Murder on the Iditarod Trail

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 areThe 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 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 bulletd only the Arctic night can hear your final screams.
Murder on the Iditarod Trail The winner of Alaska s world famous Iditarod a grueling eleven hundred mile dog sled race across a frigid Arctic wilderness takes home a purse But this year the prize is survival Only the to

  • Title: Murder on the Iditarod Trail
  • Author: Sue Henry
  • ISBN: 9780380717583
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Murder on the Iditarod Trail”

    1. “I did, I did, I did the Iditarod Trail!” Sue Henry’s Murder on the Iditarod Trail, which was first published in 1991, is labeled as a cozy mystery, but to me it was much more intense than a cozy. Spread out over twelve days and one thousand miles, the famous Alaskan dog sled race provides an exciting backdrop for murder. When a musher is found dead on the trail, it appears to be an accident, but things begin to look more suspicious when more contestants die. In this ultra-competitive even [...]

    2. I felt like I was on the Iditrod Trail along with Jess. This was a great read and I was intrigued with everything on the trail. ( google was in over time ) The touch of murder just added to it and you have to love the dogs and the damn hard slog it takes out of all the Mushers and everyone around them.

    3. I really, really wanted to like this book. I have read other books in the series but had to wait for this to come out in Kindle form just yesterday. I just finished it and am sitting here scratching my head. I know that others loved this book, and I wonder if they read it when it first came out and it may have been more germane at the time? I did learn a LOT - somewhat more than I wanted to know about the Iditarod Race.Unfortunately, this left little time to really search for clues as to who had [...]

    4. I really wanted to give this book 3.5 stars, but had to go with 3. It was good, but as others have mentioned, I had a lot of trouble keeping the characters straight. So many characters are introduced in a short space of time without really defining characteristics for all of them. Plus, the author will refer to characters by first name at times and by last name at other times, increasing the confusion. Yet, despite the large number of characters, the number of suspects quickly narrows down and t [...]

    5. In Murder on the Iditarod Trail, the vicious weather of an Alaskan winter is not only the setting but also one the the main antagonists. The plot and characterization are competent, but what makes this a terrific, timeless book is the way the reader gets to go along vicariously on the grueling, two-week race.With her expertise on the Alaskan wilderness in general and dog-sledding in particular, Sue Henry provides her readers with the gift of insight into a real world completely different from th [...]

    6. I don't think this writer could decide if she was writing a mystery or a documentary on the Iditarod. Short paragraphs about the characters alternated with sections that read like the narrative of a PBS special. I could almost hear the voice of Morgan Freeman reading the script. And for Pete's sake, pick a tense already! Back and forth, back and forth between past and present, often in the same paragraphI was, and am, and shall be, rather seasick.

    7. A lot of so-called "Cozy" mysteries leave me cold, not cozy. I can't stand really implausible scenarios or cutesy gimmicks. Sue Henry's books, however, are interesting and literate, but the pulse is not so heart-pounding and frantic that it keeps me from falling asleep at night.This one's setting is self-evident, and the climax will keep you on the edge of your seat (or bed), though. Once you're about 60 percent finished, don't pick it up again till you're ready to finish it!

    8. A good murder mystery with lots of suspense and adventure. You get to learn about dog racing and Alaskan wilderness too. Yet another US State Challenge book for me.

    9. I was very pleasantly surprised at how quickly this book went and how hard it was to put it down each time I had to. It was first and foremost a story, but it imparted a lot of information about the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and Alaska in general, that I sort of knew in a vague way. The landscape itself was a character in the book, and far from being tiresome in its descriptions of the race, the mushers, the equipment and the racing strategy, the minute details actually made the story all the more [...]

    10. This is a cracking good idea for a murder mystery - it is set amid the long, tough Alaskan race contested each year by champion mushers. There is enough information about dog sledding to satisfy anyone and great care is taken of the dogs themselves. They wear boots to protect their feet, and are vetted and removed if too tired. The mushers have to carry guns in case of enraged wildlife and as these are tough, determined people, tempers can run hot. One after the other three mushers are killed in [...]

    11. Note: My paperback version, published by Avon Twilight in 1993, actually only has 246 pages. This version is not listed at GR. I wasn't sure I was going to like this one, especially based on comments from other members of the Cozy Mysteries group, but I did. I could not go to bed Friday night until I had finished--sprinting to the end almost as fast as the mushers the end of the race. I was sure of who the murderer was before I was halfway through the book, though a few well-placed red herrings [...]

