A Fatal Thaw : Kate Shugak

  • by Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
  • Series: Kate Shugak
  • 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On her homestead in the middle of twenty million acres of national Park, Aleut P.I. Kate Shugak is caught up in spring cleaning, unaware that just miles away another Park rat is planning a massacre. When the sound of gunfire finally dies away, nine of his neighbors lie dead in the snow. But did he kill all nine, or only eight? The ninth victim was killed with a different weapon. It’s up to Kate and her husky-wolf sidekick Mutt to untangle the life of the dead blonde with the tarnished past and find her killer. It won’t be easy; every second Park rat had a motive. Was it one of her many spurned lovers? Was a wife looking for revenge? Or did a deal with an ivory smuggler go bad?
Even Chopper Jim Chopin, the Park’s resident state trooper, had a history with the victim. Kate will need every ounce of determination to find the truth before Alaska metes out its own justice....

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On Audible at Last!!!

I am a big fan of Stabenow's books, especially the Kate Shugak mystery series. The Alaska setting lends much to the story, as does the cultural elements. This book shows us a potlatch ceremony, giving us a taste of the history and culture of the area, as well as furthering the story with the interaction between the characters.

I am glad these earlier volumes are appearing on Audible (can't wait for the entire series to be available for download.) I would read these books for the characters, the setting and Stabenow's writing style (the mystery is just the bonus.)

Gavin delivers -- always. She IS the voice of Kate and does well bringing the other characters to life as well.

And for me, there cannot be enough scenes with Mutt. LOVE, LOVE the interaction between Kate and Mutt.

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- Tracey "I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)"

Second in an Alaskan trilogy

I bought this from Audibles daily deals and was pleasantly surprised. The Alaskan setting is described very well, the great detail helped it to really become part of the story. The characters are believable, they fit right into the setting and you can see how their personalities are developed and influenced by their rural environment.

I liked Kate, the capable, independent gal that the police commission to root out, who among the locals may be a murderer. Her best friend and work partner is a female, wolf/husky, named Mutt who is quite a character. Kate's no nonsense determination makes it fun to follow her investigation.

Marguerite Gavin's narration was a little rough for me in the beginning but definitely grew on me as the book progressed. She adds a little something to Kate's Character. Overall a fun listen.
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- Susan "I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio