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Shiver Hitch

(Jane Bunker Mystery #3)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  77 reviews
In Linda Greenlaw's Shiver Hitch, Jane Bunker is back in New England and life--and death--will never be the same. . .

Jane Bunker thought she'd escaped the pollution, noise, and crime of urban life when she left her job as a Miami homicide detective and moved back to the idyllic town of Green Haven, Maine. But now that she's working as a marine insurance investigator, Jane
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Published June 6th 2017 by Hyperion Books
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Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Born in Maine, Jane Bunker returns there after leaving her job as a Miami detective. She makes ends meet by working as an insurance investigator and a deputy sheriff. She rents a room from an 80+ year old couple who regard her as their family. Her boss at the insurance agency sends her out to photograph the fire of a large home and she discovers a woman's body. After arson and murder are determined, Jane has to track down a killer.

The author's strong points shined as she described the
Chris Wolak
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
Greenlaw’s sleuth, Jane Bunker, was born in Acadia, Maine and grew up in Miami, Florida. After her life in Miami as a detective falls apart she moves to Maine to start over. She’s working two jobs, as an insurance investigator and as an assistant deputy sheriff. At the opening of Shiver Hitch, she’s sent to Acadia Island wearing her insurance investigator hat to assess a house fire. At first, the fire seems rather cut and dry—an accidental fire caused by a frozen ground heave that breaks a gas l ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
The writing was pretty good, but I didn't like the character. For being a Miami Vice cop transferred to a small town in Maine, she makes stupid early assumptions and ends up with egg on her face. Then goes against her own thought processes and goes out alone with no back up in the face of danger. I do not think she is a believable veteran cop. ( I didn't read the other books in the series and will not read the others after reading this book.)
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's been nine years since Linda Greenlaw's last Jane Bunker mystery, Fisherman's Bend. Now, she

brings back the former Florida police detective who left for Maine. Jane, insurance investigator and Assistant Deputy Sheriff, narrates the story of a simple case that turned into so much more.

It's Jane's first winter in Green Haven, Maine, and she's learning to cope with the snow and cold. The weather and Jane's acclimation to it is a constant source of amusement at the Harbor Cafe. The villagers are
Linda Baker
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
Jane Bunker was born on remote Acadia Island but her mother fled to Miami taking Jane and her infant brother, Wally, along. Jane never heard anything good about her Bunker family but when her career as a homicide detective exploded she decided to settle in Maine. The plan was to find out about the Bunkers but after nine months she has not even visited the island. Her two gigs as an insurance investigator and assistant Knox County sheriff have kept her busy and it is the depths of a Maine winter. ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won the audio edition of Linda Greenlaw's "Shiver Hitch" from a Goodreads giveaway. It was narrated well and I enjoyed the character of Jane Bunker. Whereas she did seem to make some amateurish mistakes at the beginning, I thought this made her character more realistic. I cannot wait for further installments in the series!
I would personally rate "Shiver Hitch" about 4.75.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Jane Bunker left Miami for little Green Haven, Maine in the hopes of starting a new life – one without the rampant drugs and crime that go along with police work in a big city. Absent all the crime, she works two jobs – one as an insurance adjustor, the other as an on-call Sheriff’s deputy. When she heads out to Acadia Island to check out the damages on a recent house fire, she gets more than she bargained for – a body – and she finds herself switching hats from adjustor to deputy in no time. No ...more
Jo-Ann Murphy
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Quick read, well developed characters but the main character is not very bright. The murderer was obvious from the beginning and the plot seemed a bit murky.

But I did care about the characters from the beginning and loved the setting. So the writing was not bad. However, Jane Bunker is supposed to have previous experience as a detective but she must not have been very good because she totally misses the obvious and jumps to conclusions with no factual basis. I have not read any of the other book
Rhonda Lomazow
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Wendy J.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I actually read the other books in the series, but did not even remember them until I discovered them, as part of the series, on the Internet. Needless to say, I do not recall very much about them and cannot compare this one to them. In this book, Jane Bunker, a former Miami detective whose career exploded, becomes involved in a murder mystery on Acadia Island, off the coast of Maine. Acadia Island has meaning for Jane, as she and her brother were born there. Her mother took the children and esc ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won an advanced reader’s copy of “Shiver Hitch” by Linda Greenlaw, on and am posting an honest review. I gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Following her mother’s death, Jane Bunker moves from Florida to the small Maine coastal town of Green Haven from which her mother fled with 8-year-old Jane and her younger brother Wally some thirty-five years ago. They had lived on Acadia Island, a 40-minute boat ride across the bay. Doubly employed as an insurance investigator and an assistant depu
Linda Munro
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book via a goodreads giveaway.

Jane Bunker has moved close to her home town, a small island off the coast of Maine that her mother stole away from years earlier, moving as far from the Bunker family as possible. Jane had been a murder detective, now in the small town of Green Haven, she must work two part time jobs just to make a living. She works as an insurance investigator and a part time police officer.

When Jane returns to Acadia Island to assess the damage caused by what app
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shiver Hitch is the third book in the A Jane Bunker Mystery series by Linda Greenlaw. This is the first book in the series that I have read. It is also the first book of Greenlaw's that I have read. You do not need to read the first two books in the series to enjoy Shiver Hitch.

Jane Bunker lives in small town Green Haven, Maine. She is employed as both a deputy and as an insurance investigator. In the midst of the cold Maine winter, Jane is called out to remote Acadia Island to investigate a ho
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
It is difficult to be objective while reading a signed copy of Linda Greenlaw's newest Jane Bunker mystery "Shiver Hitch". Nonetheless, I enjoyed returning to new material in this series after many years since the last edition and I imagine many others will too. This is the first time in the series where Jane Bunker's law enforcement background really emerges as a complex thread in the story with suspect interrogations, workplace antics at the sheriff's department and more thrilling crime fighti ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
#3 in the Jane Bunker mystery series. Author Greenlaw brings back Jane Bunker after a nine year hiatus since Fisherman's Bend (2008). Greenlaw is most known for her non-fiction relating to her day job as a commercial fishing captain off the Maine coast. This background stands her in good stead as she describes small town Maine life and the freezing nor'easter that catches the small boat transporting Jane by surprise on a trip from Acadia Island to the mainland. I enjoy the series and hope a sequ ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Linda, Linda, Linda, I SO loved your non-fiction books about swordfishing in New England and lobstering in Maine. How can you possibly have SO much trouble writing a cutesy mystery novel? You were an English major at Colby (which I attended, as well), and somehow you've missed out on most of the major points of literature. I even hate to say all this. But I've read all 3 of your Bunker mysteries, and they are getting more boring and cringe-worthy. And the editing! WAS there an editor? Jane Bunke ...more
It’s been 7 years at least since I read the first two books in this series, so I don’t remember much about them other than liking them enough to keep Greenlaw on my ‘To Read’ list. I like them because they are distinctive enough with main character of a marine insurance investigator in a small town in main to be a refreshing break from the many, many novels set in New York, LA, Chicago, or any other major city in the U.S.

