Mark Miller, ranger and son of an important congressman, has disappeared and so has the investigator who went out to look for him. The FBI turns to Kate, because she knows the terrain like nobody else. She accepts reluctantly, but soon regrets her decision as her own family turn out to be involved with one of the missing persons. But Kate is intent on finding out the truth, whatever the outcome.
The story takes quite a while to get going. The author spends a long time providing the setting and describing the scenery and the characters, which is always a good thing in my opinion. But it takes about half the book until the story really gets going, and that's a bit too much for a mere 190-page novel. But once the investigation actually starts, "A Cold Day for Murder" turns out to be a fine mystery novel. Kate is an interesting protagonist and the clash between the cultures of the native Alaskans and the 'modern' world -which Kate is caught between- is really interesting. It's the first in a 20-part series, and I'm sure I'll read at least some of the sequels.
Author: Dana Stabenow
Title: A Cold Day for Murder
Publisher: Head of Zeus, London
Year: 2013 (orig. 1992)
Number of pages: 193 p.