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Fatal Thaw, A (Kate Shugak #2)

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On her homestead in the middle of twenty million acres of national Park, Aleut P.I. Kate Shugak is caught up in spring cleaning, unaware that just miles away another Park rat is planning a massacre. When the sound of gunfire finally dies away, nine of his neighbors lie dead in the snow.

But did he kill all nine, or only eight? The ninth victim was killed with a different we
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Jan 20, 2013 T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-it
I've read most of this series now and enjoy some of the earlier ones, even though they are a lot shorter in length.

Stabenow does a beautiful job describing the mountains in this tale, which includes Mutt & Kate surviving an earthquake that drastically changed the landscape.

Another scene that I enjoyed was a potlatch to honor those that had been shot and killed, with Kate's grandmother calling out each tribe's representative to join in the dancing - including an elderly man who was reportedly
Dec 18, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good, fast-paced, energetic mystery set in the Alaskan bush. Kate Shugak is a really fun character, looking forward to reading the next one.

I especially loved the short scene of the potlatch, where everyone is called out by tribe and is dancing the ancient dance, including Kate. Beautiful scene. The section at the very end on top of the mountain is also full of gorgeous imagery.
Jun 27, 2016 Curlyhair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2016, wom-2016
2nd book in this series and I enjoyed it more than the 1st book. Decent enough crime story, if a little predictable. Great descriptions throughout of the area, especially at the end.
Private Detective Kate Shugak, a former investigator with the district attorney's office, lives on an isolated homestead in Alaska. One morning, not far from Kate's home, a psychotic killer picks up his rifle, strolls through town, and kills everyone he comes in contact with. Kate, warned that the mass murderer is coming her way, manages to capture him with the help of her loyal (and very smart) wolf/husky mix, Mutt.

Examination of the murder victims shows that one of them - beautiful blonde Lis
Joyce Lagow
Aug 10, 2011 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in the Kate Shugak series.

Spring has come to the Park and with it, a mad killer who leaves 10 bodies behind until brought down by Kate and her half wolf, half husky dog, Mutt. Among the bodies, however, is that of a beautiful, promiscuous young woman who, it unfolds, was shot by a different rifle from the one used by the mass killer. Kate is assigned the job of tracking down and identifying this second murderer.

A big step upward in quality of writing in this 2nd book in the series. Especi
Dec 17, 2014 Ape rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Book two in the series - still so good! Now that all the scene setting and character introductions is dealt with in the first book, we can get cracking on mysteries and murders. It's a few months later and spring has arrived. By late May/early June the roads will have cleared enough for the oil tankers to be able to get through (my god, I don't know I'm born living where I do!). We start off with a crazy loner who's got a bit of cabin fever. He gets himself a rifle and goes on a killing spree. S ...more
Kate Shugak has her hands full when she manages to stop a serial killer on a rampage in her own backyard. Except this time, everyone within the vicinity is killed by a psycho with a rifle except for one lady. Thought to be included with the others, it turns out that Lisa Getty was shot by someone else. Now, how can that be?

Back for a second time around are Jack Morgan, Chopper Jim and Bobby Clark. And protective Mutt; this time she has a lover, too. As usual, Jack gets Kate to work the case usin
Aug 07, 2014 Kevin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading this the second book in author Stabenow's installment of Kate Shugak mysteries, I can say it is somewhat of an improvement over her 1st attempt at a novel. Still for me there is something lacking in the story, some of the characters I will admit I do like such as her friend Bobby a disabled veteran of the Vietnam wars who is colorful and humorous, and Bernie the bartender of a local bar. They add to the writing, but that is about where it stops. The story for me was somewhat predic ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like cozy mysteries
I am so glad that I gave the Kate Shugak another chance. I liked the first book in the series but I liked this installment a lot more.

Kate is still coming to terms with the events that took place in the last book. However new horrors await her as a murderer goes on a killing spree, murdering innocent people in cold blood. Kate with the help of her ever faithful compainion the husky/wolf mix Mutt manages to apprehend the suspect.

