A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow

A Cold Day for Murder

By Dana Stabenow

  • Release Date: 2011-03-10
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4
From 205 Ratings
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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 the righting of wrongs. 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.


  • I give up.....

    By Goshabby
    I never give up on a book, but this one was my first. After 70 pages I couldn't go on any more, nothing had happened, too much description and way too many references to people that I don't know. I was utterly bored, surely an award winning book should grip you after the first few pages?
  • A Cold Day for Murder

    By Caran9
    A thoroughly entertaining story which whisked me away to an unimagined locale, unfamiliar to this reader, but intricately brought to life . The characters intrigued and absorbed leaving me wanting more. Very enjoyable and well deserving of the prize and accolades awarded the author.
  • Confused

    By North Star 32
    I really wanted to like this! This book had so much promise but left me feeling disappointed for a number of reasons. There is such a thing as 'too much detail' - often Stabenow's lengthy descriptions of people, or the exact location of the river in regards to the bridge and so-and-so's-house and the mountain etcetera, not to mention an abundance of extra words that simply didn't need to be there. So much impact was lost in the fluff. The main protagonist, Kate, is a bit of an enigma and I haven't decided yet if I like her. Sometimes the 'tough-girl-but-tender-on-the-inside-has-been-through-a lot-and-has-a-past' thing gets a bit tired. But I really want to like this series, so perhaps I'll read a few more and hope the writing style improves!
  • A Cold Day for Murder

    By Queen fabuloso
    I have found a new favourite Author and Character! Thankyou to Diana Stabenov for such a terrific mystery! Beautifully written and visually stunning. Alaska, such a wonderfully original setting for a story. For me Alaska has always held such wonder and this book brought it all to life! Now, onto the next Kate Shugkak mystery! Sorry if I spelt her name wrong, terrible memory! :)
  • Great holiday read

    By Ava0Q
    A fairly short and easy read - perfect for the holidays. Not great literature, not un-put-downable, but perfect as a way to fill in a few relaxing hours. Well-written and at a good price, I've just bought the next book in the series.