Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service
Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes & misdemeanors,
but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. The target is
Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath
Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors
spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds
her daughter Elizabeth in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide
attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry---her aunt Gwen and
her friend Anna Pigeon.
While they try to deal with the fragile state of affairs---and
find the person behind the harassment---the three adults decide
the best thing to do is to remove Elizabeth from the situation.
Since Anna is about to start her new post as Acting Chief Ranger
at Acadia National Park in Maine, the three will join her and
stay at a house on the cliff of a small island near the park,
But the move east doesn't solve the problem. The stalker has
followed them east. And Heath (a paraplegic) and Elizabeth aren't
alone on the otherwise deserted island. At the same time, Anna
has barely arrived at Acadia before a brutal murder is committed
by a killer uncomfortably close to her.
Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets
off on vacation―an autumn canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in
upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic;
Heath's fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy
designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is
thirteen. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test
a new cutting edge line of camping equipment. The equipment,
designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible
to disabled outdoorsmen.
On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo
evening float on the Fox River. When she comes back, she finds
that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have
taken the two women and their teenaged daughters captive. With
limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has
only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed
or flown out of the country.
Anna Pigeon's first case―this is the story her fans
have been clamoring for...this is where it all starts.
In The Rope, the latest in Nevada Barr's bestselling novels
featuring Anna Pigeon, Nevada Barr gathers together the many
strings of Anna's past and finally reveals the story that her
many fans have been long asking for. In 1995 and 35 years old,
fresh off the bus from New York City and nursing a broken heart,
Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal
employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day
off, Anna goes hiking into the park never to return. Her
co-workers think she's simply moved on―her cabin is cleaned out
and her things gone. But Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the
bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no
clear memory of how she found herself in this situation.
As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear
that someone has trapped her there, in an inescapable prison, and
no one knows that she is even missing. Plunged into a landscape
and a plot she is unfit and untrained to handle, Anna Pigeon must
muster the courage, determination and will to live that she
didn't even know she still possessed to survive, outwit and
For those legions of readers who have been entranced over the
years by Park Ranger Anna Pigeon's strength and determination
and those who are new to Nevada Barr's captivating, compelling
novels, this is where it all starts.
Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service, is
on administrative leave from her job as she recovers from the traumas
of the past couple months--while the physical wounds have healed, the
emotional ones are still healing. With her new husband busy and back
at work, Anna decides to go stay with an old friend from the Park
Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz
National Historic Park.
Anna isn't in town long before she crosses paths with a tenant of
Geneva's, a creepy guy named Jordan. She discovers what seems to be
an attempt to place a curse on her--a gruesomely killed pigeon marked
with runic symbols--and begins slowly to find traces of very dark
doings in the heart of post-Katrina New Orleans. Tied up in all of
this evil magic are Jordan, who is not at all what he appears to be; a
fugitive mother accused of killing husband and daughters in a fire;
and faint whispers of unpleasant goings-on in the heart of the slowly
Now it will take all of Anna's skills learned in the untamed outdoors
to navigate the urban jungle in which she finds herself, to uncover
the threads that connect these seemingly disparate people, and to
rescue the most vulnerable of creatures from the most savage of
Drained and haunted by the killings on Isle Royale,
diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and on administrative
leave by order of her superintendent--the one bright spot in Anna's
life is Paul, her husband of less than a year. Hoping the warmth and
the adventure of a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her
spirits, Paul takes Anna to southwestern Texas, where the sun is hot
and the Rio Grande is running high. The sheer beauty of the
Chihuahuan Desert and the power of the river work their magic--until
the raft is lost in the rapids and a young college student makes a
grisly discovery. Hair and arms tangled in the downed branches
between two boulders, more dead than alive, is a pregnant woman.
Nature, it turns out, isn't the only one who wants to see the woman
and her baby dead.
Instead of the soul-soothing experience she'd longed for, Anna finds
herself sucked into a labyrinth of intrigue that leads from the Mexican
desert to the steps of the Governor's Mansion in Austin.
It is January, and Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to
Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn about managing and understanding
wolves, as her home base of Rocky Mountain National Park might soon
have its own pack of the magnificent, much-maligned animals. She's
lodging in the island's bunkhouse with the famed wolf study team,
along with two scientists from Homeland Security, who are assessing
the study with an eye to opening the park in the winters--an act that
would effectively bring an end to the fifty-year project--so that the
area can be manned to secure the scrap of border with Canada.
Soon after Anna's arrival, the wolf packs under observation begin to
behave in peculiar ways. Giant wolf prints are found, and Anna spies
the form of a great wolf from a surveillance plane. The discovery of
wolf scat containing alien DNA leads the group to believe that perhaps
a wolf/dog hybrid has been introduced to the island. When a female
member of the team is savaged, Anna is convinced she is being stalked,
and what was once a beautiful, idyllic refuge becomes a place of
unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary. Alone on an
island without electricity or running water, with temperatures
hovering around zero both day and night, Anna fights not only for the
wolves but for her own survival as well.