However, in this book…

Jane Bunker seems to jump to conclusions fairly quick
I was a First Read Winner of this book, and quite anxious to get started on it since the description had me intrigued. Overall I really liked the book, it had me guessing along with our main character and I gladly went along for the ride, but I never really felt I got to know Jane very well. Of course that could have something to do with the fact that this is the 3rd book in the series and I was not familiar with the previous ones, perhaps it would have explained more about her? All I found out ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit It- I'm a fan girl of Linda Greenlaw, who has created a wonderful character in Jane Bunker. This latest installment in the series, which can easily and happily be read as a standalone, adds to Jane's backstory by sending her to Acadia island. More importantly, the addition of Wally, Jane's brother, creates another dimension for the story. The Vickersons, well, would you like them as your landlords? They are just so real. A fire that turns into murder scene is nothing new in the myster ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Linda Green
Aw is an admirable woman and so e made it a point to read all of her books. For the most part she writes very well and is entertaining, especially her non fiction. He Jane Bunker series is not as well written, but still enjoyable. Jane has some really annoying traits, like her nearly psychotic frugality. But this installment has her redefining her relationship with the Vickersons and bringing her brother to live with her in Maine. The personal side of the book balanced out the crimina
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I've read the first two Jane Bunker books, and thought both were better than this one. However, I read an ARC from Netgalley, and this advance copy was the sloppiest galley I've ever read. To me, it read like an assignment that one has put off until the last minute. Lots of tense errors; incomplete character development; cliches; unsuccessful attempts to make this a standalone novel; an entire plotline (Jane's island ancestors) mentioned throughout the novel but left mostly undeveloped in the en ...more
Kay Wright
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a terrible mystery, just minimally nuanced. Greenlaw is a lobsterer who writes books, the no-nonsense world of fishing is evident in her writing, people tend to be little more than one dimension. Lots of writers get stuck in a narrower and narrower area because their characters are not nuanced enough to contain both good and bad. They become boring. Taking place in Maine in February there were lots of ways for the setting to become part of the story. In spite of a 40 minute boat-trip to reac ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
With apologies to my beloved wife, I confess that I have had a crush on Linda Greenlaw ever since Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio portrayed her in The Perfect Storm (which was a great read before it was a great movie). I have read her non-fiction works and been fascinated by her stories and grit in what can arguably be described as a man's profession. Anyway, being all about anything to do with Maine (my eventual retirement destination) I decided to try her fiction a while back and was not surprised ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it

People make more of what is unsaid than what is said.

Here I was, a short boat ride to the truth, but unable to climb aboard; my fear of disillusionment crippling.

To my mind, only the best of friends will agree to a favor before knowing what it is.

The best and worst times of my life had been defined publicly as "Fine, thanks."

I always came down on the side of being good. After all, if I attributed my life to luck, I would have to believe that someday my luck would run out. And that wou
Susan Rainwater
Mar 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Linda Greenlaw’s The Hungry Ocean and The Lobster Chronicles are among my favorite non-fiction naturalist books. So when she ventured into cozy mysteries, I said, “Why not?” The first two were reasonably good. The third, Shiver Hitch has never made it into second printing for a reason.

Shiver Hitch is dull, relentlessly dull. It reads like the stage directions from a TV detective show – think Law and Order with all of the dialog left out. Despite leaving a lot hanging at the end, I have no intere
Jaimie Bruzenak
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
We spend time in Maine most summers, which is how I discovered Linda Greenlaw's books. I look for local authors when we visit somewhere. Though Jane was born on Acadia Island, she spent most of her life in Miami and worked as a homicide detective. Back in Maine living in Green Haven, she is working as an marine insurance investigator as well as assisting the sheriff when needed. When a body turns up in a house fire investigation on the nearby island of Acadia, Jane shifts gears from insurance ad ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ds-authors
Fun to read a book by a Derryfield alum. Plus, the setting is downeast Maine, where we've been lucky enough to spend some time...I am not an avid mystery reader, although I find them fun from time to time -- I did guess, although was not sure, about who dun it in this one. Mostly the fun was reading the descriptions of how cold it is in Maine in the winter and what the breakfast diner culture was. I do think Richard Russo is a little better at it, but I will recommend this to anyone at school wh ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Found this while browsing in the bookstore and thought I'd give it a try. Wasn't totally sure about it, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. While I didn't think the author developed the character of Jane Bunker very well, it was a gripping plot - definitely a page-turner. I took it on a cruise with me and stayed up all night to finish it. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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Linda Greenlaw's three bestselling books about life as a commercial fisherman -- THE HUNGRY OCEAN (1999), THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES (2002) and ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS (2004) -- have climbed as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is the winner of the U.S. Maritime Literature Award in 2003, and the New England Book Award for nonfiction in 2004. Time Magazine called her 2005 RECIPES FR ...more

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