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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 a man's sanity is breaking. 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 uOn 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 a man's sanity is breaking. 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 Trooper 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.......

Title : A Fatal Thaw
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ISBN : 9780425135778
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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A Fatal Thaw Reviews

  • Yodamom
    2019-04-17 22:28

    3.5 Kate is on tough Alaskan Woman. In this second book she faces a crazy man, an unknown murderer, a glacier and......very near death with her dear companion Mutt 1/2 husky 1/2 wolf.I really enjoy these quick tales of murder adventure and extreme living. The characters are all quirky and just as you'd expect in the wilds.

  • Ingrid
    2019-03-28 14:50

    The story is 4 stars but the extra star is because I'm very attracted to the life Kate Shugak lives. I'm sure I wouldn't last a day in her circumstances, but I'd certainly give it a try if I could have wolf-dog Mutt beside me.Although murders must be solved it's a light and humorous read. Loved it.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-21 17:38

    Private Detective Kate Shugak, a former investigator with the district attorney's office, lives on an isolated homestead in Alaska. One morning, not far from Kate's home, a psychotic killer picks up his rifle, strolls through town, and kills everyone he comes in contact with. Kate, warned that the mass murderer is coming her way, manages to capture him with the help of her loyal (and very smart) wolf/husky mix, Mutt. Examination of the murder victims shows that one of them - beautiful blonde Lisa Getty - was killed with a different rifle, most likely by a different killer. Kate is asked to investigate. She soon learns that Lisa had a dark side: she seduced almost all the men she met (regardless of age or marital status), grew and sold marijuana, poached animals for their valuable parts, and was generally a bad girl. In short, many of the locals - especially wives and girlfriends of cheating men - wanted Lisa gone. Kate's detective work apparently alarms the killer, who commits more crimes to avoid capture. Meanwhile, we're treated to a peek at the culture of the Alaskan natives, including meals of moose stew, a potlatch (a sort of pot luck assembly with native dancing), mountain climbing on local icy peaks, driving snow machines rather than cars, etc. One can almost feel what it would be like to live in an environment that's frozen for most of the year. There are plenty of interesting characters, including legless veteran Bobby - who has bad memories of the Vietnam war and a soft spot for Kate; Trooper Jim - whose helicopter patrols give him a good view of things below; Jack - Kate's sometimes boyfriend; Lottie Getty - the victim's awkward sister; Ekaterina - Kate's manipulative grandmother; Bernie - who runs the local pub; and more. My favorite character is the canine Mutt, who helps herself to hidden treats, understands English, has her own opinions (and lets them be known), and is absolutely loyal to Kate. Kate's investigation leads to a dramatic climax on a mountain, and a satisfying ending. An enjoyable mystery with a fascinating setting.You can follow my reviews at

  • Pamela Mclaren
    2019-04-10 21:32

    Another good, solid story line about Kate Shugak, a former star investigator of the Anchorage D.A.s office. She's returned to her Aleut roots in Alaska but finds herself in the thick of things as a mass murderer kills a number of her community. But there is one of the victims that was shot with a different gun and because of her background and her family history, Kate is the logical person to figure out who is the second murderer and why. But along the way, she must face numerous challenges.

  • Carolyn F.
    2019-04-08 22:43

    AudiobookThis audiobook is narrated by Marguerite Gavin and must be one of her early narrations because her voice is very young and actually sounds different. I listened to the first book in this series that was narrated by her years later. The thing I'm liking most about this earlier version is she gives Kate the gravely voice that's mentioned in the book. In the first book the director must have talked her out of it. Now I understand why Kate can no longer sing.And even though Kate is known for having been a good police officer or whatever her title was, twice her dog has saved her in this book alone. I think Mutt is the one that should get all the credit for stopping the shooter and for saving Kate after the earthquake. She even found Kate's backpack after the avalanche. This is some spectacular dog! I gave it a 4 star rating, but I was a little disappointed with the ending. The party seemed more spiritual and meaningful than the mountain trek.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-17 20:51

