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« Une voix unique au cœur du thriller » Michael Connelly« Une énergie fulgurante et inattendue » Publishers WeeklyLorsque l’entrepreneur Finn Grant meurt dans le crash de son avion, Liam Campbell, agent de la police d’État à Newenham, a toutes les raisons de croire qu’il s’agit d’un sabotage. Et les habitants de cette région d’Alaska ont presque tous un mobile. À court de« Une voix unique au cœur du thriller » Michael Connelly« Une énergie fulgurante et inattendue » Publishers WeeklyLorsque l’entrepreneur Finn Grant meurt dans le crash de son avion, Liam Campbell, agent de la police d’État à Newenham, a toutes les raisons de croire qu’il s’agit d’un sabotage. Et les habitants de cette région d’Alaska ont presque tous un mobile. À court de ressources, Liam fait appel à l’amie d’un ami, la détective privée Kate Shugak. Travaillant incognito Chez Bill, bar et gril, Kate apprend que l’activité de Finn Grant a connu une expansion fulgurante : pêche, chasse, promenades touristiques et transport de marchandises. Mais quel genre de marchandises, et pour quelle destination ? Les réponses entraînent Kate dans une des affaires les plus complexes de sa carrière, à la découverte d’une épave, de secrets de famille bien gardés, au milieu d’une conspiration d’envergure impressionnante......

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  • Donna
    2018-12-19 16:57

    I've read a few books in this series (Kate Shugak #19). It's one of those series, that my OCD allows me read out of order. While I didn't like this one as much as some of the others, there is still much to like and not because they take place in Alaska.I like the MC. She is fun and doesn't overthink every little nuance in her life. She is flawed, but navigates that well. She has a half-wolf dog for a sidekick. And as always, I love the humor. It always puts me into a conspiratorial smile. I like antics. So 3 stars.

  • Readerwoman Laura
    2018-11-30 08:47

    Dana Stabenow’s Shugak novels really defy pigeonholing. Yes, they are mysteries, but they are also an intimate look at life in Alaska (where writer Stabenow was born and raised,) and an ongoing set of vignettes about a unique special woman: Kate Shugak. One of my favorite things about this series (Stabenow has several series, as well as some freestanding thrillers and several works in anthologies) is that the characters grow, change, age, and—yes—die. This series works well both in its serial form and as novels read in any order you like. In each book, Kate is a fully present three-dimensional character whose life is complex, interesting, and sometimes scary.In Restless in the Grave, Kate has reluctantly, once again taken on an undercover job. It is exciting to see a character from another of Dana’s series pop up here. Liam Campbell is an Alaskan State Trooper whose wife is the suspect in a case, and he wants Kate to help out so he can back off. The murder occurs early on—seemingly a typical Alaskan bush plane crash—but the dead man is disliked by nearly everyone, including his nearest and dearest. Kate takes a deep breath and plunges into her assignment as a waitress at a bar and grill.There, Kate can get the real scuttlebutt on the dead man, uber-rich Finn Grant. Grant has embezzled, frauded and blackmailed just about everyone he knows, and a lot of folks he didn’t know. It is not really a matter of finding out who-done-it, but weeding out the least likely to zero in on the best suspects.Restless in the Grave begins in Afghanistan, about as far away in climate and temperament as you can go from Alaska. Short and to the point, it will shake you and make you wonder what the hell the two places, and the characters involved, have to do with one another. Well, read on, MacDuff, for Stabenow and the intrepid Kate will reveal all…eventually.Wonderful sidebars (subplots?!) include the arrival of cell towers for this part of Alaska; poor Jim Chopin, Kate’s love interest and occasional boss, hates always being accessible. The Niniltna Native Association (NNA) is undergoing change; Kate is stepping down from the pivotal chair position she reluctantly accepted when her Grandmother died. Her cousin is going to go on the board, and she and Kate are not the best of friends. The new head of the board seems to be much like Kate’s grandmother, and there is tension in the air at each board meeting. As usual, Kate has a lot of eggs to juggle, and no resolutions are in sight.Her usual sidekick, the half-wolf Mutt, joins Kate as her aide-de-camp at the bar, watching pushy men and rude customers with a baleful eye. Kate’s adopted son, Johnny, isn’t around much in this book, which is disappointing, but the whole book is so much fun I didn’t notice it after a while. The relationship between Jim and Kate continues steamy, and Kate’s struggle to follow clues to their bitter end becomes a struggle to do the right thing by the living.I would love to see some new fans for Dana Stabenow and Kate Shugak coming from this book. If you are a Liam Campbell fan or a new reader, you will find this 19th-book in the Shugak oeuvre everything a murder mystery-thriller should be.Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Laura Strathman Hulka, 2012

  • Kelly ...
    2018-11-20 09:48

    First, I haven't yet read any of the Liam Campbell books though the first is in my cue. Based on this book I am looking forward to that series. I found Liam to be humble, kind, and likable. He will make an interesting protagonist. And I am even more excited about the idea of getting to know more about his wife.Second, Book #18 returned to its roots and gave me a lot of backstory on Kate and Jim, glimpses into life in the Park, and Alaska shining as its own character -- which is exactly what I want when reading a Kate Shugak mystery. This book continues a good trend. We don't get the history, but we do see Kate's continuing awakening to her feelings for Jim, her inability to let go of those she loves who have died, and the humor and loyalty that make her an intriguing character. Although her story takes part outside of the Park, Jim's story allows the reader to stay in touch with the "park rats". The mystery allows us to examine a little more about life in Alaska -- learning more about its closeness to Russia and how that affects both its history and its current life, examining how integral aviation is to the survival of those who call Alaska home, and more details about the role of both the mining industry and weaponry on the citizenry. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the most recent in the series.

  • Beth Wood
    2018-11-26 14:33

    I have read the Kate Shugak novels from the beginning. Dana Stabenow started with characterization as her strong suit, and her characters are still well-developed, interesting people who are three-dimensional enough to learn from their own mistakes. But it has been a real joy to read along as Stabenow has gotten better and better at crafting plot, leading to intricate, finely-written intrigues that keep you guessing right up until the end.Restless in the Grave is proof of Stabenow's skill with story. Her last book, Though Not Dead, covered a lot of Alaska history, which was fascinating. This book has a little history, too, but mainly it is intrigue all the way through. Unconnected characters and incidents prove to be connected after all, and there are a couple of "ohhhhh" moments, especially at the end. Another delight of this book is that Stabenow has brought Liam Campbell, the main character in her other 4-book series, into this book. Can there be too many competent, handsome men in one series? I don't think so. If only it weren't so dang cold in Alaska...

  • Judy Parker Cohen
    2018-11-24 12:41

    on to the last book in this great series!

  • Ozzie Cheek
    2018-11-28 13:54

    Far from the best of the Kate Shugak mysteries, RESTLESS IN THE GRAVE at times suffers from the difficulty author's face in writing a series. One issue is how much information is necessary for a new reader to understand the character and the backstory. RESTLESS IN THE GRAVE is in many ways too depended on Stabenow's previous novels. Too much of this story is lost without the reader having familiarity with the characters. A second issue is how to keep the story fresh from returning readers. A change of location and a focus on new supporting characters are ways that series authors often seem to rely on when grappling with the freshness issue. Series are balancing acts. RESTLESS IN THE GRAVE does not fall but neither does it fly. Instead, the story stumbles at times. For one thing, the dog act is almost too cute for a serious mystery. For another, Kate's survival throughout the story depends on others rather than her own abilities. This tendency makes the main character more of a victim than a victor.

  • Barbara ★
    2018-11-27 09:00

    This is the first book I've read featuring Liam Campbell (though I do own quite a few of them). Well he doesn't actually star in this one, Kate does as usual but Liam is a secondary character. I really liked Liam and will definitely be digging into his series as soon as I finish with Kate's.In this one, Liam asks Kate to help him with a possible murder in Newenham, Alaska. A pilot died in a crash and Liam's wife is a possible suspect so Liam has to step back and allow Kate to take over. However, Kate uncovers a whole lot more than a murder plot. As usual, I enjoy Kate's adventures and was surprised by some of the mishaps that she gets into as she usually is kicking ass and taking names...not this time. A thrill ride a minute from start to finish though I must say I missed Kate and Jim Chopin's interactions.

