Murder on the Iditarod Trail (Alaska Mysteries)
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After recently reading and enjoying The Tooth of Time from Henry's other series, I decided to see how I like her Alaska mysteries.
The book is well-paced and kept my interest throughout. Not only is there the suspense of the mystery, but there is also the suspense regarding the outcome of the Iditarod sled dog race. I enjoyed learning about Alaska and about the culture surrounding the famous race.
This debut novel is not perfect, of course. Many characters are introduced without being distinguished sufficiently from one another. Also, there is a lot of cursing, which is unusual for a mystery in the "cozy" genre. Finally, the story is tied up a bit too quickly at the end.
These are minor niggles, though, in what was overall a very pleasant and compelling read!
Description from Amazon:
"The winner of Alaska's world-famous Iditarod -- a grueling, eleven-hundred-mile dog sled race across a frigid Arctic wilderness -- takes home a $250,000 purse.
But this year, the prize is survival.
Only the toughest and the most able come to compete in this annual torturous test of endurance, skill, and courage. Now, suddenly and inexplicably, the top Iditarod contestants are dying one by one in bizarre and gruesome ways. Jessie Arnold, Alaska's premier female 'musher,' fears she may be the next intended victim, but nothing is going to prevent her from aggressively pursuing the glory and the rewards that victory brings.
Dedicated State Trooper Alex Jensen is determined to track down the murderer before more innocent blood stains the pristine Alaskan snow. But Jensen's hunt is leading him into the frozen heart of the perilous wild that Jessie Arnold knows so well -- a merciless place far from any vestige of civilization, where nature can kill as fast as a bullet... and only the Arctic night can hear your final screams."
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