Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow


I have wanted to read this book ever since my favourite author Diana Gabaldon posted it on her methadone list. This is a list which Diana posts on her website and updates regularly of books which she recommends you read while waiting fora new book in her Outlander series.  The Outlander books are a series of historical adventure romances featuring a time travelling doctor and her 18th century Scottish lover. They are not to be missed. Diana recommended this series for those who enjoy mystery or crime fiction a few years ago but until this year they weren't published in UK and Ireland. A friend of mine who saw my earlier post about this book sent me a copy (Thanks Carrie) it has a different cover not as attractive as the one above but if you are in the UK or Ireland these are the covers to look for as the design implies the story takes place in Alaska on the edge of the National Park. It is a bleak cold and lonely place and many of the locals find comfort and amusement in drinking and fighting. However when a young park ranger goes missing and the investigator who went looking for him also disappears Kate Shugak is asked to investiagte, she had once worked for the DA in Anchorage and doesn't really want to get involved but when the danger seems to come closer to home she has little choice. Kate is a wonderful creation; wild, resourceful and unafraid she lives on the edge of the wilderness with just her husky Mutt for company. This is the first in the series and there are a number of Kate Shugak mysteries available now in paperback from Head of Zeus.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the lovely comments, Lisa. And so you know, I am predisposed to love a blog with a title like The Madwoman in the Attic. Mrs. Rochester lives!

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  2. I have read all of Dana's Kate Shugak books once and am now working my way through all of them on audio. I think she is brilliant with both characters and setting, and her plotting is top notch as well. I hope others will take a look. (And a listen -- the narrator for the vast majority of these books is Marguerite Gavin, and she is amazing.)

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  3. Thank you both so much for commenting. Dana I was inspired by Mrs Rochester and the feminist criticism of Gilbert and Gubar and also my upstairs reading and writing office. We all need somewhere to escape to. I will be trying to catch up with the rest of the Kate Shugak mysteries, thanks for a great series.

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  4. Have never heard of this series but now I am curious :)

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