Kate Shugak

20 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 161 ratings

A Cold Day for Murder Summary

Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow. A Park ranger with powerful relatives is missing, and now the investigator Jack sent in to look for him is missing, too.

Reluctantly, Kate, along with Mutt, her half-wolf, half-husky sidekick, leaves her wilderness refuge to follow a frozen trail through the Park, twenty thousand square miles of mountain and tundra sparsely populated with hunters, fishermen, trappers, mushers, pilots and homesteaders. Her formidable grandmother and Native chief, Ekaterina Shugak, is — for reasons of her own — against Kate’s investigation; her cousin, Martin, may be Kate’s prime suspect; and the local trooper, Jim Chopin, is more interested in Kate than in her investigation. In the end, the sanctuary she sought after five and a half years in the urban jungles may prove more lethal than anything she left behind in the city streets of Anchorage.

©2011 Dana Stabenow (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • A Cold Day for Murder

    • A Kate Shugak Mystery
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 37

    Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic!

    • By Janine on 02-06-14

    Regular price: £16.49

  • Book 2

    • A Fatal Thaw

    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    On her homestead in the middle of twenty million acres of national Park, Aleut P.I. Kate Shugak is caught up in spring cleaning, unaware that just miles away another Park rat is planning a massacre. When the sound of gunfire finally dies away, nine of his neighbors lie dead in the snow.But did he kill all nine, or only eight? The ninth victim was killed with a different weapon. It’s up to Kate and her husky-wolf sidekick Mutt to untangle the life of the dead blonde with the tarnished past and find her killer.

    Regular price: £18.39

  • Book 3

    • Dead in the Water

    • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 3
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Once, Kate Shugak was the star investigator of the Anchorage D.A.'s office. Now she's gone back to her Aleut roots in the far Alaska north - where her talent for detection makes her the toughest crime-tracker in that stark and mysterious land.

    Regular price: £18.39

  • Book 4

    • A Cold-Blooded Business

    • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 4
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    A string of drug-related accidents at an oil company's rig in the Arctic Circle forces Kate Shugak to go undercover to scope out a cocaine connection along the TransAlaskan Pipeline. She's out to ID a major deal and shut down his operation. Of course, the deal has other ideas....

    Regular price: £18.39

  • Book 5

    • Play with Fire

    • Kate Shugak Series, Book 5
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    A mushroom hunting foray turns gruesome when Kate Shugak stumbles across a burnt, decaying corpse amid a grove of morels. Was the deceased the hapless victim of last year's forest fire? Why has no one reported him missing? And why wasn't he wearing any clothes? Absent evidence of foul play, the troopers are inclined to call it death by misadventure; Kate's instincts suggest otherwise, leading her down a path that requires her to confront issues of community, faith, and free will.

    Regular price: £18.39

  • Book 6

    • Blood Will Tell

    • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 6
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    It's a crisp, snowless October in The Park. The root cellar is full, the cordwood is stacked, the oil drums are filled and there’s a freshly-butchered moose in her cache, but Kate Shugak must leave her cabin and head into the chaos of Anchorage, where the Alaska Federation of Natives’ annual convention is being held. Why? Because board members of the Niniltna Native Association have been dying...board members who just happened to oppose a lucrative new development project.

    Regular price: £18.39

  • Book 7

    • Breakup

    • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 7
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Alaskan

    • By Jam on 13-06-18

    Regular price: £18.39

  • Book 8

    • Killing Grounds

    • Kate Shugak, Book 8
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    It's fishing season, and Kate Shugak is working with Old Sam aboard the fish tender Freya when Cal Meany floats up dead. His reputation as a womanizer, strike breaker, and abusive father ensures that there are several suspects, multiple motives, and quite possibly more than one murderer. While Kate investigates the killing, her aunties mend nets, operate an illegal fish camp, and impart cultural wisdom to Jack and his son Johnny. Ultimately, Kate finds herself in grave danger, as even her aunts join the list of suspects.

