Cut Bait
Death, gossip, and shifty luck plague the quiet weekend Leona Skavitch expected to share with her husband on their little boat in Alaska's Prince William Sound. Leona can't stay away from any of it, butting her way into what even she has to admit are other people's affairs, and in the process infuriating her husband, the police, and nearly everybody else in a small town suddenly both snowbound and bloodstained. Before long, she's found herself following a tangled line of clues into very deep trouble indeed.
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Leona Skavitch and her husband head to their little boat in Alaska's Prince William sound in Valdez. They were planning to spend a few days on the boat and relax. It starts out that way until she stumbles upon a murder and then the small town is snowbound.

Leona keeps putting herself in danger by asking lots of questions and stirring things up. Her husband, a P.I., nor a State Trooper can stop her. But can she figure out the murderer and why he/she killed without putting herself or those she cares about in grave danger?

This is the first book I've read by this author. I really liked the Alaska setting. I've never been, and I felt I had been after reading this book. I liked Leona. She is funny and quirky, but she's also smart. I liked that she pretty much investigated on her own. I liked that she was also very human. She made mistakes and showed real emotion.

I thought the P.I. and the State Trooper were good supporting characters as well. Plus the various people she interacted with in town were very indicative of a small fishing town. You could tell the author knows the area well. I recommend this book!

Dawn Dowdle

Once, long ago, my mother said to me, "Leona, someday you're going to dig your own grave with that mouth of yours, you mark my words." Who can resist such a narrator? C.M. Winterhouse, the newest writer on the Alaska mystery scene, has created a meandering and irresistible sometime sleuth in her debut novel, "Cut Bait."

Despite her prosaic sense of duty, Leona is given to flights of memory and musing, and it is really her narration that distinguishes "Cut Bait" from other mystery novels.

Her quirky sense of humor and generally indiscriminate attempts to stage-manage the people around her keep the reader laughing. Unlike some Alaska mysteries in which the only local color is the landscape, "Cut Bait" is filled with characters and situations that seem convincingly Alaskan.

Sandra Boatwright, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner