The first books in both of Stabenow's mystery series are also available as free eBook downloads and it's this news that I most wanted to share with you all. Here's the link to the books: http://www.stabenow.com/e-books#star1.
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The second mystery series is The Liam Campbell Mysteries. Liam is an Alaskan State Trooper and the action for this series is set in Southwest Alaska in Bristol Bay. Liam's love interest is a woman bush pilot and there's lots of interesting flying info in these books. It's been a long time since I read this series and I think I may have just read the first two.
I don't remember who first recommended Stabenow to me or if I stumbled upon her myself, but I do remember that I started reading her shortly after I discovered Nevada Barr and was looking for something similar. Outdoorsy mysteries is how I classify both Barr and Stabenow, as well as another Alaska-based writer, Sue Henry. Stabenow was born & raised in Alaska on a fish tender (hence, the amazing on-board scenes in some of her novels). She still makes her home in Alaska and from reading her newsletter for a few years and now more recently following her on Facebook, she seems to come down to the lower 48 fairly regularly on book tour and for conferences. I had the pleasure of meeting her once about a half dozen years ago at Centuries and Sleuths bookstore in Forest Park, IL. She's also active on Twitter.
If you haven't read her yet, now's your chance to snag three freebies. If you don't read eBooks or have already blown your 2011 budget for new books, check with your local library. I've noticed mass market copies of her books in many libraries.