A Aleut woman, Kate Shugak, quits her investigator job in Anchorage to return home to her family’s homestead in the interior of Alaska.
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AUTHOR: Dana Stabenow
FIRST BOOK PUBLISHED: 2013
About the Kate Shugak Mystery Series
This series begins when Kate Shugak quits her job in Anchorage to return to her family’s homestead located in a national park in the interior of Alaska to live amongst her Native family again. She soon finds that her expertise is needed as a private investigator as she is asked to assist in solving crimes.
In the first book, A Cold Day for Murder, Kate is reluctantly drawn back into law enforcement when a park ranger, who has powerful relatives, goes missing. Kate must leave the sanctuary she has created for herself to track a missing man through the wilderness of Alaska. Can she find him despite all the road blocks that are thrown in her way?
While many of the mystery series I profile here are cozy mysteries, I’d categorize this series as more of a gritty detective series. But, that’s not to say a cozy mystery fan wouldn’t love them! The setting is fascinating, the characters are interesting, and the mysteries draw you in. The characters get more and more fleshed out as you go through the series, so it is a good one to read in order (although it’s still enjoyable out of order).
This is a lengthy series, so it’s perfect for someone looking for a binge read! You’ll also enjoy it if you love books with a wilderness setting, women PIs, and a strong female lead.