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Play with Fire (Kate Shugak Series #5)

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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.

posted by Anonymous on September 9, 2000

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not a good read

I did not like this book at all

posted by sophieML on November 25, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2005

    A WINNER AS USUAL

    THE STIKING PART OF THIS CONTINUING ALASKAN MYSTERY SERIES IS THE DESCRIPTIVE WAY THIS AUTHOR WRITES. KATE IS WASHING OFF AFTER A DAY OF PICKING WILD BERRIES. YOU ARE WITH KATE AS SHE FLEXES AND PREENS AS A BALD EAGLE WOULD-YOU CAN FEEL THE WATER SLUCING DOWN HER BODY-THE MUSCLES AND TENDONS STRETCHING-THE COLD FROM THE STREAM INVADING HER BONES.IF YOU CAN'T GET A VIVID PICTURE IN YOUR MIND WITH THIS AUTHORS WRITINGS-GET HELP!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Loved it!

    Very good book! I am totally hooked on this series! Don't stop now!

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Love this series

    Reading this series is addictive. Kate is such an original character and her supporting cast never disappoints. The plots are always inventive and I am learning more than I ever thought I'd want to know about Alaska and its natives. I started with book #1 and am working my way through them, trying to ration so they will last me at least a few months.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Different....

    The story was great! As always, Dana gives wonderful descriptions of Alaska and it's people and history. The plot is a little troubling as it makes you question your own religious beliefs. Sometimes there are no easy answers. Sometimes it's hard to understand why people do questionable things in the name of religion.

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