  • Glenda
    2018-11-25 09:50

    It's not just a murder mystery ... count the crimes: assault, kidnapping/imprisonment, fraud, theft, weapons violations, domestic violence, conspiracy, blackmail, B&E. You will have to read the story yourself to see which crimes are committed by the bad guys and which are committed by the good guys. Along the way, enjoy the sci-fi, historical, and literary tidbits and epic themes of shamanism, revenge, death and even birth.

  • Kathryn
    2018-12-02 16:34

    Wow! I am excited to read this book...I love the cover.

  • Barbara
    2018-11-28 13:42

    Although this book takes place in Liam Campbell's town, it's really more a Kate Shugak story. Still, it's fun to have the two leads interacting, and the story was complex enough to keep me searching for clues right up to the end.

  • Susan
    2018-12-13 13:59

    Excellent readGreat story line. Love the interaction between Kate and Mutt. I can't wait to read the next one to see what Kate gets into.

  • Penny Watson
    2018-12-13 12:51

    Review for Restless in the Grave by Dana StabenowFirst up, let me just say that Stabenow must be sweating bullets. Folks have been chomping at the bit for this book for a long, long time. Which means expectations are up. Which means, as an author, that you're worried about not living up to those expectations. As we all know, readers are a tough bunch. This book takes two of her larger-than-life characters, Alaskan state trooper Liam (from the Liam Campbell Series) and private investigator Kate (from the Kate Shugak Series) and puts them into one extraordinary book. Not only did this book meet my expectations, it surpassed them. In grand fashion. This book has the perfect balance of setting, characters, suspense, wit, gravity, and I-didn't-see-that-one-coming surprises. Plural. Because Stabenow heaps on the surprises at the end of this tale. Some are tragic, if not inevitable. And some are intriguing. And some catapult Kate into 007, Ms. Bad-Ass Heroine territory.I love cozy mysteries...they're quick, light, and easy to digest. Some romantic suspense and straight up mysteries are too disturbing for me to read. And often, I find that the authors focus too much on the storyline, and not enough on the characters. The characters make the book. Period. No matter how clever the mystery is, if the characters don't have enough meat on their bones, the book is flat.Stabenow's books are pure magic. Not only are her storylines clever, complex and chock full of cool tidbits (ranging from the Alaskan fishing industry, historical and cultural details, background about flying and airplanes, etc), but she makes the Alaskan setting come to life. And she should. She lives there. Everything about it is crystal clear....the funky people, the difficult economy, the brutal weather, the spectacular wildlife. Stabenow is in love with Alaska, and every word of her stories brings this fact to life. But the best part of her books, for me, showcases her talent with inventing real, gritty, complex characters. Kate is a ballsy bad-ass, but she is still a conflicted woman struggling with day-to-day problems. Liam is the most swoon-ilicious Alaskan state trooper ever....hot, hunky, sexy, loyal to his family. But also finely nuanced with many shades of gray. Stabenow is a master at creating real characters. And this is what propels her books to the top o' the mystery heap for me.I was curious about how successful she would be mixing Kate and Liam together into one book. Would I be satisfied? Honestly, I could read 4,000 books about Liam and it wouldn't be enough, but I thought she did a pretty damned good job incorporating both Kate and Liam into this story. I would have liked a bit more Liam, of course....it's been too long since we had a Liam story, and I was ravenous. But, this was enough to satisfy my appetite. And watching Moses bully Kate into her yoga poses was brilliant. Seeing a character from Liam's world butt his way into Kate's world was spine-tingling cool. Even as Stabenow put this book on a path toward tragedy.The ending of this book is the best ending I've read, probably ever. When I thought the book was over, she added on one more surprise. Then, another. Then, another. One was shocking and tragic. One was paranormal and intriguing. And one had the promise for a future romance. Honest to God, I couldn't stop smiling after I finished this book.My expectations were high. And Restless in the Grave blew them right out of the water. Out of the frigid, icy Alaskan waters.Grade: APlanning my trip to Alaska and hoping to meet some beardy state troopers,Penelope