    I am so glad that I gave the Kate Shugak another chance. I liked the first book in the series but I liked this installment a lot more.Kate is still coming to terms with the events that took place in the last book. However new horrors await her as a murderer goes on a killing spree, murdering innocent people in cold blood. Kate with the help of her ever faithful compainion the husky/wolf mix Mutt manages to apprehend the suspect.It isn't until later when her off/on lover Jack Morgan comes to visit her in her cabin that she learns the truth. One of the victims wasn't killed by the murderer. That killer is still free. So we follow Kate along the way as she solves another murder. I must say this book in the series had a stronger plot than the first. I found Kate to be more likeable unlike the previous novel wear she was cold all the way through. I enjoyed how the author had her interacting with people more and I love how she added humour to this novel. In the first book things felt forced but now I'm really getting into the flow. I'm glad Kate is such a strong, independant, intelligent lead. All to often in "cozy mysteries" the female lead turns out to be a ditz. It is a played out theme that I'm becoming increasingly more irritated with. So in short, for a 200 page mystery this one is ranked pretty high. The only fault I have with it is that it was still a little rushed but what can you do when it comes to a book of this length.I do recommend these books to people who like "cozy mysteries" and my final rating is 4 stars. Come on people give them a go!

  •  Olivermagnus
    2019-04-19 17:30

    Private Detective Kate Shugak, a former investigator with the district attorney's office, lives on an isolated homestead in Alaska near Denali National Park. Local resident, Roger McAniff, has gone on a rampage, killing nine people before Kate can stop him. Ballistics tests prove Roger killed eight of the dead, but Lisa Getty was killed by someone else. Kate starts investigating who in Lisa's life might be motivated to kill her and discovers Lisa's secret life of drug dealing, promiscuity, and even poaching. I really enjoy this series, especially because I lived in Alaska years ago and am familiar with many of the settings. The book also reintroduces some very unique characters including Bobby Wheeler, a wheelchair-bound veteran who hosts the Fifth Annual Twentieth Anniversary Celebration of the Tet Offensive. There are a lot of interesting glimpses of Native Alaskan culture, including a potlach, which is a community party filled with food and native dancing. The ending wasn't a surprise but I enjoyed seeing how Kate was able to prove it. The setting was incredibly vivid. The story can be read as a standalone mystery even though it is second in the series. However much of Kate's history is revealed in book one. I've already picked up the next three books in the series and look forward to reading them.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-19 19:33

    After reading this the second book in author Stabenow's installment of Kate Shugak mysteries, I can say it is somewhat of an improvement over her 1st attempt at a novel. Still for me there is something lacking in the story, some of the characters I will admit I do like such as her friend Bobby a disabled veteran of the Vietnam wars who is colorful and humorous, and Bernie the bartender of a local bar. They add to the writing, but that is about where it stops. The story for me was somewhat predictable, slows at times, and didn't have much suspense. The book I would say overall didn't lag, as it was only 198 pages, yet the pages didn't exactly fly off for me either! I am used to reading a lot of mysteries and some of my favorite authors I can't wait to pick another one of their books that they have penned, while so far I have used Stabenow's books as a filler in between them as such. I am probably going to give a few more of her novels a shot in hopes that as the second improved on the 1st, maybe the third will improve on the 1st and second!!

  • T
    2019-04-03 19:37

    I've read most of this series now and enjoy some of the earlier ones, even though they are a lot shorter in length.Stabenow does a beautiful job describing the mountains in this tale, which includes Mutt & Kate surviving an earthquake that drastically changed the landscape.Another scene that I enjoyed was a potlatch to honor those that had been shot and killed, with Kate's grandmother calling out each tribe's representative to join in the dancing - including an elderly man who was reportedly 105 and his great-great-great (?) grandson.

