Winter Study (Anna Pigeon #14)
After 13+ books about the intrepid and caustic park ranger Anna Pigeon, can Nevada Barr still manage to entertain fans of the series?
Barr delivers a real nail-biter in this installment, as newlywed Anna travels to Isle Royale National Park, located on the upper reaches of Lake Superior, to study the habits and the predator/prey relationship of wolves and moose. Isle Royale had been the setting for another o...more
First of all, Nevada Barr apparently hasn't met a National Park she doesn...more
In this new adventure, Anna leaves the South (thank goodness!) and her new home at Rocky Mountain National Park to return to Isle Royale in Lake Superior. The winter study of the title is the fascinating wolves/moose study that celebra...more
Reading about Anna Pigeon the park ranger in this mystery series that takes place in various national parks, I always learn so much about the natural world and they always make me want to go visit every U.S. national park.
Although I am extr...more
I would've preferred more about the wolves, but overall this was a good read. I didn't really like some of the characters an...more
This mystery is good, but disappointing when compared to other Barr books. She tried to make the plot too complicated this time, and had to force everything to fit together at the end. The character of Bob eventually becomes annoying...more
If you ever had a brief fantasy of chucking it all and living as a park ranger protecting the last wild places, maybe punishing those that would spoil it for others, especially if you know you aren't truly the heroic stereotype you might wish, you will love Anna Pigeon. Nevada Barr makes even the least known parks a must visit and has insights into the top parks...more
Her arrival also coincides with a mystery, some kind of large wolf is stalking the landscape, it's DNA different from the other wolves that resided there.How did it get there? A Hybrid? so many questions facing them.Added to this is t...more
After more than a decade I still love Anna Pigeon. I love reading about different national parks (or the same park at different times of year); I love watching as Anna develops; I love Barr's writing -- that alone is worth the price of the book. I love watching Anna wrestle with moral and ethical decisions that m...more
A good choice for hot summer days - the weather descriptions helped drop the temperature at least 10 degrees! Felt myself fortunate to not be hanging out on Isle Royal in freezing weather during the winter. Barr does a great job setting the scene, building characters, and getting the reader familiar with this National Park. The map on the lining papers also helped visualize the locale.
Because of the time Barr takes establishing the setting, the real mystery doesn't begin until half-way through...more
Giant wolf prints were found on the island. Then wol...more
I have to be honest, though; in two places I found myself skipping ahead. I don't want to put spoilers, so I'll just say that they had to do with torturing the main character. Now, I completely grok that in writing, you put your main character up in a tree and...more
Barr was named after the state of her birth. She grew up in Johnstonville, California. She finished college at the University of California, Irvine. Originally, Barr started to pursue a career in...more