It isn't until later when her off/on lover Jack Morgan comes to visi
Nov 28, 2013 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a couple of Kate Shugak mysteries before, and I thought they were decent. I remember her as a tough woman dealing with difficult men, among other things. I did not have her pegged as a typical heroine - 30-something, beautiful, tough, afraid of commitment. But that's what she is, based on this novel.

Because of my own ethics and standards, I found a couple of things irritating at best:

* Kate's female dog is not spayed. Kate does not want her having more puppies but she has not gotten
Feb 16, 2011 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
When man goes berserk on the first day of spring and shoots up the neighborhood, he kills eight, but there are nine bodies. Kate Shugak is called in by Jack Morgan to investigate the murder of the ninth. It seems the local officer had been having an affair with the victim, Lisa Getty. Kate, while happy to have the income, is not happy to come out of her hole before full spring. She interviews many of the woman's former lovers and several of their wives or girlfriends, plus the victim's sister wh ...more
May 03, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I am late to the party I really liked this murder in the Park book. The stories about Alaska, the Natives, the interlopers and everyone in between are fascinating, the main character is great and the storytelling, though short, is very good. Reading the whole series as fast as I can!
Jul 24, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this to change up a block of reading Block's Scudder books. If "Cold Day," the first Shugak book, left me wanting more depth to Shugak's character and more of a mystery, this follow-up delivered on all fronts. It also surprised me: about midway, when it was clear what was afoot while Kate kept up her investigation, I experienced that urge to reach inside the pages and tap the protagonist on the shoulder. "Yo: over here." Then, what do you know, Shugak reveals that she was wise to the plot ...more
John Hanscom
Feb 02, 2016 John Hanscom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great novel!!!!!!! Most stories bout Alaska sound like, at best, the author took one of the cruise ship and bus excursions and, at worst, got the Alaska info off Wikipedia. Ms. Stabeno lives here, and gets it right!!!
Barbara Kling
Really enjoy this series I recently discovered. with the Alaskan bush as the setting and the culture of the Alaskan Indians throughout, I feel like I'm traveling without having to be cold......or shit at!
Oct 30, 2015 Betty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
This review is from: A Fatal Thaw (A Kate Shugak Mystery) (Mass Market Paperback)
The 2nd in the Kate Shugak series. You an tell is an early as Ms Stabenow descriptions are excellent. You see the Alaskan country side. However she has lot of unnecessary support characters. I doubt that any who was shot in the head could do what Kate did. On a sunny cold a Roger McAniff walks through village shooting everyone he see. Nine are dead before Mutt stops him. However there is an extra body as one person
Mike Finn
Feb 05, 2015 Mike Finn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, audio-book
"A Fatal Thaw", the second Kate Shugak book, is a substantial improvement on the first: the plot is more complicated, the characterization is stronger, the descriptions of Alaska and its people are sharp, vivid and memorable. This was the book that made me eager to read the rest of the series.

Dana Stabenow makes Alaska a character in her books. In " A Fatal Flaw" we experience the ferocious beauty of Alaska's mountains via an avalanche that Dana Stabenow makes frighteningly real.

The plot of the
Jul 21, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book two in the Kate Shugak series. Kate is a former investigator for the Fairbanks police department who was nearly killed during a drug bust. The near fatal injury has left her with a raspy voice and a very noticeable scar on her neck. After this incident she “retired” to her homestead in the wilderness of Alaska, however, when crime happens in the Park area where she lives she is called on to investigate. She lived in the area all her life and knows better than anyone the people and t ...more
Oct 20, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
For a while I was only going to give it three stars, but the ending answered my objections to a couple of the story details which I had found problematic.
This early book from the Kate Shugak series is still giving the reader details on the setting and cast of characters, and in this case that was done very well. The opening murder doesn't seem like a mystery...a guy goes crazy and kills almost everyone he meets, only...there are too many bodies. There's one victim whose death doesn't quite match
Richard Morris
Jul 09, 2015 Richard Morris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Kate Shugak series is much better than the first one. It is focused and has energetic momentum and direction. Although I guessed correctly at the identity of the culprit fairly early in the book, it did not spoil my enjoyment of the story. But the story is not the essential element in the book. The main character is certainly Alaska itself. The sounds, sights. smells, and cultural diversity are central to the plot and characters. Most of the wonderful characters from the f ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like the narrator much for this book. The narrator started out reading this novel way too fast for the 1st 20% of this novel... Either I became accustomed to the rapid fire narration that never seemed to cease or transition between scenes, etc. or the narrator's tempo slowed down through the remainder of this novel. Either way, the narrator set the tone for this novel and it didn't sit well with me for the entire novel.

