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Breakup (Kate Shugak #7)

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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  2,400 ratings  ·  135 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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Steve
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
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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
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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

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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 unfold...as well as painting a fascinating word-portrait of life in Alaska. My only complaint (if it's that) is the unbel ...more
Sabrina Flynn
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
Loralee
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
Monty
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
Bruce Snell
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
Judy
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.
LJ
BREAKUP - VG+
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.
Dyana
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
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Andrea
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.
Mooncat
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
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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
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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
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AdultFiction Teton County Library
Teton County Library Call No: M STABENOW
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
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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
Mindy
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
Martha
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.
Liz
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.
Arizonagirl
Kate Shugak series, book #7. Breakup is the time of spring when the ice starts to melt. It's also when the insanity is going full tilt. Jet engines fall out of the sky, bears wake up hungry and cranky, planes crash, bodies are revealed in the melting snow, wives shoot at their husbands, and neighbors shoot at each other. This was an exciting, quick read and possibly my favorite Kate Shugak book so far.
Penny Ramirez
What fun! There have been times in my life when I thought all hell was breaking loose, but man, I've got nothing on Kate Shugak in this book. Talk about a roller coaster ride! The mystery was hidden beneath all the crazy happenings of an Alaskan spring - the Breakup of the title - but it did eventually get there.

I do find it an interesting character development that Shugak is only now, at the end of book 7, self-identifying as a P.I.

Very interesting and engaging series - I will definitely keep r
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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
Robin
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.
Deb
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
Margaret
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
Betty
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
Katherine
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
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