A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak Series #1)

A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak Series #1)

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by Dana Stabenow
     
 

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Somewhere in the hinterlands of Alaska, among the millions of sprawling acres that comprise "The Park," a young National Park Ranger has gone missing. When the detective sent after him also vanishes, the Anchorage DA's department must turn to their reluctant former investigator, Kate Shugak. Shugak knows The Park because she's of The Park, an Aleut who left her home…  See more details below

Overview

Somewhere in the hinterlands of Alaska, among the millions of sprawling acres that comprise "The Park," a young National Park Ranger has gone missing. When the detective sent after him also vanishes, the Anchorage DA's department must turn to their reluctant former investigator, Kate Shugak. Shugak knows The Park because she's of The Park, an Aleut who left her home village of Niniltna to pursue education, a career, and justice in an unjust world. Kate's search for the missing men will take her from self-imposed exile back to a life she'd left behind, and face-to-face with people and problems she'd hoped never to confront again.

First in the popular Kate Shugak series, A Cold Day for Murder earned Stabenow an Edgar Award, and established her as a new voice in Alaskan mystery writing.

Editorial Reviews

Publisher's Weekly - Penny Kaganoff
This whodunit rides the crest of today's styles: a female detective, a remote locale and the conflict between the traditional way of life (in this case Aleut) and modern America. Detective Kate Shugak became the top investigator for the Anchorage District Attorney's Office. But after getting her throat cut while apprehending a child abuser, she has retired to the Park, 20 million acres of Alaskan wilderness, snow and eccentrics--yet the children's cries keep reverberating in her head [...]
Penny Kaganoff
This whodunit rides the crest of today's styles: a female detective, a remote locale and the conflict between the traditional way of life (in this case Aleut) and modern America. Detective Kate Shugak became the top investigator for the Anchorage District Attorney's Office. But after getting her throat cut while apprehending a child abuser, she has retired to the Park, 20 million acres of Alaskan wilderness, snow and eccentrics—yet the children's cries keep reverberating in her head [...]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012208538
Publisher:
Gere Donovan Press
Publication date:
03/04/2011
Series:
Kate Shugak Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
199
Sales rank:
12,746
File size:
735 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 science fiction novel, Second Star, sank without a trace; 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. Stabenow is currently working on the third volume of her historical Silk and Song trilogy, set along the medieval Silk Road. She predicts that Kate Shugak will return in 2016.

