This is my favorite book in the Kate Shugak series. I laughed when I read this book. Some of the books have a more serious tone, but they are all good.
Either Stabenow was tipsy when she wrote this, or she deliberately set out to have fun and create a Warner Brothers cartoon. Reading suspiciously like several episodes of Northern Exposure rolled together (which one inspired the other, I wonder?), this book is a departure from her usual straight style with its (not-so) tongue in cheek humor wrapped around a mystery. Its madcap atmosphere is perfectly in tune with the story's setting, which is Alaska in the beginning of spring, called "breakup", a time when residents are going stir crazy as they anxiously await the end of winter. Kate's troubles begin when she encounters a bear on her homestead and narrowly escapes being its first spring meal, followed by a jet engine falling from the sky onto her truck in her yard, and then the discovery of a dead body under the ice. And that's just the beginning. This one is a rollicking good romp, though mystery purists be warned - this is another installment of the series where the murderer gets away with it.
Liked this book. Not quite a cozy and occasional language or adult themes but it was a quick and good read. Set in Alaska at ice and snow break up time when people start to go a little crazy.