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Degrees of Separation (Alex Jensen & Jessie Arnold #12)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  485 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
After healing from knee surgery, Jessie Arnold can’t wait to train for the Iditarod, but she and her dogs must work hard to qualify. Jessie’s practice run goes smoothly until her sled hits a bump along the trail—a dead body. What the kid was doing on a musher’s trail with no sled or dogs is anyone’s guess. And in a chilling moment, Jessie realizes that the case hits close ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by NAL (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mar 01, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Okay....this book was not my favorite or one of the authors better installments in this series. I would have given this 2 stars, maybe even less, if it weren't about Alaska. But that is my home, and I love it. I love reading about all the places I know and the lifestyle there.

But this was not a well written book. The repetition, alone, was annoying enough to get a low rating. The dialogue was also kind of painful to get through. But I loved how the narrator nailed all the names, because that us
Oct 14, 2010 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If I wasn't reading this book for the Read the USA Challenge, I would never have finished it. Not only did the plot drag--speaking of dragging, Jessie Arnold and her team of sled dogs ran over a body and dragged it a bit--but there was a lot of going to the same bars, playing pool, throwing darts, feeding and watering dogs, etc. The most aggrevating part of the book was the page and a half sum up with a "there are still a lot of questions, I'll guess we'll figure the rest out later" comment, mea ...more
Alannah Davis
Jul 08, 2014 Alannah Davis rated it liked it
I love Sue Henry's writing. Have not read anything bad from her yet. I did like the first few books of the series more than these last few, but I continue to find myself absorbed in the story of dog musher Jessie Arnold, her state trooper companion Alex Jensen, and the world that is unique to the state of Alaska.

In this entry in the series, much is made of the earthquakes that continuously shake Alaska just as much as they do in more celebrated state of California. There is an almost disturbing
DNF. Sadly, I read two-thirds of this book, hoping it would get better, but when I gave up, I still had the same response that I had after the first five pages: this is boring. I liked Henry's first book, primarily because it was set during the Iditarod, but this book seems totally lackluster both in character and in setting, not to mention plot. And, annoyingly, all of the characters speak exactly the same, usually in complete sentences. It's probably not fair to compare Henry to Dana Stabenow ...more
Ginger Weirich
Dec 05, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While running her dogs one morning, Jesse Arnold's sled runs over a bump which turns out to be a body. She returns home to Alex, her State Trooper significant other, and informs him of the body. The investigation that ensues runs the gamete, including another death, the injury of another State Trooper, and a visit from a long lost friend. As usual, Jesse can’t let well enough alone and winds up in a couple of pickles. These mysteries are very light, with a bit of comedy. All the characters are w ...more
May 27, 2013 BCMUnlimited rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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This book is, of course, about Jessie Arnold. She lives in Alaska and is a dog sled racer and raced in the famous Iditarod race. She is a strong female character in the book. The Iditarod is a tough race and so is Jessie. Jessie can’t wait for winter to set in so she can get back to what she loves and that is racing with her “mutts” as she calls them. The Alaska weather finally cooperated and it snowed enough for her to take the do
Degrees of Separation by Sue Henry

Once again, death by human hand strikes the Mat-Su Valley region in Alaska. And once again, musher Jessie Arnold and state trooper Alex Jensen are in the middle of the action – this time (and I don't think I'm providing a major spoiler here), with Homer, AK based retiree Maxie McNabb making a guest appearance.

