Kate Shugak

25 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 8,548 ratings

A Cold Day for Murder Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Dana Stabenow (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • A Cold Day for Murder

    • A Kate Shugak Mystery
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2,623
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,354
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2,352

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Gritty Realistic

    • By SMH on 09-01-16

    Regular price: $17.49

  • Book 2

    • A Fatal Thaw

    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 705
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 632
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 634

    On her homestead in the middle of twenty million acres of national Park, Aleut P.I. Kate Shugak is caught up in spring cleaning, unaware that just miles away another Park rat is planning a massacre. When the sound of gunfire finally dies away, nine of his neighbors lie dead in the snow.But did he kill all nine, or only eight? The ninth victim was killed with a different weapon. It’s up to Kate and her husky-wolf sidekick Mutt to untangle the life of the dead blonde with the tarnished past and find her killer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • On Audible at Last!!!

    • By Tracey on 01-13-13

    Regular price: $17.49

  • Book 3

    • Dead in the Water

    • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 3
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 401
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 354
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 355

    Once, Kate Shugak was the star investigator of the Anchorage D.A.'s office. Now she's gone back to her Aleut roots in the far Alaska north - where her talent for detection makes her the toughest crime-tracker in that stark and mysterious land.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kate Rocks the Boat

    • By Rusty on 07-04-18

    Regular price: $17.49

  • Book 4

    • A Cold-Blooded Business

    • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 4
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290

    A string of drug-related accidents at an oil company's rig in the Arctic Circle forces Kate Shugak to go undercover to scope out a cocaine connection along the TransAlaskan Pipeline. She's out to ID a major deal and shut down his operation. Of course, the deal has other ideas....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Immense, Immersive Enjoyment

    • By Blaine on 02-12-13

    Regular price: $17.49

  • Book 5

    • Play with Fire

    • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 5
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241

    A mushroom hunting foray turns gruesome when Kate Shugak stumbles across a burnt, decaying corpse amid a grove of morels. Was the deceased the hapless victim of last year's forest fire? Why has no one reported him missing? And why wasn't he wearing any clothes? Absent evidence of foul play, the troopers are inclined to call it death by misadventure; Kate's instincts suggest otherwise, leading her down a path that requires her to confront issues of community, faith, and free will.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Very little story, very much preaching.

    • By Pam Sturgess on 06-12-14

    Regular price: $17.49

  • Book 6

    • Blood Will Tell

    • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 6
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 246
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great.

    • By Mtnvet on 07-17-17

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 7

    • Breakup

    • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 7
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 248

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "I hate Breakup" was the funniest line in a great

    • By Rusty on 08-27-13

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  • Book 8

    • Killing Grounds

    • Kate Shugak, Book 8
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198

    It's fishing season, and Kate Shugak is working with Old Sam aboard the fish tender Freya when Cal Meany floats up dead. His reputation as a womanizer, strike breaker, and abusive father ensures that there are several suspects, multiple motives, and quite possibly more than one murderer. While Kate investigates the killing, her aunties mend nets, operate an illegal fish camp, and impart cultural wisdom to Jack and his son Johnny. Ultimately, Kate finds herself in grave danger, as even her aunts join the list of suspects.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Alaska's salmon season is the perfect backdrop.

    • By Kelly on 04-17-16

    Regular price: $17.49

  • Book 9

    • Hunter's Moon

    • Kate Shugak, Book 9
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211

    Guiding becomes a deadly business when Kate Shugak accepts a contract to shepherd a group of German computer executives on an Alaskan hunting retreat. As the fog rolls in and people start dying, Kate and her boyfriend Jack discover how very seriously their charges take the sport. A hunter's moon signals a season of gathering and plenty, but Kate finds herself out of resources and at her most vulnerable. She must find the strength to not only survive, but repay. This time, the guide becomes the huntress.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Best Kate Shaguk.

