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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 to 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.


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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 to 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.

30 review for Bear Witness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pooja Peravali

    Stacie is a tour guide, introducing people to Alaskan wildlife from a boat. When a man vanishes from the tour, she thinks he's stowed away to cause trouble. But when his body is discovered out amid the ice floes, she realizes that there is something far worse at play. I really wanted to like this book. The premise sounds so cool and so eerie, the idea of a body bobbing out in the frigid Alaskan waters. Unfortunately the story goes downhill from there. My main issue was the character of Stacie. She Stacie is a tour guide, introducing people to Alaskan wildlife from a boat. When a man vanishes from the tour, she thinks he's stowed away to cause trouble. But when his body is discovered out amid the ice floes, she realizes that there is something far worse at play. I really wanted to like this book. The premise sounds so cool and so eerie, the idea of a body bobbing out in the frigid Alaskan waters. Unfortunately the story goes downhill from there. My main issue was the character of Stacie. She felt rather flat, and it seemed like her only interests were her job and wildlife, and this interest is rather more told than shown to the reader. I also did not like her narrative voice, which was oddly chirpy and hollow. Sasha, her beloved dog, also doesn't make an impact, despite being present in nearly every scene of the story. Apart from barking at crucial moments in the story, she mostly toddles along with Stacie with nary a trace of personality. The mystery was also very disappointing. In a course of events that beg great suspension of belief, Liam, the detective investigating the case, allows Stacie to help out, excusing it because his is an 'unconventional' office. Stacie mostly does this by badgering her coworkers about their ideas about the crime in a ham-fisted fashion. There was nary a clue to be found in this story until the last thirty pages, and even then the solution to the case is incredibly unsatisfactory. The less said about the romance, the better. Stacie and Liam develop a relationship, but again the writing was so flat that I did not feel any attraction between them - and I don't understand why Liam would get into a sexual relationship with a potential suspect. It was very frustrating and the story could have done without it. Do not recommend. Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    Bear Witness is a nice start to the new series, Alaska Untamed Mystery, and one that I will be looking forward to reading new books in the series. Set against the beautiful Alaskan landscape, it is easy to imagine the lovely setting with the seals, eagles, bears, and glaciers along with other wildlife they see. Stacie Calder is a wildlife expert working as a tour guide for a family-owned company of tour boats going on day cruises to see the sights. She and her loving Husky, Sasha, love their job Bear Witness is a nice start to the new series, Alaska Untamed Mystery, and one that I will be looking forward to reading new books in the series. Set against the beautiful Alaskan landscape, it is easy to imagine the lovely setting with the seals, eagles, bears, and glaciers along with other wildlife they see. Stacie Calder is a wildlife expert working as a tour guide for a family-owned company of tour boats going on day cruises to see the sights. She and her loving Husky, Sasha, love their job. When a former employee taking the trip goes missing and later is found dead, she meets Trooper Liam, of the Alaska State Troopers, who seems to think that the boat captain is a main suspect. Stacie sets to prove him wrong and the two soon work together questioning the staff to find answers. They take the same trip each day and see a lot of the same wildlife so there is some repetitiveness in the trips, but Stacie enjoys her job. She and Liam have a quick attraction that moves along fast. The mystery to unravel was good and the guilty party was on my suspect list. Sasha is star of the story in my viewpoint. Nice story. I received a complimentary ARC from Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About Cozies

