©2004 Dana Stabenow; (P)2004 Books on Tape Inc.
"A Taint in the Blood, like its predecessors, can be read on two levels - as a cleverly-executed thriller with an intriguing protagonist or as a fascinating exploration of an exotic society with its own unique culture. Either way, you can't lose." (San Diego Union-Tribune)
"Among the best in a consistently strong series. Along with the series' typical appealing features - Kate's erotically charged romantic life with Trooper Jim Chopin; delightful character sketches of various residents of the Alaskan bush, including a dog named Mutt; and, of course, the vivid rendering of the Alaskan landscape - Stabenow adds a new element this time: setting the case in Anchorage allows her to portray Kate dealing with life in the city and to consider Alaskan history outside the backcountry." (Booklist)
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!)
This book is a departure for Kate Shugak -- she is hired by a wealthy woman to free her mother from prison due to a conviction on the arson murder of her eldest son over 30 years before. Kate reluctantly accepts the case, which takes her to Anchorage with Jim Chopin on her heels.
This is a good mystery and it is interesting to see Kate mingling with high society; but this novel does suffer from departure from the Park and its denizens. Also, there is a lot more sex in this novel than in previous novels, which might be a bit off-putting to some fans.
I found the mystery intriguing and this novel a difficult one to which to stop listening. Highly recommend.
As usual, Gavin delivers an excellent performance.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Always a good mystery and great with the romance. The Narrator was pretty good. I've heard better but I've definitely heard worse. She wasn't monotonous and kept me interested. I haven't been up on all the series but had read a few of the earlier ones and 4 of the previous books and was looking for more electricity between Kate and Jim. Definitely not disappointed. Lots of fun.
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