Breakup (Kate Shugak, #7)
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Breakup (Kate Shugak #7)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  2,163 ratings  ·  119 reviews
The spring thaw has come to Alaska. Locals refer to the short season as "breakup,” a time when earth goes from snow to slush, grizzlies come out of hibernation, and everyone goes more than a little nutty. The warmer weather is a happy change for those who have been enduring long dark nights and frigid days, but Alaskan sleuth Kate Shugak would be happy to let the winter ta...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published (first published 1997)
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Kate Shugak grabs the bull by the horns, any bull before her, with tenacity and initiative, sometimes whether it’s hers to take or not. A thirty-something Aleut woman living on her own in rural Alaska, the forces weighing on her personally include an alluded-to past in law enforcement (this is my first Kate Shugak book, but the seventh in the series) and the responsibilities inherited from her deceased grandmother who was a very capable tribal elder. In Breakup, these forces are put to serious t...more
And in this episode....

Kate's homestead gets sat on by an airplane engine falling out of the sky. While the investigators are checking the engine landing out, they discover a body in the woods outside of Kate's property.

Kate's friend Mandy's parents are in town and driving Mandy nuts, so Mandy begs Kate to take them on a tour, using Mandy's new truck. Kate and the parents run into a man who claimed his wife was killed and eaten by a bear.

And through all of this Kate is finding her new and evolv...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

This series seems to revolve less and less around mystery as it goes on. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it can get a bit bemusing at times.

I spent the first half of this book enjoying what was going on (gun fights, bear attacks, engines falling out of the sky) but waiting for the main mystery to break. In the second half I just got on with enjoying it and didn't worry about it. In retrospect there is a murder in the book and it is solved but the proportion of page space taken up by this

Frederick Masterman
I am reading the Kate Shugak series from the start, and this is the latest book I've read. With each passing story, Shugak's Native American roots are developed more profoundly, along with the difficulty tribal life faces on many fronts. Shugak is a tough, appealing character, and the author does a marvelous job deepening the reader's understanding of the woman as the stories well as painting a fascinating word-portrait of life in Alaska. My only complaint (if it's that) is the unbel...more
While most of the mystery novels by Dana Stabenow (my new favorite escapist author of the week) can get a bit grim, being murder mystery novels, this one is like a National Lampoon movie. Kate's bad day starts when she gets charged by a bear, continues as a bear knocks over her meat cache, and then a jet engine lands on her truck, spraying shrapnel throughout her house. Hilarity continues with one crazy adventure after another, as she guides a friend's Boston-riche parents past the site of a bea...more
I really had fun listening to this recorded book. There was less nervous tension than in the previous books even though serious things were happening during breakup (when winter ends and spring begins): being chased by a hungry bear, airplane engine falling on Kate's car, a dead body near her cabin, a woman being killed by a bear, feuding families shooting guns outside and inside the local bar, the mail plane tipping over while landing, and much more. There were lots of twinkling of eyes during...more
Totally fun read -- lots of Alaskan mayhem in the springtime, a couple of murders, people shooting each other for a variety of reasons, and things falling out of the sky. The name "Breakup" refers to the setting of the story, during the springtime when all of the ice is breaking up, the ground is muddy, and the locals are going crazy from cabin fever. Kate Shugak is a great character, I need to go start at the beginning and read through this series.
Stabenow, Dana - 7th Kate Shugak

Kate finds herself involved in a murder investigation after a body is found near her homestead and, through the guidance of her Aleut grandmother's spirit, she assumes the role of clan leader and takes on major responsibilities to help her people.

This was a non-stop, very funny read from the opening page. It's a delightful contrast to the rest of the books in the series.
Just when I think I know what to expect from this series - moody, atmospheric mysteries with a heavy dose of Alaskan history and spiritualism - along comes this crazy, mad-cap romp through the craziness that is an Alaskan spring. Definitely a fun read, in spite of the grizzliness of the murder.
Jan Sample
I have been living in Alaska for days now!
Shannon Haddock
Frequently when I reread a book I haven’t in years, it utterly fails to live up to my memory. That wasn’t the case with this one. In fact, this was even better than I remember it being.

I loved the diverse and fascinating cast, as in all the Kate Shugak books. I loved how fast paced the story was. I even loved the constant string of bad luck Kate was having, and usually I hate that sort of thing, feeling like the author is just piling it on to make you feel sorry for the character. In this case...more
Randy Daugherty
Breakup by Dane Stabenow - April brings with it thoughts of warmer weather, taxes, and summer fun soon to come.
In Alaska April brings Breakup, the big thaw as days start to be longer and brighter and temperatures begin to rise. Breakup means chores, cleaning up after winter,storing winters vehicles,preparing those of summer, stocking depleted shelves and for many letting off steam.Warming temps mean the bears of the park wake up hungry and foraging something Kate forgot as she inspected her prop...more
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Dawn's rating: 3 stars

