A Cold Day for Murder

A Cold Day for Murder

Book - 2011
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Kate Shugak, a former detective with the Anchorage District Attorney's office, is called out of her self-imposed isolation when she is recruited to find out what happened to a young national park ranger who disappeared during the Alaskan winter along with an investigator sent in to check on him.
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781590588734
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Stabenow Dana
Characteristics: 166 p. :,maps ;,23 cm.


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First book in Stabenow's Kate Shugak series

Private detective Kate Shugak and her dog. Alaska.

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RandomLibrarian Aug 07, 2019

Review excerpt: "TW/CW for series: murder, abuse, domestic violence, animal abuse, sexual abuse, child abuse.

Reading 'Jane Doe' by Victoria Helen Stone was the spark to my powder keg. The inferno it produced could only be fed with books that featured that same kind of enigmatic female protagonists. As an ardent fan of Killing Eve, I thought it was the protagonist’s psychopathy in Stone’s book which made Jane so compelling, but reading 'Maestra' by L. S. Hilton showed me how wrong I was on that count. Then began a – largely disastrous – deep dive into Amazon, seeking out women who were first and foremost independent agents: they make choices based on their own internal moral compass and are not swayed by external pressures. Yet, they can be soft and flawed and deeply human. In Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak, I found someone confident, unapologetic and unashamed."


Feb 22, 2018

I have never read any of Dana Stabenow's novels, but I am looking for a series to sink my teeth into. I love winter, I've never been to Alaska, and I love a good murder mystery. My internet search tells me this is where I should start. I think I'm in for a treat. Stay tuned!

Feb 22, 2018

Would like to read more of this series. Enjoyable read. Liked the change of a mystery set in Alaska, with it's neighbour, Canada.

Jan 20, 2018

Genuinely enjoyed the hard-boiled dialogue and the snippets of Aleut culture. And the writing triggered a craving for moose steak I never knew I had.
However, if even a total mystery noob like yours truly can finger the bad guy -- with one-third of the book left to go -- it remains unclear how gripping the rest of Kate's adventures will be.

Oct 16, 2017

I discovered Stabenow and her Kate Shugak character while perusing the library shelf. I love her writing. I really enjoy mystery novels. The added bonus for this series is the location of a fly-in territory of Alaska. Makes me want to go visit. Kate Shugak is a great character as well. What an amazing, smart, strong woman.
Dana is a wonderful story teller.

Jul 07, 2017

Easy to see why she won an Edgar, everything works and the locale is very interesting. If you wondered what people do in those long bleak winters this writer is going to give us some clues.

caj1222204441801 Apr 05, 2016

This author keeps getting better all the time. Kates character is amazing. Love her character. Cant wait till the next one I read.

Nov 15, 2015

I love mysteries. This is a good one. There is a cast of characters that you wouldn't meet anywhere else. Recommended by Diana Gabaldon "Outlander" series. I plan to read the rest of the Kate Shugak series.

Oct 11, 2015

I've read most of this series, but find it of middling interest. While the Alaska scenery is fascinating, the characters tend more toward irritating.

Sep 21, 2015

This first book in the series has Aleut Kate Shugak coming home from Anchorage to her homestead in the Park, where she's known to every Park rat, for good or ill. She's recovering, physically and emotionally from her last job in Anchorage, and working as a PI with her half husky, half wolf partner. Sets the stage for the entire series, with many of the continuing characters already well rounded. Alaska's definitely one of the main characters here.

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