    I really enjoyed this debut story of the Alaska Untamed cozy series. Author Jensen sets a course that moves forward at a fast clip, and once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop until I knew whodunnit! Stacie Calder is a likeable wildlife expert who has an awesome job working as a tour boat guide in Juneau, Alaska. Her faithful and protective companion, Husky Sasha, is always by her side. When a passenger mysteriously goes missing on a tour, Stacie meets Liam Amauri of the Alaska State Troop I really enjoyed this debut story of the Alaska Untamed cozy series. Author Jensen sets a course that moves forward at a fast clip, and once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop until I knew whodunnit! Stacie Calder is a likeable wildlife expert who has an awesome job working as a tour boat guide in Juneau, Alaska. Her faithful and protective companion, Husky Sasha, is always by her side. When a passenger mysteriously goes missing on a tour, Stacie meets Liam Amauri of the Alaska State Troopers, Initial Response Section. He seems like a great guy, and they quickly grow close. Lack of clues prove frustrating until Sasha’s keen sense of smell leads the boat to a gruesome crime scene. One by one, the author examines the potential suspects for readers eyes and she does a good job of camouflaging the true killer. A little over halfway through the book, I took a wild guess at the culprit and at the end, I was right. I appreciated the beautiful Alaskan wildlife scenery mentioned on the tours. I learned several things I didn’t know before. I liked the different personalities of the tour boat crew, and Sasha shines in her wonderful part of the cast. I didn’t really care for how fast Stacie and Liam rushed into a physical relationship. There was a lot of repetitiveness of descriptions, also, since the boat toured the same route every time. Overall, a 4 Star read. I look forward to reading the next adventure on the ClemElk! I honestly reviewed an unedited digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Publishing. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Stacie Calder is a tour guide on the ClemElk, one of the Clem Tours fleet owned by the Clementoses. There are six boats in total, the ClemElk, the ClemWolf, the ClemBear, the ClemSeal, the ClemBison, and the ClemMoose. Each is piloted by a member of the Clementos family and hosts tours leaving from Juneau, Anchorage, and Skagway. Stacie is accompanied daily by her 2-year-old and very well-behaved Husky, Sasha. One afternoon one of the tourists goes missing. He had spent most of Dollycas’s Thoughts Stacie Calder is a tour guide on the ClemElk, one of the Clem Tours fleet owned by the Clementoses. There are six boats in total, the ClemElk, the ClemWolf, the ClemBear, the ClemSeal, the ClemBison, and the ClemMoose. Each is piloted by a member of the Clementos family and hosts tours leaving from Juneau, Anchorage, and Skagway. Stacie is accompanied daily by her 2-year-old and very well-behaved Husky, Sasha. One afternoon one of the tourists goes missing. He had spent most of the day questioning Stacie about everything under the sun so she became quite troubled when she couldn’t find him anywhere on the ship and he failed to disembark the ship when they got back to port. They had no choice but to report his disappearance to the authorities which brought in the Alaska State Troopers, Initial Response Team to the dock. Trooper Liam Amauri leads a team to investigate the man’s disappearance which means he will be traveling on the ClemElk and close to Stacie every day. The next day the man’s body is found along the tour route in the icy water. Trooper Amauri considers the entire crew including Stacie a suspect. She volunteers to help with the investigation and surprisingly Liam accepts. They also accept there is romantic chemistry between them. But they need to focus on the case and catch the killer before he ices another victim . . . maybe Stacie herself! Our protagonist, Stacie Calder’s life revolves around the job she loves, sharing her knowledge of wild animals and their habitats. Right now that includes the animals found in the Alaska wilderness on and around the panoramic glaciers. She strives to give her passengers the best experience she can. She is likable and friendly and takes great pride in what she does. She is also blessed to get to take her canine companion, Sasha to work with her every day. I love Sasha and loved that she played pivotal roles in the story. We also meet Trooper Liam Amauri. He appears to be very smart and capable of investigating the murder but I felt he was going around in circles a lot. I was also surprised that a relationship evolved so quickly and before the case was solved. The Clementos family and the crew of the ClemElk were also introduced. The Clementos family sounds like a great group of down-to-earth people all ready to work hard to keep the family business a highlight for visitors to Alaska. The crew all appear to love their jobs. I feel like all the characters were introduced well but look forward to them being more fleshed out in future books. I think this is going to be a fun group. Because of Stacie’s job and the tour boat setting, there was a bit of repetition. Most of the tourists were quickly eliminated as suspects so that truly just left the crew. Stacie and Liam had to go back every day to question the same people until someone let something slip or a new piece of information was revealed. The author kept the clues close to her vest throughout the whole story. I myself was going in circles trying to solve the mystery before the killer was revealed and I never settled in on any one person. I was delighted by Ms. Jensen’s descriptions of Alaska. The trip to the Tracy Arm fjord and the strings of ice floes “bobbing in the water” with the harbor seals mamas sunning with their babies. It was easy to visualize the birds in the sky and the bears “lumbering at the foot of the craggy snow-dotted mountain and near the top a group of wolves. I know the author took time to research the area and all the animals found there because Stacie was a font of information about everything she saw and shared. In Bear Witness, Ms. Jensen has built a great foundation for this series going forward. Her characters are unique and I want to get to know them better. Alaska is a fantastic setting too, so different from the lower 48 with its distinct way of life. A vast area that could contain all kinds of mysteries. I am curious to read about Stacie’s next adventure and see if she and Liam’s relationship continues.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    3.5 stars Two things initially drew me to this book – that great cover & the fact that it’s set in Alaska. I’ve mentioned before how Alaska is on my bucket list and while reading Bear Witness, I found myself wishing that Stacie was a real person – because if I ever do get to Alaska I want to take a tourist cruise with her as my tour guide. Her character was so winsome, and her faithful canine sidekick Sasha added an extra dimension of likability to this dynamic duo. The glimpses we get of Alaska 3.5 stars Two things initially drew me to this book – that great cover & the fact that it’s set in Alaska. I’ve mentioned before how Alaska is on my bucket list and while reading Bear Witness, I found myself wishing that Stacie was a real person – because if I ever do get to Alaska I want to take a tourist cruise with her as my tour guide. Her character was so winsome, and her faithful canine sidekick Sasha added an extra dimension of likability to this dynamic duo. The glimpses we get of Alaskan wildlife and its marine landscape had me feeling like I was riding that top deck of the boat along with Stacie, Sasha and crew. I really enjoyed the mystery and all that went along with it. I was surprised at how easily the local law enforcement agreed to let Stacie poke her nose into the case in conjunction with their own investigation, but it worked for the community they were in and with the circumstances surrounding the murder. Every loyal cozy mystery reader knows it’s rarely the most obvious suspect who turns out to be the murderer, so we tend to look everyone with a bit of a side-eye lol. Even so, I was completely surprised when I figured out who it likely was – because I’d had my accusation resting firmly (but wrongly) on a perfectly good ‘less obvious’ suspect the whole time lol. Whew, don’t even get me started on how swoony Liam is, the law enforcement agent charged with the murder case that casts a somber shadow over Stacie’s employers. His low voiced comments that were clearly flirting even though Stacie couldn’t see it. Swoon!! It’s clear Liam is highly attracted to Stacie and since the feeling is mutual, sparks sizzle in the air whenever they’re in the same space. (Pardon me a brief aside, here) That sizzle eventually leads to some closed door action between the two, something that I would have preferred take place later in the series, if at all. In my opinion, Liam & Stacie fast-forwarded past all that I love about the intricate ‘early stages of a romance’ dance, bypassing any emotional connection between them (there wasn’t time!) and zeroing in on the physical. It didn’t make sense to me on several different levels, didn’t allow me enough time to become emotionally invested in their relationship, and was just an all-around disappointing development for me. Bottom Line: Bear Witness by Lark O. Jensen takes readers on a tour of Alaska in all its wild beauty. You’ll spot seals and bears, glaciers and ice floes, even some wolves and a humpback whale or two. But watch out – you’ll also spot a body. And it’s here that the story kicks into gear, drawing us along as the investigation takes root. Liam, Stacie, and even sweet Sasha are engaging characters with layers that I look forward to exploring as the series sails along. If your travel budget looks like mine, this is a great way to vacay vicariously – through the pages of a delightful cozy mystery! Yes, there were some elements of the plot that I didn’t love but overall this is a very entertaining read and I’ll likely keep an eye out for book two! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first reviewed at Reading Is My SuperPower

