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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,310 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Stabenow Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kate Shugak Novels Release Date: June 2004 ISBN: 9781415912935
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In Dana Stabenow’s strongest novel to date, Aleutian P.I. Kate Shugak is hired by Charlotte Mauravieff to clear her mother’s name. Twenty years ago, her mother was convicted of setting fire to the family home and killing one of her two sons, both inside the house at the time. Though the mother herself had accepted the life sentence without protest, Charlotte has always believed in her innocence. But when Kate begins the investigation, she soon discovers that the terminally ill mother isn't the only one refusing to cooperate and confront the past. To find the truth Kate must unearth twenty years of secrets, regret, and murder in one of Alaska's most powerful families.

“Shugak is one of the great characters of modern crime fiction.”—Laurie R. King, author of Keeping Watch Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy | 2/20/2014

    " Too much sex!!! Kate is hired to solve a 30 year old murder that the employee's mother, Charlotte Muravieff, is convicted of. The daughter believes her mother could not have set their house on fire with her two sons inside (one is killed in his sleep, having been drugged) for insurance money. But Charlotte, in jail, insists she is guilty. Then everyone associated with the case starts dying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 2/17/2014

    " I read this book on a suggestion, it kept me reading but when done, I decided to wait to read any more of them, well plotted, characters were ok but not great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 2/14/2014

    " New author for me. I will get more of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/28/2014

    " Finally getting back to the Kate of earlier books! After having to be rescued by Jim and ending up in the hospital in the last few (which seemed entirely out of character to me), she kicks ass in this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 1/22/2014

    " A typical Kate Shugak. I still love the authentic Alaskan setting of this series most of all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/22/2014

    " I have read all of Dana Stabnow's books. All of the Kate Shugak series, and all of the Liam Campbell stories take place in the wilderness of Alaska. The characters all feel very real, and like someone I would like to talk to over a beer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Irwin | 1/21/2014

    " I mistakenly read this a second time. I did not realize I had read it until I was about 40 pages in, and then I chose to keep reading because I remembered liking it the first time. Kate Shugak is one of my favorite PI's and the way Stabenow brings in Alaska's geography and culture make these interesting reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Shaw | 1/19/2014

    " I've read quite a few of these now. I think I read about 6 over this summer, the summer of 2011. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skip | 1/13/2014

    " Kate Shugak goes to Anchorage after she is hired by a determined daughter to get her terminally ill mother out of jail for setting fire to their home and killing her brother. Involving one of the founding families of Alaska, Kate has to uncover what really happened 31 years earlier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 1/5/2014

    " I love the Kate Shugak Mysteries. Set in Alaska the books are filled with atmosphere of that amazing state and the books are always excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Madsen | 1/3/2014

    " As always, Alaska and Alaskan politics are characters. I am not that fond of her heroine but I love other characters and I sure love her dog! The whole series is interesting and I understand Sarah Palin a whole lot better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 12/22/2013

    " Really liked the twists and turns in this one, and the seduction of Jim--way too funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kit | 12/2/2013

    " some interesting elements to the world stabenow creates, but i couldn't quite get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/21/2013

    " Kate Shugak plays with Jim...the story goes on "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Orna | 11/20/2013

    " It was ok, but dragged. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 11/9/2013

    " Yet another I borrowed while housesitting. Decent mystery and engaging characters--of the tough-single-woman-investigator genre. Stabenow wasn't someone I'd read before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 6/21/2013

    " I love the main character, Kate. She is a fiesty and determined woman, and I love the different predicaments she gets herself into. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 5/22/2013

    " A good read, as always with this series, though I missed the wilderness setting and I could have done with a tad less sex. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/12/2013

    " This one was a bit different from all the others which is something I appreciate about this series. So many mystery authors find a formula and stick with it. Each of the Shaguk series is unique. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 12/17/2012

    " I like the books that take place in the Park better than when she leaves it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 11/16/2012

    " Just when I think it can't get much better, Stabenbow comes through. I am a Danamaniac!s This is the 14th book in 19 and I have read them all from the beginning 1-14. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bookman8 | 7/31/2012

    " A Kate Shugak Alaskan mystery, I found following the characters to be quite confusing, in spite of the inclusion of a family tree. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 2/12/2012

    " I enjoy Kate Shugak and the Alaska setting, but don't see the purpose of the sex in this...either develop relationships more or cut it out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hanscom | 12/12/2011

    " Maybe even more. It helps I am from Alaska. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dora | 7/2/2011

    " My note at the time was that it was the best Kate Shugak novel so far. Kate is one of my favorite mystery protagonists. Her character has a really interesting combination of insecurity, empathy, kindness and toughness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/2/2011

    " Kate is one tough investigator. I enjoy her no-nonsense attitude and all the Alaska history and info. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 4/24/2011

    " Kate bulls through old cold case, seduces Jim "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe O'c | 4/9/2011

    " Outstanding; Continuing character: Kate Shugak; Kate is hired by a woman to clear her mother of the murder of her son thirty years prior; she stirs up a series of family secrets and other murders, while leading Trooper Jim into a relationship "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " Kate bulls through old cold case, seduces Jim "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skip | 2/12/2011

    " Kate Shugak goes to Anchorage after she is hired by a determined daughter to get her terminally ill mother out of jail for setting fire to their home and killing her brother. Involving one of the founding families of Alaska, Kate has to uncover what really happened 31 years earlier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kae | 2/3/2011

    " Intricate story with Kate hired to find out the truth behind a 31-year-old crime. Information and action of the main story are greatly offset by Kate's sexual pursuit and involvement with Jim Chopin (ongoing in the series), and Stabenow's predilection to give Alaskan history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 10/22/2010

    " Stabenow has really matured into a very good mystery writer as her Kate Shugak novels have progressed. I like this series because I love a good mystery AND I like learning about Native Culture, Alaska (geographically, environmentally, politically, and way of living). It makes it interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 4/7/2010

    " Finally getting back to the Kate of earlier books! After having to be rescued by Jim and ending up in the hospital in the last few (which seemed entirely out of character to me), she kicks ass in this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 9/5/2009

    " Outstanding; Continuing character: Kate Shugak; Kate is hired by a woman to clear her mother of the murder of her son thirty years prior; she stirs up a series of family secrets and other murders, while leading Trooper Jim into a relationship
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/5/2009

    " Another solid mystery from Dana Stabenow. The Kate Shugak character is one of the more interesting in the crime/mystery genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorinda | 7/7/2009

    " I really like the characters in this series set in Alaska (without Palin, thank God). This is not the strongest on the series. They should be read in order to appreciate some of the plotting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 3/31/2009

    " New author for me. I will get more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 3/15/2009

    " Recommended by a relative-in-law following a trip we made to Alaska. Appreciated the environment more after the trip. "

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About the Author
Author Dana Stabenow

Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on seventy-five-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and found it in writing. Her first science fiction novel, Second Star, sank without a trace but has since been resurrected as an e-book. Her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar Award, and her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”