The basic mystery: Jessie finds a body while on a dog-training run near her house. While trying to resolve this mystery, more people end up dead or injure
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Jessie Arnold's knee was better and she was excited about the first snowfall of the year- she could finally take her dogs on a training run with the sled instead of the four wheeler. When she approached the dogs and put some of them in harness they were eager to pull the sled as they had been trained. The trails near Jessie's property had been checked for downed tree limbs and rocks so they used those and were having a good run. Until they ran over something- a body. Jessie notified Alex Jensen ...more
Catherine Woodman
So, I am a sucker for all Alaska murder mysteries (reading two this week, if that isn't enough of an indication for you...), and Sue Henry writes competently. Jessie Arnold has settled down with her trooper and they seem to be getting a pretty good rhythm going related to her involvement in his work, and his tolerance of that. The heroine from her other series made a visit in this one (Maxie and Stretch)--who I am not as fond of but they are good together--maybe they can be combined! The motivat ...more
May 29, 2011 Sheila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't think it moved along as quickly as some of her other books. In this book, she frequently mentioned earthquakes which I don't remember her writing about before. Are they really as common in Alaska as she mentions????
Jessie takes her dogs out for the first run of the winter and runs over the body of a dead man, shot in the head. The story takes off from there as they try to solve the mystery. Bikers are involved and several questions are unanswered, i.e. why was Alex's partner's truck sabot
Diana Biggs
Jan 31, 2016 Diana Biggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always enjoy Sue Henry's work - her settings and characters come alive. This one ended kind of abruptly.
Clyde Ruth
good.....especially liked the visit from Maxie and Stretch
Sherry Hazen
May 31, 2016 Sherry Hazen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable light read.
Mar 02, 2015 Bumbershootbears rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Plot was slow and dragged. Didn't get into the characters. Jessie didn't have much of a role but bumbling around and finding the body. Don't think this is the author for me. I've read one or two others by her and have not been engaged by the plot.
May 03, 2014 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this Sue Henry as I usually do.
Jun 25, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series...a bit meatier than some of her other repeating characters. Engaging and satisfying.
Jul 21, 2011 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The descriptions of Alaska's raw beauty make this series a pleasure to read. I was, however, a tad disappointed by the murder mystery in this book despite the fact that the residents were experiencing earthquake tremors the entire time which added to the suspence. There were too many unanswered questions and while I don't necessarily need everything all tied up with a pretty bow on top, they were glaring omissions. Henry usually does a better job.
Sep 05, 2014 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was just ok. Seems like the author is losing her edge. Her earlier books were more exciting.
Mar 29, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Musher Jessie Arnold has her sled dogs out for a run when they run over a big,snowy bump in the trail. Turns out it's NOT a log. It's a body. Jessie and boyfriend Alaska State Trooper Alex Jansen are sleuthing for a murderer once again! You know the author lives in Alaska because of her wonderful, descriptive Alaskan details. Great series!
May 14, 2015 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
This is the third "Jessie Arnold mystery" I've read by Sue Henry and I like her stories, but they are starting to lose their charm for me. This one had too many twists and too much cliche conversation. It was a nice quick brain candy read, so I'm not disappointed, but I probably won't be as quick to pick up another one.
Oct 19, 2010 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed Sue Henry's books as easr reads for a lazy night. they are light mysteries with interesting people. This one has Jessie Arnold and her Alaska State trooper boyfriend solving a young man's murder way too close to home, on her sled trail. Good read for dog lovers too.
May 20, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slow -- not as fast-paced as her previous works (probably because she is not in a race); this is still a good story.

I love the Jessie Arnold/Alex Jensen series and once again, they are up to their eyeballs after Jessie runs over a dead body in the snow.
The great Alaskan wilderness is showcased. Jesse Arnold proves to be a strong woman capable of meeting nature’s challenge. This combination makes for a quick pleasant read. At the conclusion of the novel Henry drops two plot points, this was disconcerting.
Sep 23, 2010 Elaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Twelfth book in the Jessie Arnold series. I did not think this book had the excitement of some of her others.
It was predictable and staid. She tried to hard to make connections and to construct a theme around six degrees of separation.
Nov 08, 2013 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was slightly disappointing. I enjoy reading this series, I like the writing, but this book just seemed to have a lot of things and people just thrown in for no reason. So the mystery aspect of it seemed a little weak.
Not much of interesting about Alaska or dog racing which I hoped would be woven into the suspense story. And, there were a lot of loose ends but it is good for a fast-read. I don't think I'd recommend it, though.
Dec 26, 2011 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A kind of Jance approach to fiction, set in Alaska. The plot and characters are okay, but 80% of the book is the setting, which has too much mushing and bar life for me. Kind of slow paced also.
LInda L
Mar 05, 2016 LInda L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Jessie Arnold mystery -- not much "mushing" in this one, but the dogs still play a prominent role. Maxie shows up near the end to add her two cents worth. Good read!
Nov 04, 2013 Deveny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent murder mystery but was too slow for me. A lot of mundane fillers that didn't seem to contribute to the overall story. I'd give her books another try though.
Pam Lauman
Oct 04, 2014 Pam Lauman rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned, borrowed

This was a quick entertaining read. I think I enjoyed it mostly because I visited Alaska last year and could picture many of the locations.
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Sue Henry is the author of six novels in her award-winning Alaska mystery series: Murder on the Iditarod Trail, Termination Dust, Sleeping Lady, Death Takes Passage, Deadfall, and Murder on the Yukon Quest. She has lived in Alaska for almost aquarter of a century, and brings history, Alaskan lore, and the majestic beauty of the vast landscape to her mysteries. Based in Anchorage, where she teaches ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Alex Jensen & Jessie Arnold (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Termination Dust (Alex Jensen / Jessie Arnold, #2)
  • Sleeping Lady (Alex Jensen / Jessie Arnold, #3)
  • Death Takes Passage (Alex Jensen / Jessie Arnold, #4)
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