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Breakup (Kate Shugak #7)

4.3  ·  Rating details ·  3,433 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
The spring thaw has come to Alaska. Locals refer to the short season as "breakup,” a time when earth goes from snow to slush, grizzlies come out of hibernation, and everyone goes more than a little nutty. The warmer weather is a happy change for those who have been enduring long dark nights and frigid days, but Alaskan sleuth Kate Shugak would be happy to let the winter ta ...more
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Published July 1st 2000 by Books on Tape, Inc. (first published 1997)
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Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Shugak grabs the bull by the horns, any bull before her, with tenacity and initiative, sometimes whether it’s hers to take or not. A thirty-something Aleut woman living on her own in rural Alaska, the forces weighing on her personally include an alluded-to past in law enforcement (this is my first Kate Shugak book, but the seventh in the series) and the responsibilities inherited from her deceased grandmother who was a very capable tribal elder. In Breakup, these forces are put to serious t ...more
Bill Lancaster
'Break up' in Alaska is evidently the spring season when the snow thaws and everyone starts moving and working again after a long winter. I always enjoy reading about different locations and cultures in a fictional context, but in this case, the improbable plot simply got in the way of enjoying this work.

Kate Shugak, the super protagonist, is chased by a bear, has a plane engine fall on her car, breaks up two families who are shooting at each other (and at innocent bystanders in a bar) over an
Frederick Masterman
I am reading the Kate Shugak series from the start, and this is the latest book I've read. With each passing story, Shugak's Native American roots are developed more profoundly, along with the difficulty tribal life faces on many fronts. Shugak is a tough, appealing character, and the author does a marvelous job deepening the reader's understanding of the woman as the stories well as painting a fascinating word-portrait of life in Alaska. My only complaint (if it's that) is the unbel ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
And in this episode....

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
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wom-2017
Many odd things are going on with the coming of spring. The bears are waking and are very hungry. A plane engine drops on Kate's truck and cabin. Bodies are found.
Kirsty Darbyshire

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

Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While most of the mystery novels by Dana Stabenow (my new favorite escapist author of the week) can get a bit grim, being murder mystery novels, this one is like a National Lampoon movie. Kate's bad day starts when she gets charged by a bear, continues as a bear knocks over her meat cache, and then a jet engine lands on her truck, spraying shrapnel throughout her house. Hilarity continues with one crazy adventure after another, as she guides a friend's Boston-riche parents past the site of a bea ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really had fun listening to this recorded book. There was less nervous tension than in the previous books even though serious things were happening during breakup (when winter ends and spring begins): being chased by a hungry bear, airplane engine falling on Kate's car, a dead body near her cabin, a woman being killed by a bear, feuding families shooting guns outside and inside the local bar, the mail plane tipping over while landing, and much more. There were lots of twinkling of eyes during ...more
Sabrina Flynn
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The title 'Breakup' has nothing to do with a relationship (thank goodness) but rather the transition from winter to spring in the Alaskan bush. Half way through, I found that I had renamed it to: Kate Shugak's Terrible No Good Very Bad Day. It all starts when a jet liner engine nearly falls on her head, or maybe it was the Grizzly Bear, or the body and bullets... either way, it was a fun, fast-paced read that made me want to go back to the beginning of the series and spend more time with Kate Sh ...more
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally fun read -- lots of Alaskan mayhem in the springtime, a couple of murders, people shooting each other for a variety of reasons, and things falling out of the sky. The name "Breakup" refers to the setting of the story, during the springtime when all of the ice is breaking up, the ground is muddy, and the locals are going crazy from cabin fever. Kate Shugak is a great character, I need to go start at the beginning and read through this series.
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.
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quirky
Just when I think I know what to expect from this series - moody, atmospheric mysteries with a heavy dose of Alaskan history and spiritualism - along comes this crazy, mad-cap romp through the craziness that is an Alaskan spring. Definitely a fun read, in spite of the grizzliness of the murder.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. My least favorite so far of the series. There's barely any mystery at all in this story. It's just an odd tale of bizarre coincidences.
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed sooooooooooooooo hard - but it really wasn't funny!
Read August 2011 and at least one time after
I love this BOOK!!
Pk Dennis
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan Sample
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I have been living in Alaska for days now!
Bev Taylor
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the first day of spring - a bad day to be in alaska. this is known as breakup

