A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow

Author: Dana Stabenow
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genre: Murder-Mystery


When a National Park ranger is reported missing and the man sent to find him disappears as well, former investigator Kate Shugak decides to brave the cold wilderness of north Alaska to crack the case.


I finished reading this one in what can only be record time (yesterday) not because it was a fabulous read (although it has to be said it was an enjoyable enough read) but because it was short. Less than 200 pages if memory serves me right. And shorter than the average book I usually read, which tends to be mostly science fiction (with the occasional fantasy thrown in for good measure). All of which tends to run in to the several hundred pages these days. 

But I digress. 

What can I say about Kate Shugak? I love this feisty, very human and flawed character who, it would seem from this, the first book in a long series, has already got a rich and complicated backstory. Which gives us plenty to chew on by way of characterization for Kate as the story slowly and, at times, painstakingly, unfolds. This novel is richly detailed by way of setting, with a bountiful array of quirky characters, some of whom though seemed overly familiar, while others were a tad on the paper-thin side. That aside, I still enjoyed the ride through the Alaskan wilderness, though the pace floundered in one or two places while we were introduced to other characters, setting up, no doubt, the introductions to future installments of the series. 

I’m not sure this one was worth the $10 paid due to the fact it was so short, but certainly it’s one to get out of the library and read in an afternoon curled up on the sofa. 

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