    • By Kelly on 04-22-16

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 10

    • Midnight Come Again

    • A Kate Shugak Novel
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    Kate, a former investigator for the Anchorage D.A. and now a P.I. for hire, is missing after a winter spent in mourning. Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin, Kate's best friend, needs her to help him work a new case. He discovers her hiding out in Bering, a small fishing village on Alaska's western coast, living and working under an assumed name, working hard, as 18-hour workdays seem to be her only justification for getting up in the morning.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Kate, lost in grief, is found by Jim Chopin

    • By Mike on 03-15-15

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 11

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  • Book 12

    • A Fine and Bitter Snow

    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    Set in Alaska, Edgar Award-winner Dana Stabenow's novels combine a rich portrait of life in the frozen north with taut suspense and top-notch characters. In this latest installment in the Kate Shugak series, the possibility of drilling for oil in a wildlife preserve near the home of the dynamic Aleutian P.I. has battle lines drawn. Things heat up when a ranger at the preserve loses his job for political reasons, but when a passionate conservation spokesperson is found poisoned, the war begins in earnest.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wanted the whole series after reading this.

    • By Jaime l on 03-21-13

    Regular price: $23.93

  • Book 13

    • A Grave Denied

    • A Kate Shugak Novel
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204

    Everyone knew Len Dreyer, a handyman for hire in the Park near Niniltna, Alaska, but no one knew anything else about him. Even Kate Shugak, who was planning to ask him to help build a small second cabin on her property, knew him. But she, the Park's unofficial P.I., seems to have known less about him than anyone.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Kate is finally home

    • By Mike on 04-02-15

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 14

    • A Taint in the Blood

    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    In Dana Stabenow's strongest novel to date, Aleutian P.I. Kate Shugak is hired by Charlotte Mauravieff to clear her mother's name. Twenty years ago, her mother was convicted of setting fire to the family home and killing one of her two sons, both inside the house at the time. Though the mother herself had accepted the life sentence without protest, Charlotte has always believed in her innocence.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • No taint in this story

    • By Tracey on 04-22-13

    Regular price: $27.93

    • A Taint in the Blood

    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    A daughter hires Kate Shugak to clear her mother's name. Twenty years ago, her mother was convicted of arson and murder, of setting fire to the family home while her two sons were inside. One died, and one was maimed. Her daughter has always believed in her innocence, though the mother herself had accepted the verdict and the life sentence without protest. Now the mother is terminally ill, and her daughter wants her free. But as Kate begins the investigation, it seems the mother isn't the only one who wants to leave the past alone.

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  • Book 15

    • A Deeper Sleep

    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    In A Deeper Sleep, P.I. Kate Shugak has been working on a case for the Anchorage D.A. involving the murder of a woman by the woman's husband. Louis Deem has been the subject of investigations before, and he's never been convicted. But Kate and state trooper Jim Chopin are convinced that, this time, he'll be punished for his actions. When he's found not guilty, Kate and Jim and the rest of Nilniltna, Alaska, are certain that a man has gotten away with murder.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Read this one & do not listen if you like the other books.

    • By Katherine Baldwin on 05-21-15

    Regular price: $31.93

    • A Deeper Sleep

    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Kate Shugak is determined to convict the odious Louis Deem, who has been arrested and tried for several serious crimes but never convicted. This time, Kate is convinced, it will be different. But when the jury returns a verdict of not guilty, Kate believes that Deem has literally got away with murder. And when, a few weeks later, two people are killed after an apparent robbery, Kate can't help but believe that Deem is involved...

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  • Book 16

    • Whisper to the Blood

    • A Kate Shugak Novel
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189

    Inside Alaska's biggest national park, surrounding the town of Niniltna, a gold mining company has started buying up land. The residents of the park are uneasy. Then there are two murders. Part-time P.I. and newly elected chairman of the Niniltna Native Association Kate Shugak has her hands very much full.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best one of the last few in the series

    • By Marilyn Armstrong on 07-30-17

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 17

    • A Night Too Dark

    • A Kate Shugak Novel
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 328
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192

    In Alaska, people disappear every day. In Aleut detective Kate Shugak’s Park, they’ve been disappearing a lot lately. Hikers head into the wilderness unprepared and get lost. Miners quit without notice at the busy Suulutaq Mine. Suicides leave farewell notes and vanish. Not only are Park rats disappearing at an alarming rate, but so is life in the Park as Kate knows it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really entertaining

    • By Sylvie on 10-25-10

    Regular price: $31.93

    • A Night Too Dark

    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In Alaska, somebody disappears every day. Hunters who head into the wilderness... Fishermen who brave the great rivers...Tourists who attempt to do both. But lately too many people have disappeared. And Kate is about to discover it's got something to do with the recent discovery of the world's second-largest gold mine in her very own backyard.

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