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Mailbox Monday …. 19th March 2012


Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.



Your host for the month of March is: … Anna at Diary Of an Eccentric
So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Anna, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!


This week I am waiting to get stuck into a book which first came to my attention after its review by fellow blogger Cath, over at Read Warbler. She got a little bogged down with this one (ambivilent was the word Cath used I think), but knowing how I like a good mystery, she suggested that I tried it, to see what I thought.

As it is available as a free  download to kindle I thought, ‘Nothing To Lose’, so have added it to my archive.

Reviews and thoughts can be a little subjective, as everyone’s tastes are quite different and what suits one person, may not suit another, so it will be interesting to see just how much my thoughts about the book differ from Cath’s own.



Somewhere in the hinterlands of Alaska, among the millions of sprawling acres that comprise “The Park,” a young National Park Ranger has gone missing.

When the detective sent after him also vanishes, the Anchorage DA’s department must turn to their reluctant former investigator, Kate Shugak.

Shugak knows The Park because she’s of The Park, an Aleut who left her home village of Niniltna to pursue education, a career, and the righting of wrongs. Kate’s search for the missing men will take her from self-imposed exile back to a life she’d left behind, and face-to-face with people and problems she’d hoped never to confront again.

Written way back in 1992, A Cold Day for Murder The first novel in the popular Kate Shugak Series, and established Dana Stabenow as a new voice in Alaskan mystery writing,  also earning her an Edgar Award.

As there will soon be 19 books in this series, I am a little late in discovering them, but if I do enjoy the style of writing, then I shall be tackling the rest of the series (I shall definitely aim to read this series in strict order of publishing), just as soon as possible.


Enoy your reading during the coming week


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    • Hi Diane,

      I haven’t come across this author before, until Cath mentioned this book in her post. I know that Cath was a little sceptical about the book, however I am determined to give it a try. As this is the first book in the series and we are now up to book 19, I guess that this story is really only establishing the presence of the character and I will probably need to read later books to see just how Kate Shugak develops in the role.

      Thanks for recommending the author and for stopping by, have a great week

  • I downloaded this freebie too but haven’t gotten around to it yet, probably because I’ve read a couple in this series and was not totally in awe. Part of that could be the location too. That always has an impact on my liking the book.

    • Hi Kaye,

      Oh dear! That’s one blogger who likes this series and two who are a little non-committal about it.

      I have never read anything based in Alaska before, so for me this is going to be a whole new experience, as Cath reckons that the book is quite descriptive about the locale. I am all in favour of this, as it sets the scene for the story, but hopefully it doesn’t overwhelm the story, or that won’t be quite so good.

      Thanks for the contribution to the discussion and have a lovely week.

  • I’ve never heard of Stabenow, so I’ll be interested to see what you think. You’re right – everyone likes something different. Fairly often, I’ll hand a book to my mom and tell her I thought it was okay but she’ll love it.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I had not heard of this author until Cath mentioned having read this book, in one of her posts.

      I probably wouldn’t have rushed out to buy this book, however as it is available as a free download, why would I pass up the opportunity to try it?

      Like yourself, I find that recommending books is always a dodgy business, as people’s tastes and expectations about a book can vary so much.

      I generally pass on books to my mother-in-law, or a couple of good friends, but I don’t tend to pass comment about the stories, preferring to let them read the book or not as they feel fit, then pass their own judgement on its merits or otherwise.

      Thanks for the great points that you made and have a good week.

    • Hi Gigi Ann,

      I think that it is great that an author can choose to offer one of their earlier books as a free download, to give the reader a taste of the characters, storyline and style of writing.

      I probably wouldn’t have rushed out to buy this book, as both it, and the author, are new to me. However if I now decide that I quite like the series then I might well be tempted to purchase some of the remaining books.

      I shall be interested to read what your thoughts are about the book, if get round to reading it before me.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week

    • Hi Jennifer,

      I generally always enjoy a good mystery, it has to be really bad before I will give up on it.

      Opinions about this series seem quite divided, so I am going to be interested to see where I sit in the argument.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

    • Hi Laurel Rain,

      This is my first venture into the world of Alaskan fiction, let alone Alaskan detective fiction, so I am quite looking forward to discovering something of the culture, the way in which crime is handled and the style of the authors writing. Given that there are now some 19 books in the series, I guess that Stabenow is regarded as a popular author in the genre.

      Thanks for the visit and enjoy your week

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I am sure that I shall enjoy this book, despite its mixed reviews. I always love discovering things about new places and this book will be my first foray into Alaskan fiction and culture, so I am sure to come away a little richer for the experience.

  • 19 books in the series and I’ve never heard of them either. And I like mysteries. Hope it’s a good one for you. I’ll be interested in your review.

    • Hi Leslie,

      Not only are there soon to be 19 books in this particular series, but Dana Stabenow has also written several stand alone novels and introduced another crime mystery series featuring her character of State Trooper Liam Campbell.

      I too can’t believe that I have never come across this prolific author before, there are enough mysteries here to keep me going for some considerable time.


      Thanks for taking part in this post discussion and I hope that you have a good week

    • Hi Kim,

      This seems to be a new author to just about everyone, although with the amount of books she has written that is a real surprise.

      It might sound a little mercenary, but I will try any book that comes as a ‘freebie’, it is certainly a good way of checking out a new to me author, without having the expense of buying a book that I might not enjoy.

      I know that this probably isn’t an ideal situation for the author, nor a very fair one and this is going to be a big bone of contention until there are some hard and fast ground rules put in place for the etiquette surrounding downloads.

      Have a good week and thanks for stopping by

    • Hi Anna,

      I certainly hope that it turns out to be a good series, as with 19 books in the main caharacters repertoire, I shall have some enjoyable reading for quite a long time to come.

      I hope that you have a good week, thanks for stopping by and for hosting Mailbox Monday this month.

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