This is one of my favorites in the Kate Shugak series. A man goes berserk on the first day of spring in Alaska and goes on a killing spree. After he is captured, they discover that one of the victims was shot with a different gun, and Kate is tasked to find the other killer. Stabenow knows how to weave a good twisting tale, and her respect for the native Alaskan culture is evident. The story is nicely capped off by her sweeping prose at the final scene that brings the mountains to life in all their magnificent glory.
Stabenow's series is a quick and enjoyable read - not a lot of deep thought, but stories move quickly and the information about Alaskan culture is my favorite feature of this series.
Once again, I absolutely loved this book but probably because I love Alaska. I find all the little every day things interesting and I like the interpersonal relationships between such close neighbors in the wilderness of the great state of Alaska. Interestingly enough this is the exact same stuff I hate in other books. The mystery in interesting and the way Kate breaks it down is fascinating.
The second book in the Kate Shugak series -- good story telling, colorful characters. I can hardly wait to read more of these.
Interesting and fast paced.On the first day of spring,a man goes beserk and kills e of his neighbors.
The 2nd in the Kate Shugak series of mysteries, set in Alaska.
Former investigator for the Anchorage DA, Kate has gone home to her Aleut roots.
On the first day of Spring, a man goes berserk, killing 8 of his neighbors. Nine bodies are found, inclusing a blonde with a "tarnished" past.
Kate and "Mutt" must find the suspects before they disappear into the Alaskan snowscape.
I liked this one much better than the previous.
I really enjoyed this mystery. It reminds me of Ruth Rendell's work. The Alaskan setting is not mundane. I think most people will enjoy watching Kate Shugak deduce who hid a murder in the midst of a madman's spree.
#2 in the Kate Shugak series
Book 2, of Kate Shugak Mystery
On the first day of spring a man went berserk, killing eight of his neighbors. Only there were NINE bofies lying in the snow. The last victim was a golden blonde with a tarnished past - and her killer was still at large. Its up to Kate Shugak and her husky, Mutt, to track down the syspescts - before the murderer melts baack into the snowscape. But the guilty party could be anyone, because in the Alaskan springm, old hatreds warm up quickly.
This was a fine read. She weaves a very grand tale starting with a real bang. She continues with a great cast of characters which never fail to please.
This book was a very interesting murder mystery with a mix of Alaskan history. It was a fast, easy read and very entertaining. Love Kate's independent nature and the relationship she has with her dog. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
After reading this the second book in author Stabenow's installment of Kate Shugak mysteries, I can say it is somewhat of an improvement over her 1st attempt at a novel. Still for me there is something lacking in the story, some of the characters I will admit I do like such as her friend Bobby a disabled veteran of the Vietnam wars who is colorful and humorous, and Bernie the bartender of a local bar. They add to the writing, but that is about where it stops. The story for me was somewhat predictable, slows at times, and didn't have much suspense. The book I would say overall didn't lag, as it was only 198 pages, yet the pages didn't exactly fly off for me either! I am used to reading a lot of mysteries and some of my favorite authors I can't wait to pick another one of their books that they have penned, while so far I have used Stabenow's books as a filler in between them as such. I am probably going to give a few more of her novels a shot in hopes that as the second improved on the 1st, maybe the third will improve on the 1st and second!!
Was OK.....knew who the killer was almost at once....I liked Mutt...and I enjoyed learning of of the cultural aspects of the Native Alaskans........