To discuss mystery writers, mystery books, and characters in mysteries. DISCLAIMER ... Sometimes I may stray!!!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Discussion Group Selection For March
There is one thing about belonging to a mystery book discussion group - you find yourself reading books you might otherwise have not read. This month we find ourselves in Alaska - the location / setting for Dana Stabenow's book. The book is called A Cold Day For Murder and is the introductory book in the Kate Shugak mystery series.
Who is Kate Shugak? She is a native Aleut. She used to be an investigator for the Anchorage D.A.'s office. She left that job and returned home after an assignment went bad. Her companion is Mutt - a half wolf / half husky.
In this book, her ex-boss has come to ask her help. Two people have ended up disappearing - a park ranger with connections to a congressman and another investigator sent to look for him. The missing investigator was a friend of Kate's - and trained by Kate. Kate sets out to look for them and unexpectedly finds she is a target.
I do not want to give away any more of the story but have a few things to say about the writing. As I discovered, this book is a Winner of the Edgar Award. I certainly understand why. The author has some fantastic descriptions of the terrain and people in Alaska. She also uses some good analogies. As is tradition with our discussion group, I give this book a thumbs up. I will be missing our discussion group for this book but will get an update later to let you know how the entire group felt about the book.