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Though Not Dead (Kate Shugak #18)

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  3,110 Ratings  ·  329 Reviews
The residents of Alaska’s largest national park are stunned by the death of one of their oldest members, eighty-seven-year-old Sam Dementieff…even investigator Kate Shugak. Sam, a lifelong resident, was dubbed the “father” of all of the Park rats—even though he had no children of his own. Kate, his niece, is surprised to discover that in his will he’s left her everything, ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published November 25th 2010)
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Feb 11, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
I would rate this a solid 4 1/2 stars. Not quite up there with my beloved Whisper to the Blood but pretty darn close. I was a little frustrated by smart Kate's inability to recognize the danger in her way and I hate when innocent people get hurt but it all tied together in a poetic justice way. I loved the two narratives-it was fascinating to learn so much Alaskan history and the way it linked all of it together.

That said, I can't imagine reading this book without having read the others. I fo
First sentence: The black death didn’t get to Alaska until November.

Old Sam, a tribal leader and surrogate father to PI Kate Shugak, has died. He has made Kate his executor and primary heir but some of his bequests come as a surprise. Kate hadn’t known how much land Sam owned, including a homestead within gold-mining country. Then there’s the letter simply saying, “Find my father,” and how does this tie to a missing Russian icon which was a tribal artifact? Kate doesn’t know but something thinks
Nov 15, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a giveaway. Judging the book by the cover - it looks terrific! I entered on a whim, since I have not read any of this author's books. I am really looking forward to to getting it and reading it.
Maggie Shanley
May 03, 2017 Maggie Shanley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great, but Dana Stabenow kills me. I know I should read all series in order....but I don't, I read a book when I come across a copy and so I jump around series. This book is number 18 and I have missed several in the middle where she must have killed off some of my favorite characters. Now this book is detailing the death of Sam (her great Uncle....) but it veers between present day and the past. I loved the Alaskan history and Kate's family history. I loved the "fairness" of Kate a ...more
May 02, 2017 Kim rated it it was amazing
Kate Shugak is such a cool character. Smart, tough & determined she just needs a cape to finish the look. The book is filled with a history of Alaska that is seldom heard & is written in a truly evocative form. For such a smart character, I can't quite figure out why Kate keeps walking into such predictable "mishaps" to be beaten about the head....again!
PS- this is my first book review since year 9
Feb 07, 2011 Kelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This was the audiobook version narrated by Marguerite Gavin

Here we are at the 18th Kate Shugak book and I enjoyed it just as much as any of the earlier books: an unusual occurrence for me in any long-running series. This series has done nothing but improve and I liked it to start with. There are all the components you would expect from a Stabenow book: great characterizations, unique Alaskan historical tidbits, a smooth flow of action, character development, amusing dialogue, mystery, and a nice
Jul 03, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel set in the largest state park in Alaska in early 1900s and describes the latest exploit of Kate Shugak, a private investigator. The story opens with the death of eighty-nine year-old Sam Dementieff who leaves a will leaving everything to his niece Kate including a note saying, "Find my father". This is difficult to accomplish since Sam's father is a mystery man who disappeared after Sam's birth taking with him a stolen priceless tribal artifact, a Russian icon.

Stunning five star read.... My absolute favorite, even though all the titles in this series are outstanding. I couldn't say this was my favorite though without reading the series in order, but what I loved most was the rich history of Alaska merged with Park Rat characters. Now I was a bit sad that Jim wasn't in the mix of the treasure hunt in Alaska with Kate, but I completely enjoyed his own treasure hunt and a resolution for his past. The leaving of messages via cell phones was cute too. The ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing
I am so happy to have won an advanced readers copy of "Though Not Dead".
I'm a huge Dana Stabenow & Kate Shugak (& Mutt) fan.

I have spent a lot of time in Alaska in the past and Dana's books allow me
to travel back to Alaska without the hassle of several long flights,
layovers and airline hassles.

I'll miss Old Sam but love how this book fleshes out Old Sam's life and in doing so
touches on so much of Alaska's history including the war in the Aleutians and
the Russian history in Sitka, the gre
Feb 04, 2011 Andrine rated it it was amazing
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Cyn Armistead
Feb 09, 2011 Cyn Armistead rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a great read!

I don't give out many 5-star ratings, even to my favorite authors. They should be reserved for really special books. This one counts.

I doubt that any information about the book itself would be very meaningful to anyone who hasn't read the previous 17 novels, honestly. I just can't imagine starting any series anywhere but in the beginning, but this work, in particular, will be much more enjoyable if read with the full knowledge of all that has come before.

I did enjoy the o
Beth Wood
Nov 03, 2011 Beth Wood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I am a huge fan of Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series, and I think on many levels this is her best one yet. The story was a masterful interweaving of past and present, and the backstory was rich in the history of Alaska as seen through the eyes of one of the characters. The Alaska history was so compelling that I have ordered one of the books named by Stabenow, a fictionalized history by Jim Reader called Castner's Cutthroats. Castner's Cutthroats were a military group who fought the Japanese in ...more
Deanna Drai Turner
Apr 10, 2012 Deanna Drai Turner rated it really liked it
This author challenged me a bit. It took me longer to read this book than it normally would. Something about how she constructs her sentences slows me a bit. Perhaps appropriately run on. Perhaps organized backwards. Not sure but she makes me work harder for comprehension than I am accustomed too. It could also be in part because she is telling historical Alaskan fiction, so there are many family names, tribal names, people to keep track of...and then also because this is a book in a series and ...more
Kelly ...
Jun 26, 2016 Kelly ... rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
The Best since Hunter's Moon.