  • LJ
    2018-11-21 09:52

    First Sentence: They kept it simple. They could cut off his right hand, or he could use it to learn how to fire the weapon they gave him.PI Kate Shugak is surprised to receive a call from State Trooper Liam Campbell. An even bigger surprise is being offered a job to investigate a murder; however, one of the possible suspects is Campbell’s wife. Traveling to Niniltana and working undercover doesn’t seem so bad, except someone is taking strong exception to her presence and making that clear in very physical ways. In spite of a handsome actor who is there, is soon becomes clear that the case of murder is only a small part of much bigger, uglier crimes.As wonderful as are the characters of Kate and Mutt, it was a delight to have Liam Campbell and the cantankerous Moses, seer and master of tai-chi, back in the mix. There is no question but that Stabenow creates wonderful characters; good and bad. Stabenow’s voice and humor bring humanity and balance to serious mysteries…”Kate marched them [the NNA board members] through old business like Alexander went through Asia…”. At the same time, this book did not, in any way, lack for suspense. Dana Stabenow is an Alaskan who knows her state and its people. Her descriptions are powerful and create a very strong sense of place. Yet she also recognizes that life in Alaska is not for everyone…”Jim asked her [a perpetrator being extradited to another state] why she had confessed to charges that were five years old and three thousand miles away. “I’m tired of Alaskan winters.” She said.”. She also presents a very good look at the challenges, both in types of crimes and lack of manpower, policing Alaska. One element which may bother some readers is that she addresses the issue of gun ownership and gun control. Some people might take exception to Kate’s views on guns, war, and those who fight. She does bring up as aspect of which I was unaware, yet is very disturbing. “Restless in the Grave” is a very good book. It is well plotted. It follows both Kate and Chopper Jim’s cases, even though they are in different locations. One of Jim’s cases very much mirrors a major case currently in the news. It is suspenseful, yet with elements of humor, has great dialogue and excellent characters. For being a 19th book, Ms. Stabenow has definitely not lost her touch.RESTLESS IN THE GRAVE (Lic Invest-Kate Shugak/Liam Campbell-Alaska-Contemp) – VGStabenow, Dana – 19th in seriesMinotaur Books, 2012

  • Dianne
    2018-12-09 14:31

    This is the newest and most unusual of all of Ms Stabenow's books. Dana writes 2 separate series set in Alaska. One is about state trooper Liam Campbell and the other is about private investigator Kate Shugak. Restless in the Grave combines the 2 main characters from both series and turns it into one action and mystery filled, un-put-downable book.Some readers who have never read any of Ms Stabenow's works may wonder if they can read this as a stand-alone book. While I believe these two series to be the best things since sliced bread and I whole-heartedly suggest you DO read them from book one...but with this particular book, there really is no need. You can dive right in because this is just a little different than her usual books. It does revolve around Kate so you might feel you need the full background but Ms Stabenow's writing is so complex in this novel and the past experiences of Kate really takes a back-seat to the action and adventure you will find in this book. Once you've read this one you may feel compelled to read them all. I hope you do.This book takes place in Liam's back-yard, where his wife has a shadow of suspicion thrown on her over the recent death of Finn Grant---who is a totally loathsome creature. Liam asks Kate to come and investigate the death of Finn and to put to rest once and for all whether or not it was pilot error or murder.Kate starts working undercover and during the course of her investigation, gets locked in a chest freezer with her half wolf Mutt, (among other places she is locked into, meets a super hunky male movie star who may have the hots for Kate and find a plot sending American arms meant for our army into the hands of the enemy.This book does tragically end the life of a much-loved character and that is not unusual for Ms Stabenow. Throughout this long running series fans have had to come to terms with the death both natural and un-natural of many beloved characters. Ms Stabenow does work her magic and never leaves you feeling bereft for too long.This book is filled with the usual red-herring, humor and sharp wit that we've come to depend on. It has a very large cast of complex characters and leaves us with what appears to be the plot for her next book. This is an exceptional installment into an exceptional series, or should I say 2 series? I really loved the blending of the two and I hope that Dana will do it again in the future.

