A Cold Day for Murder

A Cold Day for Murder Summary

Somewhere in the hinterlands of Alaska, among the millions of sprawling acres that comprise “The Park,” a young National Park Ranger has gone missing. When the detective sent after him also vanishes, the Anchorage DA’s department must turn to their reluctant former investigator, Kate Shugak. Shugak knows The Park because she’s of The Park, an Aleut who left her home village of Niniltna to pursue education, a career, and justice in an unjust world. Kate’s search for the missing men will take her from self-imposed exile back to a life she’d left behind, and face-to-face with people and problems she'd hoped never to confront again.

The first novel in the popular Kate Shugak Series, A Cold Day for Murder established Dana Stabenow as a new voice in Alaskan mystery writing, and earned her an Edgar Award.

Book Reviews

Readers guide

A cold day for murder5 star

Great book55

My Citibank

Confusing3 star

I enjoyed the book but was very confused by the ending. I’m not sure if I missed something or not but the ending made no sense to me. I did enjoy the read though and love especially the loyalty of Mutt. I will purchase the other books in this series.35


Fun read!5 star

I really enjoyed this book. The author's attention to detail is so great that I feel every icicle, snowdrift, and chill when reading through the novel. She creates character development perfectly and the mystery is intriguing. I have to read the next one!55


Interesting story5 star

I saw complaints about the lengthy descriptions but I bought the book anyway just to see what they looked like in my mind. They did seem to be a little much but didn't last long. Once the story got started it became more interesting and fun to read. The descriptions become more meaningful once you get into it. I recommend this book for its story and the characters that developed in it.55


The first of a great series!5 star

If you enjoy this book I recommend reading the Kate Shugak series in order. Characters are introduced, developed, and their roles change. The one criticism I have of Stabenow is that she isn't consistent with details. A family has nine children in one book but only five in another. A baby boy becomes a baby girl and a Ford truck changes into a Chevrolet. There are many more and I found it distracting.55


Good read!5 star

The plot kept me intrigued and I learned quite a bit about Alaska in the process.55

Why not a sample first.

Six stars, at least.5 star

Enough said: from beginning to end,a jewel. Read it!55


A Cold Day for Murder - very well written4 star

Well written. Interesting setting. Loved the cultural insight.45


Good4 star

Characters well-developed, plot cohesive.45

Dana Sokol

I am hooked!5 star

Tho I had never heard of this author the prologue for this book drew me in and I enjoyed it so much that I intend to read the entire series. I am an avid reader and enjoy reading all genres. I can't believe that it has taken me more than 20 years to find this author being the reader that I am but I am so glad that I did. I highly recommend this author. I also recommend that you start from the beginning of the series to get the full effects of the storyline. I gave this book five stars because I couldn't find anything I didn't like about the story. I was completely hooked and enthralled after the first chapter.55

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