Find her on the web at www.stabenow.com

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Cold Day for Murder 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 415 reviews.
sukie More than 1 year ago
Don't listen to anonymous critics! I love this series and have all of the books. Who is this mysterious Kate Shugak? What makes her tick? This character draws you into her life as she investigates various murders and happenings in her strange and interesting world. And Jack? Who wouldn't love Jack, the big mountain bear of a man..... And the Father of the Park? yum yum..... For this price, why not? I'm always looking for fun, quirky and sometimes dark characters to sink my teeth into, and this series is a definite gourmet. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. :)
Snoflinga More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader (several hundred books piled up in the "read" shelf on my Nook, I need more storage!) and mystery / suspense is my favorite genre. I read through the excellent reviews of this book and decided it would be a nice series to start through. I loved the concept of this book. I love the way the author paints the picture of life in rural Alaska. Unfortunately, that is as far as I can go in praise for it. In all the other ebooks I have read I don't think I've ever given a negative review, but this book compels the first. It was a slog. That's the best description I can give of it: reading this novel felt like trying to walk through a knee-high blizzard. The plot had no continuity, and the pace was unbearably slow. Through the vast majority of the book, not a thing happened. Not only in an action sense - not every book needs to be a thriller - but in a clues to the mystery sense. It just plodded along, without development to keep up any interest. The author devoted exceedingly large sections of the novel to develop the characters of different persons in the town, but then nothing was ever done with them. OK, we met _____, now we'll move on, they have no further relevance, let's go develop someone else. In short, I feel like this author has a real way with words, and can call up a scene like nobody's business. But her command of plot is weak, and it makes it difficult to follow the story or even maintain interest. I am not familiar with Ms Stabenow as a person, so if she is young or new to writing this is probably something she will mature into. In the meantime, I recommend giving this novel a miss. I hate to say so, I honestly feel that every book can be enjoyed for what it is, but this one was just too much effort to make it worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting to learn more about what life is like in Alaska. The plot was suspenseful and the main protagonist, Kate Shugak, comes off as tough, which she is, but she has a big heart and does the right thing. Many suspenseful moments that had me holding my breath.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alaskan PI Kate Shugak is an Aleut with prominent relations in the community. After a traumatic case experiencing emotional and physical damage at the hands of a felon while working for the police, she has retired though not yet 30 to live a secluded life in rural Alaska with only the most basic elements of homesteading other than books and generator-provided access to cassette tapes for comfort when not chopping wood and performing other wilderness chores. She earns money for her minimal needs by holding a business license which she uses to generate PI work. The Shugak series, of which A Cold Day for Murder is the first, covers her cases while also giving the reader access to her friends, relatives, and other quirky members of her community and offering a picture of modern Aleut and rural Alaskan life that is less than rosy particularly for lower 48 city slickers. The adventure of experiencing Kate's world will help most readers appreciate more the comforts of modern conveniences, public utilities, and animal control. Yet it strangely compelling enough to continue with the series, of which there are 27 books to date.
tarheels More than 1 year ago
It was more history than mystery. It had moments where you were wondering what was gonna happen. If you want to learn about Alaska then this is the book for you.
Nick Perna More than 1 year ago
This book had a decent story line, but lacked any depth. A quick read, but not worth more than $1.00!
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
The beginning of A COLD DAY FOR MURDER reminded me of a tall sequoia, as I stood on the uppermost branches, staring out at a picturesque world, before I slipped and then smacked every branch on the way down. Even though I’ve never been to Alaska, I feel like I could paint a picture of its vast wilderness and attractive scenery and include a few interesting characters to boot, if I should so desire. Several of the chapters began with multiple pages of description, the text coming to life right before my eyes, springing forth like a cactus in the desert. It wasn’t until I was about 36% through this tale on my Kindle (this transfers to roughly 71 pages into the print edition) before the mystery really took hold and took off. Had it not been for some lovely description and Kate’s straightforward, no-holds-barred mentality, I might have given up on this novel earlier. As it stands, though, I was rather glad I pushed through. Even though Kate isn’t the most likeable character, I really enjoyed her toughness and even found her abrasiveness rather amusing most of the time. She’s a character with some rough edges that I’m sure will get smoothed out in one of her later adventures. As for the other characters, none are as fleshed out as Kate Shugak, but all showed signs of life and enough enthusiasm for further tales. The mystery proved interesting and engaging, but at times it felt like it took a backseat to the characters and the scenery. In the end, though, this was an enjoyable read from the first page to the last, it all fit together perfectly, and I look forward to catching up on more of Kate’s exploits. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice detective story set in Alaska
CatBandit More than 1 year ago
Kate Shugat took less than a day to become one of my favorite people. The detective story is a good one, the pace is fast, and the background makes you feel you have stepped into the "real" Alaska. Good job, Dana!! No, GREAT job!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
my first book by dana stabenow: now i'm going to check out all her others. surprise ending.....i won't tell anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first i wasnt sure i would like this book, but after a few pages i was hooked. I really reccommend thiis book and look forward to reading more of this authors books. Im so happy to have found a new (for me) author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I especially loved was how the book took me right back to my memories of living in Alaska. I even had my own Mutt wolf-dog. I applaud the way the author wrote of the "bush" way of life. Very realistic, but she just skimmed the erosive problems the Natives are having with alcoholism and loosing their young to outside influences. It's tragic.
pjshobbi More than 1 year ago
First time reading this author/series. At first wasn't too sure about the story line, started off so slow with too much detail. But now that I have gotten past the setup stage, am finding the story is starting to grab my interest. Lots of graphic detail; but have found much necessary - actually helps the reader's mind imagine the scenic background. You can actually see the characters as described in the story line. Although I am only into the set up & the main character hasn't actually gotten into the "full hunt"; I am already thinking about ordering the next book of the series. Would definitely recommend this author to a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a little slow in the beginning but once all of the characters were introduced it did pick up and held my interest. I plan on reading the next book in the series to give her another try.
MzTazFix More than 1 year ago
I loved this book...I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. CJ
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Disapointing. Setting was very interesting but plot is weak, characters not believable. Formula inclusion of near-death episode, then sex is trite.
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It was very interesting, detail wise, and was a well written mystery, hard to put down.
xxzz More than 1 year ago
Dana Stabenow really takes you to the wilderness, awesome descriptions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the setting, the wilderness park in Alaska which is like a character too, and I enjoyed meeting all the characters. I liked that the author portrays Native people with flaws, complexity, good and bad qualities like everyone else, not stereotypes or politically correct characters. At the same time that characters of different races and already mixed races are falling in love, hooking up, taking care of each other or working with each other, the real issues between them are felt and spoken of as well. I liked how we meet Kate living alone in the bush at the beginning, and the mystery draws her out of her hermit- like life . We gradually learn about her and her skills and why she has quit detective work. She is really put through the wringer in this first novel! Thank goodness she has Mutt, at least, a terrific canine companion. I didn't guess whodunnit, which is good and I am intrigued by the sample of the second in the series, which I definitely want to read. I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a good mystery!
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Sagesplottwister More than 1 year ago
Dana Stabenow can write! She says things with mere innuendo. The story is solid, the characters flawed enough to be very interesting and the setting somewhere I will never be, but feel like I have been now. More, more, more.