate’s investigation; her cousin, Martin, may be Kate’s prime suspect; and the local trooper, Jim Chopin, is more interested in Kate than in her investigation. In the end, the sanctuary she sought after five and a half years in the urban jungles may prove more lethal than anything she left behind in the city streets of Anchorage.

State of suspense: listen to more Alaskan mysteries in the Kate Shugak series.

©2011 Dana Stabenow (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 01-02-13
    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2016

    I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)

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    "You never go wrong with a Stabenow novel"

    I have been waiting until all Stabenow's books are in audible format, so I have "read" some of the latter books before this one. This book was not as complex, but it is great to get to know the characters from the beginning. Gavin's performance is, as usual, top notch.

    One inconsistency, though, is the variation in the story of the how Kate received her throat scar. In "Though Not Dead", the 4 year old was a random victim, whereas in this (first) of the series, the victim was the child of the perpetrator. This does not diminish from the impact of the book, however -- it must be difficult to keep facts consistent over the course of more than a dozen novels.

    The best character in the story is Alaska itself. Stabenow takes you there and it is a fun trip. Also love the partnership between Kate and her dog, Mutt.

    Please make ALL of Stabenow's books available!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Murphy 09-03-12
    Mike Murphy 09-03-12

    Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.

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    "Good characters. Story showing its age"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Perkasie, PA, United States 03-19-12
    Patricia Perkasie, PA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2007

    I love mysteries, thrillers and horror - my escape! Since I spend roughly 4 hours a day commuting, Audible is my lifeline to sanity! I love it!

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    "Hooked by the Alaska connection"

    A fan of mystery/detective stories all my life, I've been looking for a new (to me) author/series to listen to. The Alaska setting drew me to Dana Stabenow and Kate Shugak. While a little short of compelling, I found the story interesting and the characters well-defined. I found myself drawn into their lives and caring about what happens to them. I'm going to try another in the series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Shelton, WA, United States 12-20-11
    Ginger Shelton, WA, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2011

    Devlin

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    "the 1st of the Kate Shugak series AAA+++"

    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!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 09-01-14
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Cold Day for Murder"

    Marguerite Gavin does a great job bring Kate Shugak to like. Kate is a realistic and sympathetic character that I enjoyed reading about. The plot was strong and well developed as was the other characters. There was enough twist and turns to keep you guessing through out the book. I ususally read light and cozy mysteries and this was a bit darker. I spent an entire day listening to it. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 04-15-12
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Really enjoyed this one."

    This is the first book I've read in this series or even by this author for that matter. It won't be the last. I really enjoyed it. I'm just sorry I won't be able to get them all on audible. I really like the narrator also. Very nice job all the way around.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    SMH 09-01-16
    SMH 09-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Gritty Realistic"

    After living in Alaska for nearly 40 years and being away for 15, I enjoyed a visit back home through this book. That being said, the realism of the Alaskan Native struggle saddened me again as the author unfolded the story very well,I think, from the perspective of Kate Shugack,a well educated,strong Alaskan Native woman.
    I found the story gripping, exciting, and true to the Alaskan life style of the "bush" areas. I loved the characters who were so well developed that I thought I may have known some of them. The author is very well acquainted with what it means to be Alaskan, Native or white.
    If you are interested in a good mystery, in an exotic setting, this book is for you. Get your parka on, curl up to a warm fire, and enjoy a great, gritty, fast paced Alaskan adventure!


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    Ruthless 08-29-16
    Ruthless 08-29-16 Member Since 2016

    Good Books Don't Promote Violence

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    "Kate & Mutt Kick Ass"

    When I recently listened to A Cold day for Murder for about the 10th time, I realized that Dana Stabenow is simply a genius. The character of Kate is strong, engaging, self-sufficient, funny and relentless. She may be burnt out from 5 years of protecting Alaskan children from physical & sexual abuse, but she isn't whining or looking for a man to rescue her.

    Kate (about 30) was a breath of fresh air; a truly mature adult female in contrast to the wimpy young bimbos so popular in current fiction. I had a good laugh imaging some alpha jerk attempting to dominate her body & mind; Kate would have kicked his ass and left his bloody corpse for the bears.

    The plot introduced all the park residents, an interesting mix characters and Kate's former boss and lover Jack plus her half wolf, half Husky. The murder mystery was engrossing with lots of surprises and twists. I am looking forward to listening to the entire series again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 07-13-16
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 07-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Mysteries Thrillers read. Keeps you guessing"
    Any additional comments?

    Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow. A Park ranger with powerful relatives is missing, and now the investigator Jack sent in to look for him is missing, too.
    Reluctantly, Kate, along with Mutt, her half-wolf, half-husky sidekick, leaves her wilderness refuge to follow a frozen trail through the Park, twenty thousand square miles of mountain and tundra sparsely populated with hunters, fishermen, trappers, mushers, pilots and homesteaders. Her formidable grandmother and Native chief, Ekaterina Shugak, is — for reasons of her own — against Kate’s investigation; her cousin, Martin, may be Kate’s prime suspect; and the local trooper, Jim Chopin, is more interested in Kate than in her investigation. In the end, the sanctuary she sought after five and a half years in the urban jungles may prove more lethal than anything she left behind in the city streets of Anchorage

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 03-19-16
    Kelly Colorado Springs 03-19-16 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    "Alaska intrigues, Hope to learn more about Kate."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is a standard murder mystery lifted above the pack by excellent writing, unique environment and charismatic characters.

    Kate is... irascible, bright, loyal, terse... All kinds of person and it shows in the personal conflict she manages to deal with with grace.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Otley, United Kingdom
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    "Worse than waiting for paint to dry!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Awful. I have given up on only two books in my life; and this is the 2nd. I really, really don't care about the method of heating for a shack in a native village in Alaska or how housing is transported, I certainly do not want a 5 minute description of each; just give me the story! Is there one? I'm in chapter 4 and NOTHING that is not on the front cover, has happened.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No redeeming qualities. Bin it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judi G
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    "Don't waste your credit on this one."

    boring, predictable, repetitive, shallow. I wouldn't waste my time. oh well. on to another book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked
    England
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    "Dull and boring"
    What disappointed you about A Cold Day for Murder?

    Absolutely no depth to the story or any of the characters. There was no suspense, no build up, no tension, the story just trotted along aimlessly then ended. Had it been longer, I would never have finished it.


    What didn’t you like about Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

    It was ok. I can't blame the narrator for the boring story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Cold Day for Murder?

    All of it. The story was just too weak. Most of the story was filling, linking together a few uninteresting events.


    Any additional comments?

    The synopsis is the most interesting part of this book. For a book that was only 5.5 hours, I nearly gave up after 3 hours thinking that the story was going nowhere, but I thought as I was over half way, I would plough through. I had to force myself to listen to the last hour, including the big (or not so big) reveal, so I could write a fair review. Normally when I reach the last hour of a book, I am listening anywhere and everywhere. I listened to the last 10 minutes, purely to delete it and move on to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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