A Cold Day for Murder, Paperback

A Cold Day for Murder Paperback

Part of the A Kate Shugak Investigation series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


KATE SHUGAK is a native Aleut working as a private investigator in Alaska.

She's 5 foot 1 inch tall, carries a scar that runs from ear to ear across her throat and owns half-wolf, half-husky dog named Mutt.

Resourceful, strong-willed, defiant, Kate is tougher than your average heroine - and she needs to be to survive the worst the Alaskan wilds can throw at her.

A COLD DAY FOR MURDER: Somewhere in twenty million acres of forest and glaciers, a ranger has disappeared: Mark Miller.

Missing six weeks. It's assumed by the Alaskan Parks Department that Miller has been caught in a snowstorm and frozen to death, the typical fate of those who get lost in this vast and desolate terrain.

But as a favour to his congressman father, the FBI send in an investigator: Ken Dahl.

Last heard from two weeks and two days ago.Now it's time to send in a professional.

Kate Shugak: light brown eyes, black hair, five foot tall with an angry scar from ear to ear.

Last seen yesterday...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781908800398



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A fast-paced and atmospheric introduction to an unusual Alaskan detective series, but very, very short! I thought 200 pages was skimpy, but the novel actually ends 20 pages earlier, with a brief preview of the next instalment tacked onto the end. Dana Stabenow's distinctive covers have been passing back and forth under my nose at the library for ages now, so I thought I would give the books a try, even though I don't really read detective novels. From the clipped but concise opening murder investigation, I would say that I enjoyed the quirky humour, loved adding to my limited knowledge of Alaska (and by that, I mean limited to episodes of <I>Northern Exposure</I>), but didn't really warm to Kate (pardon the pun). If book two drifts into the library, I might read on, but I'm not in any great hurry to plough through the next twenty or so books in the series. (Pardon all the puns!)

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