This was my first Nevada Barr book and I've read four since. She has a great idea for a mystery series--a ranger solves crimes in national parks and you get quirky, fascinating background on the park as well as a generally satisfying mystery. Sometimes her plots or endings are a bit shaky, but the colorful writing is well worth a listen. If you liked the writing in early Sue Grafton mysteries, but got tired of the sameness of Grafton's plots and characters, Nevada Barr is a great find.
This series is descrbed as being for people 9 to 99, but I think it hits about high school age, or someone for whom English is a second language, or someone with absolutely no background in American history. Actually it might be very good for people studying for American citizenship. But for the serious or even mildly knowledgable, the book is is skimpy, oversimplified and not satisfying.
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