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    This is an intriguing cozy mystery that I was interested in reading. Stacie loves leading tours in Alaska, and teaching others about wildlife is just about her favorite thing to do. Her dog Sasha is always by her side, which adds cuteness to the story. When Stacie notices a frequent passenger hasn't been seen for hours, she alerts the Captain and a search goes underway. The story started out interesting but as it progressed, it became a bit stagnant and I found myself pushing through reading it, bu This is an intriguing cozy mystery that I was interested in reading. Stacie loves leading tours in Alaska, and teaching others about wildlife is just about her favorite thing to do. Her dog Sasha is always by her side, which adds cuteness to the story. When Stacie notices a frequent passenger hasn't been seen for hours, she alerts the Captain and a search goes underway. The story started out interesting but as it progressed, it became a bit stagnant and I found myself pushing through reading it, but I quickly lost interest. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of this book. #BearWitness #NetGalley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Bear Witness by Lark O. Jensen is the debut of An Alaska Untamed Mysteries. I like the premise of Bear Witness. The author’s detailed descriptions allowed me to visualize traveling on the boat. I could envision the beautiful Alaskan countryside along with the flora and fauna. I did feel that the author used too much detail at times. We really do not need to know what Stacie is wearing every day, where Sasha goes to the bathroom on the boat (or how it is cleaned up), the details of getting from w Bear Witness by Lark O. Jensen is the debut of An Alaska Untamed Mysteries. I like the premise of Bear Witness. The author’s detailed descriptions allowed me to visualize traveling on the boat. I could envision the beautiful Alaskan countryside along with the flora and fauna. I did feel that the author used too much detail at times. We really do not need to know what Stacie is wearing every day, where Sasha goes to the bathroom on the boat (or how it is cleaned up), the details of getting from work to home (driving down this street, getting out keys, opening door, taking off shoes), or about Stacie’s stomach problems (TMI). I thought Stacie’s dog, Sasha was a sweetie. Huskies are intelligent and loving dogs. I enjoyed learning about the various Alaskan wildlife. I can tell the author did her research for this book. I thought the characters lacked depth (they were as flat as cardboard). The emotions are lacking. We are told details, but they are not felt. We are told Stacie loves wildlife, but it does not come across. I want personality and depth in the characters. The mystery has Stacie asking questions and searching for clues. She feels the need to help because she loves her job and cares about her employers (she is a wee bit too perky). The whodunit has several suspects along with a few clues (I mean hardly any) to help readers solve the crime before the suspenseful reveal. I like how Sasha helps Stacie with her investigation. I was surprised that Liam allows Stacie to help out (he does try to warn her off in the beginning). He also shares details of the case with her. I like that they get along, but I expected Liam to be more professional. Stacie lacks subtlety (her sleuthing style resembles badgering). I wish the mystery had been more complex. I identified the killer before they found Truit’s body (it was obvious). A romance springs up between Liam and Stacie. I did feel it was a little rushed for a cozy mystery. There is a great deal of repetition (how much she loved her job, information about animals, details about her job and bosses, how handsome Liam is, etc.). From a seasoned author, I did not expect such repetitiveness. There is mild foul language in this story. I wonder what adventure Stacie will have in the next An Alaska Untamed Mystery. Bear Witness is a wild tale with scenic cruises, a dead deckhand, a helpful Husky, a striking trooper, a careful killer, and wandering wildlife.

  8. 5 out of 5

    BonnieM☂️

    Bear Witness was a fun read. It reminded me of Paige Shelton's Alaska Wild series. This story takes place in the town of Juneau, Alaska. Most of the story is on the tour boat ClemElk owned by Ingrid and Curt Clementoses's company Clemtours. Stacie Calder, a tour guide on the ClemElk, is the main character along with her huskie, Sasha.. The rest of the characters add to the mystery of the story. When on the tour boat a man Shelton Truit who use to work on the ClemElk and is now planning to have h Bear Witness was a fun read. It reminded me of Paige Shelton's Alaska Wild series. This story takes place in the town of Juneau, Alaska. Most of the story is on the tour boat ClemElk owned by Ingrid and Curt Clementoses's company Clemtours. Stacie Calder, a tour guide on the ClemElk, is the main character along with her huskie, Sasha.. The rest of the characters add to the mystery of the story. When on the tour boat a man Shelton Truit who use to work on the ClemElk and is now planning to have his own business of tour boats to compete against Clemtours is found missing and later murdered. Liam Amarug an Alaska State Trooper is assigned to finding who killed him. He gets Stacie to help him with interviewing all the crew as well as Hanson Horowitz, Shelton's future partner. The story leads the reader wondering who in the crew did the murder. Not until the end does the reader find out who murdered Shelton Truit and why. The relationship between Stacie and Liam starts to bloom in this story. Bear Witness is the first of this series. I look forward to another adventure of Stacie and Liam in this series. Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this ALC

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    1.5 Stars Rounded Up. For an author who has published over 50 books, I expected more...a lot more. This was supposed to be a cozy mystery but what we get is a book that relies on repetition (perhaps to plump the word count?) and a book that forces you to suspend your disbelief and not in a good way. We get elaborate 'talks' about the Alaskan wildlife. I have to admit the wildlife was the same for every cruise, which makes for an exciting cruise but a boring book. We also get in an in-depth look at 1.5 Stars Rounded Up. For an author who has published over 50 books, I expected more...a lot more. This was supposed to be a cozy mystery but what we get is a book that relies on repetition (perhaps to plump the word count?) and a book that forces you to suspend your disbelief and not in a good way. We get elaborate 'talks' about the Alaskan wildlife. I have to admit the wildlife was the same for every cruise, which makes for an exciting cruise but a boring book. We also get in an in-depth look at Stacie and the crew's wardrobe, Stacie's apartment decor, Stacie's dog Sacha; and for the life of me, I can not see how it is possible to have a dog on a sightseeing cruise like this, though I can see why the author did it-as most of her previous books have something to do with dogs! What selfrespecting policeman or police department would allow a civilian into the case is beyond me, but maybe things are different in Alaska? I could see the murderer coming a mile away but I have to admit I did not see one part of the finale coming-although I might have done the same thing if I spent time with the top tour guide and expert on wildlife. *ARC Supplied by the publisher and NetGalley.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Randee Green

    Stacie Calder is a guide on a wilderness tour boat based out of Juneau, Alaska. (Don't worry about forgetting the main character's occupation, because you will be reminded of it on almost every single page of the book.) When a passenger goes missing during a tour—and his body is later discovered washed up on shore—Stacie takes it upon herself to investigate her fellow tour boat employees and some of the passengers to see who gave the victim a hand overboard. I hate leaving negative reviews becaus Stacie Calder is a guide on a wilderness tour boat based out of Juneau, Alaska. (Don't worry about forgetting the main character's occupation, because you will be reminded of it on almost every single page of the book.) When a passenger goes missing during a tour—and his body is later discovered washed up on shore—Stacie takes it upon herself to investigate her fellow tour boat employees and some of the passengers to see who gave the victim a hand overboard. I hate leaving negative reviews because I know how demoralizing they can be to the author. That being said, I honestly cannot come up with anything really positive to say about BEAR WITNESS. Initially, when I requested the book on NetGalley, I was intrigued by the premise. I thought a tour boat guide in Alaska as the amateur sleuth would make for an interesting read. Unfortunately, this book was not for me. My main issue with the book is the main character. Stacie is childish, condescending, and wishy-washy. She can't make up her mind about anything and goes back-and-forth on her opinion multiple times on the same page. It's pretty bad when, at the end of the book, I was cheering for the murderer to toss Stacie overboard the same way they did to the victim. And then there's the dog...Stacie takes the Siberian Husky everywhere with her, and it is the most well-behaved dog of all time. (Don't worry, you'll also be reminded of how Sasha is the absolute best dog of all time almost as many times as you'll be reminded of how much Stacie loves her job.) Having spent years living with huskies, I have to say that Sasha is totally unbelievable considering the traits and personality of the breed. I also had a major issue with the police force and the lead investigator's unprofessional demeanor and almost total lack of investigative skills. Not only does he embark on a personal/sexual relationship with Stacie (despite him considering her a suspect), he basically allows Stacie to conduct the entire investigation for him. Any real life police officer would have arrested her for obstruction of justice and tossed her in jail cell as a way to keep her from meddling in the investigation. Instead, he just lets her do whatever she wants and steps back while she interrogates his suspects. Yes, it's a cozy mystery, and it's up to the amateur sleuth to figure out the culprit before the police. But my suspension of disbelief can only be stretched so far... As for the writing, it was slow, juvenile, and full of unnecessary and random comments such as "police question suspects, I may be a tour guide but even I know that" and "the tourists were all wearing different colored coats, but that's something you'll see in Alaska." The book is also full or repetition. (We get it. Stacie loves her job, her employers, and her dog.) There was also a lack of depth to the writing and the characters. It read like the first draft of a novice writer opposed to a polished work by an experienced writer. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Who knew that an Alaska tour guide could be a degreed wildlife naturalist? And I like the idea of an Alaska State Trooper Initial Response Section, a division that is just what is implies and then turns it over to the appropriate department. In this case the trooper and his sergeant need to investigate to find probative evidence to answer the old *was it a fall/jump/push* that got the victim dead in the water. The plot was kind of slow, but since that was what I was looking for today it was a bi Who knew that an Alaska tour guide could be a degreed wildlife naturalist? And I like the idea of an Alaska State Trooper Initial Response Section, a division that is just what is implies and then turns it over to the appropriate department. In this case the trooper and his sergeant need to investigate to find probative evidence to answer the old *was it a fall/jump/push* that got the victim dead in the water. The plot was kind of slow, but since that was what I was looking for today it was a big positive. The characters are well done without a lot of extraneous fluff, and I totally approve of the dog involvement. There were just enough plot twists, but not as many red herrings due to the locked room/limiting of space and suspects aspect. I liked this one, but I'm really looking forward to the next installment. Kind of like when I used to watch the TV show Alaska State Troopers. I hope the next one brings in a little more about the animals seen on the boat tour. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    This is an intriguing cozy mystery that I was interested in reading. Stacie loves leading tours in Alaska, and teaching others about wildlife is just about her favorite thing to do. Her dog Sasha is always by her side, which adds cuteness to the story. When Stacie notices a frequent passenger hasn't been seen for hours, she alerts the Captain and a search goes underway. The story started out interesting but as it progressed, it became a bit stagnant and I found myself pushing through reading it, bu This is an intriguing cozy mystery that I was interested in reading. Stacie loves leading tours in Alaska, and teaching others about wildlife is just about her favorite thing to do. Her dog Sasha is always by her side, which adds cuteness to the story. When Stacie notices a frequent passenger hasn't been seen for hours, she alerts the Captain and a search goes underway. The story started out interesting but as it progressed, it became a bit stagnant and I found myself pushing through reading it, but I quickly lost interest. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of this book. #BearWitness #NetGalley

