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A Cold Day for Murder: A Kate Shugak Mystery | [Dana Stabenow]

A Cold Day for Murder: A Kate Shugak Mystery

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.
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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 2007

    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!

    7 of 8 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.

    4 of 5 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

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    "Addictive! Even for an Alaskan!"

    I have been hooked on Dana Stabenow stories for many years now! This is the first in the Kate Shugak series. Finding this book at a used book store in Juneau AK was one of the best things to ever happen to me!

    The story has me waiting for the next page, wondering what will happen to Kate and Mutt next. ANYONE who has lived in Alaska knows that life is different 'up there' and those environmental and social challenges influence people to act and do strange things. There could be no better story of life in the bush in my opinion.

    I have both audio and paper versions and I never can get bored with either. Curled up in the recliner with a hot cup of tea or driving down the road listening to the same story where I left off at the paper version, I get the escape I am looking for. I couldn't be happier with the choice of listening to a Dana Stabenow novel.

    Marguerite Gavin is the perfect balance to get the characters off paper and into your mind the way that Dana Stabenow intended. Their communication over the pronunciation and tone is what makes these two the perfect collaboration!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Le Center, MN, United States 11-23-11
    Jan Le Center, MN, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Stabenow's books are great"

    I enjoy all of Dana Stabenow's books, especially the Kate Shugak series. Marguerite Gavin is terrific at telling the story.

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    Mike Murphy Switzerland 09-03-12
    Mike Murphy Switzerland 09-03-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    Robin Federal Way, Wa, United States 04-15-12
    Robin Federal Way, Wa, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2011
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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.

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    Maman Music Poolesville, MD 04-02-12
    Maman Music Poolesville, MD 04-02-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Mystery and suspense in Alaskan wilderness"
    What did you love best about A Cold Day for Murder?

    Totally different setting and interesting characters.


    What other book might you compare A Cold Day for Murder to and why?

    Kate is sort of an Alaskan Kinsey Milhone, but even more independent, self-sufficient, and tough as nails.


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    Kate Shugak was performed the best - the narrator had to make her voice sound like it had been damaged.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In Alaska, that's going some.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 11-05-13
    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 11-05-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting anthropology, mediocre whodunit"
    Would you try another book from Dana Stabenow and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    No, I don't think so.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dana Stabenow? Why or why not?

    Her characters are interesting only from the anthropological standpoint: they project a clear and crude image of life among Alaskan Indians. The whole story revolves around her main character, but she doesn't pull her weight. So the story drags out, and it doesn't help that Stabenow's style is full of clichés.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

    I would prefer Jean Smart, a wonderful narrator.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, United States 05-02-12
    Bonnie SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2000

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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate - she's independent and loves the outdoors, yet has needs like everyone else


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    David los Angeles, CA, United States 01-13-12
    David los Angeles, CA, United States 01-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Dana Stabenow never fails with a good story"
    Where does A Cold Day for Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a great book, any book with Kate in it is a good read


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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