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Blood Will Tell (Kate Shugak #6)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  3,480 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
Dana Stabenow once again returns to Alaska, America's last frontier, where her unforgettable Aleut investigator, Kate Shugak, faces one of the most painful cases of her reluctant career. Kate was formerly the star investigator of the Anchorage D.A.'s office; now all she wants to do is enjoy the first weeks of autumn on her isolated homestead. Alone. But duty calls, in the ...more
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published May 7th 1996 by Putnam Adult (first published 1996)
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Stabenow, Dana - 6th in kate Shugak series

Aleut investigator, Kate Shugak, faces one of the most painful cases of her reluctant career. Kate was formerly the star investigator of the Anchorage D.A.'s office; now all she wants to do is enjoy the first weeks of autumn on her isolated homestead. Alone. But duty calls, in the form of Ekaterina Shugak, Kate's grandmother, the imposing matriarch of her extended family. It's the week of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, a
Barbara ★
I love all things Alaska and Dana Stabenow just brings everything to life with her words. I really like her intrepid heroine, Kate Shugak. She's an inherently good person with strong morals and respect for her elders even when they annoy the heck out of her. Her grandmother, Ekaterina Moonin Shugak is the Council leader and drags Kate kicking and screaming (figuratively) into tribal matters. Kate's gotten slick though, she now charges the Council for her assistance.

In Blood Will Tell, Ekaterina
Kathy Forslling
Dec 18, 2014 Kathy Forslling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down until I was either asleep sitting up or finished.

Five Stars
I have enjoyed all four of Dana Stabenow's books. I love the way she takes me to Alaska as I'm sitting at home in Washington state. I have two step sons whose mother was born and raised in Togiak Alaska. The boys lived there when they were little. They were back and forth, from Togiak to Washington until the oldest son was 5 years old. His brother 4. I met my husband when his divorce was almost final. He had custod
Jan 19, 2013 Monty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I know that I should really give the book a four star rating, but I really, really enjoyed it. I just love the down to earth Kate Shugak and how the author balances Kate's personal, family, cultural and sleuthing lives. Each book I read, gives me more information about life in Alaska. I laughed out loud in the chapter about her going (against her will) to Nordstrom's to buy a fancy dress for a dance event for the annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference. She had never owned a dress n ...more
May 16, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mysteries, and anyone who likes Alaska
Kate reluctantly agrees to go to Anchorage with her grandmother for a tribal convention. This meeting is especially important because a decision must be made about industries wanting to log over sections of the tribal territories. That would have a negative impact on the wild plant and animal life that support the tribal lifestyle. Kate's grandmother has allies in her attempt to protect their territory, but those allies have started dying. It's unnaturally convenient for someone, especially for ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

Though I'm enjoying the series as a whole this particular book really didn't do it for me. One reason could be that the Anchorage city setting isn't as entralling as the more remote and inhospitable Alaskan settings. Another reason could be that I didn't much like the way Kate was portrayed in this book. There is some good stuff here but there was a lot that annoyed me. Kate seemed a little to vigilante like when it wasn't necessary. Also, in the previous books Kate has been seen to be if not qu

This book is set mostly in Anchorage at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. It's a rather twisted plot as Kate gets involved investigating corruption in land leases and park vs forest designations as well as a couple of deaths that might or might not be connected. There's also a subplot involving Kate's boyfriend Jack and a custody battle over his son. I found this one to be a bit over the top, particularly with the motive for murder and with the revenge thing Kate had going on. (I know ...more
Kelly ...
Apr 13, 2016 Kelly ... rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
Although I still like Kate and love the series' exploration of Alaskan culture I am frustrated by Kate's behavior in this book. She stole an identity, stole money, and acted as a stalker. I suspend my belief often while reading because I am a big fan of mysteries and they often require it. But in this case the crimes were not committed while solving a crime... they were planned and premeditated acts. It really concerned me that these acts were justified by Kate to herself and to Jack, and justif ...more
Aug 27, 2012 T rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my neverending quest to read the series in whatever order I can lay my hands on these books....

