Book Reviews of Play With Fire (Kate Shugak, Bk 5)

Play With Fire (Kate Shugak, Bk 5)
Play With Fire - Kate Shugak, Bk 5
Author: Dana Stabenow
ISBN-13: 9780425152546
ISBN-10: 0425152545
Publication Date: 5/1/1996
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 91 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Very disappointed in the anti-Christian rhetoric in this one. Really preachy against "organized religion"... I couldn't finish this book since every time I'd get through a church-bashing part and I thought the author was done with it, up it would come again.
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Helpful Score: 1
I got tired of reading Stabenow's books in random order and finally got all 17 of them. They are staying on my book shelf - the stories are good, but the rich backgrounds and descriptions make them keepers. She and Diana Gabaldon stay on my shelves, but thank heavens Dana Stabenow doesn't wait 5 years between books.
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Another good story. This time her client is a 10 year old boy.
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Well written, excellent characters, and a very thought-provoking story line.
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After a forest fire,Kate looks for mushrooms and finds a body.
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Fun in the fast read mystery genre. I enjoyed the Alaskan setting, which added a travel flair.
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From the Kate Shugak series

After a forest fire, Kate ventured into the charred woodlands to look for mushrooms.

Instead, she found a corpse, and a disturbing mystery.
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if you like shugak, you'll like this
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Another excellent Kate Shugak mystery set in Alaska, very pertinent to today's discussions of evolution and intelligent design.
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Kate Shugak is determined to find out how the body in the mushrooms got there. She is sure it wasn't an accident and sets out to prove it even though her life is threatened.
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Fun descriptions of Alaska with an investigator with the Ancorage DA's office. She finds a corpse and is lead to an isolated settlement of fundamentalist and down a road of secrets and suspicions.
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This is number five in the series and I thought it was the best one yet! Great characters, stunning description and a good plot. Great winter reading.
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Native Alaskan investigator Kate Shugak hunts for wild mushrooms after a forest fire and finds a corpse instead. It's a complicated and fascinating mystery.
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This is one of the more difficult of the series to read, because the bad guys do not get their comeuppance in the end. Kate finds a dead body in the woods after a forest fire has swept through. Although his death is deemed accidental, she is suspicious and investigates on her own, leading her to a community of religious fanatics. Stabenow uses her book to firmly express her own beliefs, which I wholeheartedly agree with, but the bitter and unsettling ending detracts from the enjoyment of the story, even as it faithfully reflects the truth of the adage that "life isn't fair". The characters as usual are marvelously drawn and very real, and as the series progresses we see Kate's character being more fleshed out and developing.
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As always, a good read.
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10 year old Matthew Seabolt, the product of a fanatical religious town (cult?) doesn't even report his missing father. Almost a year later, he finally, secretly hires Kate Shugak to find his father so that his nutso grandfather doesn't know. Of course, Kate had already found the body later identified as Danial Seabolt and now she's on a mission to find out how he wound up naked in the woods, why someone killed him and who done it.

I love this series since I'm a fan of Alaska but hated this story. The crazy, fanatical religious bulls**t got on my nerves and just reinforced my aetheist beliefs. I had to force myself to keep reading and just ignore the crazy zealots.