Bad Blood – Review

Currently on Loan from the Library:

Bad Blood by: Dana Stabenow

The 9th Girl  by: Tami Hoag

A Tale for the Time Being by: Ruth Ozeki

What Alice Forgot by: Liane Moriarty

Blindfold Game by: Dana Stabenow


Other Books I’m Reading: 

World War Z by: Max Books

Anathem by: Neal Stephenson


“Two households, both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” – William Shakespeare


Can I just ask?  Are you Shakespearienced?  Apparently Dana Stabenow is.  Sure, the setting of Bad Blood is two villages on different sides of a river. One rich and one poor. So there are more than two families.  It’s more like four families.  Other than that it’s very Shakespearean.  Which is fine with me.  There is a reason that Shakespeare’s works are considered classics.  If you’re going to take inspiration from someplace, may as well take inspiration from the best place.  


Bad Blood is number twenty in the Kate Shugak series.  Readers familiar with the series will be familiar with Chopper Jim, Kate Shugak’s current boyfriend.  This is good because this book is really more about him than it is about Kate.  Jim is called into the poorer village on the river to investigate a murder.  At least it’s pretty clear to Jim that it’s a murder.  Everyone else is insisting it was an accident.  Meanwhile Kate does yard work, picks up mail, and runs into the still menacing Erland Bannister.  Jim get’s called to a murder on the rich side of the river next.  Again he gets the this murder is clearly an accident routine.  Which he finds frustrating.  Meanwhile Kate finds that Erland Bannister is supporting both sides of a major issue, bootlegging and drug running are on the rise in the area, and the mandatory young lovers have run away, gotten married, and gotten into a pickle.  Kate helps the young lovers even though she knows it’s going to make Jim mad, and then….  There is a huge cliff hanger. 


Let’s face it.  Twenty books is a huge number to write about one set of characters.  While I enjoyed Bad Blood, it’s not my favorite in the series.  I would actually be fine if Dana Stabenow decided that this was the last Kate Shugak book.  She is a very talented writer, and I see no reason I wouldn’t continue to be a fan no matter what she was publishing.  It is all to easy for one major character to take over a writer’s life.  Look at Arthur Conan Doyle. I would much rather have Dana Stabenow writing at the top of her game because she’s enjoying it, than writing another Kate Shugak because she has to.  


Enjoyability: Four stars

Where to read this book:  This is not a cold snowy book.  So just curled up on the coach, or laying on the beach would be good.  

Further reading:  I’m right in the middle of The 9th Girl.


Posted on July 8, 2013, in Fiction, Reading, review and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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