kate was working as an investigator for the d.a.'s office but now lives alone in alaska with her half dog/wolf mutt. great protection

and she needs it - 3 bear attacks, a woman mauled to death in one of them, parts of a plane falling from the sky onto her land and house plus a shoot out. all within 36 hours

plus a dead body is found and when identified she thinks that somewhere there is a connection between the 2 death
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast read and an entertaining mystery. In April, the ice begins to melt and break up letting everyone know that Spring is coming. Kate's Alaska spring is complicated by multiple events, including two dead bodies, seemingly unrelated. I really enjoyed this one, even though the plot is not as heavy and complex as usual. I still didn't guess it -- the "who" - yes, but not the "how." This was #7 in the series, and I already bought #8 to read on the beach in a couple of weeks when I spend ...more
A little disappointing

I have read most, if not all, of the other Shugak novels and this one left one a little disappointed. The suspense did not seem to be here that was in the previous series. Plus there was so much going on during the course of a few days that the realism just wasn't there. Still it was a fun read.
I enjoy the Kate Shugak series quite a lot, but found this one a bit weak. The "bad day" events are ridiculous, and the feuding characters are tiresome. But, it's still Kate! 3 and a quarter stars.
Tammy Smith
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was interesting to hear/learn about Alaska and I liked the mystery.
David Weinfeld
OK, but many crazy catastrophes keep happening to the tough former DA investigator, Kate Shugak.
Ben Twoonezero
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very readable book, read in 4 days speaks for itself.
Sherron L Pace
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breakup Winters end

The sloppy part of spring last longer in Alaska or it feels like it. Intense bloody grizzly and fun. I enjoyed all of these in this book. Very much enjoying this series and highly recommend you take time to read each book.
Emily Klein
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
one of my favorites in the series.
Victoria Moore
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-books
Tense and slow going in parts and meditative, witty and biting in others, "Breakup" by Dana Stabenow is such a beautifully written mystery it brought the story and characters to life with stunning clarity. Set against their annual "Spring Thaw" the story focuses primarily on Kate Shugak, an Aleut woman who lives with her dog, Mutt, in a colorful, but close-knit community. Initially I didn't understand why Stabenow chose the term "breakup" for the title until I plunged deeper into the drama Shug ...more
Randy Daugherty
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breakup by Dane Stabenow - April brings with it thoughts of warmer weather, taxes, and summer fun soon to come.
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
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This series feels a little better after this book. It is a little bit of a series of mini disasters to the point where you wonder, is this a comedy? But it didn't irritate me at times as the previous book. It's not really a murder mystery investigation, and if you first came to Kate Shugak on this book, I don't know how impressed you'd be. I think you really need to read this series in order, as it's as much about Kate and the people living in the community as it is about murder investigations.

Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In contrast to the other Kate Shugak mysteries of Alaska that I have read, this one is a fun, fast-paced, humorous read. BREAKUP is the end of winter - beginning of spring phenomenon where craziness asserts itself after the cabin fever of long, dark, cold winter months blossom into the melting snow and warm days of spring.

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
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breakup in Alaska is when Winter is getting ready to be Spring and people, animals and even the sky go crazy for a little while. I loved this book! One crazy thing after another happens to and around Kate and the residents of the park. You have grizzly attacks, jet engine dropping on Kate's compound, more grizzly attacks, a plane flipping over and sliding into the truck Kate was driving, a woman killed by a grizzly, a woman shooting up the mail plane and running after her drunk no good husband, ...more
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