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    The Clementos family own a fleet of boats, operated by their company, ClemTours. Stacie Calder is a wildlife lover in her early thirties and a tour guide on the ClemElk which is one of the boats. Sasha, Stacie's 2-year-old grey and white Husky often travels with her. One afternoon, one of the tourists goes missing and is found dead the next day. Stacie is a suspect as is the entire crew in Trooper Liam Amauri's opinion. Set in Juneau, Alaska, the differences between the crew members were well hi The Clementos family own a fleet of boats, operated by their company, ClemTours. Stacie Calder is a wildlife lover in her early thirties and a tour guide on the ClemElk which is one of the boats. Sasha, Stacie's 2-year-old grey and white Husky often travels with her. One afternoon, one of the tourists goes missing and is found dead the next day. Stacie is a suspect as is the entire crew in Trooper Liam Amauri's opinion. Set in Juneau, Alaska, the differences between the crew members were well highlighted by the author and I enjoyed reading about Sasha, her dedication to her passengers and her knowledge of wild animals. The mystery was well done too. Very enjoyable. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I had high hopes for this new series as I had enjoyed her other series but, for me, it fell flat. Not so badly that i won't be willing to give the next in the series a try but it will have to be a stronger mystery for me to continue beyond that. The location was what really got my attention but then it became very repetitious. The main character needed to have more depth for me to warm to her. Stacie has potential. As for her Husky, Sasha, I'm always going to love any dog in a mystery. The myster I had high hopes for this new series as I had enjoyed her other series but, for me, it fell flat. Not so badly that i won't be willing to give the next in the series a try but it will have to be a stronger mystery for me to continue beyond that. The location was what really got my attention but then it became very repetitious. The main character needed to have more depth for me to warm to her. Stacie has potential. As for her Husky, Sasha, I'm always going to love any dog in a mystery. The mystery itself was average and I did wonder about the relationship between Stacie and Liam, the Alaska State trooper on the case and how fast the relationship grew. After all, he was the investigator and she was on the suspect list. My thanks to the publisher Crooked Lane and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was just an okay read/listen for me. I loved the setting-that was my favorite element of the story. The case was interesting, but I just didn't connect to the story overall. This was just an okay read/listen for me. I loved the setting-that was my favorite element of the story. The case was interesting, but I just didn't connect to the story overall.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lena H.

    Stacie Calder has snagged the perfect job. She's using her education and love for (obsession with) Alaskan wildlife to play hostess on a tour boat. When a former employee begins haunting the tours and then announces his plan to open his own tour boat, he burns more than a few bridges before disappearing. When he reappears, dead on the tour, everyone on the boat becomes suspect. Alaska is an unusual setting for a cozy mystery, as is the tour guide premise, so this series is very unique. Stacie is Stacie Calder has snagged the perfect job. She's using her education and love for (obsession with) Alaskan wildlife to play hostess on a tour boat. When a former employee begins haunting the tours and then announces his plan to open his own tour boat, he burns more than a few bridges before disappearing. When he reappears, dead on the tour, everyone on the boat becomes suspect. Alaska is an unusual setting for a cozy mystery, as is the tour guide premise, so this series is very unique. Stacie is a really nice young lady and Sasha is adorable and spectacularly well-behaved. Unfortunately there were some important things that I felt were missing. One being a best friend/confidante for Stacie. She has a few casual friends who live in other towns but no friends in Juneau. This meant Stacie spent all of her time hanging out with Sasha (who I did love) and thinking about the murder, though she never gets any new information and thinks the same things over and over again. There were a few lines crossed that I wasn't comfortable with. One of those lines was the descriptions of where Sasha goes to relieve herself on the boat. I could have done without that information and I felt like it was kind of crummy of Stacie to bring Sasha along on these tours for no reason other than her own convenience and yet she makes the deckhands clean up after her dog. I also objected to the creation of a fictional branch of law enforcement that doesn't follow any of the rules of law enforcement. I felt like that was cheating and it also took away an important part of the cozy mystery story arc, how the amateur sleuth ingratiates herself with the local police and wedges herself into the investigation. But most of all, the main character has... shall we say... bowel issues. And we get the play-by-play. Yes. That happens. And that's what took this from a 3-star book down to a 2-star book for me. This series has potential. I do love the setting and the characters have promise, but it's missing a lot of things that make cozies fun. Interaction between the main character and her friends, investigations being done in multiple locations involving compelling side characters, clues leading to the detection of the culprit, and a contentious police/amateur relationship that provides some dramatic tension and may blossom into something more in future books. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    First of all thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this ARC! Okay, so I finished this book two days ago, but I had to think about what I thought. So here's my review. "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 First of all thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this ARC! Okay, so I finished this book two days ago, but I had to think about what I thought. So here's my review. "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" I really liked the premise of this book. On a tour boat in Alaska? That's a first for me in this genre. But at the same time that gave a problem. Because there is basically only one location, there is a lot of repeating. Stacie on the boat, giving her tour and telling what she sees. After the third time I found myself skipping those parts. The first time it's great to read as I am clueless about the Alaskan wilderness, but yeah once was enough. I did like the characters a lot! Stacie and her husky Sasha, but also state trooper Liam! He worked together with Stacie as she was on board and knew how to talk to them. I found it good to see that the team on board was really a team! The mystery was good! I had no idea who did it and eventually bet on the wrong horse! I would recommend this series, but hopefully in a second book it would be possible to get a few other locations in to make the story more divers. But for a new book in a new series it gets 4 stars from me!