  • Jane Debano
    2018-12-09 15:42

    Restless in the Grave starts out with an atypical opening sequence for Dana Stabenow’s Alaska-based mysteries. It starts on a hilltop in Helmand province, Afghanistan, where a young Afghani, kidnapped and trained by the Taliban for this one mission, aims a brand new high-tech weapon at a helicopter, killing all inside.The scene switches to Alaska, where the protagonists of Stabenow’s two Alaskan series, Liam Campbell and Kate Shugak meet up. Campbell’s wife, Wy Chouinard, is a suspect in the crash of millionaire Finn Grant’s Piper Cub, so Liam turns to his mentor, Sgt. Jim Chopin, for help in recruiting Kate and her wolf dog Mutt for some underground detecting. Beside Wy, Grant’s abused wife, his rebellious children and half the territory seem to have a motive and the knowledge to tamper with Grant’s plane and kill him. He had recently purchased an abandoned Air Force base and turned it into a high-end destination resort for hunters, fisherman and flight-seeing tourists, as well as building a growing air-freight business, forcing out all the small time competitors.Kate arrives in Newenham and shortly gets a job waiting tables and an apartment rented to her by the not-so-grieving widow. That same evening, she’s tumbled into a wooden box along with Mutt. That’s only one of the traps she falls into or eludes during the course of this book. Some judicious snooping and she finds that Grant was almost broke. So how did he finance the purchase of the base and refurbishing? What kind of freight is he moving to an outer island? An unauthorized excursion on a Russian fishing trawler leads to a startling discovery in more than one way, including why the murder in Afghanistan. This is the 19thKate Shugak mystery and I’ve enjoyed them all. There are also four Liam Campbell mysteries. Dana Stabenow was born on a fishing boat in Alaskan waters and has lived there ever since. She knows the people, the territory, the flora and fauna and it’s obvious. You don’t have to read this book in order, but if you like it, try the others in the series.

  • Patti
    2018-11-24 11:01

    Restless in the Grave is another terrific book by Dana Stabenow, who is one of my favorite authors. This book features both of Ms. Stabenow's Alaskan series characters, Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell.It is State Trooper Liam who indirectly contacts Kate to go undercover to solve the murder of a wealthy aviation businessman, Finn Grant. Grant had alienated almost everyone in his town by buying them out to turn it into a destination for hunters and other explorers of the Alaskan wilderness. Kate goes to work at the main bar in town, and manages to ask a few questions and is working on answers when things start to get a little too interesting for her. The apartment she is renting is search, and as Kate interrupts that search, she is shoved into deep freezer. She escapes from that, but other situations occur to let her know she is being too nosy. It takes a few more near-misses for Kate to get to the bottom of what is going on and why Finn Grant was killed.As a fan of Dana Stabenow, it was wonderful for me that she brought Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell together to solve a crime. I consider Kate to be one of the strongest characters in crime fiction; strong of heart and strong physically. She is a hero of mine and I live vicariously through her with every installment of this series.Another strong character in this series is Kate's dog Mutt. She is part wolf, and all partner to Kate. In Restless in the Grave, Mutt proves time and again that she is an equal partner to Kate in their relationship.I can't recommend enough that readers start at the beginning of this series, although this is the 19th entry in the series. Learning all about Kate Shugak and her Alaska is wonderful story. That said, Restless in the Grave can stand alone; long time series characters are introduced easily, and the reader should not feel they're missing much by not having read the previous books.I highly recommend Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow, and look forward to hearing other readers' opinions on this excellent book.

  • Bonnie
    2018-12-14 15:40

    Dana Stabenow's latest novel combines two of her favorite characters, Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell. Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the crash of his Piper Super Club. Someone had sabotaged his engine and everyone in southwestern had a motive: his betrayed wife, bullied children, Liam's wife, and bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. Liam turns to Jim, his former mentor now stationed at Niniltna as post commander, for help in clearing his wife's name and Jim brings his wife Kate onto the case. Kate flies with her half woof dog to Newenham to begin the investigation and gets a job as a waitress in Bill's Bar and Grill where she overhears townspeople talking about how Grant's business had expanded meteorically over the last two years. After buying the closed Air Force base south of town from the federal government at a bargain-basement price, he added a fishing and hunting service, flight-seeing business, and air freight business. The investigation into who killed Finn and why involve Kate in her most challenging case and lands her, literally, into the trash bin, a freezer, and dangerous situations too many to list. This is my first novel by Stabenow and offers new insight into the wilderness of Alaska. Dana fleshes out her setting so realistically that I looked up a site to view the majesty of the mountains to find out they were not real. The vastness of the locality contrasts with the small close-knit community and the characters become amazingly real. I look forward to reading more from Dana Stabenow.

  • Mary
    2018-11-19 12:47

    Kate Shugak, PI, wants to get out of town for a while so she accepts a job from State Trooper, Liam Campbell, to investigate a death in his town which has been linked to his pilot wife. Kate is not convinced that plane crash death of Finn Grant is dodgy but she arrives in town undercover to do her thing. She quickly realises that there is a large list of suspects and soon uncovers even more motivation to get rid of him and people who might be eager to do so.Grant has mysteriously become very rich very quickly. Apart from his bullying and blackmailing, where did all this money come from? And what is the connection to his daughter's death as a Service pilot in Afghanistan, if any? Once again, Stabenow's fabulous writing about Alaska and Alaskan characters stars in this book. Her development of some of the marquis characters is inspired. But what really makes the series is her developement of the ongoing characters and story lines without letting it become a soapie.This is the 19th in the series and combines with her character, Liam Campbell, from another series. There were some Oh REALLY moments - not least was arriving in town and getting a job and accommodation with her suspect family on the first afternoon. I'm not all that fussed with the ongoing romantic relationship issues that continue and find that this is an unnecessary distraction. but that's just me. Recommended

  • Jeanie
    2018-12-10 10:48

    What do you get when an author combines female protagonist from a well established, long-running series A with male protagonist from a well-established but not as long-running series B, along with a host of returning secondary characters from both series that are as much fun to read about as our hero & heroine? Add to this mix the suspicious death of an almost universally despised man, greed and avarice, a mother's pain, a horrible loss, an unexpected and unwelcomed romantic temptation for female protagonist, and moments of hysterically funny actions and situations involving both main characters - everything from a chaplinesque fall during an ill planned chase and a new, extremely pregnant mom for our hero from series B to 911 cellphone calls placed to her state trooper boyfriend from "exotic" locations (I'm not going to explain my use of exotic so as to not ruin the fun) by our heroine of series A. Combine all of these elements against the scenic backdrop of Alaska and you get C: Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow and the best book I've read so far this year. Five Stars.

  • judy
    2018-12-06 14:43

    Whoa! Far and away Stabenow's best book to date but you'd only know that if you did your homework. Like famous pairing of Hillerman's beloved characters Leaphorn and Chee years ago, the convergence of Stabenow's Shugak mysteries with her lesser known Liam Campbell series is astounding. It's all there--Kate and the cast of characters from her life, dead and alive and Liam's posse with the irrepressible Moses. Let us not forget Mutt who is on almost every page. To top off this amazing synthesis, this serious mystery has a strong vein of humor running underneath many of the scenes. You can't read it without thinking of Laurie R. King's favorite book in the Kate series-- Breakup. That's where the homework comes in. Unless you have read every Kate and every Liam something is bound to get by you. You won't know it so you won't miss it but it is your loss. To the faithful/fanatic almost every sentence triggers a memory or a connection. Although this book must have been a delight for Stabenow to write, she doesn't take the easy way out. Kate's and Liam's stories advance bringing with them inevitable and not always welcome change. Five stars aren't enough.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2018-11-29 11:37

    In a bid to keep the Shugak books from getting too samey, the author has moved to explore another part of Alaska, a different town and an island in the offshore chain. Kate and her wolf-dog Mutt take off to work undercover and end up helping the policeman Liam Campbell from her other series, which seems like an attempt to get readers to buy the other series. I did find it samey in that the same things are said of Kate and Mutt, the same things noticed about them, the same kind of getting trapped in small spaces and working out how to get out. There's another 'grandfather' type of Native gentleman and a new departure, a film star who is a really genuine person and comes up to a cabin every year. My favourite part was the luxury private jet. Annoying part, how come Kate still exudes a fatal attraction in her decent middle age and despite all the other opportunities for a well-off man? If you have enjoyed all the other books you will want to read this one; the titles are pretty bleak but Alaska is beautiful as ever.