I'd rather NOT be in a place like that (brrr), but if I were I'd
rather be alone than with the company Anna's joined on this adventure!
Just three days after her wedding to Sherrif Paul
Davidson, Anna Pigeon moves from Mississippi to Colorado to assume her
new post as district ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, where
three girls have disappeard during a religious retreat. Two of the
children reappear a month later, clad only in filthy underwear and
claiming to remember nothing of the intervening weeks. The girls are
frightened and traumatized, but they forge a bond with the campers who
discover them--a wheelchair-bound paraplegic and her elderly aunt.
With the reappearance of the children comes an odd and unsettling
presence in the park, a sense of disembodied evil and unspeakable
terrors: small animals are found mercilessly slaughtered, and a
sinister force seems to still control the girls. As Anna investigates,
she finds herself caught up in the machinations of a paranoid religious
sect bent on protecting its secrets and keeping the girls sequestered
from law enforcement and psychiatric help.
Following the trail of the many suspects, especially that of the cult's
intense youth-group leader, Anna comes to find the force agains which
the children's minds have been broken. This evil has the eyes of a
visionary and the soul of the devil. Anna will discover the truth --
even if it kills her.
I really liked Heath and hope to heck there are more tales with her.
When four young employees of Yosemite National Park
disappear, ranger Anna Pigeon goes undercover as a waitress at the
Ahwahnee Lodge to investigate. Living in the staff dorm, she soon
discovers there's a connection between at least one of the missing
girls, a crashed plane containing a fortune in drugs, and the outsiders
who've moved into the tent cabin last occupied by a skilled climber
who's also among the disappeared. The first attempt on her life doesn't
scare her away, but the second is nearly fatal, and Anna's harrowing
escape keeps the tension ratcheted up.
I liked this one. It was a true mystery and I didn't figure it out
ahead of time.
When Anna Pigeon flees a marriage proposal for ranger
service on Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, she quickly
becomes ensnared in one life-threatening situation after another. And
she uncovers a mystery concerning alleged Lincoln assassination
conspirator Dr. Samuel Mudd interweaves with current crimes. Anna finds
some letters tha relate a story of intrigue and murder and things get
Flashback-happy as the past and present
interweave in a suspenseful mosaic of tales.
I got lost and felt like poor Anna, losing track of time — in the
truest sense of the word.
When the body of Doyce Barnett turns up in unsavory
circumstances in Mississippi's Natchez Trace National Park, district
ranger Anna Pigeon finds her investigation stymied at every turn. The
dead man's brother, an undertaker with a secret that's been kept by
three generations of his family, will do anything to protect it, even
if his cover-up puts Anna's life in danger. Her own deputy, jealous
because she got the job he wanted, seems to be sabotaging her case in
order to advance his political ambitions. A bunch of Mississippi good
old boys who've been poaching on park territory are gunning for her,
and something strange is going on in a slave cemetery that's also in
I got the spider-crawlies as she described the humid Natchez Trace
forest at night! I like Paul better than Frederick the Fed!
Anna has been assigned to work temporarily in Montana's
Glacier National Park and learns how to do DNA studies on wildlife by
working with a biologist, Joan, on a study of grizzly bears. Anna, Joan
and a young, inexperienced volunteer, Rory, are sent out into the
park's wilderness areas to set lures for the grizzlies. In their remote
campsite one night, Anna and Joan amazingly survive a grizzly bear
attack on their tents unscathed, only to find that Rory has gone
missing. As park rangers and rescue teams hike the mountainous park
looking for the missing teenager, they find instead the dead body of a
woman whose face has been horribly mutilated. Rory is an obvious
suspect, as is the bear who attacked the camp.
I kinda liked the grizzly and was disappointed when I found out "who"
the culprit(s) was/were.
A promotion forces Anna Pigeon to head to the lush,
humid warmth of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi/Tennessee.
But even though the people and places are different, Anna still finds
herself embroiled in solving a deadly crime that is rooted in the land
and history around her. Barr effectively captures the beauty and
menace of nature below the Mason Dixon Line and provides thoughtful
insights into teens, race, and the Civil War.
I'll have to re-read this... it didn't last long enough to
really sink in :-)
Staying with fellow ranger Patsy Silva in order to be
close to her psychiatrist sister Molly, hospitalized at Columbia
Presbyterian in New York City, Anna thinks her biggest headach will be
Molly's grave illness. But darker trouble is already brewing. An
unidentified 14-year-old girl who jumped to her death from the parapet
around the statue's base has sent James Patchett, the guard who was
pursuing her, into deep depression. Why was the girl more willing to
die than to have Patch, who thought she was a pickpocket, catch her?
