A Grave Denied -  A Kate Shugak mystery by Dana Sabenow
Stabenow relaxes and lets us have fun with Kate. At times, the novel's
style made me think I was reading a cozy. The author finds humor in
Kate's new parenting role, as she learns how to cope with a teenager
she has inherited from previous novels. Some of the best scenes involve
Kate's relationship with her dog, Mutt, a part-wolf who seems to read
Kate's mind. As usual, the cast of characters holds our attention, with
tiny subplots: Kate's best friend gets a visit from a (deliberately)
long-lost brother and fourteen-year-old Johnny remains determined to
stay with Kate, rather than his blood relatives. The endings seem
realistic, not at all contrived.
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