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Ashes to Ashes
Kate Shugak and Mutt are front and center in another great mystery novel. Kate and her wheel chair bound Vietnam Vet friend (and ex-lover) Bobby, and a pickup named Dinah (who had come up the Alcan and run out of money) are picking morels. After the previous seas...
Kate Shugak and Mutt are front and center in another great mystery novel. Kate and her wheel chair bound Vietnam Vet friend (and ex-lover) Bobby, and a pickup named Dinah (who had come up the Alcan and run out of money) are picking morels. After the previous season¿s forest fires, morel picking is outstanding and buyers are up from the lower 48. So these three are camped out loading buckets, making money and enjoying life. Until Kate and Dinah stumble upon a body in the ashes. It has been there awhile ¿ long enough to have mushrooms growing out of it¿s skin and ash. After they report it, Kate is visited by a small boy, Matthew, that wants to hire her to find his father who is missing. It doesn¿t take long to put two and two together. The body is his father ¿ Daniel Seabolt. His body has been there since the previous year and he is naked ¿ miles from the nearest water or road. As Kate learns more about Daniel and his father, the Reverend Simon Seabolt, the pastor of a fundamentalist church, the more she believes his father had something to do with his son¿s death. The church is almost a cult for most of the town. Daniel had been a teacher of science and there had been a huge controversy about his teaching of evolution at the school with the parishioners and his father leading the charge. Stabenow does an excellent job again of laying out a complex mystery with the grandeur of Alaska. Having lived there many years ago, I can almost feel the air and heat, smell the forest and hear the wind. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting a great summer diversion.
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