  • Laz the Sailor
    2018-12-19 12:46

    In any long series, it's important to have variety. Some authors just get darker and darker, but Stabenow provides a more refreshing mix. In the previous book, many personal loose-ends were resolved for Kate Shugak. In this book, Kate needs to get out of town (er the Park), and an opportunity is presented. In the process, she meets up with the gang from the Liam Campbell series. There's no pre-amble, so you'd best have read those books too. The mystery is both intricate and straight-forward, with clues showing up just when needed. There is humor here, as with Moses and his Tai Chi, or Mutt and Kate getting trapped not once, but 3 times!In the end, innocents die, the bad guys get caught, wisdom is shared, and the reader has been on a wild romp through western Alaska. Not the best book in the series, but fun to read. This may be the end of the Liam Campbell series, though Stabenow has killed off important characters before. And I think this will mark a transition for Kate as well. We'll see soon enough.

  • Nancy Newcomer
    2018-11-24 08:54

    Darn, I wanted to like it. Heard her speak at DESERT NIGHT RISING STARS conference at ASU in Feb. 2013. Really enjoyed her comments in the panel of authors. But this was my first book in her series (she now has 19) and I was put off by rote passages of description and half-hearted protagonist-jeapordies. There were three times Kate (the Protaganist) was in trouble -- in a freezer, a dumpster and a container on a ship. each time she was rescued by a man on the next page. Not exactly a heroine with survival skills. Sorry, but I will pass on sequels.

  • Skip
    2018-11-26 08:33

    Kate is still mourning the loss of Old Sam, when state trooper Liam Campbell enlists her help to determine whether a suspicious death of a pilot was murder, with the primary suspect being his wife. Kate works undercover as a bargirl in a small town, and quickly discover that the dead man seems to have built his business by blackmailing numerous people. Kate and Mutt get themselves into several near death situations (again) and eventually uncover a major federal crime, along with the assistance of a movie star, who reminds Kate of her long-lost love, Jack.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-20 15:36

    Nineteenth in the long-running Kate Shugak series (an Alaskan native private detective), Restless in the Grave is a crossover with Stabenow's other mystery series, the Liam Campbell stories (also set in Alaska). Primarily from Kate and her police boyfriend Jim's pov, it combines mystery with the daily grind of policing, and also the politics of extended family and native village life.The cross-over aspects felt, at times, a little over-indulgent, but the mystery is compelling reading and Kate is competent and interesting to read along with (although the repeat ambushes were wince-worthy).

  • Lisa Anne
    2018-11-28 15:43

    The audio version of Restless in the Grave violated my version of the 50-page-rule. I listened to the first disk and couldn't have cared less about any of the characters or the story. Stabenow came recommended by several friends and this book sounded interesting, but I really couldn't find a single redeeming quality about this story. Don't think I'll give another of her works a shot.

  • Dana
    2018-11-26 10:45

    I won this book on Goodreads and I really liked it. It was an easy read, it was flowing well with a bit of suspense and mystery. I found it interesting to read about life and people in Alaska. There were some references in the book that did not mean very much to me as I never read any other Kate Shugak novels but I did not find it frustrating or difficult to follow the story.

  • Virna
    2018-11-19 10:53

    I didn't like this book. Not the plot, I did not care to know about beds or a pink dress, or food, this is fill a lot and nothing. She is a P.I. and most of this book she was trap or trouble. This audiobook will have work better with less. The book was boring.

  • Julia
    2018-12-02 16:39

    I've always meant to be caught up on the Liam Campbell series before reading this one, but I've had a hard time building momentum with it. Still, skipping straight here was doable, despite some spoilers for the Campbell books.

