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A Superior Death | [Nevada Barr]

A Superior Death

Nevada Barr quickly attracted the attention of mystery fans when her first Anna Pigeon mystery, Track of the Cat, appeared. Now she immerses the intrepid park ranger in a perilous search that will take her far below the waters of Lake Superior. As Anna spends her days patrolling its shores, the surface of Lake Superior fills with tourists. In the depths below lie an ancient ship and the bones of its sailors.
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Publisher's Summary

Nevada Barr quickly attracted the attention of mystery fans when her first Anna Pigeon mystery, Track of the Cat, appeared. Now she immerses the intrepid park ranger in a perilous search that will take her far below the waters of Lake Superior. As Anna spends her days patrolling its shores, the surface of Lake Superior fills with tourists. In the depths below lie an ancient ship and the bones of its sailors. But when two tourists dive down to see the wreck, they discover that a new body has joined the skeletal crew. As Anna tries to discover how and why, she encounters secrets darker and more deadly than the waters surrounding the corpse. Filled with suspense, A Superior Death is also laced with Anna Pigeon's self-deprecating humor. With Barbara Rosenblat's spirited narration, you'll immediately be scanning the splendid setting and looking for clues through the eyes of the savvy naturalist.

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What the Critics Say

"She [Anna Pigeon] is a captivating, daredevil detective whose adventures will delight mystery readers." (School Library Journal)
"Barr, a park ranger, provides plenty of authentic details about life in the great outdoors, and her deft plotting and appealingly quirky characters give her story plenty of punch. Anna Pigeon is tough-minded, strong, sensitive, vulnerable, and funny." (Booklist)

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    Charlene Easton, MD, USA 11-30-04
    Charlene Easton, MD, USA 11-30-04
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    "Great mystery, totally enjoyed it"

    I am not usually a mystery reader but I enjoyed this one very much. The author creates memorable characters and beautiful description. I grew up in Michigan and spend a lot of time in the "UP." I also spent a summer volunteering in a national park and I think Ms. Barr has really captured these environments perfectly. Funny, but many of the characters seemed familiar to me. I found a bio on her and found that she grew up near Lassen Park where I volunteered! The book not only brought back happy memories but also entertained me thoroughly.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pam United States 02-17-13
    Pam United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2007

    Science writer in America's heartland

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    "Lake Superior is a character"

    This is the first book I have read in the Anna Pigeon series. I bought it on Audible because it is set in one of my favorite places in the world: Lake Superior. I really loved the descriptions of life on the lake, which agreed with my experiences of being there. I liked that the heroine is a park ranger who uses her knowledge of science and nature to solve a mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kendra Milbridge, ME, United States 01-02-12
    Kendra Milbridge, ME, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2007

    An avid reader

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    "A Superior Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Superior Death to be better than the print version?

    Well I haven't yet


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is only my third Ann Pigeon story. Nevada Barr does a very nice job of building upon the character. We learn more about her (and her past) all the time. It unfolds. I also like Molly, Ann's sister in NYC. She's quite a character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This is a powerful and complex story that comes together in an exciting and believable way. Everything gets resolved, explained and you come away satisfied.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Folly Beach, SC, United States 01-31-07
    Charles Folly Beach, SC, United States 01-31-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Save your money"

    I have listened to and read many Barr novels, finding them enjoyable and giving me a chance to get in touch with my "feninine side." this was not even close to her usual quality. The usual interesting descriptions of the parks was tepid, and the dialog was trite to the extreme. Rosenblat did her best with the naration, but even she couldn't save this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joubert Chaumont-GistouxBelgium 09-07-07
    Joubert Chaumont-GistouxBelgium 09-07-07
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    "good audiobook, no surprise"

    well read, good intrigue

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 12-06-05
    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 12-06-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Engaging, good read"

    Barbara Rosenblat has once again brought the character of Anna Pigeon to life. The plot, location and characters are very enjoyable. This is one of my favorites from the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-13-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "OK as a mystery."

    Fabulous audiobook narrator. Bad recording equipment.

    I BOUGHT THIS BECAUSE OF THE AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    Authors: one way to get people to read your books is to have a great narrator. The best ones have fans. I wanted to buy more books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, and this was on her list. I probably would not have purchased it otherwise. The narrator was great.

    THE RECORDING EQUIPMENT WAS POOR QUALITY. YOU COULD HEAR THE NARRATOR’S BREATHING AND SWALLOWING. This was recorded in 1998. Maybe the equipment wasn’t as good back then. The breathing was distracting.

    THE STORY:
    This is part of the Anna Pigeon series. She is a park ranger, has a gun, and can arrest people. Each book has her working in a different national park. In this book she works on an island in Lake Superior near the Canadian border. Someone is killed, a woman disappears, someone is being blackmailed, and there is a problem happening with a teenager. It is a typical mystery-detective story with Anna talking to many different people and gradually solving the various mysteries. Anna’s job is patrolling the area in her park ranger boat. She works alone, no partner. Her husband died several years earlier.

    OPINION:
    There are several interesting characters. Clues surface during the story which I like. Anna was facing danger a couple times. She impressed me with her competence at catching and arresting those stronger than she - and when she did not have her gun. There are some diving scenes with danger. Overall I have to say it was OK, but it never really grabbed me. I want to be surprised, or delighted, or smiling, which didn’t happen. But I think readers who love mystery-detective stories will be happy with this.

    You need to suspend disbelief to enjoy it. Anna does some things that would not happen in real life - or should not happen - kind of stupid. Like chasing a dangerous criminal without a partner or a weapon. In one chase Anna’s fellow rangers were occupied, but she could have used her radio to get other locals or other authorities involved. Anna was new to diving, yet she was diving alone at night in dangerously deep and frigid water.

    Genre: mystery detective

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tisa Garrison Corcoran, CA 10-22-13
    Tisa Garrison Corcoran, CA 10-22-13 Member Since 2009

    Tisa Garrison

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    "Can Pidgeon hole Anna Pidgeon."

    This is the second Anna Pidgeon book I've listened to, but I still don't understand this heroine/Park Ranger, but I like her. She's WAY tough. Still looking for more of her softer side. I've already bought Book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Dunfanaghy, Ireland 07-30-12
    Helen Dunfanaghy, Ireland 07-30-12

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    "enjoyable listen"
    Would you listen to A Superior Death again? Why?

    yes, a good plot written with humour.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the setting, the humour and the writing


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    the main character


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes, made me laugh out loud


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 08-20-05
    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 08-20-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Good book, Thumbs up!"

    This is my second Anna Pidgeon novel and I really enjoyed it. I like Nevada Barr's development of Anna as a person and I also like the descriptions of the parks and nature. The ending is action packed and suspenseful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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