When winter's done, but spring has not yet fully sprung, much of Alaska turns to slush. Locally, it's called "breakup," and it's a...messy time of year. It's certainly messy for Kate Shugak; between doing her taxes, being chased by grizzlies, and getting shot at by feuding families, she has to cope with an NTSB investigation that hits very close to home. Then, of course, there's the body in the woods. And up at the old mining town. And...being Kate Shugak, somehow she can't leave well enough alone, and begins to tease apart a well-planned and surprising crime.
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Into intelligent thrillers, mysteries and fantasy with humour and a well woven story. Historical and political fiction also interests me.
Previous books in the series have been 4-5 star listens to me. The story was less rich and complex than previous books in the series and the characters less fully drawn. As a more run of the mill mystery it still sort of works but Shugak novels are generally more than that and the culprit less monotone.
Yes, but worry the series may be declining.
The performance needed more pacing and tonality this time around.
""I hate Breakup" was the funniest line in a great"
Absolutely - love the whole series
Humor, romance and mystery all in one book
I love Mutt best, even though she doesn't say much.
I can't wait until every book in the series in available on Audible
"Really good. Best one yet."
I love these books and I think that so far this has been the best of them. Really enjoyed this one. Love Kate and the cast of characters that are her friends and family.
Marguerite Gavin does a wonderful job with the narration as always. I wish the next two would hurry up and get done on audio. Sure I could read them but for these it just wouldn't be enough.
"Frustrating but good"
Kate, who stands tall where others might shy away and let things slide.
Again, Kate, a person to aspire to.
The burning. Because it illustrates what happens when people stop thinking for themselves.
I was angry in the knowledge that this kind of situation exists today and that biggots and bullies will force their will on others. And although the end is realistic I wished for a different solution.
Will keep buying this series, the stories are great and the narrator very good.
"My favorite so far in this series"
The storyline has more humor than the previous books and I found myself laughing out loud in places. Marguerite Gavin is just wonderful as usual, bringing all Ms Stabenow's characters to life.
There were several laugh out loud moments. The characters are just so vivid as are the descriptions of the locations. A fun read and I appreciated the subtle references to Gabaldon's books.
"I loved Breakup."
Alaska's Spring thaw was the backdrop for the story, provided the intriguing title and supplied a a large dose of comedic relief. Kate Is still the stubborn, strong, loyal protagonist who prides herself on her heritage, education, friendships and steadfastness. I was extremely disappointed in her portrayal in the last book when she strayed far, far over the bounds of honesty by becoming a stalker, identity thief and burglar. Thankfully she is back to her old self.
Bobby is also back -- and I love him. My favorite character my just be Alaska. The descriptions of Alaska keep getting better and it has truly become its own character, which I also love.
I am looking forward to #8.
Exciting. Familiar characters. Comic relief by Alaska spring thaw. Im reading the Kate Shugak series from start to finish; this was the most intriguing--each story enlightens Shugak's Native American roots, along with the difficulty tribal life faces. In the beginning, Kate faces a really bad day and I'm LMAOROF. This isn't really a chick-book...honest! It's a murder mystery wrapped in Alaska lore and executed by an off-the-grid Alaskan woman. Where's #8?
"Very good. Quite funny, great read as always"
The series keeps getting better and better!! Love the adventure s with Mandy's parents. Don't miss this one!
Kate Shugak is usually a gauranteed good book. This one felt like a collection of stories sewn together with Kate as witness and active participant. At the end of each scene or story was the phrase I hate Breakup or some variation. It was okay but that's all I can really say. I hope the next book is better.
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