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Absorbing and amusing
on 8 October 2012
Kate Shugak is overwhelmed by gratefulness to the people who rebuilt her cabin after it was destroyed and it is causing her problems. She hates to feel beholden to anyone and has the need to return their generosity by acts of kindness. In a series of very funny scenes the author shows us how irritating and unwelcome Kate's repayment of gratitude is to the recipients. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief when Kate is engaged to travel to Anchorage to look into a murder committed thirty years ago for which someone is still in jail. She becomes involved with the family of the victim, unearths secrets and finds herself in danger when someone feels threatened.
This is an entertaining suspense novel with a complex puzzle at the heart of it and set in a beautifully described landscape. The themes are much deeper than you would expect from the book's opening chapters. What makes the book particularly enjoyable, however, is the people. After a number of novels with Kate as the main character we have come to know and love her - we have been with her in the happy times and particularly in the sad ones. As Kate investigates she is reminded of her dead lover Jack but is also indulging in a flirtation with Jim Chopin. There are some touching and also some very funny scenes as she begins to explore this new relationship.
Best read as part of the novel sequence so that you can properly appreciate the characterisations and references to events in previous books. A high quality suspense novel where the mystery is just part of the enjoyment.