Anna Pigeon, park ranger, trades the beautiful mountains of West Texas and unpleasant memories for the frigid north of Lake Superior duty and a mystery involving one two many bodies. How did a fresh corpse get on the wreck of the Kamloops, a ship buried under Superior's frigid waters for decades? Anna must investigate. I did not enjoy this one as much as Tract of the Cat simply because scenery involving water and teeth chattering conditions do not appeal to me. Anna, hurry up and return to the warm west!
Nevada Barr is an excellent author who has her heroine, Anna Pigeon, work as a Park Ranger at various National Parks. The books evoke a longing to visit these places of natural beauty. This book takes place at the Isle Royale National Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior. I loved the story, as I have always been fascinated by the Great Lakes and the beaches and parklands that frame them. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and Lake Michigan was our playground. These amazing inland seas are awe inspiring, and this book is worthy of its setting.
Another in Barr's series of National Park mysteries. This one is not as good as most of the others, it seems to me, but I had a character that I really liked in it: Pizza Dave. Pizza Dave can get anything for anyone any time. He's an amazing guy. (And this was in the days before eBay!)
This is the 3rd Anna Pigeon book I've read, and the best so far. She's posted to Isle Royale National Park in the middle of Lake Superior. The tourist activities include diving, especially to see the wrecks of various ships that went down in the lake. The mystery starts with the disappearance of another ranger's wife. The 12-year-old daughter of the lodge manager keeps running off and not coming home until the wee hours, and a seasoned diver's body is recovered in very strange circumstances. There's also two "odd" couples in the mix, with their own secrets. Barr describes these isolated islands in Superior so that I would want to visit myself. She makes the day-to-day duties of a law enforcement park ranger interesting. I enjoyed the pace, the humor, and especially Pigeon's riveting final dive.
From Publishers Weekly: "In her second appearance, after Track of the Cat , National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon is posted to an island in Lake Superior, where her interest in wildlife is fully engaged by the local population of humans. Two scuba-diving tourists exploring an old, submerged wreck discover a recent addition: the body of Denny Castle, who ran a commercial diving concession in the park. This makes Anna uneasy about the mysterious disappearance of Donna Butkus, wife of fellow ranger Scotty Butkus. Hawk Bradshaw, who worked with Denny, suggests that there was a link between Denny and Donna, but Hawk is less revealing about the nature of the relationship he and his twin sister had with the dead man and the impact Denny's recent marriage (to yet another woman) had on it. The Bradshaws aren't the only reticent ones here; indeed, Barr's characters hide enough unsavory secrets to keep a soap opera humming for months. Despite the wealth of personal intrigue, FBI agent Frederic Stanton looks for a drug connection to the murder: "I'm all for drugs . . . Takes the guesswork out of law enforcement." The levelheaded Anna is again a treat as she and a couple of minor characters whose lives don't verge on melodrama keep the story from floundering on the rocks."Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A must read, but hard to find early book in the Anna Pigeon series. Good mystery with numerous red-herring clues but a solid connection to the final clue. Introduces recurring character(s) and details noted in later books in series.
National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon has been reassigned to Lake Superior in Michigan. This is quite a change of scenery for her, having spent most of her career in desert settings. Among the shipwrecks in the lake is the Kamloops, a ship that sunk in 1927 with 5 sailors still aboard. Things begin to get interesting when a pair of recreational divers comments that one of the bodies looks so good, it's as if the person died just yesterday. When one of the locals turns up missing, Anna hopes the extra body with the wreck isn't his but unfortunately it is. Now Anna must determine who the killer is and why, not knowing that she could be walking into danger herself.
A Superior Death by Nevada Barr is the second entry in the popular Anna Pigeon series. This time the action takes place on Lake Superior in Michigan. I believe that part of the success of this series is that Barr periodically implements a change of scenery, which opens up new and fresh plot options. As a Federal employee myself, I can relate to the bureaucracy within which she works. Barr writes in a way that lets us get to know Anna and the assortment of colorful characters she lives and works with. This series is always an enjoyable read and I look forward to catching up on the rest of the series and look forward to hearing more from Anna Pigeon. I can heartily recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery without gore or tedious details.
Nevada Barr's description of locations and conditions, make the reader feel as if they are right their along side of the author. While she was making the dive to the ship wreck I felt claustrophobic and cold to the bone. Wonderful read.
Second book in the Anna Pigeon series. This one takes place in Isle Royale National Park located on Lake Superior. The mystery surrounds the death of a local diver who is found at a deep-water diving site on an old wreck at the bottom of the lake. He is dressed in what appears to be clothes worn in the 1920s. How did he die, and how did he get to the bottom of the lake? This is Anna's dilemma in this second of her adventures. As usual, I enjoyed Barr's descriptions of the locale and the characters involved in the mystery including an incestuous set of twins and a bizarre couple who insist another person was eaten by her husband along with a case of pickle relish! I had never heard of Isle Royale but it sounds like a very interesting place to visit especially if you enjoy fishing or boating. Mild recommendation for this one.