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Blood Will Tell (Kate Shugak #6)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  2,841 ratings  ·  82 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
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Published June 1st 1997 by Berkley (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
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
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

May 16, 2009 Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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.
Michele bookloverforever
impressive. read the first book in the series before reading this one to get the full emotional impact of the climax.
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
Randy Daugherty
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
Lourdes Venard
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
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
Mike Finn
"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
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.
Really liked this one. It has Kate being Kate to her fullest. It also sets up some challenges and changes for the future that are onerous at best and, given the title to the next book, heartbreaking at worst.

Oh, and not about the book itself but worth noting if you are going to read these...
Thank goodness for Google images and the ability to look at button blankets as she describes the convention.

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
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,
lou fowler
Enjoyable reading from start to finish.

Once you start, you can not put it down. Well written. The setting, the characters pull you in. Don't miss any of these books.
This one was largely set in Anchorage, so it lacked the natural beauty of the previous books in the series. Hopefully Kate Shugak will be back in the forest in the next one.
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
Emaa has Kate investigating things affecting the tribes and going to the National Conference in Anchorage. Kate stays with Jack while she is in town. Jack's custody hearing is also going on and his Ex wife is really making life miserable for him and their son. Kate has enough of the Ex and figures out a way to fix her wagon--it really is so delicious. Emaa is not feeling well and as well as investigating Kate has to give a speech at the conference. A group of powerful men are trying to defraud t ...more
Penny Ramirez
Another solid entry, this one focused on clan politics and Kate's relationship with her grandmother. Also another book that left me sobbing on vacation. :) Looking forward to more in the series, especially after having visited Anchorage!
Kate gets talked into attending the Alaska Federation of Natives convention after two Niniltna Native Association board members are murdered.
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
Still love anything by Dana Stabenow! This is Book #6 of the Kate Shugak mystery series. First, Kate shoots a moose in her front yard on the very first day of moose hunting season. What luck! And her grandmother shows up at that very moment. She wants Kate to get involved in tribal business and attend the annual convention in Anchorage. Kate is reluctant, but she goes, murders happen, Kate investigates and pretty soon, the bad guys are out to get her! This time the bad guys are the politicians, ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Eliana added it
Kate Shugak! The quintessential female heroine! Great mystery plots on the res in Alaska.
I just don't know why Dana Stabenow isn't more popular. Her Kate Shugak novels explode with personalities, from Kate herself (former cop, sometime PI, native Alaskan), to her Emaa, her friends, lovers and townspeople to the state of Alaska itself. Every time I read one of these novels I want to move to Alaska. Except that I need electricity and running water...... If you haven't read her yet, give her a try. Bonus: the books aren't long, so they don't require a big time commitment. Plus, there a ...more
I wanted to rate this higher, I really did. I loved the setting, I love Kate, and I really love Mutt. But there were too many spelling errors and inconsistencies in this. Ganepole vs Janepole for the same person on neighboring pages. Some words were outright missing, and replaced by unrelated words, which yanked me out of the story. I don't really blame the author for those errors; a competent editor should have caught them, easily, but the did adversely affect my enjoyment of the story. I'll tr ...more
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