Restless In The Grave (Kate Shugak, #19 / Liam Campbell, #5)
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Restless In The Grave (Kate Shugak #19)

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New York Times bestseller Dana Stabenow returns with her most outstanding novel yet, teaming up two of her most beloved characters, Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell, in the same story for the first time.

Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub. Someone sabotaged his engine, and virtu...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Minotaur Books
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Readerwoman Laura
Dana Stabenow’s Shugak novels really defy pigeonholing. Yes, they are mysteries, but they are also an intimate look at life in Alaska (where writer Stabenow was born and raised,) and an ongoing set of vignettes about a unique special woman: Kate Shugak. One of my favorite things about this series (Stabenow has several series, as well as some freestanding thrillers and several works in anthologies) is that the characters grow, change, age, and—yes—die. This series works well both in its serial fo...more
Ozzie Cheek
Far from the best of the Kate Shugak mysteries, RESTLESS IN THE GRAVE at times suffers from the difficulty author's face in writing a series. One issue is how much information is necessary for a new reader to understand the character and the backstory. RESTLESS IN THE GRAVE is in many ways too depended on Stabenow's previous novels. Too much of this story is lost without the reader having familiarity with the characters. A second issue is how to keep the story fresh from returning readers. A cha...more
Beth Wood
I have read the Kate Shugak novels from the beginning. Dana Stabenow started with characterization as her strong suit, and her characters are still well-developed, interesting people who are three-dimensional enough to learn from their own mistakes. But it has been a real joy to read along as Stabenow has gotten better and better at crafting plot, leading to intricate, finely-written intrigues that keep you guessing right up until the end.

Restless in the Grave is proof of Stabenow's skill with s...more
Nineteenth in the long-running Kate Shugak series (an Alaskan native private detective), Restless in the Grave is a crossover with Stabenow's other mystery series, the Liam Campbell stories (also set in Alaska). Primarily from Kate and her police boyfriend Jim's pov, it combines mystery with the daily grind of policing, and also the politics of extended family and native village life.

The cross-over aspects felt, at times, a little over-indulgent, but the mystery is compelling reading and Kate is...more
Mar 01, 2012 Kathryn marked it as to-read
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Wow! I am excited to read this book...I love the cover.
Restless in the Grave is another terrific book by Dana Stabenow, who is one of my favorite authors. This book features both of Ms. Stabenow's Alaskan series characters, Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell.

It is State Trooper Liam who indirectly contacts Kate to go undercover to solve the murder of a wealthy aviation businessman, Finn Grant. Grant had alienated almost everyone in his town by buying them out to turn it into a destination for hunters and other explorers of the Alaskan wilderness. Kate go...more
Penny Watson
Review for Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow

First up, let me just say that Stabenow must be sweating bullets. Folks have been chomping at the bit for this book for a long, long time. Which means expectations are up. Which means, as an author, that you're worried about not living up to those expectations. As we all know, readers are a tough bunch. This book takes two of her larger-than-life characters, Alaskan state trooper Liam (from the Liam Campbell Series) and private investigator Kate (...more
What do you get when an author combines female protagonist from a well established, long-running series A with male protagonist from a well-established but not as long-running series B, along with a host of returning secondary characters from both series that are as much fun to read about as our hero & heroine? Add to this mix the suspicious death of an almost universally despised man, greed and avarice, a mother's pain, a horrible loss, an unexpected and unwelcomed romantic temptation for f...more
Whoa! Far and away Stabenow's best book to date but you'd only know that if you did your homework. Like famous pairing of Hillerman's beloved characters Leaphorn and Chee years ago, the convergence of Stabenow's Shugak mysteries with her lesser known Liam Campbell series is astounding. It's all there--Kate and the cast of characters from her life, dead and alive and Liam's posse with the irrepressible Moses. Let us not forget Mutt who is on almost every page. To top off this amazing synthesis, t...more
Jane Debano
Restless in the Grave starts out with an atypical opening sequence for Dana Stabenow’s Alaska-based mysteries. It starts on a hilltop in Helmand province, Afghanistan, where a young Afghani, kidnapped and trained by the Taliban for this one mission, aims a brand new high-tech weapon at a helicopter, killing all inside.