  • Judy
    2019-04-02 14:49

    This is a good, fast-paced, energetic mystery set in the Alaskan bush. Kate Shugak is a really fun character, looking forward to reading the next one.I especially loved the short scene of the potlatch, where everyone is called out by tribe and is dancing the ancient dance, including Kate. Beautiful scene. The section at the very end on top of the mountain is also full of gorgeous imagery.

  • Curlyhair
    2019-04-22 22:43

    2nd book in this series and I enjoyed it more than the 1st book. Decent enough crime story, if a little predictable. Great descriptions throughout of the area, especially at the end.

  • Sebastian
    2019-04-05 21:48

    I really enjoy the way you learn about Alaska and a crime told at the same time.

  • Joyce Lagow
    2019-04-13 16:50

    Second in the Kate Shugak series.Spring has come to the Park and with it, a mad killer who leaves 10 bodies behind until brought down by Kate and her half wolf, half husky dog, Mutt. Among the bodies, however, is that of a beautiful, promiscuous young woman who, it unfolds, was shot by a different rifle from the one used by the mass killer. Kate is assigned the job of tracking down and identifying this second murderer.A big step upward in quality of writing in this 2nd book in the series. Especially fine are Stabenow’s descriptions of a modern potlatch and the manner in which spring comes to the Arctic. Her characters are still more or less one-dimensional, but the situations and locales are absorbing and really carry the book along. Stabenow endows Kate with a fine sense of ironic humor; Kate is one character who, while not exactly developing, continues to interest.Highly recommended.

  • Luffy
    2019-03-25 14:37

    I have some qualms about the plot of this book. At least in formulating it in my review. The book is fine, except that the summary of the plot does not do justice to the writing of the book.The vocab and the details and the mood of the Alaskan people herein are delightfully shown on a broad canvass, which itself is a tour de force because the author had to juggle the mystery and the world building.You get all of that in less than 250 pages. It's incredible. That is why I didn't want to encapsulate(this is a word I googled) the plot. It doesn't matter that it's two books in a row that I didn't award a full 5 star rating to this series. It's all technicalities. Now I take your leave, if you will.

  • William
    2019-03-22 17:31

    Liking the series more but still not four stars too much character chatter and not enough mystery. I'll try to find the next one in the series.

  • Gwenn Wright
    2019-03-29 15:41

    I love being in Alaska with Kate and all her colorful friends but something about this book just didn’t sit right, even apart from the fact that you know who did it and the author tries to cover for the fact that it was predictable. I still thoroughly enjoyed it as part of the series but wasn’t impressed by the individual story if that makes sense.

  • Ruth Gilbert
    2019-04-16 17:36

    Another great book in the series. Partly because the main character is such a winner; partly because it's such a fascinating setting, and partly everything else.

  • MaryAnn (EmilyD1037)
    2019-04-19 19:24

    I enjoyed the second book of her series. I give it a 4.2 ****She seems to be warming up to her characteras I knew she would. The others characters arefleshing out and becoming a part of the family.Some people would wonder about Mutt, but allanimal lovers know that our animals are one withus. All my pets (except the fish) talk to me and knowwhat I say back.So far I am enjoying the series and intend to continue it.