  18. 5 out of 5

    O Prism

    Overall, this was a good book. Stacie Calder is a very enthusiastic boat tour guide in Alaska. She always brings her dog Sasha with her. Someone goes missing on the boat and, on another trip, is spotted down at the shore, dead. Stacie wants to help solve the crime, also wanting to save the family owners of the tour boats, and keep her job because she is so passionate about it. She loves to talk about the various wildlife seen while on tour. She is a pushy young lady, and alienates some of the cr Overall, this was a good book. Stacie Calder is a very enthusiastic boat tour guide in Alaska. She always brings her dog Sasha with her. Someone goes missing on the boat and, on another trip, is spotted down at the shore, dead. Stacie wants to help solve the crime, also wanting to save the family owners of the tour boats, and keep her job because she is so passionate about it. She loves to talk about the various wildlife seen while on tour. She is a pushy young lady, and alienates some of the crew and passengers with her constant questions and theories. She is helped by a hunky Alaska State initial Response officer. I was kept guessing up until the very end. I’d like to see Stacie’s character more teased out, and more descriptions of the area she is surrounded by. I look forward to the next book in this series. Hopefully the characters will be more fleshed. All in all, an enjoyable read, especially if you like animals and Alaskan wildlife. Thank you to Netgalley, Ms. Jenson, and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    This book was extremely slow for me. Stacie is a tour guide on a boat in Alaska when someone is thrown overboard. Stacie and her dog Sasha then assist the state troopers in finding out who did it. I feel like this book could be half the length if the repetition was edited out. I get it. Stacie loves Alaska. And ClemTours. And wildlife. And her dog. I found it unnecessary to be repeated as many times as it did. I also thought the writing was lacking a lot of imagery. I didn't find myself feeling This book was extremely slow for me. Stacie is a tour guide on a boat in Alaska when someone is thrown overboard. Stacie and her dog Sasha then assist the state troopers in finding out who did it. I feel like this book could be half the length if the repetition was edited out. I get it. Stacie loves Alaska. And ClemTours. And wildlife. And her dog. I found it unnecessary to be repeated as many times as it did. I also thought the writing was lacking a lot of imagery. I didn't find myself feeling like I was in Alaska on that same boat looking at wildlife. I found it hard to imagine the characters and who they were. Except that they were always wearing hoodies. Blue of course. I also found the idea of Alaskan state troopers allowing a civilian to insert herself so heavily into a murder investigation highly unbelievable. Who is this girl after all? Why do they just let her question suspects and ask about an ongoing investigation? I finished this book simply to find out who did it. Overall it was a good story but with better imagery and some editing it could potentially be great.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Graybill

    Stacie Calder has landed her dream job, as a naturalist she loves to be outdoors, loves animals and loves to bring her dog with her to work. As a tour guide on a boat in Alaska she gets to do all that and more! When a regular guest on the boat goes missing she raises the alarm. When they find him the next day the authorities discover he's been murdered. Stacie must find out who the killer is before her bosses are put out of business. A cozy mystery set in Alaska, with a dog as her sidekick and a Stacie Calder has landed her dream job, as a naturalist she loves to be outdoors, loves animals and loves to bring her dog with her to work. As a tour guide on a boat in Alaska she gets to do all that and more! When a regular guest on the boat goes missing she raises the alarm. When they find him the next day the authorities discover he's been murdered. Stacie must find out who the killer is before her bosses are put out of business. A cozy mystery set in Alaska, with a dog as her sidekick and a bit of romance what's not to love? Well quite a bit. The book is quite repetitive, Stacie spends more time going to get coffee and interviewing suspects than doing her job and the "police" seem to be unable to do their job without a lot of help from Stacie. Now don't get me wrong the point of a cozy is the amateur detective solves the case, not the police. But the police specifically ask Stacie for help, that's just not done. The description of the wildlife was great, but not much about the Alaska landscape, I did not get a sense of Juneau at all. Overall, it was really disappointing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you, Net Galley for my ARC, in exchange for an honest review. 😃 I love trying out new cozy mysteries. Its how I discover new authors and series to follow. A tour guide out in Alaska sounds so refreshing, different from the usual MCs of owning a shop and/or going back to their hometown. But thats about it for me. The writing was verbose, story's pacing is slow, almost drawn out and so much repetitive on the details. Petting Sasha, up the deck, blue hoodies, beige couch and how many times do w Thank you, Net Galley for my ARC, in exchange for an honest review. 😃 I love trying out new cozy mysteries. Its how I discover new authors and series to follow. A tour guide out in Alaska sounds so refreshing, different from the usual MCs of owning a shop and/or going back to their hometown. But thats about it for me. The writing was verbose, story's pacing is slow, almost drawn out and so much repetitive on the details. Petting Sasha, up the deck, blue hoodies, beige couch and how many times do we get reminded of the boat's name? I did not get to feel being outdoors and more of going thru each detailed step. Then Stacie needs a BFF badly! So her routine changes one in awhile. But what did not sit well with me was how the Law Enforcement just allowed Stacie Calder to just conduct her own investigation and ask outright for updates as if she was part of the force! Overall, the series looks promising with a little bit of editing on the excess details.

  22. 4 out of 5

    LittleRead

    Stacie Calder is a naturalist living the dream in Alaska leading boat tours. While out on a tour, Stacie notices that one of their passengers hasn’t been around for awhile and they start searching for him only to find him dead in the water. With the captain and Stacie being on the suspect list, she knows she has to figure it out before they get back to the docks. Otherwise the killer may get away with murder and strike again, this time sending Stacie to sleep with the fish. This first entry was a Stacie Calder is a naturalist living the dream in Alaska leading boat tours. While out on a tour, Stacie notices that one of their passengers hasn’t been around for awhile and they start searching for him only to find him dead in the water. With the captain and Stacie being on the suspect list, she knows she has to figure it out before they get back to the docks. Otherwise the killer may get away with murder and strike again, this time sending Stacie to sleep with the fish. This first entry was a bit slow for me, but I often find that sometimes reading a new author I tend to feel this way, but then the next entry knocks it out of the ballpark. That said, I plan to read the next entry in this series and see how I feel after that. Don’t let my hesitancy stop you from reading it, because the scenery alone is well worth the read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    I don't read a lot of books that take place in Alaska, so I was excited to start this cozy mystery. Imagine my surprise and dismay, this story could have taken place anywhere. I was also disappointed by the flat characters. The story felt like more of an outline than an actual story. The plot sounded interesting but ended up lacking any real substance. The police force is not just bumbling but actually appaers to only let this one tour guide do all the investigating. The final reveal, the romanc I don't read a lot of books that take place in Alaska, so I was excited to start this cozy mystery. Imagine my surprise and dismay, this story could have taken place anywhere. I was also disappointed by the flat characters. The story felt like more of an outline than an actual story. The plot sounded interesting but ended up lacking any real substance. The police force is not just bumbling but actually appaers to only let this one tour guide do all the investigating. The final reveal, the romance, even the dog as her sidekick - all of it felt like plot devices and not like an actual story with real people. I wish I'd liked ths more. A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen McDowell