Why has her backpack disappeared? And why hasn't anyone claimed her
body? As Molly Pigeon shuttles in and out of Intensive Care, pausing
only long enough to encourage Anna's romance with surgeon David
Madison, more casualties pile up on Liberty Island, including two who
leave behind cryptic messages that Anna's convinced would tie half a
dozen mysterious portents together if only she were wise enough to
Anna at the Statue of Liberty, Frederick the Fed is there,
too! Molly sick, Anna still finds herself in the middle of a murder
mystery, despite blooming romance, strange romance with FtF and Molly
in the hospital.
Very early in Blind Descent Anna's courage is put to an
even greater test when she learns that a woman seriously injured while
exploring a cave next door to New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns is a
friend who has requested Pigeon's help in getting her out. Pushing
aside her fears, Pigeon takes the plunge, leading readers through a
truly harrowing series of tight squeezes. Back above ground, Anna
quickly gets involved in two possibly linked murders and becomes a
rifleman's target. As we share the progress of her investigation, a
sneaky suspicion starts to grow of possible suspects within the small
community of spelunkers and National Park Service bureaucrats.
Another phobia for Anna: spelunking! It's really just an
extension of her claustrophobia, but she works through it for this
adventure. Evelyn Vaughn's
Buried Secrets is one of the few other books that I've read with
such a good portrayal of a phobia I don't even share. Now spiders or
needles... I can relate!
In the midst of a dangerously dry season, national park
ranger Anna Pigeon has been posted to Cumberland Island off the
Georgia coast for a monotonous, twenty-one day fire watch. But her
boredom is short-lived, for this remote and marshy place is breeding
ground for more than just the imperiled Loggerhead turtle; it also
spawns eccentricity and secrets, greed, suspicion. . .and
This is actually my least favorite... I've re-read the
entire series except this one... I can't get back into the
raging fire in a national park seems an unlikely
setting for a murder, but that's exactly the circumstances that crime-
fighting park ranger and medic Anna Pigeon confronts in this mystery
thriller. A suspicious fire breaks loose in Northern California's
Lassen Volcanic Park and Anna assists in battling the blaze and
treating the wounds of other fire fighters. As if that's not enough,
Pigeon finds herself without food and water trapped with a group of
fire fighters, one of whom is a murderer. She tries to figure out who
the culprit is before he, or the weather, strikes again.
This is one of my favorite and FAST Paced. The movie of
the same name was *different* but some of the actors now wear the
faces of those characters. Sad huh? Nice visit from Frederick the
Anna Pigeon, a park ranger at Colorado's Mesa Verde
National Park, finds fellow park ranger dead. Murder? Possibly, but
who and why? When the husband of another park employee is killed in a
suspicious car wreck, the case takes on broader implications. Through
it all, Anna struggles with her middle-aged angst, her alcoholism, and
her loneliness, drawing support from long-distance calls to her
sister. Anna is a flawed but admirable woman struggling daily to
determine her values and her value in a harsh world.
I liked this one a lot. Her descriptions of Piedmont make
me miss my CAT! (sob quietly) I left her in Texas when I left the
country and she's since died...
The imagery in this of the mystery was truly eerie and it was nice
to see another recurring character in Frederick the Fed.
Mountain Of Bones
Mountain of Bones
Foreign edition of Ill Wind -- I like the title better!
A Superior Death
A Superior Death
Park ranger Anna Pigeon proves she's much more than a
regional specialist when she's reassigned to the frigid North Shore of
Lake Superior and hears two divers' tales of finding six bodies in the
Kamloops, a sunken 1927 wreck where there are supposed to be
only five corpses. Who could've killed dive concessionaire Denny
Castle on his honeymoon night--and what was he doing down there
anyway? The final revelation of culprit and motive will surprise all.
A crackling good mystery, fleshed out by a detective and a supporting
cast far more human than they need to be.
I've personally never gone scuba diving but Anna's phobia
was practically contagious. Barr's descriptions of the peace was very
calming, but as I come from a more southern clime, I don't think I
could live in such a cold place. And don't even get me started on the
Track of the Cat
Track of the Cat
Anna Pigeon fled the turmoil of New York to become a
national park ranger, only to discover she hasn't escaped murder
and violence. When a colleague is killed, claw marks on the
victim's throat and paw prints around the body are too perfect
to be those of an alleged killer mountain lion.
This was not the first Anna Pigeon book I read, but after
discovering her as an author, I went back and read all the books in
I lived in Texas for 15+ years and loved the West/North Texas
area. This (except for the tarantula) was a refreshing visit
west, with a good story introducing likeable characters into
the mix. So not to introduce any spoilers, reviewing this book
any further is un-advisable.