  • Mike Finn
    2019-04-04 16:52

    "A Fatal Thaw", the second Kate Shugak book, is a substantial improvement on the first: the plot is more complicated, the characterization is stronger, the descriptions of Alaska and its people are sharp, vivid and memorable. This was the book that made me eager to read the rest of the series.Dana Stabenow makes Alaska a character in her books. In " A Fatal Flaw" we experience the ferocious beauty of Alaska's mountains via an avalanche that Dana Stabenow makes frighteningly real.The plot of the book provides a vehicle for exploring life in a very small bush town. Kate has to dig through the things people would like to keep secret, the histories they hide, the passions they disguise, the failings that are usually politely ignored unless someone turns up dead.The spree-killer at the start of the book, who goes from homestead to homestead, shooting everyone he can find, pulls out a darker aspect of Alaska, which is famous for attracting the strange loners. The way Kate and Mutt bring him down is also a lesson in Alaska. Here you can't wait for the police to arrive. You have to act, and it you're Kate Shugak, you have to do more than protect yourself, you have to stop the killing. If you're Mutt, you have to do whatever it takes to keep Kate safe.What really lifted the book above the norm for me was finding out more about Kate. It becomes clear that Kate is hiding out on her homestead, isolating herself so that she can get through life one day at a time after the trauma she's been through. It's equally clear that her former boss and many members of her community expect more of her. No-one is in the least surprised that it is Kate who takes down the killer at the beginning of the book and no-one objects when she is asked to investigate further.Kate engages in the investigation reluctantly. It doesn't fill her with the joy of the hunt. . She understands and empathises with the weaknesses of the people around her and is mindful of their privacy. She is not motivated by enforcing the law. She acts to bring a natural justice that will restore people's ability to live as neighbours and to live with themselves.By the end of novel, it's clear that Kate has started slowly to re-engage with the world, her culture and her community. Dana Stabenow captures this through a memorable and moving account of Kate at a Potlatch for the dead where she dances with an Elder and begins her own emotional thaw.

  • Judith
    2019-04-02 14:22

    I have read a couple of Kate Shugak mysteries before, and I thought they were decent. I remember her as a tough woman dealing with difficult men, among other things. I did not have her pegged as a typical heroine - 30-something, beautiful, tough, afraid of commitment. But that's what she is, based on this novel.Because of my own ethics and standards, I found a couple of things irritating at best:* Kate's female dog is not spayed. Kate does not want her having more puppies but she has not gotten her fixed. Is this that woodsperson thinking? That she is better at protecting Kate if she is "whole"? Does Kate think there is room for as many wolf-dog mix puppies as Mutt can create? * Kate uses a choke collar sometimes. This is never acceptable. Train her, don't choke her. Sheesh.* At one point Kate spoke disparagingly about another person by saying, "He's a vegetarian, for God's sake", or similar words. After all, who could like a vegetarian? A lot of animals could, for one.Apart from these specific complaints I was not thrilled by all the references to Kate's sexual desirability. I think the writers of these female-lead mysteries have a hard time conceiving of a woman who is not beautiful as interesting enough. I can easily imagine it as far more interesting. The story (at last): a man goes on a rampage with his new rifle, killing several people. After the dead land on the medical examiner's table, one of them turns out to have been killed by another gun. This one person, Lisa, turns out to have many enemies, mainly other women, and a shady past. Her life with her unattractive older sister raises other questions as well. When Kate announced who the killer was I was not surprised. She says nobody should have been, and I suspect that's true of other readers as well. In the process of eliminating other options, Kate is shot at and another person is killed. It wouldn't be a thriller without the thrills.

  • Linda
    2019-04-11 20:45

    Kate Shugak has her hands full when she manages to stop a serial killer on a rampage in her own backyard. Except this time, everyone within the vicinity is killed by a psycho with a rifle except for one lady. Thought to be included with the others, it turns out that Lisa Getty was shot by someone else. Now, how can that be?Back for a second time around are Jack Morgan, Chopper Jim and Bobby Clark. And protective Mutt; this time she has a lover, too. As usual, Jack gets Kate to work the case using her keen insight. There is lots of sleuthing in northern Alaska and Kate holds her own.Ms. Stabenow does a nice job giving the reader just enough clues to prolong the suspense. And, like the first book in the series, the townspeople are still quirky eccentrics which add to the story's flavor. Kate is a kick-butt heroine with an attitude who won't take no for an answer. If you love mysteries with a strong female lead, look for this series but be sure to start with A COLD DAY FOR MURDER to learn about Kate's background.

