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"This is one of the best entries in a long-running series that seems to increase its audience with every outing." (Booklist)
"Read it, and your nails will be in serious trouble." (New York Daily News)
"Barr has a true gift for outdoor writing." (Publishers Weekly)
This is the latest in the Anna Pigeon mystery series. Each mystery is set in a National Park - this one takes place in Yosemite. Even if you haven't read the previous books in the series, you'll find this a great read! All the elements of a great mystery - action, twisting plots, inability to stop listening! Better yet, when you're finished (and hooked on Nevada Barr) you can go back and read the 10 or so books that precede this one!
I love this series and have just about completed the entire collection! It's especially enjoyable when the location figures so prominently, becoming an active player in all the mayhem, and you really do feel as though you're on a retreat to one of many national park "islands". Plus, that Anna Pigeon is my hero! I love her middle-aged modus operandi, her slightly cynical take on life, and particularly her phone calls to her shrink sister, Molly. Even though Barr relies a bit much (for my taste anyway) on action scenes it is still a great read. Can't hardly wait for the next one!
This is certainly not a novel for the ages, but it is a real good listen. A quick mystery with all the needed suspense and all the needed clues along the way, it kept my attention the whole way through. Just enough quick clever laughs, plenty of meanness in the bad guys and a decent plot. It moves along at a very exciting clip without too much extraneous information and never drags. it will never be discussed in a literature class, but it is a fun quick ride.
This is my first Navada Barr read. I'm hooked on this National Park Ranger part time super sleuth, or is it the other way around.... Wonderful Sierra Nevada scenery fills the mind with a backdrop of comfortable and relaxing ease, but what a crime story! Anna blends into her character as a lodge waitress, and from that position, things begin to unravel around her. This is a must read.
I have not read a mystery for many years (Hardy Boys in High School), so I decided to get this one as a light summer read. The author's descriptions of Yosemite Valley and the surrounding mountians are impressive and accurate. As a frequent traveler to this area, I found the authors use of setting to be the most enjoyable aspect of the book. I will be considering more books by Nevada Barr.
This was my first book by Nevada Barr. I really enjoyed her colorful writing, and suspense. I also really appreciated the strong heroine. The reader was also excellent. I would definitely listen to more by Ms. Barr.
Nevada is a great tale spinner, and you get the expected pacing, tension, and intriguing setting. But I'm so sorry they chose Barbara Rosenblat as the reader. I love her in the Elizabeth Peters series, but she seems to be a one trick pony: she plays Anna just as she plays Amelia, arch and coy. Anna is the opposite of that, and it jars all the way through. Still, in spite of the reader, this was worth my purchase.
Cold, long chase
Scrambling up a hillside, in a bright pink top, being shot at.
The way she uses her voice to bring the listener into the emotion of the moment
This was the first Anna Pigeon book that I listened to. It got me hooked to want to go to the beginning of the series and listen to them all. But this is one that, though a good book, is not on my favorites list because I think the ones are better where Anna does not get so badly injured as to make it unrealistic.
Suspenseful. Intriguing. Exciting.
One of the most memorable moments was when she found the secret place.
Anna Pigeon was my favorite character.
This is a mystery/thriller written by Nevada Barr; a very accomplished author with a large portfolio of mysteries set in National Parks with Anna Pigeon, a park ranger as the protagonist. Although the series is well established, this book is fresh, clear and stands on itself without the traditional clutter that series often load up in later editions. It is set in the Yosemite National Park and concerns missing persons. Anna Pigeon goes undercover and the story unfolds. Nevada Barr is wonderful guide to Yosemite and the life of the support staff that work in the various jobs supporting tourism. On that note alone, you get a glimpse into a unique subculture.
The story is a journey toward knowledge and justice with good humor, interesting characters and high adventure. I must say that Nevada placed one of the most stunning chase tales in this book I have every experienced.
And, this book is tidy. All of the characters and their roles eventually come to light. There is a gradual process of revelation so that when the villains become known, it is logical and you as a reader/listener can see the links and feel it is all believable.
I highly recommend this novel for lovers of thrilling mysteries.
Finally the narration was excellent, unique voices for each of the characters. Barbara Rosenblat did a very good job on the male voices...a tricky thing when there are a large number of male characters.
I hated for this book to end.
The chase in the Sierras.
The opening scene in the dining room. It just set the novel in motion with the perils and foibles of being a waitress when fine dining and tourist's desire for fast food can clash. In just a few pages, we are introduced to a large number of the key players in a very subtle scene.
I laughed out loud several times. Nevada Barr puts some funny asides and irony in the self-reflective Anna Pigeon's reverie. This is no big ego with Anna. She is human, with emotions, sentiments, and even a dark side.
This is the first book I have listened to by Nevada Barr. Her stories are rich in detail, character development and plot.
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