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Murder on the Iditarod Trail (Alaska Mysteries) (original 1991; udgave 2015)

af Sue Henry (Forfatter)

Serier: Jessie Arnold (1)

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:Murder on the Iditarod Trail (Alaska Mysteries)
Forfattere:Sue Henry (Forfatter)
Info:Grove Press (2015), Edition: Reissue, 246 pages
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I don't remember how I learned about this title but I purchased it as a Christmas gift for my mother as I was in awe of her description of being taken for a short sled ride when she was the only volunteer to get on the sled as part of an excursion tour during an Alaska cruise. I was surprised to see this title again recently when one of the characters in another novel was said to be reading this book. In the past few days it has been my turn to read it. I don't think I've imagined being that cold since reading "61 Hours" (Jack Reacher, #14) by Lee Child as that novel's setting is during a brutally cold winter in South Dakota.

Although I had certainly been aware of the Iditarod Trail Race prior to my mother's trip, I don't think I had thought about the severity of the unforgiving cold temperatures. Sue Henry brings to life with vivid descriptions the trail terrain, the brutally cold temperatures, the dedication of the mushers not only to the sport of the race but to their prior strategy planning with flexibility during the race, and to the training and ongoing care of their dog teams with special attention given during the race itself. Within this extraordinary annual race setting, the author has created an engrossing page-turning mystery with the murders of Iditarod participants along the various legs of the grueling race.

In searching for biographical information about the author after reading this novel it came as no surprise to learn that Sue Henry has lived in Alaska for almost 30 years. With her words as her artistic brush she paints the majesty and beauty of the landscape as well as to portray a respect for the land and its perils as only someone could portray with a personal experience of living in this state through many seasons. Another gift of this reading experience is the interspersed history of the trail points and race itself that flow naturally within the storyline without sounding like bullet points from a fact sheet. I have never had a desire to travel and visit Alaska not even after reading this novel but it has given me a new appreciation for everyone who lives in Alaska and to hold in awe all who choose to participate in the Iditarod Trail Race. ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Aug 8, 2020 |
Good fast paced read with plenty of action. The scenes where a murder or "accident" occurred are riveting. Reading about the winter blizzard even made me cold! My hats off to the people that compete in the Iditarod! ( )
  LilQuebe | Feb 17, 2020 |
The Iditarod Trail is Alaska’s famous dog sled race that takes two weeks to cover 1040 miles. It is a very difficult sporting event for the musher and his/her dogs who faces the extremely cold temperatures causing frost bite plus the fatigue resulting from the physical challenges and lack of sleep.
While no competitors have ever died during the event’s history, in this novel three top competitors appeared to have been murdered while on the trail. Sergeant Alex Jensen tries to figure out who is the killer before he or she kills again. Alex connects with Jessie Arnold who is a top musher and who seems to be on the killer’s hit list.
Lots of action and multiple suspects keep the action flowing while the listener learns about the rules and the difficulties a competitor faces while participating in the Iditarod. ( )
  lamour | May 6, 2019 |
This is the first installment in the series of books featuring the musher Jessie Arnold. Right from the start the Iditarod, the legendary dog sled race across Alaska, is beset by weird accidents. The Alaska State Trooper Alex Jensen starts to investigate and soon figures out that there is intent behind these events. He soon engages the help of Jessie. The two quickly grow close as events escalate. As the race goes on the list of suspects, which are among the leaders of the race shrinks and Jessie finds herself the next target.

Reading this right after Winterdance by Gary Paulsen, who painted such a vivid picture of the race conditions, this sounded as though the changes introduced in the intervening 20 years or so - notably the forced layovers at the checkpoints - did make race somewhat less dramatic. Or maybe it was that the race itself did really not figure as prominently in this book.

Overall an enjoyable read.
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  sushicat | Jan 14, 2016 |
Enjoyed this simply because I love the Iditarod!! ( )
  Elleneer | Apr 17, 2015 |
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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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