As far as the story goes. It was okay. I didn't much like the chara
Jan 07, 2009 Granny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another book in a good mystery series. I've become hooked on the Kate Shugak books! Since I'm already cold in winter, I might as well read about Alaska -- after all, it's even colder there!
I saw this title on my wishlist as an audiobook, and as I knew I had a few long road trips scheduled for the summer I mooched it for that purpose. I made sure all the others in the car had read the first in the series, and we listened to this between Switzerland, Germany and France. I have not listened to many audiobooks, but aside from the story itself which continues to be an (in this case audible) page-turner, I was very impressed by the reader. She managed to portray mood and intensity, and ...more
Marguerite Kaye
The second Kate Shugak book. I enjoyed the first, not so much for the murder mystery aspect of it as the setting, in Alaska. Sadly, this didn't carry the story so well for me in this book, there was a wee bit too much politicising, and the murder itself felt a bit contrived. Actually no, that's not the only thing that bugged me, it was the attitude of the community to Lisa, the murder victim, which felt really clichéd and unfair. Maybe that was just me. It was well written, I still liked Kate, b ...more
Nina Post
Aug 20, 2012 Nina Post rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am in love with this series, and the ending of A Fatal Thaw is sublime.
Andrea Russo
Jul 16, 2014 Andrea Russo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Orribile. Troppe scene sconnesse con la trama principale, che magari possono andar bene per un altro tipo di libro (e che magari sono anche interessanti per imparare qualcosa sulla cultura dell'Alaska), ma non per un giallo! Voglio che la trama proceda avanti spedita, con colpi di scena e senza tante interruzioni che mi fanno perdere la voglia di leggere. Peccato, questo libro era iniziato bene, molto bene, ma poi scade in dettagli inutili e banalità. Per non parlare della protagonista, che si f ...more
Nov 26, 2013 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this #2 of the Kate Shugak series, Kate wakes up the first morning of Spring, encounters, and captures a local resident who has been affected by the long cold Alaskan winter. He "goes berserk" and begins killing his neighbors for no apparent reason. When the count is up to nine, Kate and her half husky/half wolf dog Mutt capture him. It turns out that the nineth and last victim was killed by a different rifle. This victim was Lisa Getty, a beautiful, promiscuous, and unsavory woman who had mo ...more
Aug 23, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this book, the second in the Kate Shugak series. I have some reservations about a few pieces of the storyline, mainly the mystical aspects, as lovely as they are. I'm not sure that Kate's communing with the spirits of her ancestors while leading a tribal dance or, even more unbelievably, dancing with the northern lights on a mountaintop belong in the book. It's not that I don't appreciate the insights into Native Alaskan spirituality, or the insights into Kate's chara ...more
Bruce Snell
Book Two in the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow - 3.5 stars. It is springtime in the Alaska outback and one of the local residents grabs his hunting rifle and murders 8 people - he is caught in the act by Kate Shugak. The only problem is that there are 9 bodies and Kate is asked to learn who killed the 9th. The victim has a reputation for sexual promiscuity that includes virtually every man in the community - and she is hated by virtually every woman in the community. After an attempt on Kat ...more
Aug 01, 2009 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, series
This is the next in the Kate Shugak series, following on from A Cold Day for Murder, and this time around, Kate finds herself in the middle of what's going on, as she is the last person to come across a man who's apparently just 'snapped' and killed a number of his neighbours in a shooting spree.

There is, of course, more to this than apparently meets the eye - one of the bodies that is found is discovered to have been killed with a bullet of a different calibre. In other words, someone has taken
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