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Breakup (Kate Shugak #7)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,007 Ratings  ·  165 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
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Mar 16, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 08, 2012 T rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelly ...
Apr 16, 2016 Kelly ... rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
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
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

Sabrina Flynn
Oct 09, 2014 Sabrina Flynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The title 'Breakup' has nothing to do with a relationship (thank goodness) but rather the transition from winter to spring in the Alaskan bush. Half way through, I found that I had renamed it to: Kate Shugak's Terrible No Good Very Bad Day. It all starts when a jet liner engine nearly falls on her head, or maybe it was the Grizzly Bear, or the body and bullets... either way, it was a fun, fast-paced read that made me want to go back to the beginning of the series and spend more time with Kate Sh ...more
Mar 19, 2012 Loralee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2013 Monty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 13, 2015 Ape rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This series feels a little better after this book. It is a little bit of a series of mini disasters to the point where you wonder, is this a comedy? But it didn't irritate me at times as the previous book. It's not really a murder mystery investigation, and if you first came to Kate Shugak on this book, I don't know how impressed you'd be. I think you really need to read this series in order, as it's as much about Kate and the people living in the community as it is about murder investigations.

Enjoyable mystery in the bush of Alaska.

Kate Shugak once worked as an investigator for the Anchorage DA office. She quit and returned to her Aleutian (not Eskimo) roots. Breakup is the beginning of Spring when the winter ice thaws. People need to go to town for supplies and bears wake up from their hibernation. Early one morning during breakup, Kate had a run-in with a bear then heard a loud noise. Earthquake? No, a jet engine fell on her homestead destroying her truck and much of her property.
Bruce Snell
Aug 18, 2014 Bruce Snell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book number Seven in the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow - 4.5 stars. It's April and time for the spring thaw--Breakup--in Alaska. Local tradition claims that things always go wrong during breakup, and for Kate that seems to be the case this year. She is chased by a bear (twice), her food storage shed is knocked down, the engine off a 747 jet falls into her yard crushing her truck, and that is just the beginning. Eventually, buried in the whole litany of calamities, Kate and the local police ...more
Aug 29, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lisa Wolf
The 7th Kate Shugak book pretty much immediately became one of my favorites. Breakup is a stand-out in the series. It's particularly funny, as a string of improbable events -- grizzly attacks, drunken joyriders, a Hatfields and McCoys type of neighborly feud, and a falling jet engine, among the most notable -- all intrude into Kate's life over the span of a few days.

The story is set at Kate's homestead and the area of Niniltna in general, and it's nice to see Kate back on her home turf after th
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.
Sylvia McIvers
the last Kate Shugak book I read ( started slow, built up to a good mystery.
"Breakup" caught me by page one, and snared me completely by the end of chapter one. It starts with a hungry bear breathing on Kate's face, another bear, something falls out of the sky, more things happen. Can't a woman fill out her tax forms in peace? The dead body has been there for months, it is NOT HER PROBLEM. Everyone go away and stop bothering Kate.

Then she's at the bar, an
Nov 04, 2014 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In contrast to the other Kate Shugak mysteries of Alaska that I have read, this one is a fun, fast-paced, humorous read. BREAKUP is the end of winter - beginning of spring phenomenon where craziness asserts itself after the cabin fever of long, dark, cold winter months blossom into the melting snow and warm days of spring.

In one day Kate experiences:

- a bear attack
- another bear breaking into her remaining cache of meat
- a 747 jet engine falling from the sky smashing her truck, and nearly destr
Sep 06, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quirky
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.
Aug 08, 2014 Mooncat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is one of my favorite books of all the many ones I've read. It's just so funny and snarky that every time I read it I can't stop laughing. Jesus, what a wild, fun ride we have here with Kate and Mutt!
And also, as I've been on the Jim-side since book one, there are two wonderful moments between Kate and Jim, some of the first real good ones, perhaps one of the many reasons why I love this book so much and have to read it at least once annually.
So if you haven't read it yet - go read it
Oct 16, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#7 in the Kate Shugak series.

Alaska PI Kate Shugak series - A jet engine falls out of the sky and smashes into Kate's isolated cabin in the national park, bearing a body in the wreckage. Later, Kate, an Aleut freelance investigator, finds a tourist killed by a bear. Eventually, she realizes that the deaths are related murders and, amidst the hurley-burley of breakup, identifies the culprit. In addition, the strong-minded Kate is unwillingly pulled into tribal politics as the Niniltna Native Asso
Jan 08, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Shugak is an iconic character, completely original and utterly believable. Not always likeable. This book had me laughing till my sides hurt and following the Alaskan craziness as the ice breaks up and spring converges on the hapless people of Kate's acquaintance. Living in the far northeastern upper peninsula of Michigan, where last winter began in mid-October and continued unabated until the end of May when our inland lake finally melted, I could totally relate to the madness that ensues ...more
Jan Sample
Jul 14, 2012 Jan Sample rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I have been living in Alaska for days now!
Shannon Haddock
Jul 08, 2014 Shannon Haddock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Randy Daugherty
Jul 06, 2013 Randy Daugherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
AdultFiction Teton County Library
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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
Pk Dennis
Apr 17, 2013 Pk Dennis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Previous TCL Reviews
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
Oct 18, 2012 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 27, 2015 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best one yet! I am a bit winded and tired though at the end of these few days (story-wise). It is a hella ride that is for sure. Kate is Kate, yet, she is growing and changing. But just when you think she's the mature, stable person her people need her to be she goes back to being Kate. She cannot replace her emaa. Nor does she try. She can only be herself and that is more than enough for the folks of Niniltna and the Park ultimately.
Enjoy your spring reading ya'll!
Sep 26, 2014 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-book
One of those mysteries that isn't really about the mystery at all. The focus of the seventh book in the Kate Shugak series is a woman trying to balance the obligation to her family and community with her obligation to herself. It is the story of a woman who is called to leadership even though she doesn't want it. That sounds pretty heavy. Fear not! It is also pretty hilarious as everything that could go wrong, does, during Breakup season in Alaska.
Jul 15, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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