It's a crisp, snowless October in The Park. The root cellar is full, the cordwood is stacked, the oil drums are filled and there’s a freshly-butchered moose in her cache, but Kate Shugak must leave her cabin and head into the chaos of Anchorage, where the Alaska Federation of Natives’ annual convention is being held. Why? Because board members of the Niniltna Native Association have been dying...board members who just happened to oppose a lucrative new development project. If it’s just a coincidence, perhaps Kate will find nothing, but this is Alaska - politics and profit are constantly at odds with conservation and traditional practices, and anyone looking too closely is likely to discover something unsavory.
©2011 Dana Stabenow (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I really love this series. The scene with Jack and Kate in Nordstroms was wonderful and made me love Kate all the more.
Marguerite Gavin does a bang up job as well. She's one of my favorites.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
I have to start a series from book 1, which in this case was " A Cold Day for Murder" a competent whodunnit that introduced the Aleutian Native American who lives, with her half wolf half husky bitch, Mutt, on her homestead in an Alaskan National Park. It was fun but showing it's age a little.(it was published in 1992). Initially I found Marguerite Gavin's reading style a little distracting - great dialog but too sing song on the text.
I've now listened to the first six books in the series and my view on everything has changed. Kate is now a richly written character, set in the context of an Alaskan society and a family and cultural history that each book has done more to explain.
"Blood Will Tell" moves Kate's life forward in emotionally intense ways, draws on characters from previous books to add depth and continuity and still provides a satisfying mystery to be resolved.
I'm now in love with how Margurerite Gavin reads the books. She is the voice of Kate Shugak and I have finally understood that the slightly sing song style is an echo of a Native American story telling tradition
I strongly recommend this book to all readers looking for a "detective" that is also a human being they can care about and root for.
By now, Dana Stabenow has published twenty Kate Shugak novels. Books sixteen to twenty are available on audible.com. The earlier books are still being recorded. Brilliance Audio released book six, "Blood Will Tell" in June and Audible picked it up. Book seven "Break Up" is due to be released in September 2013. I'll be ordering it as soon as it's available on Audible.
This must be my 10th time reading/listening to Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series and as soon as I'm through, I'll start my 10th time on the Liam Campbell series.
Ms. Stabenow is an incredible storyteller, and in her writing, I find myself standing next to Kate as the story unfolds. I'm immersed into a rich culture, I can see Kate's determination to find the truth, and I find that even after the 10th time, I can't stop reading or listening to the audiobook until the story is finished.
Thank you Ms. Stabenow!
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