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Restless in the Grave (Kate Shugak Series #19)

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

What a week!

This latest Kate Shugak novel imports the protagonist from another Stabenow series, Liam Campbell, relegating Jim Chopin, Kate’s lover, to a walk-on role. It also takes place far away from her home base in Alaska, The Park. Liam has a problem, and he visits Jim for his...
This latest Kate Shugak novel imports the protagonist from another Stabenow series, Liam Campbell, relegating Jim Chopin, Kate’s lover, to a walk-on role. It also takes place far away from her home base in Alaska, The Park. Liam has a problem, and he visits Jim for his help. It appears a leading citizen of Niniltna, Liam’s base, has died in an airplane crash, which might or might not have been an accident. Liam’s wife could well be classified as a potential suspect if, indeed, it was a murder. Jim suggests Kate undertake an investigation.

So Kate goes undercover in Niniltna, taking a position as barmaid in a bar and grill, while attempting to learn what had taken place. And of course, she hears gossip and learns information little by little, taking her as far away as an outer island in the Alaskan chain and, along the way, a look into a possible murder widens to a much wider scope.

As in previous entries in the series, descriptions of the Alaskan environment, both as to people and land, are outstanding, especially the effects of economic development on the state’s residents. The plot is somewhat different from the prior Shugak novels, given the wider scope afforded by the new location far away from her beloved “Park” and the “Park Rats.” It could well be looked at as a standalone, except for the fact that the characters are the same as in the two series for which the author is well-known. Recommended.

posted by tedfeit0 on June 24, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I always enjoy the glimpse of Alaska (however fictionalized) and

I always enjoy the glimpse of Alaska (however fictionalized) and was glad to have both Liam and Kate (and Mutt!) in one book...but why, oh why, did the author have to insert so much of her political viewpoints into the book? They added nothing to the story and were comp...
I always enjoy the glimpse of Alaska (however fictionalized) and was glad to have both Liam and Kate (and Mutt!) in one book...but why, oh why, did the author have to insert so much of her political viewpoints into the book? They added nothing to the story and were completely annoying; I can't believe that extraneous crud made it past editing - I guess editors have little power against established authors?

posted by 482516 on May 30, 2012

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