    Regular price: £18.39

  • Book 9

    • Hunter's Moon

    • Kate Shugak, Book 9
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Guiding becomes a deadly business when Kate Shugak accepts a contract to shepherd a group of German computer executives on an Alaskan hunting retreat. As the fog rolls in and people start dying, Kate and her boyfriend Jack discover how very seriously their charges take the sport. A hunter's moon signals a season of gathering and plenty, but Kate finds herself out of resources and at her most vulnerable. She must find the strength to not only survive, but repay. This time, the guide becomes the huntress.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Top Notch

    • By Jam on 24-06-18

    Regular price: £18.39

  • Book 10

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  • Book 12

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  • Book 14

    • A Taint in the Blood

    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    A daughter hires Kate Shugak to clear her mother's name. Twenty years ago, her mother was convicted of arson and murder, of setting fire to the family home while her two sons were inside. One died, and one was maimed. Her daughter has always believed in her innocence, though the mother herself had accepted the verdict and the life sentence without protest. Now the mother is terminally ill, and her daughter wants her free. But as Kate begins the investigation, it seems the mother isn't the only one who wants to leave the past alone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Alaskan Detective

    • By Jam on 28-06-18

    Regular price: £15.09

  • Book 15

    • A Deeper Sleep

    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Kate Shugak is determined to convict the odious Louis Deem, who has been arrested and tried for several serious crimes but never convicted. This time, Kate is convinced, it will be different. But when the jury returns a verdict of not guilty, Kate believes that Deem has literally got away with murder. And when, a few weeks later, two people are killed after an apparent robbery, Kate can't help but believe that Deem is involved...

    Regular price: £18.59

  • Book 16

    • Whisper to the Blood

    • Liam Campbell, Book 16
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Inside Alaska's biggest national park, surrounding the town of Niniltna, a gold mining company has started buying up land. The residents of the park are uneasy. Then there are two murders. Part-time P.I. and newly elected chairman of the Niniltna Native Association Kate Shugak has her hands very much full.

    Regular price: £27.09

  • Book 17

    • A Night Too Dark

    • A Kate Shugak Novel
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    In Alaska, people disappear every day. In Aleut detective Kate Shugak’s Park, they’ve been disappearing a lot lately. Hikers head into the wilderness unprepared and get lost. Miners quit without notice at the busy Suulutaq Mine. Suicides leave farewell notes and vanish. Not only are Park rats disappearing at an alarming rate, but so is life in the Park as Kate knows it.

    Regular price: £27.19

    • A Night Too Dark

    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1

    In Alaska, somebody disappears every day. Hunters who head into the wilderness... Fishermen who brave the great rivers...Tourists who attempt to do both. But lately too many people have disappeared. And Kate is about to discover it's got something to do with the recent discovery of the world's second-largest gold mine in her very own backyard.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Chapters are mixed up in this version

    • By Ms. Sandra Cleaver on 18-01-15

    Regular price: £20.69

  • Book 18

    • Though Not Dead

    • A Kate Shugak Novel
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    The residents of Alaska’s largest national park are stunned by the death of one of their oldest members, 87-year-old Old Sam Dementieff...even private investigator Kate Shugak. Sam, a lifelong resident, dubbed the “father” of all of the Park rats - even though he had no children of his own - was especially close to Kate, his niece, but even she is surprised to discover that in his will he’s left her everything, including a letter instructing her simply to, “find my father".

    Regular price: £33.89

  • Book 20

    • Bad Blood

    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Kate Shugak is a native Aleut working as a private investigator in Alaska. She's 5 foot 1 inch tall, carries a scar that runs from ear to ear across her throat and owns a half-wolf, half-husky dog named Mutt. Resourceful, strong-willed, defiant, Kate is tougher than your average heroine - and she needs to be to survive the worst the Alaskan wilds can throw at her. One hundred years of bad blood between two Alaskan villages comes to a boil when the body of a young Kushtaka man is found wedged in a fish wheel.

    Regular price: £17.19

  • Book 21

    • Less Than a Treason

    • Kate Shugak, Book 21
    • By: Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Two thousand people go missing in Alaska every year. They vanish in the middle of mountain footraces, on fishing boats in the Bering Sea, on small planes in the Bush. Now a geologist known for going walkabout with his rock hammer has disappeared from the Suulutaq Mine in the Park. Was it deliberate? An accident? Foul play? Kate Shugak may be the only person who can find out. But for the fact that Kate, too, is among the missing....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kate is back

    • By Joanna Crowson on 04-05-18

    Regular price: £25.79