A Kodiak resident decided to throw book mysteries into the wilds, so to speak, receiving rave reviews about a murder that supposedly took place over the wilderness of the Emerald Isle.

Robin Barefield has written “Murder Over Kodiak,” a novel that opens on a beautiful, June afternoon with the main character, research biologist Dr. Jane Marcus, standing on the floatplane dock at Trident Basin, waiting for her young research assistant to return from a field trip.

When the plane is long overdue, Jane accompanies a pilot to search for it, and they discover the wreckage in a remote area of the island.

They soon learn that someone planted explosives on the plane, and Jane is determined to find the person responsible for murdering her assistant, the pilot, and the four other passengers, but which of the passengers was the intended target? Was it the U.S. senator in the midst of a contentious re-election campaign or her husband, a corporate raider with no shortage of enemies? Or was the explosive device intended for one of the other passengers or even the pilot?

Jane won’t stop asking questions until she discovers who planted the bomb and why, but she soon begins receiving threats and realizes her own life is in danger.

Barefield and her husband, Mike Munsey, own and operate Munsey’s Bear Camp, a hunting and bear-viewing lodge in Uyak Bay on Kodiak Island.

They live year-round at the lodge in the heart of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, supplying Barefield with the perfect setting in which to base her mysteries. Barefield has a master’s degree in fish and wildlife biology, and she uses this background in her novels.

During the summer, Barefield works as a fishing and wildlife-viewing guide. Murder Over Kodiak is Barefield’s second novel. Her first, Big Game, is partially set at Becharof Lake on the Alaska Peninsula.

Barefield’s novel has already received several good reviews, including. Finn says,

“I have read plenty of dialogue-driven mysteries with multiple suspects, but author Robin L. Barefield has done something totally new with the genre by throwing it straight into the wilds of Alaska,” said an editorial review by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite. “I found myself immersed in a vivid and fascinating world where the wild nature of the surroundings seemed to bleed into the nature of the people who may or may not be vicious killers. … There were plenty of red herrings thrown in to keep you guessing right up to the story’s conclusion.”

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