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Whisper To The Blood (Kate Shugak #16)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  2,388 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
Inside Alaska's biggest national park, around the town of Niniltna, a gold mining company has started buying up land. The residents of the Park are uneasy. "But gold is up to nine hundred dollars an ounce" is the refrain of Talia Macleod, the popular Alaskan skiing champ hired by the company to improve relations with the locals, and pave the way for the mine's expansion.

Hardcover, 354 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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Mar 15, 2010 Lightreads rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I’m wishing we had an exponentially more intricate system of html tags to denote intonation, because then I could calibrate the exact quality I need when I say that I am struggling with feelings of rage.

I like this series, okay? It’s a bunch of mysteries featuring a subsistence-living Alaskan Aleut and her half-wolf, and twenty of her most colorful friends, and her awesome and screwed up community. This series has been clever and geeky, and it can go from dry to slapstick in a breath. It made me
Sep 11, 2015 Dennis rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I don't normally review pulp fiction, but this one so irritated me that I am making an exception. Swings in voice within the first ten pages had convinced me that this was an author's first attempt at writing. I was surprised to learn that Ms. Stabenow is a well-published and award-winning author. Surely, this book won't further that line of accolades.

Examples of the book never finding a unifying voice range from annoying, cutesy asides like "He frowned down at the gingerbread, which didn't des
Barbara ★
This series gets better and more in depth with every book. Ms. Stabenow describes living in the bush in such a way that it makes me wonder if I could survive an Alaskan winter. I've always wanted to move to Alaska but knowing that I can't hunt and would probably starve to death keeps me in the lower 48. So now I read this series to live vicariously through Kate Shugak. I just love her historical information regarding Alaskan politics, Alaskan natives and just everyday things that effect each and ...more
Apr 29, 2014 Monty rated it liked it
I am so enjoying the Kate Shugak series. Each story seems to weave both a broader and finer web of interrelatedness amongst people in the story. I think it would make a great ongoing TV series. I certainly will read the next one.
Jul 31, 2016 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dull and hard to get through.
Mar 14, 2009 Patti rated it it was amazing
Another exciting entry in a wonderful series! I love Kate Shugak, as she is the strong outdoorswoman/private investigator/Alaskan native I will never be :). In Whisper to the Blood, Kate is finding her position in her community--in absentia, she was elected chairman of the Niniltna Native Association--and is also being pressured to move closer to town as part of this position. There is also a mine that is preparing to open, and the company's representative, a beautiful woman, is flirting her way ...more
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Jun 02, 2016 Kelly ... rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
I am a lover of mysteries but I have 3 things I need in any book if I am going to enjoy it. 1. Interesting characters who are real so that I believe that I could know them in real life. Not caricatures. 2. A storyline that contains surprises. If I can predict what will happen next and/or how it will end then it is too simplistic or formulaic for me. 3. A setting that intrigues me... perhaps a culture I don't know such as the Kate Shaguk series or the Decker/Lazarus series.

This book succeeds at p
Mar 02, 2013 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really mad about the rape scene and the way the author plays it off as sexy. It actually made me sick to my stomach.

Overall, I probably should have stopped this book after the above mentioned scene. However, I kept hoping they would deal with it somehow. And I wanted to hear about the rest of the characters. There are some good scenes, Kate is a strong character (for examples she goes after three guys by waiting next to an outhouse in the dark to catch them off guard). I have read that the rest
Oct 06, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
This is a pretty exciting novel in the Kate Shugak series. It's winter, a company is digging a gold mine (lots of Park rats not so happy about it), there are a couple of ugly murders... and Jim and Kate are getting pretty comfy in their relationship. Great fun tale about life in backwoods Alaska. I recommend starting at the beginning of the series.
Jan 02, 2017 TJ rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Good quick read. Enjoyable.
Lois Blanco
Jan 15, 2017 Lois Blanco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gold mining company establishes mine in park - rep is murdered - Kate learns Roberts Rules of Order
Mike Finn
Jul 18, 2016 Mike Finn rated it really liked it
The last Kate Shugak book, "A Deeper Sleep" ended on an ominous note: the Aunties, the real source of all tribal authority in the Park had overstepped themselves in their response to a set of murders, endorsing vigilante "justice" and leaving themselves open to blackmail.

