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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Cold Day for Murder 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 421 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 25 days ago
This was a really good book. The story was excellent and the descriptions of Alaska were absolutely amazing. I could actually see the landscapes in my mind’s eye.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must have missed something. Who was the killer at the end?
DivaDeluxe More than 1 year ago
Good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as I hoped, storyline SLOW characters not likable and very flat, disappointed but only cost $.99 maybe worth that price
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disapointing. Setting was very interesting but plot is weak, characters not believable. Formula inclusion of near-death episode, then sex is trite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago