When winter's done, but spring has not yet fully sprung, much of Alaska turns to slush. Locally, it's called "breakup," and it's a…messy time of year. It's certainly messy for Kate Shugak; between doing her taxes, being chased by grizzlies, and getting shot at by feuding families, she has to cope with an NTSB investigation that hits very close to home. Then, of course, there's the body in the woods. And up at the old mining town. And…being Kate Shugak, somehow she can't leave well enough alone, and begins to tease apart a well-planned and surprising crime.
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Avid reader for 45 years
Absolutely - love the whole series
Humor, romance and mystery all in one book
I love Mutt best, even though she doesn't say much.
I can't wait until every book in the series in available on Audible
I love these books and I think that so far this has been the best of them. Really enjoyed this one. Love Kate and the cast of characters that are her friends and family.
Marguerite Gavin does a wonderful job with the narration as always. I wish the next two would hurry up and get done on audio. Sure I could read them but for these it just wouldn't be enough.
Kate, who stands tall where others might shy away and let things slide.
Again, Kate, a person to aspire to.
The burning. Because it illustrates what happens when people stop thinking for themselves.
I was angry in the knowledge that this kind of situation exists today and that biggots and bullies will force their will on others. And although the end is realistic I wished for a different solution.
Will keep buying this series, the stories are great and the narrator very good.
Kate Shugak is usually a gauranteed good book. This one felt like a collection of stories sewn together with Kate as witness and active participant. At the end of each scene or story was the phrase I hate Breakup or some variation. It was okay but that's all I can really say. I hope the next book is better.
"A less spectactular Shugak"
Previous books in the series have been 4-5 star listens to me. The story was less rich and complex than previous books in the series and the characters less fully drawn. As a more run of the mill mystery it still sort of works but Shugak novels are generally more than that and the culprit less monotone.
Yes, but worry the series may be declining.
The performance needed more pacing and tonality this time around.
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