Dead North by Sue Henry
An Alaska Mystery, No. 8
William Morrow- June 2001
ISBN: 0380978814 - Hardback
Cozy Alaskan Mystery
Reviewed by Mary
While waiting to break
ground on the site where she plans to rebuild her cabin, musher, Jessie
Arnold agrees to drive her contractor's mobile home from Idaho to Alaska.
Accompanied by her lead sled dog, Tank, Jessie expects to spend a week
or so enjoying the scenery and generally taking life easy.
Instead, she crosses
paths with Patrick, a young man who is hitch hiking to Alaska. Patrick
is clearly hiding something and Jessie soon learns that two young men,
who claim to be his friends, are looking for him. Before long, one of
the young men is killed, an attempt is made on the life of the other young
man, and Jessie herself is attacked. Is the person Jessie was pursuing
at the time of the attack, a victim, or her attacker? And what about the
cyclist that shows up at her door late one night in an RV park? Unsure
who to trust, Jessie just wants to get home. She finds the long way home
is filled with peril.
This book grabbed me
from the beginning with it's intriguing opening told from the viewpoint
of an elderly man. I immediately wanted to know more about the family
next door. Like all Alaska Mystery novels I've read, this one is full
of the standard Henry detail given to the beautiful scenery. However,
I found myself rushing through those passages, eager to get back to the
I particularly liked
the way Ms. Henry fully developed all of the people inhibiting Dead North.
As each new person was introduced, I wondered if they really were what
they seemed and if somehow Jessie would regret trusting them. Not only
does Ms. Henry nicely tie up all the loose ends, but she also added an
unexpected twist that I particularly enjoyed.