Book 6 of the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow is different from the other books I’ve read in the series. It’s much more political and much less about murder and mayhem, but it’s still good. Although Kate is out of The Park again, at least this time she has Mutt as she attends the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage. She is, of course, only there at the insistence of her formidable grandmother. It’s an opportunity to spend time with Jack and his son Johnny and for the reader to see some of the issues facing Alaska natives. In general, I enjoyed this book a lot and once again, Marguerite Gavin does an excellent job on the performance. I really love listening to her.
I love this series, but unfortunately, I’ve read many of them out of order, so this is going backwards for me and it’s nice to meet characters I’ve only heard about in future stories. My only complaint about this book is that Mutt is not in it, because Kate takes a job aboard a crab boat to help the DA’s office figure out what happened to two crewmen who were lost at sea. With the exception of no Mutt, this book has everything I love about this series: amazing descriptions of Alaska, fully written characters with appealing connections to each other, an interesting plot, and plenty of action. My kind of story. I listened to this on audio and Margueritte Gavin does a wonderful job of voicing Kate. Her performance really brings the book alive.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of the things I love about Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak series is the ambiguity some of the characters occasionally feel about their jobs. In A Deeper Sleep, this ambiguity is on full display and Stabenow is at her best writing about the murder of a known bad guy and how the community as well ask Kate and Trooper Jim Chopin react. This is so well done and Bernadette Dunne reads it so compellingly that I listened to the whole thing in just a couple of days. I had the book on Overdrive on my phone while I ran errands and did chores around the house. Such a good book. If you haven’t ever read this series, I highly recommend you give it a try.