A Cold Day for MurderDana Stabenow

A Cold Day for Murder

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A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow Book Summary

Somewhere in the hinterlands of Alaska, among the millions of sprawling acres that comprise “The Park,” a young National Park Ranger has gone missing. When the detective sent after him also vanishes, the Anchorage DA’s department must turn to their reluctant former investigator, Kate Shugak. Shugak knows The Park because she’s of The Park, an Aleut who left her home village of Niniltna to pursue education, a career, and justice in an unjust world. Kate’s search for the missing men will take her from self-imposed exile back to a life she’d left behind, and face-to-face with people and problems she'd hoped never to confront again.

The first novel in the popular Kate Shugak Series, A Cold Day for Murder established Dana Stabenow as a new voice in Alaskan mystery writing, and earned her an Edgar Award.

A Cold Day for Murder (Dana Stabenow) Book Reviews

Surprise!After reading some of the reviews I was uncertain, but then I read the book. So I wonder, did I read the same book as the people who gave this story a bad review? Well, I liked it. I look for writing that allows me to see the characters in my imagination, see the landscapes, details in and out of various buildings, etc. I was able, with the author's writing, to do all of this. I found the story well written and the characters well-developed. I think it's because I allow books to be entertainment and to take me to another place and time and to meet characters I may or may not have met in other books. I believe if you can be entertained by a book then reading is easier. I will read more of this author. I find her writing intriguing and riveting..Score: 5/5

A Cold Day For MurderI thought it was a well written book, kept me reading to the end..Score: 5/5

BoringI had high hopes since she one an Edgar for this her first of the Kate Shugat series. I was very disappointed, her characters were hollow and I could have cared less about whodunit. Coben, Karp or even Evanovitch she's not..Score: 2/5

Would not recommendWay too much detail & history written in. Overkill with detail. The base story is good but skipped over tons of boring unneeded pages to find out the ending..Score: 1/5

The first of a great series!If you enjoy this book I recommend reading the Kate Shugak series in order. Characters are introduced, developed, and their roles change. The one criticism I have of Stabenow is that she isn't consistent with details. A family has nine children in one book but only five in another. A baby boy becomes a baby girl and a Ford truck changes into a Chevrolet. There are many more and I found it distracting..Score: 5/5

GoodCharacters well-developed, plot cohesive..Score: 4/5

Interesting storyI saw complaints about the lengthy descriptions but I bought the book anyway just to see what they looked like in my mind. They did seem to be a little much but didn't last long. Once the story got started it became more interesting and fun to read. The descriptions become more meaningful once you get into it. I recommend this book for its story and the characters that developed in it..Score: 5/5

I am hooked!Tho I had never heard of this author the prologue for this book drew me in and I enjoyed it so much that I intend to read the entire series. I am an avid reader and enjoy reading all genres. I can't believe that it has taken me more than 20 years to find this author being the reader that I am but I am so glad that I did. I highly recommend this author. I also recommend that you start from the beginning of the series to get the full effects of the storyline. I gave this book five stars because I couldn't find anything I didn't like about the story. I was completely hooked and enthralled after the first chapter..Score: 5/5

The worstWarning, that is about the stupidest book you can ever read. Nothing makes sense and it is as boring and long winding as it gets. Not only do I hate the $ I spent but also the time I lost finishing it. This book is so low in story and writing quality that I can only wonder why the publisher didn't throw the author out of his office when he was presented with this idiotic story..Score: 1/5

A cold day for murderGreat book.Score: 5/5

Good readGood book great character's. Look forward to hearing more about them keeps you guessing..Score: 4/5

Good read!The plot kept me intrigued and I learned quite a bit about Alaska in the process..Score: 5/5

A cold dayLoved the book. Am buying the rest - in order..Score: 5/5

Not easy to readThis might be an okay book, but it is too hard to read. I have to look at the definition of words on every page: not enjoyable at all. English is not my native language, but still, this is the first book for which I have such problem. To me a great book has good storyline and a good writing style which I think was lacking. Sorry....Score: 1/5

