Breakup (Kate Shugak Series #7) [NOOK Book]

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When winter’s done, but spring has not yet fully-sprung, much of Alaska tuns 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 ...
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Breakup (Kate Shugak Series #7)

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Overview

When winter’s done, but spring has not yet fully-sprung, much of Alaska tuns 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.
Breakup is the seventh novel in Stabenow’s Edgar Award-winning Kate Shugak series, and is often-cited as a fan-favorite.
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Editorial Reviews

Robert Wade
[Dana Stabenow's] novels could be described as equal parts Sue Grafton and Tony Hillerman, with a dash of Carl Hiaasen thrown in ... Stabenow excels at portraying both the vast Alaskan wilderness and the peculiar breed of human beings who inhabit it ... if it's entertainment you're after, you can't do much better than this.
Diana Pinckley
Stabenow 's seventh Kate Shugak book is a cross between a Marx Brothers movie and "The Perils of Pauline" - a laugh-out-loud farce in mystery clothing. I just love what that girl can do with a Caterpillar.
Judith Kreiner
Every time I think Miss Stabenow has gotten as good as she can get, she comes up with something better. Wrap your ribs for safety, find a place where you will not be disturbed for a couple of hours, and indulge yourself.
Linda Duval
"Breakup" is ... an examination of a cultural microcosm - the residents of a small town enduring an insane time of year. It comes every year, and everything bad is attributed to it. It's also very funny, in a "Northern Exposure" sort of way. In all, it's an engaging look at a very specific way of life in a unique place...
Jane Dickenson
Breakup gallops along... The book's mystery is a dark thread of murder woven among Kate's adventures in the bush. Breakup 's thrills and chills - and there are plenty - revolve on the challenges of life in the North, rather than the challenges of criminal investigation. But Stabenow 's crisp writing and wonderful cast of characters with their Alaskan wit and wisdom will keep you cool on a hot day.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013034778
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/2011
  • Series: Kate Shugak Series , #7
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 34,998
  • File size: 529 KB

Meet the Author

Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and after having a grand old time working in the Prudhoe Bay oilfields on the North Slope of Alaska, making an obscene amount of money and going to Hawaii a lot, found it in writing.

Her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar award; her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list; her twentieth Kate Shugak novel, Bad Blood, will be released in February 2013.

Find her on the web at stabenow.com.
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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Great book!

    I am stoked that I stumbled upon this author, Ive read four so far and have bought two more! This one was the best yet. Great read......I give it five stars!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    wickedly humorous mystery

    One of the most enjoyable reads I have come across. The author piles one unexpected incident upon another until only a strong, resourceful, woman like Kate Shugak could bear up under the burden of infallibilty her fellow Alaskans feel free to thrust upon her I laughed out loud frequently and hated to have it end. Some of the professional reviewers seem to have the missed the humorous nature of the book and the intent of the author to portray the effects of surviving another long Alaskan winter upon its inhabitants. The publisher's cover art and interior grey splotches do not do this author's work justice.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    Best of the series

    In my opinion this is the best of the Shugak books, the description of th breakup period is mesmerizing, linking the changes in nature with the psychological answers to them. It also is the funniest of the books in this series I have read so far, a nice change of pace.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Okay for those following the Kate Shugak series.

    There are 27 Kate Shugak mystery novels to date regarding the rural Alaskan Aleut PI. You can skip this one and still have a lot of material left. A Cold Day for Murder, the first in the series, is a solid reading experience, making Breakup a comparative disappointment. If you are a devoted Kate Shugak reader, you will enjoy Breakup well enough. No boredom here, it runs at breakneck speed from beginning to end. It's just way over the top and devotes too little time to creating any identification much less empathy with any of its many characters. Maybe since its No. 7 in the series, the author assumed the groundwork had been laid and didn't bear repeating. Even assuming that rationale applies to recurring characters, it does not apply to new ones, who range from undeveloped to unlikely.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

    Fun time. Another good story

    I think Dana was having a good time with this one. I like this series. It teaches me about an area which I have never visited and a people I have never met. Nicely done.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Sometimes I struggle thru

    I enjoy Dana Stabenow's books, but sometimes it seems the descriptions and back story goes on forever. Great story lines, even with the constant reminder that I am having to back off from the "conservative attacks" and just read the story. This one seem to drag a little at times, but since I am trying to read the whole series about Kate Shugak, I stayed with it. Wish writers could leave their politics behind sometimes (Stabenow is not the only one, most seem to have this leaning). Having to ignore the fact that she seems to really dislike "right wing" conservatives" or anyone who seems to have those leanings makes the hair on my neck raise in response. So on with the story already...or I guess she feels that is the backdrop of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Absolutely recommended

    If you've never lived through Alaskan breakup, as I have, you may not get it, but the humor in this story kept me laughing all the way. Sure, there's a body, but that's her modus operendi. The combination of all those things that makes breakup so exciting are in this book. I laughed until I had tears. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who knows Shugak's work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Great Alaska content!

    I have all of her Alaska mysteries and they're all great! This one was quite fun, as well - in some ways the theme of what goes on at breakup was quite humorous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    my favorite so far!

    Full of mayhem, mischief, suspense and tons of humor to boot! This is a definite must read! Stabenow does it again!!!

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    This is must read of the Shugak series. My favorite.

    I enjoy all of the books in the Kate Shugak series. Breakup was fun and humerous depicting all the things happening in Breakup. For those who have lived in Alaska during Breakup when the ice melts and moves out, it will bring a smile to your face remembering your own springtime Breakup season. Different parts of the country experience different effects of going from winter to spring. Non so dramatic and entertaining as Dana Stabenow's BREAKUP.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Absolutety my favorite so far!

    I have actually read this book more than once, and each time I am still as hooked! Great mystery, and also very humurous! Murphy's Law is definitely in effect in Kate's life all through this book! I LOVED IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    This is my favorite Kate Shugak novel -- enjoyable from start to

    This is my favorite Kate Shugak novel -- enjoyable from start to finish.

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Check this out!

    The entire series is wonderful. You can't help but love this independent character. Read this one and all the others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Great Book

    This was my favorite of all the Kate Shugak Series! And funny!

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Super, funny book; a must read

    Great book, funny and exciting. Moves rapidly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    Always enjoy Kate Shugak stories

    Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2011

    good read but slow moving

    have read several Daa Stabenow books. this was a good book but a VERY slow read. kept reading expecting it to get better.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    I found this to be fair reading

    I probably wouldn't read future books by this author but I'm more into mysteries.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Really good read!

    It's spring thaw in Alaska when the people and bears go a little craxy. An easy read with lots of adventure and well drawn characters and as usual looks at the wilds of Alaska most of us will never experience up close.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Do not recommend this book.

    I did not enjoy this book at all. Thought it was poorly written, unbelievable characters, hard to follow at times, nothing believable about the story. Would not recommend.

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