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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.
Listen to more Anna Pigeon mysteries.
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Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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good audiobook, no surprise

well read, good intrigue

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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.

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Excellent story, with some gum chewing.

I love these books. The descriptive writing is great. Just the right amount of sex, blood and intrigue. But the narrator is either sucking on a throat lozenge or chewing gum part of the time.

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I am loving this series

These are great light summer reads. I can do other things and still follow the story.

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Not as good as I remember them.

Once upon a time I was a truck driver and adored Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series. Apparently my tastes have changed or it's not as captivating as it used to be but A Superior Death failed to hold my attention. I had to start it over 3x and finally pushed through to the end. I had a difficult time keeping the characters straight and the character development left me with a blah feeling. I was a bit disappointed overall because Michigan is my native state. I will give her kudos for the way she writes about widowhood and the loss of a spouse. I'm about the same aga as Anna's character and the bits where she's describing her loneliness and thoughts on loss are spot on.

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interesting

lots of twists and turns, lotsa action, we've hunting for agates there glad that type mayhem was not present,,