So this one fills in a lot of blanks for me - this is pre-Chopper Jim and during the custody battle for Johnny. There's something going on, two out of 5 of the voting council members have died, possibly murdered. Kate's grandmother is looking frail and old and won't tell Kate what's going on. Land use may be at stake, grandmother is continuing to push Kate to step up to the plate and into grandmothe
Jul 10, 2010 Skip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
Kate Shugak is hired by her emaa (Katherine Moon Shugak) to figure out what shenanigans are in play when two of the tribal leaders die before a major vote about logging some preserved land. Kate does some great research, after being dragged to Anchorage, and as usual, Mutt plays a major role.
Susan Kasza
I usually really like Stabenow's Kate Shugak novels. This one just didn't keep my interest very well. I had a hard time keeping track of all the characters, and it was mostly based on politics (which I HATE). This didn't stop me from buying the next one in the series, though.
Irene B.
On the plus side, Kate gives a great speech. On the negative side, the lead characters allow the ends to justify their dishonorable means and that just grated throughout the book. Also too much time "dressing up" Kate to go to a fancy dress party. Waste of space.
Apr 09, 2010 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a great mystery series with a native alaskan as the protaganist. I enjoy the series because I learn about Aleut culture and about different aspects of alaskan life.
Michele bookloverforever
impressive. read the first book in the series before reading this one to get the full emotional impact of the climax.
Jill Heather
Too much revenge on her boyfriend's ex.
Oct 10, 2016 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another larger-than-life epic stirs my emotions, and makes even politics interesting. Almost.
Mike Finn
Jul 08, 2013 Mike Finn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, audio-book
"The best book in the series so far"

I have to start a series from book 1, which in this case was " A Cold Day for Murder" a competent whodunnit that introduced the Aleutian Native American who lives, with her half wolf half husky bitch, Mutt, on her homestead in an Alaskan National Park. It was fun but showing it's age a little.(it was published in 1992). Initially I found Marguerite Gavin's reading style a little distracting - great dialog but too sing song on the text.

I've now listened to the
Sep 09, 2015 Dyana rated it really liked it
In this 6th in the series about Aleut investigator Kate Shugak, we find her enjoying a beautiful autumn day on her isolated homestead. Her grandmother, Ekaterina Shugak, visits just after Kate has killed a bull moose. While helping cut and wrap the meat, emma persuades Kate to attend the annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage to investigate what's behind a logging contract under consideration by the Niniltna board of which emma is the leader. It could be good for the tribe e ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Marlène rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mutt se laisse embarquer pour un séjour à la ville. Kate a, de manière surprenante, accepté une offre de sa grand-mère, Ekaterina Moonin Shugak, figure emblématique des organisations de défense des droits et de la culture des peuples premiers d'Alaska, et elle l'accompagnera à la convention de l'Alaska Federation of Natives d'Anchorage pour enquêter sur un vote d'attribution de terres à un organisme gouvernemental ou un autre.

Ce tome est l'un des plus intéressants de cette série par la richesse
Aug 03, 2015 Ape rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I have some mixed feelings about this one. As a murder mystery book it isn't really anything to get excited about. So if you're coming to this set of books fresh and looking at this one, I'd say try a different book to start with. However, if you're reading the series, and not just for the mysteries, but also for the continuing story of Kate Shugak, life in Alaska and the issues for the native people, then this is an essential part of the tale. And in those aspects, it is an interesting read.

Randy Daugherty
Jun 15, 2013 Randy Daugherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood Will Tell by Dana Stabenow once again returns us to Alaska and Kate Shugak. As Katee exited the outhouse she spotted a young bull moose, this is so fortunate as she was lucky enough to draw her first permit in years.
As Kate prepares to dress the meat she is surprised by a visit by her Emma, the patriarch of an extended family a protector of her tribes interest. As they dress the meat Kate is curious as to why her grandmother is here, though she says it is just to visit and to bring news of
Lisa Wolf
Another outstanding installment in the Kate Shugak series! In this one, Kate agrees to accompany her grandmother to Anchorage for the Alaska Native Federation Convention. Someone has been trying to influence the Niniltna board to agree to a questionable land deal, and everyone seems to have a finger in the pie. Kate digs into layer upon layer of corporate greed and corruption, while at the same time attending the convention and realizing that she has a responsibility to follow in her grandmother ...more
Lourdes Venard
May 03, 2011 Lourdes Venard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this, the sixth book in the series, Stabenow steps away from the mystery format a bit -- though she does present us with a mystery -- for a novel that gives us a greater sense of Kate Shugak, and her relationship with her grandmother, Ekaterina Moonin Shugak, the matriarch of her tribe, and her relationship with boyfriend Jack Morgan. Ekaterina persuades Kate to travel to Anchorage for the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, and to investigate the death of a board member. While she’s the ...more
The North Wall
Quite a long-winded, politically twisted entrant into the Kate Shugak series, where a lot of pontificating goes on, multiple characters (all with similar names) drift through, the reader is repeatedly smacked over the head with historical land agreements, Kate appears to be on some kind of vigilante kick, and the adverbs are sprinkled about with their now traditional abandon. On occasion, trying to untangle Stabenow's prose is a challenge in of itself, and this instalment needed an editor with a ...more
Nov 11, 2013 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is my 7th Dana Stabenow read in 4 weeks! Great stories, great story teller. The series takes place in Alaska and features both Native American and White Alaskans throughout in a complex dance of life and death. As a Seattlite who periodically works in Alaska, the stories ring true -- both the specific stakes that drive the hearts and souls up north, and the rich and varied characters. Prepare to fall in love with BOTH Alaksa and Kate Shugak, a strong, passionate woman who cares too much and ...more
Oct 03, 2011 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I like the Kate Shugak series. This was one of the better. Combines personal with the political, familial with the tribal and shows all the things that tear at Kate. Kate is also shown as doing what needs to be done to take care of the job at hand, which most people would probably do.

Kate's grandmother bribes/guilts her into going to town for a tribal wingding. She begins to investigate why, if it's the case, someone would want to kill off the tribal council. She thinks she has that figured out,
Jan 16, 2010 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books-read
Blood will Tell is Dana Stabenow's best yet. I couldn't put this one down. Kate's grandmother Ekaterina, head of their tribal nation, asks her to investigate the unexpected death of one of the tribal board members. Kate uncovers a tangled web of deceit that involves too many people close to her, and she suffers a devastating loss. Along the way, she also helps Jack gain custody of his son. Stabenow delineates the conflict between tradition and progress, between the Outside and native Alaskans, a ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really liking this series. Some are better than others but over all she's a consistent writer with a good story, good characters, well thought out plots etc. The way she includes the lifestyle in Alaska (interesting without pages of descriptors that lose the flow of the book in flowery language) she takes you there. There is a bit of sex in a couple of the books so far but it's nothing graphic. Just an FYI. Because of that, it wouldn't be considered a "cozy mystery series". Her writing styl ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Kathie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's autumn in Alaska and Kate is preparing for the long winter on her homestead when her emaa asks her to attend a Native American Convention in Anchorage. Kate is reluctant but can't refuse her grandmother. Two members of the Ninultna board die. It just so happens that they are the two who most often vote in agreement with emaa. Kate, who usually prefers to stay in the background, finds herself forced to the front during the convention and while investigating the deaths of the two members of t ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Blood Will Tell" was one of my favorite Kate Shugak stories so far. It gets into a lot of the politics of the region and also spends some time on her relationship with Jack Morgan. I will miss one of the main characters who we lost in this story (no spoiler!) and will be interested to see how it affects Kate going forward. Mutt was one of the heroes of this story :) I loved how Kate dealt with Jane. I did something similar once (although not illegaly) and gained great satisfaction from it since ...more
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