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This section is intended to highlight books that various staff members have read and enjoyed. As everyone has different tastes, the books reviewed here will reflect that diversity. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Night Too Dark

by Dana Stabenow

This is Stabenow’s 17th Kate Shugak mystery, and as always, it is a something and something read. The series takes place in the upper reaches of Alaska’s wilderness, where Native Alaskan detective Kate Shugak which takes place in the upper reaches of Alaska’s wilderness. revolves around the continued development of the Suulutaq Mine, which has the potential to be Alaska’s biggest gold mine.

The book takes place over a summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Provokes the issues that development everywhere engenders, namely the benefits of jobs and a bigger tax base versus the destruction of a way of life (destroy nature and the influx of more traffic and people than the area is used to and all the problems that come with more people—crime, drugs, etc). Kind of like the issue in this area about gas drilling. Kate’s boyfriend Jim, the Alaska State Trooper for that section of Alaska is overworked because of problems caused by the mine and all the new people it has brought. When someone finds the body in the woods, discover that it belongs to someone working at the mine. But then the identity of the body is called into question and Kate investigates as Jim has too much to do.

Stabenow’s books are always both thought-provoking and a entertaining mystery that keeps you guessing.

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