The scene switches to Alaska, where the protagonists of Stabenow’s two Alaskan series, Liam Campbell and Kate Shugak meet up. Campbell’s wife, Wy Chouinard, is a suspect in the cra...more
Laz the Sailor
In any long series, it's important to have variety. Some authors just get darker and darker, but Stabenow provides a more refreshing mix. In the previous book, many personal loose-ends were resolved for Kate Shugak. In this book, Kate needs to get out of town (er the Park), and an opportunity is presented. In the process, she meets up with the gang from the Liam Campbell series. There's no pre-amble, so you'd best have read those books too. The mystery is both intricate and straight-forward, wit...more
First Sentence: They kept it simple. They could cut off his right hand, or he could use it to learn how to fire the weapon they gave him.

PI Kate Shugak is surprised to receive a call from State Trooper Liam Campbell. An even bigger surprise is being offered a job to investigate a murder; however, one of the possible suspects is Campbell’s wife. Traveling to Niniltana and working undercover doesn’t seem so bad, except someone is taking strong exception to her presence and making that clear in ver...more
Kate is still mourning the loss of Old Sam, when state trooper Liam Campbell enlists her help to determine whether a suspicious death of a pilot was murder, with the primary suspect being his wife. Kate works undercover as a bargirl in a small town, and quickly discover that the dead man seems to have built his business by blackmailing numerous people. Kate and Mutt get themselves into several near death situations (again) and eventually uncover a major federal crime, along with the assistance o...more
Dana Stabenow's latest novel combines two of her favorite characters, Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell. Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the crash of his Piper Super Club. Someone had sabotaged his engine and everyone in southwestern had a motive: his betrayed wife, bullied children, Liam's wife, and bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. Liam turns to Jim, his former mentor now stationed at Niniltna as post commander, for help in clearing his wi...more
Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow unites her two main characters Liam Campbell and Kate Shugak to create a mix that is interesting but not quite perfect. Kate is asked to look into the death of entrepreneur Finn Grant, who died in an airplane crash. Was it pilot error, accident, suicide or even murder? Finn had many enemies and quarreled with almost everyone, including Liam’s wife, with whom he had argued the day before he died. Kate hits the ground running and knows there’s something going...more
I won this book on Goodreads and I really liked it. It was an easy read, it was flowing well with a bit of suspense and mystery. I found it interesting to read about life and people in Alaska. There were some references in the book that did not mean very much to me as I never read any other Kate Shugak novels but I did not find it frustrating or difficult to follow the story.
Once again Dana Stabenow delivers in a taut, well written missive that also incudes another of her characters, Trooper Liam Campbell. This story hooked me from the start: is a death a murder or a sad accident? From this premise, the story goes off in several directions, all converging at the end. Trooper Liam Campbell contacts Jim about the possibility of a murder, and his wife WY may be a suspect. Jim and Liam bring in Kate to do some undercover sleuthing (with Mutt at her side, of course), and...more
The meeting of Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell, Dana Stabenow's Alaskan detectives. Good read. Mostly focused on Kate.

Finn Grant dies in a fiery airplane crash and everyone in the state appears to have a motive. His well-connected wife's fortune gave him the ability to wheel and deal throughout the state (the wheeling and dealing included a lot of blackmailing to get his way) He has now started a lucrative airfreight service to an abandoned air force base. But the question is what is he transporti...more
Randy Daugherty
Finn Grant was an Alaskan entrepreneur, owning an airport and shipping business, he was also hated and well oh yea he was dead. The official report was an accident but officer Lian Campbell does not think so, first Finn was hated by about everybody, and there was the fact that Liam's wife Wyanet who is also a pilot had a very public fight with Finn just before his tragedy.
So taking it upon his own he contacts his old training supervisor Sergeant Jim Chopin for advice and help,Jim suggest that p...more
Excellent book! Got a preview copy, picked it up to start reading, and couldn't put it down. Haven't read any of the Liam series, but will now add that to my list to read. Exciting, easy-to-read. Thoroughly enjoyable, must read book!!

