Breakup (Kate Shugak #7)
Kate's homestead gets sat on by an airplane engine falling out of the sky. While the investigators are checking the engine landing out, they discover a body in the woods outside of Kate's property.
Kate's friend Mandy's parents are in town and driving Mandy nuts, so Mandy begs Kate to take them on a tour, using Mandy's new truck. Kate and the parents run into a man who claimed his wife was killed and eaten by a bear.
And through all of this Kate is finding her new and evolv ...more
This series seems to revolve less and less around mystery as it goes on. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it can get a bit bemusing at times.
I spent the first half of this book enjoying what was going on (gun fights, bear attacks, engines falling out of the sky) but waiting for the main mystery to break. In the second half I just got on with enjoying it and didn't worry about it. In retrospect there is a murder in the book and it is solved but the proportion of page space taken up by this...more
Kate Shugak once worked as an investigator for the Anchorage DA office. She quit and returned to her Aleutian (not Eskimo) roots. Breakup is the beginning of Spring when the winter ice thaws. People need to go to town for supplies and bears wake up from their hibernation. Early one morning during breakup, Kate had a run-in with a bear then heard a loud noise. Earthquake? No, a jet engine fell on her homestead destroying her truck and much of her property. ...more
Stabenow, Dana - 7th Kate Shugak
Kate finds herself involved in a murder investigation after a body is found near her homestead and, through the guidance of her Aleut grandmother's spirit, she assumes the role of clan leader and takes on major responsibilities to help her people.
This was a non-stop, very funny read from the opening page. It's a delightful contrast to the rest of the books in the series.
In one day Kate experiences:
- a bear attack
- another bear breaking into her remaining cache of meat
- a 747 jet engine falling from the sky smashing her truck, and nearly destr ...more
And also, as I've been on the Jim-side since book one, there are two wonderful moments between Kate and Jim, some of the first real good ones, perhaps one of the many reasons why I love this book so much and have to read it at least once annually.
So if you haven't read it yet - go read it ...more
I loved the diverse and fascinating cast, as in all the Kate Shugak books. I loved how fast paced the story was. I even loved the constant string of bad luck Kate was having, and usually I hate that sort of thing, feeling like the author is just piling it on to make you feel sorry for the character. In this case ...more
In Alaska April brings Breakup, the big thaw as days start to be longer and brighter and temperatures begin to rise. Breakup means chores, cleaning up after winter,storing winters vehicles,preparing those of summer, stocking depleted shelves and for many letting off steam.Warming temps mean the bears of the park wake up hungry and foraging something Kate forgot as she inspected her prop ...more
Dawn's rating: 3 stars
Stabenow’s mysteries are set in Alaska and feature terrific characters and fast action plots. This novel is set in spring during “breakup” when locals are going crazy from cabin fever and the huge ice flows are melting and breaking up. A metaphorical breakup ensues as well, when Kate Shugak, an Aleut native who lives on a homestead and is supposed to be retired from her high powered crime fighting job in Anchorage, is called into act ...more
I do find it an interesting character development that Shugak is only now, at the end of book 7, self-identifying as a P.I.
Very interesting and engaging series - I will definitely keep r ...more
Marguerite Gavin does a wonderful job with the narration as always. I wish the next two would hurry up and get done on audio. Sure I could read them but for these it just wouldn't be enough.