This story is full of history -- of the Park, of Old Sam, of Jim Chopin. It has flashbacks that tell us more about all of them. Jim exits the Park to attend his dad's funeral and we meet his mother as well as an ex-girlfriend. His absence allows both Jim and Kate to become more aware of where they stand with one another and their feelings for one another. And, of course, while he is gone Kate finds herself wrapped up in a mystery. But this one is more personal and th
May 29, 2011 Dianne rated it it was ok
Shelves: re-read, read-2016
This was by far NOT my favorite of all the Date Shugak books. Yes it was interesting to learn about Alaska's history (EVERY book she writes and publishes if full of history) but it was too much for me. I also didn't like that seemed to be a puzzle that Old Sam concocted for Kate to solve and with him leaving out vital information (as you will see if you read the whole book) it becomes an annoyingly frustrating read.

Kate being hit in the head (or shot) AND a car accident was just a little too muc
Deb Mcmanus
Dec 12, 2010 Deb Mcmanus rated it it was amazing
I love the Kate Shugak series, but I was a little worried when I read the description on this one. I don't usually like books that go back and forth in time telling two stories at once. I shouldn't have been. I'm about half way through, and I'm loving this one just as much as all the rest. Sure, I miss Jim (and so does Kate), but there is plenty of action without him!

Just finished Though Not Dead. What a great book! I don't want to give anything away, but Kate and Mutt are at their best, and th
Mar 14, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This was a good one, a really good one. Its too bad I didn't have longer reading sessions to help fully enjoy the story. Despite a lack of sleep from a newborn baby this book managed to keep me awake at night, that's quite a feat. Now there are only two more left in the series (that have been published at least), I don't know what I'll do without them! The next book is a crossover with another series so maybe I'll pick that one up then
Mar 04, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
Wow, what a great read! I think what I admire about this entry in Dana's Kate Shugak series is how much she uses the history she's created over the series to inform the plot. I also loved the blending of history and real people with the characters Dana's created. And Kate is at her best here. Tying the stories of Jim Chopin's search for family with Kate's was inspired.
Dec 22, 2016 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
4.5 stars

I'd forgotten how very much happens in this book. There's one overarching mystery, echoed from past to present, and then a trail of questions, danger and frustration for Kate as she tries to retrace Old Sam's footsteps to resolve his final issue. Past and present collide, conspire and finally settle into place.
Oct 30, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing
Alaskan history, Winter survival, family history and Mutt it is all there in this superb Kate Shugak story. Old Sam has died and left Kate as his major heir and executor of his estate. This leads Kate on a journey of the past where she learns a number new things about her family. Jim's father has died and Kate is without his assistance.
Renée Mee
Feb 12, 2014 Renée Mee rated it it was amazing
Think this was one of Dana's best books. Nice blend of fiction and non fiction. Love historical detail about Alaska. I really would like to visit Alaska one day and not from a cruise ship. The author's books paints such rich characters and landscapes about Alaska,you just want to explore it all for yourself. This is only second time I have scored a book a five.
Lisa Carter
Feb 06, 2012 Lisa Carter rated it it was amazing
A new Kate Shugak novel? Almost as good as traveling to Alaska yourself.
Jun 03, 2017 Lydia rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to meet Dana when she wrote and had published her first Kate Shugak novel at a mystery writers' convention in Seattle, Washington many years ago. We both lived in Alaska and had a wonderful conversation.

I am extremely pleased to see how she has developed the series, although I have not kept up with it!. This novel is outstanding! The plotting and characterization is extremely well constructed. Although there are places of extended description and narrative, it is understandable
Jun 16, 2017 George rated it liked it
Shelves: overdrive
There are a lot of story lines going on -- many characters. It's hard to keep them all straight. In the end, the whodunit was not just one person, nor one motive. I suppose that was Stabenow's intent. Oh, and the plot: Kate is the cleaning up Old Sam's affairs and runs into many, many bad guys, whacks on the head and general mischief. Meanwhile, Chopper Jim is cleaning up his father's affairs on the outside and finds out that he really does like Kate very much. Satisfying Shugak story, if somewh ...more
Susan Gremillion
Feb 16, 2017 Susan Gremillion rated it it was amazing
My favorite combo-murder mystery mixed with history.
Michelle Bartlow
May 21, 2017 Michelle Bartlow rated it really liked it
So many details and stories going on in one book...very hard to follow it at.
Sarah Boon
Feb 27, 2017 Sarah Boon rated it really liked it
A tough female protagonist, the wilds of Alaska, and the hidden secrets in a close-knit community. What more could you ask for in a murder mystery?
Lois Blanco
May 16, 2017 Lois Blanco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love of Alaska shines through- Kate and Mutt win the day. The prize-icon, gold or Hammet manuscript?
Text Addict
#18?! No wonder I got the impression that I was missing a lot of background. Good story anyway, though.
Mike Finn
Oct 09, 2015 Mike Finn rated it really liked it
“Although Not Dead” was a wonderful, spirit-raising read. This is Kate Shugak at her best, following a quest, solving puzzles, exploring her family’s past, using her wits and her strength and her courage to take on the bad guys with only Mutt at her side.

This is the eighteenth book in this series. Some series start to feel written out at this stage: repeating ideas, keeping relationships so static that they start to feel like caricatures, becoming dull and predictable. None of this is true about
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