Wow!Deserves the Edgar!.Score: 5/5

A Cold Day for Murder - very well writtenWell written. Interesting setting. Loved the cultural insight..Score: 4/5

Six stars, at least.Enough said: from beginning to end,a jewel. Read it!.Score: 5/5

CanaltowneEnjoyable read. Loved the Alaskan backdrop and culture..Score: 4/5

Not horribleI guess it was passably readable. 2nd of hers I read. The first was terrible but I don't like to judge an author on one book so I tried another. I think the problem was that I just don't like her writing style. Story was ok but the characters just didn't react like real people would. Also, way too descriptive in a meaningless way. Took me forever to finish it..Score: 2/5

Good for a quick readThe plot was not spectacular, but it kept me interested enough. Going to read more of her books if that says anything..Score: 4/5

A Cold Day for MurderExciting and spellbinding, Kate keeps you on the edge of your chair. Couldn't put this one down which is everything I want in a murder mystery..Score: 4/5

Great ReadGreat pacing, setting and characters. Highly enjoyable..Score: 5/5

A cold Day For Murder by Dana StabenowGood story line. Good writing. The author kept my attention through the book. I would read another by Dana Stabenow. Thanks!.Score: 5/5

Very enjoyable read...which gets better as it progresses. Good local (Alaskan) color makes it a pleasant escape, and I found the characters which at first seemed flimsy became deeper as the novel went on. When the second in the series is available electronically, I'll buy it..Score: 3/5

A good quick readThis was an engaging read. I really didn't figure out who did it until near the end. Once I did it made sense. It might be good to read more of her stuff to help round out the characters a bit. The price was right..Score: 3/5

A Cold Day for MurderI enjoyed the book. My initial impression was that this was an easy read that required little thought. Wrong. This error had me going back and checking facts I should have been noticed had I been more attentive. I am now looking forward to reading additional books by this author, and I will be more attentive this time..Score: 4/5

Cold Day for Murder by Dana StabenowAnother great Kate Shugak series book!!! My problem is that I haven't found any of her books that follow except the 10th book in her series! Soooooo, if you are interested in reading the series as they were written, good luck! Of course I could download Barnes and Noble, but didn't want to. Go figure!!!.Score: 5/5

ConfusingI enjoyed the book but was very confused by the ending. I’m not sure if I missed something or not but the ending made no sense to me. I did enjoy the read though and love especially the loyalty of Mutt. I will purchase the other books in this series..Score: 3/5

Loved it!It was an extremely easy read. I can't wait to read more!!!.Score: 5/5

Good RaedA fine story made better by greatly crafted vistas of Alaska and its native people..Score: 5/5

Cold Day for a MurderLiked the suspense, didn't appreciate the vulgar language nor the sexual content..Score: 2/5

Long drawn outIt was a good read but I thought the author was very descriptive of everything. Took away from the actual story..Score: 3/5

A Cold Day for MurderAbsolutely superb! Dana has an infectious ability to keep the reader interested, as in glued to the book, and wanting more. This was a fabulous find, since it was a free book. I plan on reading more from this author..Score: 4/5

Fun read!I really enjoyed this book. The author's attention to detail is so great that I feel every icicle, snowdrift, and chill when reading through the novel. She creates character development perfectly and the mystery is intriguing. I have to read the next one!.Score: 5/5

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A cold day for murderThis book was really good and have me sitting on the edge of my bed just about was very well written and I enjoyed it. Karen Veerkamp.Score: 5/5

A Cold Day for Murder1st read of this author. Found the read a little unbalanced between the plot and the diatribe which often had me going back in the book to try and recapture the characters. Writing often confusing. The main character, while strong and gritty, was weak and soft as a heroin I could be drawn to, I just plain didn't like her..Score: 3/5

Bonnie ProcAwesome read! Can't wait to read more about Kate..Score: 5/5

An enjoyable readEnjoyed it enough I had to download a few more by Dana Stabenow..Score: 4/5

Great book!Loved the characters, tough to put down great read ;).Score: 4/5

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