  • Kelli
    2018-12-18 09:58

    Story: BNarration: BQuick Review:This was a good story that will satisfy followers of the series although it lacks the emotional punch or extreme life-and-death drama of some of the previous entries. It’s suitable for new listeners but, not a surprise at book nineteen, there’s a ton of back-story that makes time spent with these characters a much richer experience. Combining protagonists from the author’s two primary series worked surprisingly well and despite not having read any of the Liam Campbell books, I felt completely at home with the characters. Marguerite Gavin’s narration was very good with the exception of moments of unusually rapid-fire delivery of the narrative sections. This shouldn’t be a deal-breaker, especially for those already familiar with the audio versions, but it’s worth sampling before buying.The Plot:When Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell’s wife, bush pilot Wyanet (Wy) Chouinard, becomes a suspect in what may or may not be a murder, he asks Sergeant Jim Chopin for help with the investigation. P.I. Kate Shugak, who also happens to be Jim’s lover, is only too happy to have an excuse to absent herself from the Park. After serving a term as Chair of the Niniltna Native Association, she’s ready to let the new Chair take on the burden of shareholder demands and a bit of undercover work is as good an excuse as any to get out of town.As Kate tends bar in Newenham, she begins to piece together Finn Grant’s life (and death). A pilot and the owner of Eagle Air - a fixed-base operation that provides service and support to pilots and planes - he also ran his own air transport business from a decommissioned Air Force base he bought dirt-cheap at auction. A sudden increase in income, a spurned spouse, a son with an eye on his father's money, and the recent death of Finn's daughter in Afghanistan mix with a town where no one has a nice word to say about him and make for an involved investigation where someone is trying to keep Kate from discovering the truth.My Thoughts:Although the story primarily follows Kate as she works undercover to discover whether Finn Grant was murdered, there are some alternating points-of-view that keep the listener up-to-date on what Jim is doing back in Niniltna and provide insight into Liam Campbell’s life in Newenham. The transitions between the perspectives were smoothly written and never had me wishing for a switch back to Kate. The book was peopled with the expected cast of amusing, often odd, frequently irascible and utterly picturesque characters I’ve come to expect in Stabenow’s (or maybe I mean Kate’s) Alaska and the geography of the state was a character in and of itself. The pacing was sufficient to keep my interest although I never felt any real moments of tension or anxiety around how events would resolve themselves.There were a few small points of contention for me, the main one being that the end of the story was in no way a surprise. If there were a reader’s yearbook, I would definitely be voted “least likely to figure out the end of a mystery” but there was a give-away line relatively early on that clued me in to “who done it.” In addition, as the series has progressed I’ve become increasingly irked by the rising level of anthropomorphism Kate’s dog Mutt is given and although I realize it’s fiction, Mutt seems awfully spry for a wolf dog at the end of a normal life-span. All told, those were minor quibbles.A lot of the relationship dynamics/tension that are present between Kate and Jim were, for obvious reasons, absent in this book. While the mystery was enough to hold my interest, I missed their interactions and didn’t feel compensated by the flashes of attraction Kate had to Liam and the more serious attraction she felt for movie star (and investor in Eagle Air) Gabe McGuire. If there’s one thing that’s crystal clear about Kate, it’s her rock-solid moral compass.Kate, Jim, Liam, Wy... these are all well-constructed characters and regardless of where this book falls along my "like/love" continuum for this series, I enjoyed spending time with them. I got the feeling that there was ground-work being done in this book for a really spectacular showdown with a figure from Kate’s past and the intimation of that has me anxious for the next book.The Narration:Although I would qualify Marguerite Gavin’s narration as a success, I had an odd disconnect between what I heard in the performance of the narrative and how effective it was at connecting me with the story’s emotional intent. Ms. Gavin spits out portions of the narrative like she’s laying down covering fire for the dialogue, which has a somewhat more leisurely pace and is really the “hero” of the narration. The disconnect is that it wasn’t quite the stumbling block for me it would have been if this was my first experience with this series but newcomers to the audio version may want to take note. I’ve listened to this series in audio from book one (on cassette) and developed complete buy-in to her portrayal of the characters that inhabit Kate Shugak’s world so by book nineteen I wouldn't usually notice small changes but the unexpected rapidity with which the narrative was delivered combined is new and startling. When combined with small pauses between words (as if for a breath) that don’t commonly have pauses in natural speech, I found myself intermittently drawn out of the story. The dialogue was excellent; Ms. Gavin is so successful at inhabiting the characters and portraying the organic back-and-forth of actual conversation that it seemed to flow effortlessly. That facility for dialogue combined with the way each character was made distinct through tone, pitch, accent, and personality made enough of the audiobook a transportive experience to call it a qualified success.