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Whisper To The Blood

(Kate Shugak #16)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,998 ratings  ·  226 reviews
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Published February 17th 2009 by Macmillan Audio (first published 2009)
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Mar 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I’m wishing we had an exponentially more intricate system of html tags to denote intonation, because then I could calibrate the exact quality I need when I say that I am struggling with feelings of rage.

I like this series, okay? It’s a bunch of mysteries featuring a subsistence-living Alaskan Aleut and her half-wolf, and twenty of her most colorful friends, and her awesome and screwed up community. This series has been clever and geeky, and it can go from dry to slapstick in a breath. It made me
Jeff Dickison
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this 4.5 stars if I could. Kate Shugak novels are always good and this one is better than most. Gold has been discovered near the park and a major company is planning on digging a large open pit mine near Ninalta. Some park rats are against it, others are for it. It's not long before a representative of the gold company is murdered and Chopper Jim and Kate must try to solve the case. Recommended.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
These books in this series are easy and quick reads. Sometimes they are just what I need. I liked the story of this one. The author has twists and turns well placed throughout the whole story. She also incorporates subplots well. I like that there is depth and that it isn't about one thing only. I love the humor, which I always say about this author. I also love Mutt. This would have been 4 stars, but there was one scene in this that serious, but then brushed under the rug. I don't like it when ...more
Carol Douglas
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dana Stabenow's mysteries take the reader to the heart of Alaska, deep in the wilds of a large national park based on Wrangell-St. Elias. Her detective, Kate Shugak, is part Athabaskan and part Aleut. She smart, strong, and wilderness-savvy.

The tiny town of Niniltna has its cast of characters, but believe me, they are mostly tougher and less charming than the characters in Louise Penny's Three Pines. The more appealing characters are mostly old women, especially the four Indigenous aunties
Feb 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I don't normally review pulp fiction, but this one so irritated me that I am making an exception. Swings in voice within the first ten pages had convinced me that this was an author's first attempt at writing. I was surprised to learn that Ms. Stabenow is a well-published and award-winning author. Surely, this book won't further that line of accolades.

Examples of the book never finding a unifying voice range from annoying, cutesy asides like "He frowned down at the gingerbread, which didn't
Barbara ★
This series gets better and more in depth with every book. Ms. Stabenow describes living in the bush in such a way that it makes me wonder if I could survive an Alaskan winter. I've always wanted to move to Alaska but knowing that I can't hunt and would probably starve to death keeps me in the lower 48. So now I read this series to live vicariously through Kate Shugak. I just love her historical information regarding Alaskan politics, Alaskan natives and just everyday things that effect each and ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Really mad about the rape scene and the way the author plays it off as sexy. It actually made me sick to my stomach.

Overall, I probably should have stopped this book after the above mentioned scene. However, I kept hoping they would deal with it somehow. And I wanted to hear about the rest of the characters. There are some good scenes, Kate is a strong character (for examples she goes after three guys by waiting next to an outhouse in the dark to catch them off guard). I have read that the rest
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big Stabenow and Kate Shugak fan and this was no disappointment. read over a weekend and loved it. Gold mining company wants to commence mining on native land. The community is split between environmental concerns vs employment vs money to be made. A few deaths and Kate and Mutt save the day. Loved it!
This is a pretty exciting novel in the Kate Shugak series. It's winter, a company is digging a gold mine (lots of Park rats not so happy about it), there are a couple of ugly murders... and Jim and Kate are getting pretty comfy in their relationship. Great fun tale about life in backwoods Alaska. I recommend starting at the beginning of the series.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so enjoying the Kate Shugak series. Each story seems to weave both a broader and finer web of interrelatedness amongst people in the story. I think it would make a great ongoing TV series. I certainly will read the next one.
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dull and hard to get through.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to another review I was warned about the partner rape scene and was able to mostly skip over it. If it weren't for that one scene I would have given this one 3 stars.
Another exciting entry in a wonderful series! I love Kate Shugak, as she is the strong outdoorswoman/private investigator/Alaskan native I will never be :). In Whisper to the Blood, Kate is finding her position in her community--in absentia, she was elected chairman of the Niniltna Native Association--and is also being pressured to move closer to town as part of this position. There is also a mine that is preparing to open, and the company's representative, a beautiful woman, is flirting her way ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second largest gold mine is going to be just down the road--jobs on the one hand and rape of the land on the other--Kate is voted in as the chair of the NNA whether she wants it or not and keeping everyone happy will never be a possibility. Thank goodness for Johnny and Jim in her life, keeping it sane because between the aunties hiring out thugs and all the park rats taking vengence on lawbrakers, Jim and Kate are out of the ususal loop. I love when Kate asks Jim about Talia and he says ...more
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Jun 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I am a lover of mysteries but I have 3 things I need in any book if I am going to enjoy it. 1. Interesting characters who are real so that I believe that I could know them in real life. Not caricatures. 2. A storyline that contains surprises. If I can predict what will happen next and/or how it will end then it is too simplistic or formulaic for me. 3. A setting that intrigues me... perhaps a culture I don't know such as the Kate Shaguk series or the Decker/Lazarus series.