    12. I had to read this book for my job, and it wasn't the most entertaining thing to read. I've never read crime/mystery before this, so I disn't know if all books in this genre have major events (like many people dying) within the first 40 pages, and then the rest of the book is pretty slow and cheesy as the characters talk about who the murder could be. Most of the dialogue felt fake/forced, and a lot of times it didn't even move the story along whatsoever. There were so many characters and they w [...]

    13. Fully deserved the Anthony and MaCavity awards for Best First Mystery that it won in 1991. It has stayed in my memory as an awesome recreation of a deadly challenge and the mushers' responses. After watching the show on this year's heroic Iditarod race, I had to reread the book again.See this description of the volunteers who open the trail:"The snow machine drivers, dressed in layers of outerwear to repel the worst the Arctic can deliver, may cover the full thousand miles without a good night's [...]

    14. This is the first book that I have read by Sue Henry and I have to say, I never would have thought of anyone coming up with a mystery happening on the Iditarod Trail. It was pretty good.The book begins with the race and quickly some of the racers are either killed or injured. State Trooper Alex Jensen is sent out to find out what is happening but what he didn't expect is the attraction that he had for Jessie Arnold, a female musher who despite the incidents, continues her efforts on the race. Fr [...]

    15. As this was a debut novel, I cut it a bit of slack, there were some plot holes and the writing was occasionally inconsistent, that said, it was still pretty interesting! I knew nothing, or at least very little about the Iditarod other than it happens and where it starts and ends. I had no real idea of what an undertaking it is beyond the "whoa, that's crazy" reaction to the distance and the weather faced. The race itself really becomes a character and it is truly fascinating.

    16. If the villain hadn't wasted so many hours sabotaging the other racers he would have easily won the race by a long shot instead of being minutes behind the leader. It reminds me of Dr. Evil who has a legitimate businesses making billions but he just needs to be well evil.

    17. The first of this series and set on the famous dogsled race. All the details make you feel as if you were at least watching a real race.

    18. I read this for a challenge only. It is definitely not my type of book. But the writing was good so 2 stars for the writing.

    19. Liked this book but doubt I'll read any more in the series. Read it because it was a recommendation as similar to another book I had finished. This one is about Alex who is a state trooper investigating several accidents happening on the Iditarod sled race. Three mushers die and after investigation, they realize it was murder. So Alex follows the trail trying to figure out which musher is responsible, and why. In the process, he falls for Jessie, one of the mushers, who is in danger from the mur [...]

    20. If you like thrilling and suspenseful books you will love Murder on the iditarod trail by Sue Henry. During the famous Iditarod race mushers start mysteriously dying. Sgt Alex Jensen was sent to investigate the deaths. After three of the mushers have died he suspected all of the other mushers. But he soon realises that whoever is killing all of the mushers isn't a musher who just wants the prize money. Soon snowstorms stop his search which leaves the mushers defenseless.I like how suspenseful th [...]

    21. A couple of people recommended this book, but I was very disappointed in it. I had a hard time keeping the characters straight. The author would call them by their first names sometimes and their last names at other times, so that made twice as many names to remember. Plus, I really wasn't interested in all of the details about the Iditarod. It seems the author couldn't decide if she was writing a mystery or a documentary. The thing I liked the least was all of the bad language. I don't apprecia [...]

    22. One of my first times reading murder mystery, and I was not let down. Murder on the Iditarod Trail accurately describes what it is like to be a musher on the famous trail without being overly drawn-out or boring. The writer understands that the murderer doesn't just kill people, they plan out what they want to do, make a back-up plan, then execute the deed. The one thing that would have made this more exciting and much more fun to read would be that there wasn't much actual murder, just a few he [...]

    23. Another great murder mystery writer. I hooked and I haven't finished my other series as yet. There's a murder in the first few pages so the book is off to the races so to speak. More murders are to come and who did it? I'll never tell. That would be a spoiler. You won't be bored.

    24. Great story. Really enjoyed it. Only issue was in the various characters' names - the author kept switching back and forth between using their first names and last names and it made it hard to keep them all straight. That was very annoying.

    25. I enjoyed this book it has good characters that you can relate to them, I found the historical and info on how the Iditarod race works facinating, a nice relaxing mystery that gives the reader a chance to join the adventure

    26. Well writtenSo glad to have found another author bringing Alaska's beauty and mysteries to readers. Sue Henry introduces solid characters and like Dana Stabenow's Kate, musher Jessie is quite a woman. I look forward to reading more adventures and what the future brings.

    27. An otherwise solid mystery, sadly dragged down by a romance subplot that was as predictable as it was unrealistic, though I did appreciate that the winner of the race wasn't who I'd imagined it would be. That was a nice touch.

    28. I read about half of this book & didn’t like it at all. Too little plot development. Too grossly graphic murders. I just wanted to read something else so I stopped.

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