Alaska tour boat guide Stacie Calder faces the deep freeze in this scenic cozy series debut perfect for fans of Paige Shelton.
No nine-to-five cubicle career will suit Stacie Calder—the naturalist much prefers working in the great outdoors. Specifically, the spacious and spectacular Alaskan wilderness, whose rugged charms she shares with sightseers on the top deck of the tour boat where she works. But one May afternoon, Stacie’s passengers see more than glittering glaciers, frolicking harbor seals, climbing bears and soaring seabirds…they also witness a man lying dead in the frigid Alaskan waters. And it seems likely that someone gave him a fatal push.
Stacie didn’t know the unfortunate victim, but he sure wanted to know a lot about her. He spent most of his final afternoon bombarding her with questions quite awkward to answer. And when he wasn’t in her hair, he was arguing incessantly with the boat’s beleaguered crew. Which makes for a suspect list about as long as the passenger manifest. Furthermore, as police helicopters relentlessly circle her boat in search of any clues, Stacie is shaken to find herself on that suspect list.
Before the tour boat reaches shore Stacie—accompanied by her beautiful blue-eyed husky, Sasha—must deduce just who sent the testy tourist tumbling into the turgid waters and have the authorities take custody. Because if she can’t, then the killer might aim a fatal ice-cold stare at Stacie.
Five days a week, wildlife specialist Stacie Calder, the winning narrator of this appealing series launch from Jensen (the Pet Rescue mysteries), cruises the Alaska coast aboard the ClemElk, a tour boat, with her two-year-old husky, Sasha. One day, Stacie has just alerted the tourists to a pod of harbor seals and pups along the shore when a pushy passenger starts loudly grilling her about the boat's safety. Soon after the ClemElk's captain identifies the rude man as Sheldon Truitt, a former employee planning to start a rival coastal tour business, Truitt goes missing. Might Truitt have fallen overboard or was he pushed? Truitt's body is later spotted on the shore, and though the most obvious suspect in what becomes a murder investigation is the captain, dozens of others aboard the ship may have had a motive for ensuring the conniving Truitt never returned to port. As romantic sparks fly between Stacie and Liam Amaruq, the state trooper assigned to the case, a killer more dangerous than any wild predator prowls the ClemElk. Jensen nicely balances the crime solving and Stacie's personal life, and dog lovers will cheer Sasha's heroics. Cozy fans will eagerly await the sequel.
Repetitive and a very annoying narrator
It’s really hard to enjoy a book when the main character is so terrible. She was beyond a busybody, interrogating her friends with no tact and blatantly disregarding orders from the police. At one point, she rushed up to the victim’s brother, who was grieving, and started to tell her how he died before the police could get a word in. It was so appalling, I almost stopped reading. I had to skim the last half of the book, as she repeated the same thoughts over and over again.
She’s supposed to be in love with her job. But she blatantly ignores it and leaves everything to her assistant and never once apologizes or thanks her.
The sexual stuff was weird for a cozy.