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

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A KATE SHUGAK MYSTERY

When a young national park ranger disappears during the long Alaskan winter, everyone assumes the cold got him. But when an investigator goes in after him and fails to return, Kate Shugak suspects it's more than the weather. With her Husky-breed, Mutt, as an ally, she goes hunting for answers among the pipeliners, Aleuts, and marginal eccentrics of the rugged American ...

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Overview

Part 0 Of One Parts

A KATE SHUGAK MYSTERY

When a young national park ranger disappears during the long Alaskan winter, everyone assumes the cold got him. But when an investigator goes in after him and fails to return, Kate Shugak suspects it's more than the weather. With her Husky-breed, Mutt, as an ally, she goes hunting for answers among the pipeliners, Aleuts, and marginal eccentrics of the rugged American North. What she finds is thin ice between lies and loyalties...between justice served and the bare face of cold-blooded murder.

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original.

"A fascinating mystery: original, suspenseful and deftly written. A brisk breath of arctic air."(Stefanie Matteson, author of MURDER AT TEATIME)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. When a park ranger--a congressman's son--disappears, as does the investigator sent after him, the FBI and Shugak's old boss ask for her help. In the process Shugak gets shot at twice and readers get a guided tour of the local landmarks, including Shugak's manipulative grandmother's house in Niniltna (pop. 800) and Bernie's Roadhouse, site of a hilarious showdown between two drunken pipeline workers with a stolen 30-ton excavating machine and a helicopter-flying state trooper. Stabenow's ( Second Star ) tale lacks tension, and Shugak's unfocused anger at the world seems a bit forced, but overall this is an enjoyable and well-written yarn. (June)
School Library Journal
YA-- Up in the cold Alaskan countryside, a young National Park Ranger disappears. When the investigator on the case also vanishes, it's time for detective Kate Shugak to start hunting for answers. For those who like murder mysteries, female sleuths, and books set in Alaska, this is the one.
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"[A]n enjoyable and well-written yarn."—Publishers 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 [...]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425133019
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Series: Kate Shugak Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 219,073
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

I was born in Anchorage, Alaska on March 27, 1952, and raised on a 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska.She received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Alaska. After graduation she spent one more summer knee-deep in humpies and blew everything she earned on a four-month backpacking trip to Europe. There, she discovered English pubs, German beer and Irish men.

She enrolled UAA’s MFA program and wrote her published her first novel. Her Kate Shugak series won the Edgar Award for Best New Mystery in 1993.  Her 18th book in the series is due out in Feb 2011.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Buy this ebook! It is so worth it.....

    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. :)

    23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Thick on descriptive language, thin on plot

    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.

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2011

    Ok, but not great.

    This book had a decent story line, but lacked any depth. A quick read, but not worth more than $1.00!

    12 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Great book

    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.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Recommended for Alaskan mystery lovers.

    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.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Not what l expected

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Enjoyable

    Nice detective story set in Alaska

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    A wonderful intro to Alaskan fiction

    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!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    easy, interesting read

    my first book by dana stabenow: now i'm going to check out all her others. surprise ending.....i won't tell anymore.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Great

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    The beginning of A COLD DAY FOR MURDER reminded me of a tall seq

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Memories

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Recommend

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    OK

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Skip It!

    I prefer books that do not use vulgar language. You do not need to swear in order to write a good book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Very good

    I loved this book...I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.



    CJ

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    book club

    Another recent choice for book club. Not a bad read but I had a hard time getting to know the characters or caring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    The beginning of a great series

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Dew

    &#13207&omega was here...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Deimos

    Try me...

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