This book succeeds at
Ellen Thielen
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Alaskan series is full of great characters, and a sometimes brutal life in the bush. The huge mining company is both a financial boom for the area, and a hated stress on the environment and way of life for it's residents.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good story starring Kate Shugak and Alaska. There is some language and violence but the story was great. And I'm glad that Kate is growing and becoming just a little more people friendly. She'll never win Miss Congeniality but she's getting better.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Kate Shugak & the Park rats. A gold mine wants to come into the park causing all sorts of intrigue, murder & have the aunties in an uproar. Kate is nominated president of then Council which she hates but then revamps...not to everyone’s liking.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Good quick read. Enjoyable.
Clara Smith
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stabenow-dana
Read it in one day ( and maybe a few night hours) - fast action and great characters make a good read. Jim is growing on me and Johnny can have his own series down the road....
Sue Caulfield
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series and the characters.Stabenow continues to create great plot lines.
Bobbie Foster harper
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I Have found a new author - I started with book 16 so I have 15 to read to catch up.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Not one of her best, and definately one that has to be read as part of the series as a whole. A lot of the murder mystery side of things tags on to what was happening in the previous book, and honestly, most of this book is about the on going story of the characters of the Park in Alaska. In the blurb it mentions the murder of a father and son. To give you an idea, that murder is referred to in the story so briefly, if you blink you'll miss it. If this is your first Stabenow book, put it to one ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read a number of the books in this series. This is not my favorite book of the author’s. It seemed like there was one primary mystery to solve and 3 or so secondary or minor mysteries. One of the secondary stories influenced other things and it was hard for me to connect - as the event did not actually take place in the current story. I was always trying to figure out what was going on! Also, the characters of Kate and Jim did not seem authentic or true to what we have learned about them ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not sure which ones I have read... Must have read them prior to starting with Goodeads...

But decided I would read a few of the older ones. Do love this series....

A mining company has discovered a rich mineral deposit in Alaska's enormous Iqaluk Wildlife Refuge. Politicos see dollar signs for the state, but Ninilta residents, who live near the proposed site, are split: Will outsiders take the jobs? Will the environment be harmed by pollution? Will roads disintegrate . . . tourists invade? As the
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best written mysteries I've read in a while. I admit I had read a few of early ones and thought they were ok. But I have not kept up. Mea culpa. Now I'm thinking I had better go back and get caught up. The plot just keeps pushing forward apace and no, you won't guess who dunnit. The characters are well developed. The writing is excellent. Here's my favorite quote that might sound like someone you know.

"Howie was a congenital liar. Truth was such an alien concept to Howie
Marie Flanigan
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Whisper to The Blood is a direct sequel to A Deeper Sleep, which I reviewed last week. This is a very interesting book in that it explores all the complexities of living in such a rural community so far from any direct outside influence. One of the things I like about Dana Stabenow's books is that all of them can be read individually and understood, but they are very much enriched by reading them in order. In this novel, Kate becomes temporary head of the Native Association that runs The Park. ...more
Alaskan private detective Kate Shugak gets coerced onto the board governing her native community as a mining company announces a huge operation to mine gold. Murder follows.

This is only the second book I've read in this series, and I think it would be better read in order. Certainly one should read book 15 before this one, because a lot of the story here follows on from murders in that book. I was lost with that.

The main plot, relating to the mining company, is a relatively small part of the
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to rate this book higher, I really did, because I couldn’t put it down, but this had to be THE most poorly written and sloppily edited book in Stabenow’s excellent series.
The plot is good, but the characters felt thin, the relationship between Kate and Chopper Jim got cliched, and the mess ups in syntax and continuity just did not help. It succeeded in holding my attention, but honestly, if the next one is as poorly done, I might be done with this series. I think Stabenow is suffering
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Shugak is a detective in a remote part of Alaska. Her village is full of Aunties, renegades, and the array of regular folks. When folks on snow mobiles are being attacked as they are taking supplies to their remote cabins, she gets involved. There is a new mine coming to the area and now there are some murders. The future jobs that will be provided by the mine are good for the district, but at what cost? And who is not who he appears to be? Does Kate's ward know this man? Add in a bit of ...more
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Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere.

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“We need more bodies, 'cause it's not looking enough like the last scene in Hamlet already. --Chopper Jim Chopin” 18 likes
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