Number twenty in the Kate Shugak murder mystery series and still packin a wallop. From the first Shugak book A Cold Day For Murder to her more recent Bad Blood author Dana Stabenow consistently delivers a great murder mystery over and over again.
I first came across this author’s work a couple of years ago and got so hooked that I immediately set about acquiring a copy of every one of her Kate Shugak, Liam Campbell and other assorted novels I could get my hands on (saving up for that hardback copy of “A Cold Day For Murder“). But it’s not just her characters I love but it’s Stabenow’s ability to bring her readers into the media center of her home, ramp up the home version of whatever story she’s telling and feed you everything but the kitchen sink (and she’d probably do that too if she could figure out how to put it into words). She’s like a living Storyknife all on her own.
There are a lot of authors who’s work I really like, but there are not a lot whose work is set apart not just by the characters they create but by the voice and cadence in which they create them. And in my not so humble opinion, Dana Stabenow is one of those rare finds who not only write great stories but who do it in that rare way, that should she ever decide to write under an alias with an entirely different genre, like Anne Rice and Norman McClean, I will still know it’s her.
As for the book itself. Dang! Dang! Dang! I read the last paragraph and yelled “What the….” at no one in particular, then thought, “That was absolutely brilliant Stabenow. Way to leave em hangin.”
Probably her greatest cliff hanger to date and if she doesn’t ever write another Kate Shugak novel again I will shoot myself. LOL! Not really. But I will do a slow burn until I find out what happened.
And if you’ve never read a Dana Stabenow book – well you can always repent, get your hinder parts down to the nearest library or book distributor of your choice and remedy the fact. I guarantee you’ll love it or your money…. well just do. It’s worth the investment.
On my reader’s scale of 1-5 stars Bad Blood get 4.5 stars for story, 4,5 stars for just being another great Kate Shugak novel and 3 for making me lose an entire nights sleep because my brain would not stop playing the story over and over again.