  • Janice
    2019-04-09 20:33

    When man goes berserk on the first day of spring and shoots up the neighborhood, he kills eight, but there are nine bodies. Kate Shugak is called in by Jack Morgan to investigate the murder of the ninth. It seems the local officer had been having an affair with the victim, Lisa Getty. Kate, while happy to have the income, is not happy to come out of her hole before full spring. She interviews many of the woman's former lovers and several of their wives or girlfriends, plus the victim's sister who was her opposite. She finds a variety of motives, from the victim's love life to her sale of illegally hunted animals to her growing marijuana. When the woman's most recent lover is killed, Kate has no option, but to throw the investigation into overdrive.Fun to see life in remote Alaskan village. Helps that the mystery is well-written and that Kate Shugak and friends are very engaging.

  • Ape
    2019-04-21 14:48

    Book two in the series - still so good! Now that all the scene setting and character introductions is dealt with in the first book, we can get cracking on mysteries and murders. It's a few months later and spring has arrived. By late May/early June the roads will have cleared enough for the oil tankers to be able to get through (my god, I don't know I'm born living where I do!). We start off with a crazy loner who's got a bit of cabin fever. He gets himself a rifle and goes on a killing spree. Stupidly he decides to head Kate Shuguk's way, which sees an end to his rampage. But if it were that straightforward, it wouldn't be a long book. Upon investigation, it turns out that one of the victims, Lisa Getty, was killed by a different rifle.... there's a murderer still on the loose. Kate is fantastic as ever, surviving avalanches, pot shots and the northern lights this time.

  • Daniel
    2019-04-18 21:46

    I read this to change up a block of reading Block's Scudder books. If "Cold Day," the first Shugak book, left me wanting more depth to Shugak's character and more of a mystery, this follow-up delivered on all fronts. It also surprised me: about midway, when it was clear what was afoot while Kate kept up her investigation, I experienced that urge to reach inside the pages and tap the protagonist on the shoulder. "Yo: over here." Then, what do you know, Shugak reveals that she was wise to the plot all along and held onto the truth to allow the perpetrator a shot at redemption. Nice touch, that.Once our own cold weather returns to the city, I will dive into the further installments of this series.

  • Betty
    2019-03-24 15:39

    This review is from: A Fatal Thaw (A Kate Shugak Mystery) (Mass Market Paperback)The 2nd in the Kate Shugak series. You an tell is an early as Ms Stabenow descriptions are excellent. You see the Alaskan country side. However she has lot of unnecessary support characters. I doubt that any who was shot in the head could do what Kate did. On a sunny cold a Roger McAniff walks through village shooting everyone he see. Nine are dead before Mutt stops him. However there is an extra body as one person was killed with different gun. Because all the men ranchers were involved with victim Kate must find the answer.

  • John Hanscom
    2019-03-25 17:30

    What a great novel!!!!!!! Most stories bout Alaska sound like, at best, the author took one of the cruise ship and bus excursions and, at worst, got the Alaska info off Wikipedia. Ms. Stabeno lives here, and gets it right!!!

  • Barbara
    2019-04-18 21:26

    Really enjoy this series I recently discovered. with the Alaskan bush as the setting and the culture of the Alaskan Indians throughout, I feel like I'm traveling without having to be cold......or shit at!

  • Kate
    2019-04-03 15:50

    Although I am late to the party I really liked this murder in the Park book. The stories about Alaska, the Natives, the interlopers and everyone in between are fascinating, the main character is great and the storytelling, though short, is very good. Reading the whole series as fast as I can!

  • Gary
    2019-04-01 16:46

    Not as enjoyable as the first Shugak mystery. Started off really good and horrifying but then settled down to a rather mundane mystery story. Got tired of reading about Bobby's real (or faked) horniness. Also got tired of him and Jack yelling at Kate all the time.

  • Skip
    2019-04-05 20:32

    Kate Shugak is tapped to investigate a murder, when it is determined that one of the victims of a killing spree was killed by someone else. The victim was a promiscuous woman, who grew/sold marijuana, so there are many suspects. Good Alaskan cultural insight.