Issue: June 1, 2013
Stabenow, Dana (Author) and Gavin, Marguerite (Reader)
Feb 2013. Macmillan, CD, $29.99. (9781427229144).
In this twentieth Kate Shugak mystery, part-time private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska state trooper Jim Chopin find themselves in the middle of a feud between neighboring Alaska villages while trying to solve the murder of a young man. After the dust clears, another man is dead and a young couple is missing. No one from either village is willing to aid the investigation, and the pair is fed false alibis at every turn. Gavin, the reader of previous series titles, is comfortable in Kate’s prickly skin. Gavin voices the native Aleut investigator in husky and no-nonsense tones but softens her register when Kate shows affection for Jim and expresses her love of the wilderness. Jim’s speech patterns go from controlled to frustrated as he confronts villagers who repeatedly thwart the investigation. Other characters receive distinguishing characteristics as the story moves to a cliff-hanger ending.— Candace Smith
Dana sez, “Another star turn for narrator Marguerite Gavin. Thank you again, Marguerite!”