In "Whisper To The Blood" we see some of the consequences of the Aunties' actions: people taking the law into their own hands, Kate being excluded from her normal "enforcer" role by the Aunties, resulting in more vigilante actio
Dec 26, 2016 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another engrossing Alaskan mystery. Kate's relationship with the aunties becomes a little strained.
WHISPER TO THE BLOOD (PI-Kate Shugak-Alaska-Cont) – G+
Stabenow, Dana – 16th in series
Minotaur Books, 2009, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312369743

First Sentence: “Grin bought out Mac Devlin.”

PI Kate Shugak, without her knowledge, as been made chairman of the board of the Niniltna Native Association. Gold, copper and molybdenum have been discovered in Alaska’s Iqaluk Wildlife Refuge by Global Harvest Resources Inc., known to the park residents as Grin. The residents are not happy about the prospect of
Sylvia McIvers
The mining is still an issue - and with gold at $900 an ounce there's an awful lot of good-will going around. Doesn't hurt that the mine hires a cute, bubbly Alaskan champion skier to preach to good word. And sleep her way into agreement, maybe. All well and good until she ends up dead.

Meanwhile Kate Shugak, investigator with the subtlety of a broad-axe, has been shanghaied onto the Association Board, where she makes a fool of herself. Also meanwhile, the rate of lawlessness has skyrocketed in t
Aug 04, 2016 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is both a new one with a new story line and a continuation of [[ASIN:0312937547 A Deeper Sleep: A Kate Shugak Novel (Kate Shugak Novels)]] since we never really figured out who killed Louis Deem.

I like the fact that in this book Kate and Jim are having a real relationship. I love that Kate is not getting the carp beat out of her, that she is becoming more involved with the tribe.

In other words this book really moved the series forward---maybe into a direction you aren't going to like,
Amber Foxx
Jul 15, 2016 Amber Foxx rated it really liked it
Each book in this series is complete in and of itself but taken together they become one long story, crafted so well that even though I’m going through the series backward, I’m neither confused about backstory nor being drowned in it. Stabenow delivers the right amount.

The land, the climate and the culture are essential to the plot. It couldn’t take place anywhere else but in this park in Alaska, with its mix of Native people, homesteaders, and outsiders. The crimes’ impact is broad and painful,
Oct 28, 2012 M rated it it was amazing
The second largest gold mine is going to be just down the road--jobs on the one hand and rape of the land on the other--Kate is voted in as the chair of the NNA whether she wants it or not and keeping everyone happy will never be a possibility. Thank goodness for Johnny and Jim in her life, keeping it sane because between the aunties hiring out thugs and all the park rats taking vengence on lawbrakers, Jim and Kate are out of the ususal loop. I love when Kate asks Jim about Talia and he says "sh ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw the author do a little promo for the Kate Shugak Series on YouTube. (It was funny the way she would hold up a book, give a brief tantalizing summary then throw it over her shoulder.) This combined with reading one of her short stories and remembering the endorsement on Charlaine Harris' blog made me want to try these mysteries. Still it took me awhile to pick up this book because I usually make it a rule to read a series in order.

Despite the fact that I was not able to read the previous 15
On retrouve dans ce seizième opus tous les ingrédients qui font de cette série un véritable plaisir à découvrir, lire et relire : l'Alaska y est un personnage à part entière ; des intrigues multiples se recoupent sans s'éclipser ; des personnages réalistes et certains attachants (les 4 Aunties et Bobby, notamment) ; une bonne dose d'humour et pas mal de cynisme (souvent dirigé vers le reste des États-Unis) ; Johnny en pleine adolescence ; Kate & Jim qui essaient de ne pas faire face à la réa ...more
Nov 15, 2009 Jody rated it liked it
It is unusual for me to jump around in a mystery series like I have with this one. Steve picked this one off the shelf at the library, and since I love the character I went ahead and read it. (After all, I haven't read any of the other books in this series all in a row!) Kate Shugak is at home in the park in this one, raising her adopted teenage son, and romantically involved with the district law enforcement. The big drama in town is that a large mining company has planning to mine a huge gold ...more
May 09, 2009 Joy rated it it was amazing
A mining company is going to open a pit mine in the middle of the Park. They plan to create many jobs for Park dwellers, which is supposed to make everyone forget the acids which are used to refine gold and then released into the environment. The Native Alaskans who live on subsistence hunting and fishing are facing the literal death of their natural surroundings, and possibly responding with violence. In the meantime outlaws are hijacking travelers on the river highway, and the story of Louis D ...more
Jan 01, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Kate Shugak is embarrassingly ill-equipped to handle the job she has been maneuvered into as the new chairperson of Ninilta’s Native Association. A Canadian mining company has discovered a rich gold deposit in Alaska’s enormous Iqaluk Wildlife Refuge. Promising jobs and prosperity for the locals, the company hires Talia McLeod, a famous Alaskan Olympian, as spokesperson. But Ninilta’s residents, who live near the proposed site, are split. Will the jobs actually materialize? Will the land be dest ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Scilla rated it liked it
Global Harvest Resources Inc. has announced that they will be opening the Suulutaq Gold Mine on state-leased land in Alaska's Iqaluk Wildlife Refuge. Talia Macleod, a beautiful, well-known Alaskan athlete, who has just appeared in her second Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue has been hired for public relations. The natives are worried about their fishing and hunting, and Kate Shugak has just been made Chair of the Niniltna Native Association. Policeman Jim Chopin has moved in with Kate and Johnn ...more
Catherine Woodman
Dana Stabenow, a lifelong Alaska native and one who writes about the state and is an ambassador for the northern wilderness above and beyond her role as an author whose books are set there--is a long time favorite, and this book does not disappoint. The story is strong, it stands alone (if you have not read the series that has 16 other volumes) so you do not necessarily need to have read any that go before (if you do you will learn about the aunties, and Jack, and Jim, and Johnny--all characters ...more
I'm always so eager for a new Stabenow/Shugak, but this one was disappointing - mystery was ho-hum, lots of stuff going on with the murders from the last book (which was kinda confusing for me since it's been awhile and probably would be much more so for anyone who hadn't read that one). Not much is happening to develop Kate's world. It feels like Stabenow is tired of Kate and kin and doesn't know where to go with the series or Kate's characters. We've hardly seen anything of Bobby in the last f ...more
Mary Anne
Jul 14, 2010 Mary Anne rated it liked it
Author Dana Stabenow lives in Anchorage, Alaska and writes about life in the 49th state. While I was on vacation there, I thought it would be interesting to read a book set in Alaska. It was most enjoyable because I was there while reading.It was a good enough mystery, but I liked the insights into life in such a wilderness. I had learned about subsistence living on my trip and that played a large part in the book. You have to love hunting and fishing to live there and realize that that's how ma ...more
Cyn Armistead
May 24, 2009 Cyn Armistead rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed Stabenow's work since her first novel, Second Star, and I request every new book at the library as soon as it hits their computer system. I'm glad I read this one, but it really took patience to get to the "good stuff." For some reason, the first half of the book moves very, very slowly. It does wrap up a loose end from the previous Shugak tale, but one of the book's two murders is solved in such a way that it seems an afterthought, right at the end.

Still, Johnny Morgan, now 16, get
Loved and devoured. Just about all the characters I love were in it or mentioned. I do miss Emaa! I had read the previous book in the series a while ago so, it was also a recap of the tragedy that befell the town. Kate's tough demeanor with her Aunties was a hoot, cause I don't think they are listening to her. Adding a beautiful, willing woman to Jim was definitely an angle that Dana needed to add. He was the roving wolf before his days with Kate... did he change or would he fall under the spell ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
I am returning again to the Kate Shugak mysteries after a long absence, not because I don't like them, but because I got caught up in other reading. I've always enjoyed Dana's writing (I met her at a conference in Anchorage about ten years ago, and I'm sure she doesn't remember me, but I remember her fondly) and was glad to return to this series. What I enjoyed most about this book was Kate's exploration of her relationships with others in her life, including her boyfriend. There are two scenes ...more
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