Jessie Arnold's knee was better and she was excited about the first snowfall of the year- she could finally take her dogs on a training run with the sled instead of the four wheeler. When she approached the dogs and put some of them in harness they were eager to pull the sled as they had been trained. The trails near Jessie's property had been checked for downed tree limbs and rocks so they used those and were having a good run. Until they ran over something- a body. Jessie notified Alex Jensen immediately and he called in the lab crew and another investigator to examine the crime scene. Soon they identified the shooting victim as Donny Thompson and roped off the area so they could continue sifting through leaves and underbrush for evidence. Later in the week someone shot at Alex's partner, Phil, which ran him off the road and put him in the hospital. A woman biker lost her brakes and flew off the road, losing her life when a tree stopped her. Alex was busy investigating all those incidents, talking to anyone who knew those who seemed to be involved. Since Donny had been shot so close to her home, Jessie wanted to help but Alex didn't want her too involved. Maxie from Homer called saying she would be in the area so Jessie picked her up in Anchorage. Maxie visited for several days during which time she helped Alex gain a different perspective on the investigation and she even had a ride in Jessie's dog sled.
I really enjoyed the way Sue Henry brings in Maxie and Stretch from another series and they fit so well with the characters and story. The story moves along and never lags so that I kept turning pages until the end.