Breakup

Breakup

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Kate finds herself involved in a murder investigation after a body is found near her homestead and, through the guidance of her Aleut grandmother's spirit, she assumes the role of clan leader and takes on major responsibilities to help her people

Blackwell North Amer
In Breakup, Kate Shugak's loyalties - to the land, her heritage, her home - are put to the test when a series of mishaps lead to murder.
April in Alaska is typically a period of rebirth and renewal, and after the long winter Kate has nothing more strenuous on her agenda than paying her taxes. But mayhem abounds as the meltoff flows; this year's thaw is accompanied by rampaging bears, family feuds, and a plane crash quite literally in Kate's own backyard. What begins as a series of headaches escalates into possible murder when a dead body is found near her homestead.
Initially unwilling to involve herself in the investigation, preferring instead to write off each odd occurrence as a breakup-related peculiarity, Kate is drawn irresistibly to seek the truth. Compelled by her friends to act as problem solver and guided by the spirit of her Aleut grandmother, she finds herself slowly taking on the role of clan leader, a post she is bound to by honor and blood.
As breakup becomes increasingly fraught with danger and destruction, Kate must decide whether she can cross the line from passive observer to instrument of change, assuming the role of elder as the mantle of responsibility is passed.

Baker
& Taylor

Kate finds herself involved in a murder investigation after a body is found near her homestead and, through the guidance of her Aleut grandmother's spirit, she assumes the role of clan leader and takes on major responsibilities to help her people.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [1997]
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780399142505
0399142509
Branch Call Number: MYS Stabenow, D 100.7 1997
Characteristics: 242 pages ; 23 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 22, 2015

This fairly early entry in the Kate Shugak series gives lots of important background on the major characters. Somehow, I'd missed this one. While Publishers' Weekly wasn't impressed, I was. Kate isn't yet totally aware of her powers, but that's part of the charm of this book. Another is its sheer hilarity, not to say slapstick--I found myself rocking with laughter in places. In others, not so much, as Kate, Jim, and Dan find themselves frustrated as they solve two linked murders.

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phephe13
Sep 15, 2009

True, this is less a mystery than most of the Kate Shugak series books, but it is VERY entertaining. Stabenow seems bent on proving Murphy's law,

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