Stabenow’s mysteries are set in Alaska and feature terrific characters and fast action plots. This novel is set in spring during “breakup” when locals are going crazy from cabin fever and the huge ice flows are melting and breaking up. A metaphorical breakup ensues as well, when Kate Shugak, an Aleut native who lives on a homestead and is supposed to be retired from her high powered crime fighting job in Anchorage, is called into act...more
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Stabenow’s mysteries are set in Alaska and feature terrific characters and fast action plots. This novel is set in spring during “breakup” when locals are going crazy from cabin fever and the huge ice flows are melting and breaking up. A metaphorical breakup ensues as well, when Kate Shugak, an Aleut native who lives on a homestead and is supposed to be retired from her high powered crime fighting job in Anchorage, is called into action once again to find out who killed the dead body found near...more
Breakup in Alaska is when Winter is getting ready to be Spring and people, animals and even the sky go crazy for a little while. I loved this book! One crazy thing after another happens to and around Kate and the residents of the park. You have grizzly attacks, jet engine dropping on Kate's compound, more grizzly attacks, a plane flipping over and sliding into the truck Kate was driving, a woman killed by a grizzly, a woman shooting up the mail plane and running after her drunk no good husband,...more
The Kate Shugak series massively appealed to me. She is a moral, if not slightly damaged (aren't we all?!) Native Alaskan woman who solves mysteries around Alaska and has a wolf-dog roommate. I started reading them in Unalaska and continued in Dillingham and still think that anybody who wants to visit Alaska but can't afford the air-fare could get a pretty good tour, not to mention enjoying some well-crafted mystery, by reading these books.
Barbara ★
I really like this series and the supporting characters. Though I must say the narrator for the audiobook I listened to was terrible. She raced through everything, running one sentence into another. She read so fast that it was difficult to follow what she was saying as I was always a sentence behind her just trying to keep up. She ended one chapter and without pause, started the next. It was very disconcerting. I guess I'll have to check the narrator on the next one just to make sure it isn't t...more
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.
I'm not sure if this was meant to be a light-hearted book because murder isn't ever light-hearted, but this boom made me laugh out loud in a number of places. It's spring time in Alaska. The bears are waking up and after surviving the long arctic winter, it's not just the bears who are cranky. Kate's day starts with a bear charging her continues with a jet engine falling on her homestead. She becomes a tour guide for a friend's Boston Brahmin parents, and this tour becomes something to be rememb...more
I did not like this book as much as bookpatch did (which really is surprising :=D ). Maybe I don't have a good enough feel for what it's like living in the Alaskan bush country but I felt that the amount of events occuring together seemed very improbable and especially towards the end, a little over the top for me. I wanted Kate to be just a little more concerned about the condition of her homestead, getting the money from the air cargo company (wouldn't that be foremost on one's mind?) and feed...more
This is my favorite Kate Shugak story. Not quite the usual story but hilarious. Imagine beginning your day with a jetplane dropping its engine right behind your house! After a long Alaskan winter it is Break Up time, hungry bears awakening, rivers starting to run, and insanity in bloom after so many long days in the dark and cold. This one is hard to find, must be popular with more than me! I first read it as a library book, as I did with most of the series and have been gradually buying them ev...more
I just re-read this one for the first time in years. It is the most amusing of the Kate Shugak mysteries, what with a crazy concatenation of catastrophic events. Some of the story is laughing out loud funny. There are now 20 books, plus several short stories in this series and I recommend then highly. The setting in Alaska is almost a character in itself, making me feel as if I'm there in the midst of it. The usual set of secondary characters are as funny and serious as usual. Aside from the eve...more
Renée Mee
These books should be made into a tv series and this book would make a hysterical episode. Enjoyed the images the writer painted in this book. Good read. Not s dark as some of her novels.
When I first discovered the iBook app on my iPod Touch, I randomly chose this book from the sale selection ($0.99) to see if I could stand at all to read a book on an iPod screen, and if it would be good for at the gym. I could, and it was!

I enjoyed this book-- a lot of intense things happen in the story, but it's written in a way that I'd call the book lighthearted rather than intense. The book's synopsis made me expect more of a murder mystery than it actually was, but I was pleased nonetheles...more
Bonnie Bailey-Boone
Sep 07, 2007 Bonnie Bailey-Boone rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Ok, so I know I'm only a third of the way thru, but why this lady is a respected serial author, with such raving reviews, I have no idea. One of my sisters is reading it and since it takes place in Alaska I thought it might be interesting. The main character is an overly confident, smug local, who has more incidents of an amazing and dangerous nature happen to her in two days, than most people would have in a very uneventful lifetime. Reminds me of a book for toddlers where something very surpri...more
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I wish there was a way to give 4.5 stars to this Stabenow book. Breakup starts out with a bang, a bear, a dead body, another bear, another dead body, a shooting . . . well, you get the idea. There is a lot going on in the Park and it continues through to the end. As usual, Kate Shugak finds herself in the middle of the activity as everyone looks to her with her law enforcement background and as the granddaughter of a respected elder to lead them and right the world, or at least their part of Ala...more
Read for f2f Mystery group. As this is well on in the series I found it a little hard to sort out the characters & relationships. This was more of a cozy than expected with more emphasis on the characters and their daily life than on the actual mystery. Lots of great humor and quirky characters and info about Aleut culture. (The grizzly bear scenes were truly scary.) I was reminded a bit of Northern Exposure and the Canadian series North of Forty. In the end I really enjoyed it and this is...more
Kate Shugak! The quintessential female heroine! Great mystery plots on the res in Alaska.
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