Winter Study (Anna Pigeon, #14)
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It is January, and Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn about managing and understanding wolves, as her home base of Rocky Mountain National Park might soon have its own pack of the magnificent, much- maligned animals. She's lodging in the island's bunkhouse with the famed wolf study team, along with two scientists from Homeland Security...more
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Hannah
When you see the #14 after the title, you know you're wondering the same thing I was:
After 13+ books about the intrepid and caustic park ranger Anna Pigeon, can Nevada Barr still manage to entertain fans of the series?

YES!

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
Lobstergirl
First, the pros. This is an absorbing mystery/thriller. I kept turning the pages, eager to find out what was going to be dunn and whodunnit. The author conveyed well the cold, frozen isolation of Isle Royale National Park, an island in Lake Superior north of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and made me want to go there (maybe in summer, though). There's plenty of action, as well as repeated near-death experiences for the crimesolving protagonist, park ranger Anna Pigeon.

The cons: much of the writing...more
Katie M.
Aug 25, 2008 Katie M. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, wolf lovers, nature lovers
Recommended to Katie by: my mother
Shelves: mystery
From the moment the deformed and dying moose staggers in on page 9, Winter Study builds an atmosphere of dread. Something's rotten on Isle Royale National Park in the dead of winter, and it's not just the weather. Is there something supernatural on the island? Why are the wolves behaving so strangely? What secrets are the researchers on the island and their visitors keeping? How many near-death situations can Ranger Anna Pigeon get into? The book taught me about living in the backcountry in the...more
Dagny
Intense, very intense. For me this is the most intense and suspenseful of Anna's adventures to date. A part of it almost went on too long. Actually, it did go on too long for my comfort, although not for the plot.
Nelson Pahl
While I've only read three Nevada Barr books to date, I found Winter Study to be another strong effort on her part. Great imagery, savory villains, and a plausible outcome. Definitely recommend to any nature-loving mystery enthusiast.
Amanda
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Diane
Apr 13, 2008 Diane rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Outdoor & mystery fans
Recommended to Diane by: Favorite author; favorite repeating character
I always look forward to a new Anna Pigeon novel. Her never-give-up spirit, her contrariness and tendency to get her back up when the circumstances seem to call for humility and tact touch that part of me that says "wait just a gosh-darned minute" when confronted.

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
L
My rating is really 3.5, but when you round that . . . So, why not a solid 4? Well, despite much that is wonderful about this book, there were some disappointments. Major strengths are Barr's amazing powers of description, especially when those involve natural settings and the animals that inhabit them (including their less than charming behaviors), and her characterization. The mystery itself was a bit of a disappointment.

First of all, Nevada Barr apparently hasn't met a National Park she doesn...more
Lisa Vegan
Apr 26, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery book fans who would enjoy stories taking place in U.S. National Parks
I just love Nevada Barr’s mysteries and I really enjoyed this one, even though there was not enough written about the wolves to satisfy me and there was a tad too much violence for my taste. I knew nothing about the winter wolf study before reading this book.

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
Nell
If I don't like a book by one of my favorite authors as much as their previous ones, I always wonder if it's them or if it's me. I like Nevada Barr and have followed the adventures of her protagonist, Anna Pigeon, a middle-aged (it must be said) ranger for the National Park Service. This outing didn't engage me as much. Could be the setting, an island in Lake Superior in the middle of deep winter (it's August, and I hate winter), where Anna goes to observe a wolf study because wolves may be rein...more
Juli
I'm a fan of Nevada Barr, and given that I am currently living near Lake Superior--although not nearly as far north as the setting of this book--I was thrilled to see this new installment in the series. Barr generally does a nice job of evoking landscape (usually near or in various national parks), but in previous books that has been balanced by attention to her relationship with her sister, her memories, and her struggle to maintain authority, a sense of self, and a connection to the natural wo...more
Judy
I used to really like Nevada Barr's books, but the series is getting old after 14 books. On the plus side, each of the books takes place in a different national park (although this book returns to a park, but in a different time of the year)all across the United States. Also on the plus side, it's refreshing to have a book about a very complex, conflicted woman in her 40s. But given that, I'm a little tired of the gritty, in your face violence of this series. Maybe it's because the books seem to...more
Judy
I don't know whether I've changed, or whether the Anna Pigeon series has changed. Maybe I'm just too squeamish, but I didn't enjoy this book. Too graphic. I'm cursed with a weak stomach and a strong imagination and I avoid reading stuff that sticks with me for days, giving me nightmares, or weird daytime thoughts. There's a reason I write children's books and not for adults! In any case, I've read the first twelve Nevada Barr (love that name!) books and enjoyed them. I started number 13 (Hard Co...more
Grey853
I really love the narrative of the Nevada Barr books. In this one her character Anna Pigeon is taking part in the winter study of the wolves in Isle Royale National Park. Her descriptions of the harsh conditions and cold had me reaching for a sweater and cap. She's one of the more effective writers when it comes to atmosphere, making the natural elements real to the reader.

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
Tamarasoo
well it was nice to catch up with anna pigeon again, and i love the escape of reading mysteries. This one would have been perfect to read say, in the winter, with snow blowing outside the window and walter in my lap on the rocking chair and scrawny curled on the rag rug in front of the fire on the hearth. As it was, it was 90 degrees and humid and hard to relate to the dangers of frostbite. And ok, i think this is the third in the series since anna has married the mississippi dude, but they have...more
Beth
This latest mystery series featuring Park Ranger Anne Pigeon, takes place in Isle Royale National Park, where Ann is working on a winter research project studying wolves and moose, which has been going on for 50 years. Barr's description of the bitter cold landscape and biting wind made me shiver. I love Nevada Barr's books because she writes so eloquently about the National Parks. Her fascination and empathy for the wolves and eloquent descriptions of the environment is what made this story com...more
Melissa
I have really enjoyed most Nevada Barr books because they are interesting mysteries set in national parks with a strong female heroine. They aren't books that require deep thought, but are good entertainment. This book and her previous one, which I can't at the moment think of the title for, have been much darker than her previous books. This one had too much blood for me. Other books have a small description of the crime, but then focus mostly on the solving of it. This book seemed to keep goin...more
Erin
Nevada Barr is my favorite mystery writer, so I was thrilled that her new books was out and set in Michigan, my home state. A Superior Death is one of her top novels, in my humble opinion, so I couldn't wait to see what Anna would be doing on Isle Royale this time.

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
Lynn Weber
Nevada Barr writes mysteries featuring a National Park ranger named Anna Pigeon. I read two of her books about 10 years ago, and although I liked the premises, the writing was just okay. Reading her newest, Winter Study, it seems her writing has gotten a lot richer. There are some nice philosophical passages and some great character development (especially the blowhard Bob Menechinn).
Lynda Freas
Nevada Barr's latest Anna Pigeon mystery is set in Isle Royale National Park. I've read every Anna Pigeon mystery, and this one didn't grab me. I was fascinated by the wolves, but the mystery didn't keep me turning the pages. Oh, I hope gone the way of other writers who keep churning out stale books. She's too good for that.
Lynn
A bit more gore than I remembered from a couple other Anna Pigeon books I’ve read, but her remarkable resemblance to my recently deceased friend keeps me coming back for more. My friend was a wildlife professional, and had done studies in the western Texas park that is the setting for one of her books. When I think of Anna Pigeon, I see my friend, with her wry wit, determination, diving in to determine the death of an animal, love of the outdoors, and lack of love for crowds.

The setting invited...more
Renee
Every time I think Barr's gone as gritty as she can, that Anna Pigeon has reached the end of human endurance and survived, I read the next book in the series and discover that I'm wrong.

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
Ann
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Gaston G.
I first notice this book because of its title. Being a native of norther Quebec, I am drawn to anything that glorifies winter. I was further interested when I saw that it was set on Isle Royale in Lake Superior.

I enjoyed the book though I felt that the danger of the cold was a bit overplayed. Cold can be dangerous but as one who has camped outsdide in the cold as low as 15 below zero, I know that one can mange very well. Of course one needs to be prepared.

This was my first read of Nevada Barr. I...more
Debbie
Disappointing - great setting, fascinating details on wolves, (more would have been better) but hardly a redeeming character to be found in the human crew. I think it is past time for Anna Pigeon to retire, before one of these horrible, extended struggles with nature and deranged criminals actually kills her. You have to wonder how much pain and trauma one person can withstand. Especially being newly married with a new life to begin! Please, Ms Barr, let Anna leave the Park Service or at least s...more
Shireen
It was a bit humourless to start with, which made it feel slow. Maybe the tone was right for the setting and what was going on, but I felt too oppressed by it. There was also a few preachy bits I skipped right over. I'm sure many don't know the depressing facts, and preaching facts à la Law & Order certainly seems to be a trend, but I find it tedious and unreal. The story itself should tell the important side of the facts, and this one does. So why go on and on telling facts in an unrealisti...more
Celia Barry
Another satisfying book by Nevada Barr! The Ranger Anna Pigeon series always takes place in an interesting location with challenging terrain, a few scary animals and of course, bad people, misleading clues, and an ending that leaves me looking again at the list of books starring Anna Pigeon. This particular book is set at Isle Royale National Park which must be a beautiful, if somewhat remote and primitive island in summer. In winter, it is a lonely outpost on Lake Superior where howling winds,...more
Sherry (sethurner)
My first Anna Pigeon mystery was A Superior Death. Set in Isle Royale Michigan, I loved national park ranger Anna Pigeon. I backtracked then to read Track of the Cat and all the other whodunits set in national parks. This series is one in which Anna grows and changes, and by this one she is still smart and strong, but beginning to feel her age a little.

A Winter Study is also set in Isle Royale, but this time in winter, when the park is closed to tourists. The study referred to in the title is a...more
Gypsy Lady
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chris
In bestseller Barr's chilling 14th mystery thriller to feature National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon (after 2005's Hard Truth), Anna joins the team of Winter Study, a research project intended to study the wolves and moose of Michigan's Isle Royale National Park, the setting for 1994's A Superior Death. Complicating the study is Bob Menechinn, an untrustworthy Homeland Security officer assigned to shadow the research. Crowded into inhospitable lodgings and persecuted by unrelenting cold, Anna...more
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Nevada Barr is a mystery fiction author, known for her "Anna Pigeon" series of mysteries, set in National Parks in the United States. Barr has won an Agatha Award for best first novel for Track of the Cat.

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
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