“Murder on the Yukon Quest,” by Sue Henry

Jessie obviously loves a good challenge. She is an experienced sled dog racer. Jessie is entered and ready to brave the below zero temperatures, the wind chill, snow, and ice of the Yukon Quest. This demanding race is 1000 miles of interesting terrain and horrible weather conditions. The mushers travel, with their dogs, from Whitehorse to Fairbanks. I wouldn’t do it. I get whiney when wind chill hits me! During the beginning of the race, a young woman is abducted and the victim’s father receives a note instructing him to tell no one, except Jessie.

Murder on the Yukon Quest is a good mystery and survival story combined. The terrain and the weather conditions are so well described, I almost got frost bite reading about it! I learned a lot about the care and feeding of the dogs and their owner on the journey. It’s quite a story! There is profanity in the book and at times I felt like I was reading research instead of a novel. Authors can do as much research as they so desire, however, when I read a book I don’t want to feel like I’m reading a research article from a professional journal. However, I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading the mystery. It’s good, without a doubt! There was a camaraderie or a bonding among the racers I enjoyed reading about. Racers and dogs can die out there and there is a quality among the participants for helping one another and they don’t leave racers stranded in the wilderness!

If you had the opportunity, would you race dogs in the Yukon Quest???

So, here I am, I have an injury and I am laid up for a few days, so whilst I am resting, not that I want to rest, I am reading! Enjoy!

Green Boots. Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in Dawson City, Yukon

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