    Honestly, I had high hopes for this book. Set on tour boats in Alaska it had the potential to be both educational and entertaining. Unfortunately it is neither. Stacie is someone I would avoid if I met her in person, especially as she seems to be only ever able to talk about three things; her employers, Alaskan wildlife, and who killed their passenger. The characters were unrelatable, the details of the investigation were unbelievable, and the writing felt immature. The only really good thing ab Honestly, I had high hopes for this book. Set on tour boats in Alaska it had the potential to be both educational and entertaining. Unfortunately it is neither. Stacie is someone I would avoid if I met her in person, especially as she seems to be only ever able to talk about three things; her employers, Alaskan wildlife, and who killed their passenger. The characters were unrelatable, the details of the investigation were unbelievable, and the writing felt immature. The only really good thing about the book was the dog.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Bear Witness is the first book in a new series starring Stacie, a naturalist and tour guide on daily Alaska nature cruises. Her husky Sasha travels with her on these daily cruises and is a calming presence for passengers. Stacie loves her job and has shared her love of nature on cruises for a long time, but there’s never been a murder on one! However, one unfortunate day, a passenger is murdered, and Stacie’s inquisitiveness leads her to snoop around and get the scoop on who may have wanted him Bear Witness is the first book in a new series starring Stacie, a naturalist and tour guide on daily Alaska nature cruises. Her husky Sasha travels with her on these daily cruises and is a calming presence for passengers. Stacie loves her job and has shared her love of nature on cruises for a long time, but there’s never been a murder on one! However, one unfortunate day, a passenger is murdered, and Stacie’s inquisitiveness leads her to snoop around and get the scoop on who may have wanted him dead. I think that this series has a lot of potential, especially if the cruise ship isn’t the scene of the crime each time. Though I enjoyed Stacie’s descriptive narration during the tours, it could become a little tiresome for those of us who love reading all the books in a series if the cruises take the same route each trip. But since the tour company owns multiple boats, I’m anticipating fresh, new routes and beautiful Alaskan scenery in each book. The mystery in Bear Witness is not an easy one to solve with its multiple red herrings As it turns out, many of the passengers had motive to murder…including Stacie. However, Stacie quickly becomes close to lead investigator Liam, who knows Stacie wouldn’t murder anyone. For those of you who don’t like closed door sex at all in your cozy mystery books, here’s a heads up. The couple’s closeness becomes intimate rather quickly in this book, so it may not be right for you. In addition to getting to know Stacie and Liam, you’ll get a peek at the many side characters’ in Bear Witness. I’m sure it will be fun getting to know them all better in the books to come. I especially enjoyed Stacie’s young assistant who steps up while Stacie is away from the microphone. I appreciate how both Stacie and her assistant are so interactive with the passengers, taking and answering their questions. Having curious children on board was a fun addition to the story. If you enjoy cozy mystery books set in Alaska and are okay with closed door sexual situations, I think you’ll enjoy Bear Witness for its lovely setting and puzzling murder.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    Bear Witness is the first book in a new cozy mystery series starring protagonist, Stacie Calder, a naturalist. Staci loves the outdoors, so moved to Alaska to work in the great northern wilderness. She is employed by a tour boat company, where she shares her knowledge of the area and its animals with the tourists. On one of the tours she meets a man, Truit, who monopolizes her attention asking some very uncomfortable questions. When Staci finds out he used to be employed by her company, on her b Bear Witness is the first book in a new cozy mystery series starring protagonist, Stacie Calder, a naturalist. Staci loves the outdoors, so moved to Alaska to work in the great northern wilderness. She is employed by a tour boat company, where she shares her knowledge of the area and its animals with the tourists. On one of the tours she meets a man, Truit, who monopolizes her attention asking some very uncomfortable questions. When Staci finds out he used to be employed by her company, on her boat, she asks questions of her own, learning that he has plans to open a rival tour boat company. Staci keeps her eye out for him, but he seems to have disappeared before they return to the dock. When his body is found the next day, everyone one the boat is a suspect, even Staci. This was an interesting story. I love the setting and profession of Staci, our protagonist, it is one I have not come across before. Having been on an Alaskan Cruise before, it was nice to revisit the area through this story. I know this is the first in the series, so I hope we will get to know more about the characters as the series continues. I always enjoy when animals play a role in the mystery, and Staci's husky pup, Sasha is a large part of the story. As often happens our protagonist and detective begin to fall for one another, but I thought Stacie and Liam Amaruq, Alaska State Trooper had too quickly of a more intimate relationship, a bit unusual for a cozy mystery. Liam actually encourages Stacie to snoop and work with him to solve the case, which worked for me. There were plenty of suspects and Staci spends a lot of time asking questions and trying to put two and two together. Along the way she does alienate a few people, which added them to hers and my suspect list. I thought I knew who the culprit was about halfway through the book, but it wasn't until the end where I found out the motive and that I was not correct. There was a bit of a dangerous showdown, but fortunately, Sasha was there to help save the day. I enjoyed this story and will watch for the next book in the Alaska Untamed Mysteries.