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

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

by Dana Stabenow

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 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: 37,325
File size: 735 KB

About 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 0 ratings. 435 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
I liked the story, well written, easy to follow. I didn't figure out the 'who dunit' until close to the end of the book. I like mysteries that I can't easily figure out the how & who. So, I'll be reading more of her stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the author put more of the Alaska info than needed. Very confusing about her role due to her injury at an earlier "job". I think less swearing would have been better even though I know in real life people use those words. I wish we would have known more about Kate's earlier days. LL
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
Anonymous 8 months ago
The mystery is good enough, but it’s the Alaskan wilderness that really makes this story shine. If you like disaster/survival/apocalypse stories and mystery stories, this has it all!
jepeters333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s December in the Park, and a ranger is missing. It¿s no great loss to the rest of the Park rats, they figure he¿s stumbled into a snowbank and will re-emerge come breakup, just in time for the ground to thaw and them to bury him. But when the man sent to look for him also disappears, Kate Shugak, ex-investigator for the Anchorage D.A. and Park homesteader, is sent in search of them both.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First in the Kate Shugak series.Set in a National park in the Arcticwilderness area of Alaska near Anchorage, this series features a Native female protagonist, Kate Shugak, who, prior to the series opening was an investigator with the District Attorney¿s office in Anchorage. A horrific encounter with a child abuser left Kate both physically damaged--her throat was cut from ear to ear, damaging her vocal cords--and emotionally scarred. She resigned from the D.A.s office and returned to her homestead within the environs of the Park.But her former boss (and lover) will not leave her to her retirement, and engages Kate with an intriguing case of a Park ranger gone missing as well as the detective from the D.A.¿s office sent to find him.The setting is exotic and Stabenow, who is a native of Alaska, describes the equally exotic life of the ¿Park rats¿ very well. The writing is not terribly exciting, and the characters are pretty one-dimensional, no matter how Stabenow tries to dress them up. It¿s a good book and interesting so long as you don¿t expect top quality writing or plotting. But this was a first novel, and the premise is interesting enough to warrant further reading.Good for escape.
enemyanniemae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having read an advance readers copy of Though Not Dead and loving it, I decided to go back to the beginning and allow myself to be introduced to Kate Shugak good and proper. What can I say? I am in love with Dana Stabenow and her creation, Kate Shugak. Kate is an Alaskan native in every sense of the word. She can trace her Aleutian roots deep into the Alaskan soil and ice. She is living in a homestead cabin in the Park, away from civilization, with only her half-wolf/half-husky companion Mutt as company. She does not want to be bothered by anyone or anything, so she is not terribly pleased to hear the roar of the snow machine heading for her homestead. She is even less pleased to see who climbs off. After she is told that her help is needed to find not one but two missing people, a Park ranger and the man sent to find him, she is definitely unhappy. But she agrees to help because she knows that she is the only one who can find them. One of the things that I love about Dana Stabenow's writing is this: she alludes to things past without feeling the need to explain anything. She gives small glimpses, little teases, tiny but sometimes horrific snapshots. The reader is then allowed and encouraged to put these bits together and figure out what happened. No lengthy backstory is required. The snippets provided are plenty enough to understand. Another thing I love about Stabenow is the way she paints a portrait of the glorious Alaskan wilderness. She writes in such a way that I feel the deadly coldness through the pages. I can smell the crispness of the winter air. Stabenow opens little windows everywhere so you can peek into the souls of the characters, their lives, their cultures. And it's not always pretty. Or happy. Or fair. But it is what it is.And that's why I will continue reading this series. Besides, Kate and Mutt are the greatest kick-ass team around. On to book two.
chrissywest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Cold Day For Murder is the first in the Kate Shugak Series. It is also my first experience with author Dana Stabenow. I thought the book was just alright. It was only 200 pages long, so there was not alot of details or anything. I did enjoy the arctic setting and the details of native life and culture.
Jim53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Stabenow's series of mysteries featuring Kate Shugak. There are now 17 in the series, all set in Alaska, where the author grew up on a 75-foot fishing tender. Kate, once the star investigator of the Anchorage DA's office, has retreated to her grandfather's homestead after a horrific injury resulted from her encounter with a man who was molesting his own daughter. Kate's solitary existence is interrupted when her former boss and former lover, Jack Murphy, asks her to investigate the disappearance of a park ranger and the investigator whom Jack had sent to look for him. The two men disappeared inside "The Park," the large area populated by Native Alaskans (Aleuts in this case), and in which Kate grew up.I'm guessing that Kate's last name comes from the Chugach mpountains and park east of Anchorage. Stabenow has stated that for her as an author, the setting comes first, rather than characters or plot. ¿After I decide on a location, I figure out who lives there and what kind of trouble they can get up to. I was raised with Aleuts, many of whom were displaced from the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Chain by World War II, so I moved some of them to the Park, and Kate was born.¿Kate is an interesting character; she spends much of this book still getting over being mad at the world, her grandmother, and Jack. In subsequent volumes she deals more with issues related to her tribal identity and responsibilities. In A Cold Day for Murder, Stabenow tells a story of the tension between traditionalists, led and exemplified by Kate's grandmother, a tribal matriarch, and those who want to escape to the outside world or admit it to the Park. These aspects of the story are interesting; unfortunately they're about all there is. The mystery isvery slight and we aren't really offered the chance to solve it along with Kate. I found the book interesting,especially aftrer doing a bit of research in order to lead a discussion at my public library, but I would describe it as a novel centered around a mystery rather than a mystery. The style is competent and adequate to the story. It does not add anything to the tale Stabenow is telling, nor does it distract us from the story, which fanciness might have done. A short, fun read.
LindaGriffin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this several years ago as part of a book club. I remember that we read it in the summer and everyone commented about how cold they felt while reading it. LOL!Excellent descriptions of Alaska.
elliezann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kate Shugak is hibernating after a horrific crime forces her to leave the Anchorage DA's office. Now a park ranger and the investigator who was tracking him are missing and Kate must find them. With her dog, Mutt, she travels the frozen North finding clues among the natives, oil workers, and other "hostiles" of this territory.A good, fun read.