Cold and cozy

Though Not Dead by Dana Stabenow
I’m a fervent believer that each person who reads a given book actually ends up reading a different book from everyone else who reads the same book. (Dear heaven! There’s no easy way to convey that thought!)
(photo credit: Voyageur Quest and the Algonquin Log Cabin)In other words — We bring our own experiences and interpretations to each reading experience, which is why I can say this:
Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak mysteries are some of the most domestically cozy books I’ve ever read.
Yes. I mean what I say.
I am fully aware that Kate kicks some serious you-know-what as a private investigator and tribal leader. I get that.
But really, the thing about her that most fascinates me is that she has the domestic skills down pat. Not only can this woman butcher her own moose and do maintenance on her snow machine, but she can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan.
Maybe because the setting is so stinking freezing cold, Stabenow’s descriptions of Kate’s cabin and her home life are crazy cozy. All those books and quilts and all that home cooking.
Anyway, this book also had a plot, and it was a darn good one that kept me reading into the night over the weekend.
Kate’s uncle Old Sam has died (side note: Stabenow is not shy about killing off her characters, which kind of puts a reader on edge a bit, you know? I mean this in kind of a good way), which is sad stuff right off the bat. But then he’s also left Kate a mystery to solve, and I swear, he was wise to do so. This book is good, good, good. Kate’s digging into the past and uncovering old secrets, and we learn that lots of people ain’t what they’ve always seemed.
The other great thing about this book is that Jim is called back to southern California after his father’s death. So Kate is solo (greater danger and suspense!) and Jim also is solo, discovering his own family’s secrets.
Dana Stabenow—still gots it after all these books. (We’re on, what, #18 here? Impressive.)

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