New York Times bestseller Dana Stabenow returns with her most outstanding novel yet, teaming up two of her most beloved characters, Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell, in the same story for the first time.

Alaska aviation en...more
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Bonnie Irwin
Having ever read any of the Liam Campbell books, I was curious as to how Stabenow would unite her two signature characters into one adventure. Being a kate Shugak fan, I was glad that Kate took the lead here (or at least seemed to), and I'll say that the book worked, both as entertainment and as a marketing ploy because I am now anxious to read the Liam Campbell series. That is a good thing, however, since I've run out of the others! Back to Restless in the Grave. One of the things I like about...more
Julie H.
I was so very pleased to come across this the other day and to get reaquainted with my seemingly long-long pal Kate Shugak! Restless in the Grave is a crossover between Stabenow's Kate Shugak (book #19) and Liam Campbell (book #5) series. The gist of the plot is that Kate heads south from her base of operations in Ninilta to Newenham, where she goes undercover to assist local law enforcement (i.e., Liam Campbell, the single police officer in the region) in ascertaining whether the unnoticed fail...more
This is the newest and most unusual of all of Ms Stabenow's books. Dana writes 2 separate series set in Alaska. One is about state trooper Liam Campbell and the other is about private investigator Kate Shugak. Restless in the Grave combines the 2 main characters from both series and turns it into one action and mystery filled, un-put-downable book.

Some readers who have never read any of Ms Stabenow's works may wonder if they can read this as a stand-alone book. While I believe these two series t...more
Alaskan PI Kate Shugak continues to rock in this wonderfully written series. What's not to love about a petite but tough as nails gal who lives in the backcountry, caches her own own moose for the winter, careens about on snowmobiles with her half-wolf soulmate, Mutt, gets out of trouble all by herself, and has a hunky state trooper drooling at her feet? This installment blends in Liam Campbell - yea! -- the star of Stabenow's earlier series, and a hunky state trooper himself. Kate gets called i...more
Story: B
Narration: B

Quick Review:

This was a good story that will satisfy followers of the series although it lacks the emotional punch or extreme life-and-death drama of some of the previous entries. It’s suitable for new listeners but, not a surprise at book nineteen, there’s a ton of back-story that makes time spent with these characters a much richer experience. Combining protagonists from the author’s two primary series worked surprisingly well and despite not having read any of the Liam Cam...more
Shawn Spjut
The nineteenth murder mystery book in the life of Alaskan native, Kate Shugak; PI, park rat, Aleut - five –foot - nothing of female wiles and intuition.

Author Dana Stabenow has yet to disappoint; whether she's writing about Kate Shugak, Liam Campbell, or branching out with stand alones like Blindfold Games or Prepared for Rage, her ability to weave mystery, social relevance, and character development never ceases to amaze me. Except for killing off some of my favorite characters and making me c...more
Gloria Feit
This latest Kate Shugak novel imports the protagonist from another Stabenow series, Liam Campbell, relegating Jim Chopin, Kate’s lover, to a walk-on role. It also takes place far away from her home base in Alaska, The Park. Liam has a problem, and he visits Jim for his help. It appears a leading citizen of Niniltna, Liam’s base, has died in an airplane crash, which might or might not have been an accident. Liam’s wife could well be classified as a potential suspect if, indeed, it was a murder. J...more
Kathleen Huben
Thanks to for an ARC of this book.

Restless in the Grave brings together the lead characters from two of Stabenow's series, Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell.
When Alaskan businessman,Finn Grant's plane crashes, the question arises was it an accident or murder? Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell feels obligated to investigate but faces a conflict of interest since his wife, a business competitor of Grant's, was seen arguing with him shortly before his death and must be cons...more
I won this book on "Goodreads First- Reads". This is book #19 in the "Kate Shugak" series. It is a very good mystery novel. Dana also writes a series about Canadian trooper Liam Campbell, this is the first time she has mixed the two of her series together in one book. I decided since I had the first book of each series on my Kindle I would read them first to see if you can step into her books at any number of the series without reading any prior ones. How many times have you see a book that loo...more
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