In this mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, with a wonderful character - state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska - where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.
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"Fire And Ice" is a pretty good crime thriller. State trooper Liam Campbell steps off the plane at his new station in Newenham, Alaska and literally right into a murder scene. Talk about being tossed into the deep end! To complicate things, his predecessor leaves without giving him any kind of briefing or workup. Also, Liam's old flame is standing right there on the tarmac by the fresh body, making it a totally "WTF?" moment. Before he can even begin to come to grips with the murder at the airport, Liam is called away on another incident.
Liam never gets a chance to catch his breath as one incident follows on another. However, he doggedly presses on and eventually begins to tie the various threads of these seemingly disparate crimes together. Eventually we reach a conclusion with most of the bad guys paying for their crimes in one way or another.
This story gives us lots of action with murder, assaults, and old mysteries. Also, there is some romance (integral to the story), and more than one colorful, oddball characters. (Additionally, I learned much more about herring fishing than I ever expected to know.)
All in all, a good and interesting story.
I would not recommend this to a close friend because of the language used. It is not needed if the book is any good.
You have to go to another book if you want an ending.
The narrator did as she could but the written portion constantly uses God's name in vain as well as other abuses of language.
Hollywood seems enamored with foul language, so this may work for them.
Decent story line, very good reader but HOLD The LANGUAGE down some.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
Anyone who enjoys modern day mysteries, whose antagonist is slightly flawed and facing a midlife crisis would enjoy this book. Liam Campbell reminds me of Linda Barnes's Carlotta Carlyle mystery series or Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon. Or even Johnathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series has this same feel. Liam Campbell meets interesting characters who are realistic and colorful. Circumstances allow Liam, to almost fall directly upon the right clues and persons, which help him piece the mystery together.
This was a good introduction to the character Liam Campbell. The story set up the scene and characters for further follow up mysteries for Campbell to solve. The mystery was just half of the purpose of the book, so it wasn't that difficult to solve.
Dana Stabenow is an excellent writer. Having read/listened to her other series, Kate Shagak, Stabenow knows first hand about the setting of her books (Alaska) since she grew up there and I believe she still lives there as well. She even grew up on a fishing boat there too. With all this first hand knowledge, she is able to transport her readers to Alaska with her.
Margurerite's performance was well done. Her pace and characterizations were spot on. I know her for her narration of Kim Harrison's audio books The Hollows, and they are one of my favorite audio books.
The story starts out pretty intensely. A demoted State trooper is on his way to his new post in Alaska. When he gets there he gets off the plane in the middle of a crime scene. A man's head had been removed by a plane's propeller. The State trooper that was stationed there turns it over to Liam and without really briefing Liam on the job gets on the plane and leaves. Liam is thrust into one situation after another without having time to change into his uniform or even finding a place to live.
After the beginning the story sort of goes downhill. The description of Alaska and what it took to be a herring spotter were interesting but the rest of the story was kind of lame.
There was one reviewer who did a pretty good analysis of the book which I would have to agree with. Liam doesn't like himself so it's hard for us to like him.
Not have the characters cuss every third word. Normal people don't cuss like this, heck, sailors don't cuss like this. The story was not very believable. Wooden.
No. JUST THIS AUTHOR.
Not sure. She was wooden and didnt do the male voices well.
Anger, disbelief. Who can think that normal people take the Lord's name in vain 3 times in one 12 word sentence? I thought maybe one character was going to be trash mouthed, but most of the characters cuss constantly. I really think the author was going out of her way to take the Lord's name in vain as often as possible.
Did not make it to the halfway mark, mainly because of the language, but the story was not near good enough to put up with the rest.
Excellent whodunit...Alaska style. Our newly demoted Alaska cop finds himself in a small town with relationships that have existed for decades. He successfully navigates uniquely Alaskan issues and catches the bad guy. Where is the next book in the series?
This is a solid story and set of characters with a beautiful Alaskan backdrop. Still, I just wasn't able to connect with the lead character and it didn't leave me wanting to read more...
Not another Dana Stabenow book. The action, for the most part, was just bland. But the narration by Marguerite Gavin was really excellent.
The narration was great, but as far as the story goes, this book deserves a pass.
The real relationships. After living in Alaska the relationships between people were very close
I might have teamed her with a male reader. It would have been easier to listen to.
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