A Fine and Bitter Snow : Kate Shugak

  • by Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
  • Series: Kate Shugak
  • 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in Alaska, Edgar Award-winner Dana Stabenow's novels combine a rich portrait of life in the frozen north, with taut suspense and top-notch characters. In this latest installment in the Kate Shugak series, the possibility of drilling for oil in a wildlife preserve near the home of the dynamic Aleutian P.I. has battle lines drawn. Things heat up when a ranger at the preserve loses his job for political reasons, but when a passionate conservation spokesperson is found poisoned, the war begins in earnest.
In a gripping story both entertaining and tense, not to mention timely, Dana Stabenow brings to life the beauty and danger of living and dying in Alaska.


What the Critics Say

"The series is known for its breathtaking portrayal of the Alaskan scenery and way of life, its complex characterizations and the wry humor that gives the stories their unique appeal." (Writers Write)


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Wanted the whole series after reading this.

Found this book in a used book store and had never heard of Kate Shugak or the author. Loved the book and then found out it was a series. Made me go looking for all of them. So well written and grabs your attention and holds on. There are so many twists and turns that you don't realize who the killer is. In so many mysteries you can guess who did it, but not in a Stabenow book. I recommend all of her books.
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Good to see Kate back in the Park

"A Fine And Bitter Snow" moves right along from "Singing For The Dead" continuing the "we're really a series now" feeling that has been there since "Hunter's Moon".

This book brings Kate back to the Park and gets her reinvolved with the regular cast of characters from the previous books. Kate is most fully herself in the Park. Seeing her in this environment shows how she has changed: her quite assumption that she can and should intervene in Park politics, the hole in her life where Jack used to be and her dawning recognition that, although she still values her solitude, she yearns for a man to share her life with.

I can also see what hasn't changed: Kate's loyalty to her friends, her refusal to be pushed into anything, her bravery in the face of danger and her practical compassion in her dealings with people in trouble.

"A Fine And Bitter Snow" gave me another opportunity to see Kate through Jim Chopin's eyes. Somehow this seems a clearer and more passionate view than I ever remember getting through Jack Morgan's eyes.

There is, of course a murder and Kate involves herself in investigating it. The death takes Kate back to her childhood and beyond, to the very early days of the Park being formed and shows once again that you can never leave your past behind you. The murder mystery is not particularly challenging but that is more than made up for by how well drawn the characters are.

I dislike murder books that seem fascinated with the murderer, revelling in the violence they do to others and relegating the victims to incidental plot devices. Dana Stabenow draws real people and describes real grief. In many ways, this makes her murders much more terrible than those of her more blood-thirsty contemporaries.

One of the ways that the people in the Park deal with grief is through holding a Potlach. Kate sets this one up (another way in which she is unconsciously stepping into her grandmother's shoes) and her choice of the picture as a Potlach gift sums up the focus on celebrating the person's life. The stories told at the Potlach reminded me of the ones that were told at the wakes my (Irish) grandfather's generation used to hold.

I'm hooked on Kate Shugak now and no longer constrained by books not being available on audible (at least in the US - there are still gaps in the UK) so I've downloaded the rest of the books and will be rationing them out at one a month (unless I give way to weakness and read more).
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- Mike Murphy "Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape