Endangered Species (Anna Pigeon, #5)
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Endangered Species (Anna Pigeon #5)

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Was the crash of the drug interdiction plane on an iolated Georgia island an accident - or sabotage? Park ranger Anna Pigeon investigates. Though the "experts" are called in to evaluate the crash, Anna can't let the investigation rest solely in their hands. Her inquiry causes her to stumble into shady dealings that question the integrity - and honor - of her own crew.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Avon Books (first published 1997)
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Bill
The Anna Pigeon books are comfort food. I always enjoy entering Anna's life and finding out about which National Park she will be working at. In this story she is in Cumberland Island Park in Georgia as a Fire fighter, there with other Park Service employees just in case. Also in the mix are the Loggerhead turtles, coming ashore during their annual migration to lay their eggs and as well, a plane crash and possible murder. The story meanders through the mystery, Anna is lovely as ever. I also li...more
Nicole
Dual stories with FBI agent Stanton helping find the source of Molly's death threats while Ranger Anna Pigeon is finding out who caused a plane to crash in the Cumberland Island Park, Georgia.
Stanton faces his romantic midlife inconsistencies by falling for Molly while Anna faces her needs for the solace she finds in spacious nature despite chiggers, ticks and weighty turtles. Thus ends their affair of the heart. After Anna is stuck inhaling an acre of burning marijuana she has a bleating fawn l...more
Kelly
This addition to the Anna Pigeon series really reminded me of A Superior Death, which I thought was disappointing. Beautiful setting with less than inspiring mystery plot and too many characters to keep straight.

As with all of Barr's novels that I've read, the setting is the most important character. I always open up a browser and do some research on the parks she chooses to set her stories in. I want to be the nomadic Anna Pigeon and work all over the country in all these different terrains, an...more
Mark
They're all turning into Dick Francis books to me...So many similar sounding titles that you discover you've read them when you get home from the library... and like Francis - so so as mysteries go...likeable characters...especially Anna Pigeon...Love the settings in our national parks...the settings have compelled me to read more of the series
chris
Fans of park ranger Anna Pigeon have followed her from Lake Superior to Mesa Verde; now she takes them to Cumberland Island, Georgia. Part of a fire crew, Anna and her partner are first to discover the wreckage of a burning airplane, and Anna suspects sabotage. Back in civilization, her beau, Frederick, meets her sister, Molly, and discovers that she has all of Anna's good qualities, plus a penchant for city life that he shares, in contrast to Anna's love for the wilderness. The setting is an ad...more
C
Good story. I like that she mixes up stubbornness, bravery, and "cravenness." Anna Pigeon is not the easiest character to warm to, but enjoyably complex, as are the mysteries.

I like that we got to meet Molly "in person" finally.

The rest are spoilers so I'll hide 'em.
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Maddy
National Park Service rangers are often assigned to areas outside of their home park when situations demand. Anna Pigeon is on a three- week fire presuppression tour on drought-stricken Cumberland Island, Georgia. As the book opens, she is wrestling with a huge loggerhead turtle to help it lay its eggs. On the whole, the work is boring and consists of driving around the island looking for fire. One day, she and another ranger, Dijon Smith, see smoke and come upon a plane responsible for aerial d...more
Kate
"In the midst of a dangerously dry season, national park ranger Anna Pigeon has been posted to Cumberland Island off the Georgia coast for a monotonous, twenty-one-day fire watch. But her boredom is short-lived, for this remote and marshy place is breeding ground for more than just the imperiled Loggerhead turtle; it also spawns eccentricity and secrets, greed, suspicion ... and murder.

"A small plane crashes into the palmetto thickets nearby. Anna and her crew arrive in time to control the blaze...more
Carol
Dec 08, 2008 Carol rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery fans, nature lovers, like strong female character with a sense of humor, Jessica Speart fans
Reading a Nevada Barr mystery is like coming home for me. It's comforting, you know what to expect and you're not disappointed. Endangered Species is Barr all the way, National Park setting, murder mystery, a bit of romance, and a smart, strong, character in Park Ranger Anna Pigeon. This time round you'll find Anna in Cumberland National Park, Georgia. She's on a 21 day fire watch, hot, and bored. The boredom is short-lived when a plane crashes in the palmetto thickets and leaves the two person...more
Debra
A fire watch assignment on hot and humid Cumberland Island isn’t too exciting for park ranger Anna Pigeon until a twin-engine Beechcraft crashes, killing two people inside. When investigators determine the Beechcraft was sabotaged, Anna’s curiosity prompts her to do a little snooping. But snooping on this quiet little island becomes dangerous, although not dangerous enough to stop Anna. And this is the problem I had with Endangered Species.

Because there’s no emotional stake in the outcome for An...more
Lighthearted
As the fifth Anna Pigeon mystery begins, Anna’s playing midwife to a weary but determined loggerhead turtle in the waters of Georgia’s Cumberland Island National Seashore. As cool as this is, looking after the endangered turtles is only a side job—Anna is officially at the park as part of the fire crew. It’s the dry season, a dangerous time, and crews patrol the area on the lookout for wildfires.

The smell of smoke leads Anna and her partner to the wreckage of a burning airplane. Clues at the sce...more
eLPy
Admittedly I bought this book by accident. While I will still on occasion pick books according to their title, a sort of book gamble/lottery if you will, I was far more inclined in my younger years, especially in the case of this book. Basically, I picked this book up while on a trip to the book store (a trip I still love to take) with my mother. At once I read the title and believed it to be about endangered species, that is a non-fiction book about endangered species which is a subject I find...more
Robin Halvorson
This was good but a little draggy toward the end. In Dick Francis' novels the plot was almost always the protagonist gets a warning and doesn't take it, the protagonist gets beaten sometimes in such detail that I wondered about the mental health of the author and finally by sheer will and determination the protagonist prevails. Nevada's novels are somewhat similar. The protagonist starts out screwed up, gets injured and is still screwed up at the end.
Caitlin
Continuing the Anna Pigeon series, Barr writes another intriguing novel. I'm starting to see the pattern, though...someone dies, someone else dies or comes very close, and Anna has to be knocked out at least once, preferably twice.
In this installment, Anna and some of her team from the fire are sent to an island in Georgia on "pre-suppression" duty, a relatively cushy, time-and-a-half position as a sort of reward for what they went through in the forest fire. Of course, not everyone gets along,...more
Chris
I thought this one was easier to get into than Blind Descent, but maybe that's only because I'm already familiar with the character. The mystery plot was adequately structured and nuanced, with enough hints to raise suspicions and predictions without giving everything away too soon. I like that Anna Pigeon has a job (in this case mostly hanging around waiting for a fire to start) rather than just a retired snoop playing at detective. Her investigation methods do exceed her jurisdiction, which I...more
Bruce Snell
Book 5 in the Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr - 3.5 stars. Anna is on a fire pre-suppression crew working the Cumberland Island National Park in Georgia when a plane crashes under suspicious circumstances leaving two dead. Anna investigates. Something about Ms Barr's writing leaves me wanting more. Slow moving stories with shallow characters that don't lead me to care much about them. The writing is good enough to fill slack time, but not to make me yearn for her next book.
Rita McDowell
Par Usual Pur Excellence!

Extremely interesting and entertaining read! From beginning to end you are caught up trying to figure out who the culprit is among the tangled webs that Nevada weaver! Excellent!
Ruth
383 pages.

National Park Service employee, Anna Pigeon, solves wilderness mysteries in Cumberland Island, Georgia. As she follows clues, she becomes an endangered creature herself.

In a dangerous dry season, park ranger Anna Pigeon is posted to Georgia's Cumberland Island on 21-day fire detail. When a plane crashes nearby, Anna and her crew arrive in time to put out the flames, but too late to save the pilot and his passenger, Cumberland's only full-time law enforcement ranger. And when the cause...more
Heather
I enjoy Nevada Barr's books, they are well researched and provide insight into the National Parks and the people who care for them. I like Anna Pigeon as well, she is resourceful, intelligent, a strong woman who above all is a survivor.
Jim
This was not one of my favorite entries in the series. The setting was depressing and I did not care for any of the other characters so I had a tough time getting into it. Even the background story was depressing. The plot itself was okay and there were some good moments, just not enough to really carry the story.
Christina
This is the fifth volume in Nevada Barr's series about Anna Pigeon, a National Park Service law enforcement employee. This time, Anna is at Cumberland Island National Seashore off the coast of Georgia. As always, Barr does a great job of transporting the reader to the location. In this case, it is time for the baby loggerhead turtles to hatch, so there is a lot of activity on the island. Unfortunately, not all of the activity is legal. The loggerheads thrive in this book, but the same can't be s...more
Caralyn
A good reminder why I don't want to live in swampy land by the sea! Or on an island! This book was also full of oddball characters, but it had more emphasis on Anna's sister and beau than previous books. And there was a moving quote about death:

"Dead strangers evoked a smorgasbord of the lesser emotions and served as marvelous educational tools, warnings, and veiled threats. When an acquaintance was killed it was closer to home; one knew some of the threads that tied the deceased to a common hum...more
Jenna
Picked this up on a recommendation of Nevada Barr. Perhaps this just wasn't her strongest Anna Pigeon novel (every long series does have its weak points). And the recommendation was strong enough that I might give Barr one more shot. But I was just not a fan.

Okay, the plotline with Anna's sister and boyfriend was unexpected and fun, in a mean-spirited sort of way. But I had a hard time keeping the cast of characters straight, and way too many times found myself incredulously reading with my eyeb...more
Cat
Jan 07, 2012 Cat rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
One of the last Nevada Barr books I've read, and the one of only two of her books that I've kept, and that simply because Cumberland Island is in my state. The who-dun-it mystery is passable, and the book is kept rolling along by the setting on Cumberland Island.

Anna Pigeon is not tremendously likeable. Over the years, and the books, her angst over her dead husband has turned to whining to the point I want to say, 'get a grip, move on.' If Barr had made Pigeon a character who grows and changes,...more
Sec-c
Another fun Nevada Barr/Anna Pigeon mystery. Not my favorite but still a quick fun read.
Willow
Great book as I love turtles and just left that area of Georgia
Marilyn
The settings are always the best parts of an Anna Pigeon mystery
Joni
In a dangerous dry season, park ranger Anna Pigeon is posted to Georgia's Cumberland Island on 21-day fire detail. When a plane crashes nearby, Anna and her crew arrive in time to put out the flames, but too late to save the pilot and his passenger, Cumberland's only full-time law enforcement ranger. And when the cause of the "accident" is proven to be sabotage, Anna embarks upon an investigation that threatens to expose dark, clandestine crimes both old and new, making Anna suddenly the most en...more
Melody Philbrick
Abridgment ... too abridged.
Debby
Anna has been given a plush 3 week assignment to do summer suppression fire patrol on GA's Cumberland Island National Seashore. Except for turtle patron, things have been pretty dull until the crash of a drug interdiction plane. As usual, Anna moves into the thick of the action as she solves the crime.

Although the language is much better than some of her books, the reason for the killing is weak and the explanation is rushed at the end. Description of the park is well done as usual, but sub-par...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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