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    BEAR WITNESS by Lark O. Jensen The First Alaska Untamed Mystery Stacie Calder loves her job. As a naturalist, she's well suited to being a guide on an Alaskan tour boat, pointing out wildlife to enthusiastic tourists. One passenger is more than he seems, however. A former employee, he's now trying to create his own tour company starting by badmouthing Stacie's. When he disappears from the boat, Stacie wonders if it's a trick, another way to create trouble. But when he's found dead the next day, St BEAR WITNESS by Lark O. Jensen The First Alaska Untamed Mystery Stacie Calder loves her job. As a naturalist, she's well suited to being a guide on an Alaskan tour boat, pointing out wildlife to enthusiastic tourists. One passenger is more than he seems, however. A former employee, he's now trying to create his own tour company starting by badmouthing Stacie's. When he disappears from the boat, Stacie wonders if it's a trick, another way to create trouble. But when he's found dead the next day, Stacie isn't so sure. With her trusty dog, Sasha, at her side Stacie will look to solve the murder, and if it gets her closer to the hunky state police officer also investigating...even better! I love the concept of a mystery surrounded by Alaskan Wildlife. There are a few implausibles here, how law enforcement welcomes Stacie's assistance, being the big one. There's also the growing relationship between Stacie and Liam. With a small pool of suspects and limited avenues of investigation, it seemed that more time was spent on the romance than the mystery. But, if you can suspend your disbelief, you can enjoy the story. While there were things I liked about Stacie, I didn't feel a great depth to her or any of the characters. Even the romance was hasty and not very romantic. I love animals and do love Sasha. Admittedly, I didn't need Stacie continually saying how great she was. Indeed I found a lot of repetition. The same basic things happening every cruise...and described every time. In fact, lots of details are included, specifically the minutia surrounding Stacie's day to day life. Details that didn't really add to the story. With a great setting and an exciting conclusion BEAR WITNESS has lots of potential for a new series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    It's the setting that makes this cozy mystery interesting. Jensen has done a decent job describing the scenes from the tour boat as well as the workings of the tour boat itself. I appreciated the information about seals, wolves, and other wildlife. It is clear Jensen did much research to make the nature talks Stacie gives reliable. At times, however, there is too much description as we are given detailed accounts of actions and events that do not move the plot forward nor are really very interes It's the setting that makes this cozy mystery interesting. Jensen has done a decent job describing the scenes from the tour boat as well as the workings of the tour boat itself. I appreciated the information about seals, wolves, and other wildlife. It is clear Jensen did much research to make the nature talks Stacie gives reliable. At times, however, there is too much description as we are given detailed accounts of actions and events that do not move the plot forward nor are really very interesting. We certainly don't need to know what color clothing each tour employee is wearing. There was repetition too as Stacie voices or thinks the same concepts several times. I did not think the characters were developed very deeply. I did not find Stacie an engaging amateur sleuth. She asked people lots of questions rather than thinking through to the solution. I was surprised a trooper would let Stacie busy herself in investigating the murder. I didn't think trooper Liam was very professional in that respect, nor in his becoming sexually involved with Stacie, a person clearly involved in the murder investigation. The plot was straight forward. The villain was no surprise. This is the first novel I have read by this prolific author. I was disappointed in the less than engaging plot, the lack of depth of character development, the detailed descriptions of unimportant things and the repetition. I expected more from a seasoned author. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    This seemed like a fun and different job for a cozy mystery main character, and the author definitely captured the cozy mystery aspect well. Everything was nicely described and since I probably won't ever make it to Alaska, it was fairly easy to picture this scenery instead. I have to agree with the reviewer who thought there wasn't a whole lot to Stacie besides wildlife and her job. I just didn't feel quite like I knew her that well by the end of the book. I also agree it was a little soon to s This seemed like a fun and different job for a cozy mystery main character, and the author definitely captured the cozy mystery aspect well. Everything was nicely described and since I probably won't ever make it to Alaska, it was fairly easy to picture this scenery instead. I have to agree with the reviewer who thought there wasn't a whole lot to Stacie besides wildlife and her job. I just didn't feel quite like I knew her that well by the end of the book. I also agree it was a little soon to start a physical relationship especially in the middle of a murder investigation. Afterward, be my guest, lol. The killer seemed as elusive as the guy they'd been trying to track down before finding him dead, and at times the story seemed a little like it was dragging along when I was just eager to find out whodunit. By the time the showdown came, I was pretty sure I knew who the culprit was, and I was right. I loved that a Husky dog was in the story, but that's basically all she was, a companion. I'd hoped she'd have a little more personality, although I realize they're super smart and have to be on their best behavior if these dogs want to go on tour boats. Since this was the intro to all the characters and surroundings though, I'm definitely willing to read the next in the hopes it'll be even better. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Crooked Lane via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. The book releases Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin C

    Stacie works as a guide on a tour boat in Alaska. She and her husky, Sasha love being out on the water and spotting the wildlife. One of the tourists on the boat goes missing and his body is later found in the water. Stacie works with and develops a relationship with a local law enforcement officer. I wanted to like this book, but I struggled so much. It took me a really long time to get through and I skimmed through much of it. I try not to leave negative reviews, and if I do, I try to find som Stacie works as a guide on a tour boat in Alaska. She and her husky, Sasha love being out on the water and spotting the wildlife. One of the tourists on the boat goes missing and his body is later found in the water. Stacie works with and develops a relationship with a local law enforcement officer. I wanted to like this book, but I struggled so much. It took me a really long time to get through and I skimmed through much of it. I try not to leave negative reviews, and if I do, I try to find something positive to say about the book. I enjoyed some of the description of the scenery and wildlife, but otherwise I found it very repetitive and flat. I didn't connect with any of the characters. I was initially interested as I have lived in Alaska and have family there, and love Alaska books, but I just couldn't get in to this one. Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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