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High Country (Anna Pigeon #12)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,598 ratings  ·  262 reviews
It's fall in the Sierra Mountains, and Anna Pigeon is slinging hash in Yosemite National Park's historic Ahwahnee Hotel. Four young people, all seasonal park employees, have disappeared, and two weeks of work by crack search-and-rescue teams have failed to turn up a single clue; investigators are unsure as to whether the four went AWOL for reasons of their own - or died in ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 301 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2004)
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Damn Nevada Barr for writing books I can't put down so I don't get enough sleep. I should know better than to start one of her novels in the evening. Nevada Barr is one of those people who write so well I find myself slowing down to make sure I capture every word. It's kind of necessary as her prose isn't the light and simple fiction one finds in the average mystery novel. High country is tight, fast-paced, interesting and full of content. While that last may be an odd description, I'm tired of ...more
Donna Thompson
First of all, I want to say that the Anna Pidgeon mystery series is stellar and I absolutely love it. I eagerly await every book and would recommend it to anyone.

That being said, there was one glaringly obvious flaw in this book, that I just had to point it out. --(Minor Spoiler References below)--

Anna is supposed to be a law enforcement agent. With her training, and after all her previous exploits in which she is physically harmed, why did she not inform someone of where she was going to be bef
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Chris Bronzino
This was a pretty decent book. It starts off pretty slow, and it continues with a sluggish pace until about the midway point. The book suddenly becomes interesting when the main character, Anna, is being hunted down by two men with the intent of killing her. There are about 50 pages of non-stop action during this section of the book, which is very exciting. Without that sequence, I would have not have enjoyed this book. I am still having trouble remembering exactly what happened towards the begi ...more
Lobstergirl
Jul 29, 2014 Lobstergirl rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: squirrel parasites

Filled with annoying, drugged-out teen girls and Barr's usual horrible writing. I'm giving it two stars because it didn't have typos like the last one (maybe they were cleaned up from the hardcover edition?) and because there were outdoor scenes in a snowy wilderness requiring survival skills. Yes, superhuman survival skills; any normal person would be dead of hypothermia and blood loss after a night walking around in winter in Yosemite wearing a turtleneck and a fleece on a cracked ankle and a
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Elizabeth Kennedy
I LOVED this book! In my opinion, a mark of a good writer is someone who makes me think in a different way. Believe me, it takes a lot to do that! Dan Brown did it with the DaVinci code and Nevada Barr did it for me in this edition of her Anna Pigeon series. This book, set in Yosemite National Park, makes Anna more human and reminds me of her earlier adventures in Chaco Canyon for example. This edition totally redeemed the series after the last book which I viewed as a failure. In this one, Anna ...more
Nancy Bandusky
This mystery novel's heroine is Anna Pigeon, an undercover park ranger. She is working as a waitress in the hopes of discovering what happened to four missing people. The poor lady is beat up several times, left on her own by her supervisors, and deemed to be a "poor" waitress which seems to hurt her self-esteem. Maybe the real reason is that hits too close to home as she isn't that great of a detective - she doesn't "solve" the mystery as much as just get the solution handed to her.

Anna is a pr
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Kara Jorges
Her experience waiting tables in college lands park ranger Anna Pigeon in an undercover assignment in food services at Yosemite National Park. Four of the park’s employees have gone missing, and the rangers in the park aren’t finding any leads. Anna is rooming with a couple of fluffhead girls while posing as a middle-aged waitress, but even her proximity to the other employees can’t make her fit in. When one of her roommates collapses after getting high on something, Anna becomes concerned. Some ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This mystery takes place in Yosemite National Park. Anna has been sent to work undercover to discover what has happened to 4 young people who have disappeared and are presumed dead. She gets a job as a waitress in the historic Ahwahnee Hotel where she meets with many rich and colorful people. While the park search and rescue unit has been searching for the young people, Anna is looking for a common link between the deaths.

When she begins to figure out what has happened, she goes to the parks chi
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Daniel
I've said it before, and I'll repeat it here, I'm generally not a fan of the mystery fiction genre. I've read a few of the Nevada Barr/Anna Pigeon mysteries simply because I am a fan of our National Parks, and I liked the idea of using the Parks for literary series'. The fact that Nevada Barr is also a true National Park Ranger has made it more interesting.

I am also not in the habit of listening to a book rather than reading one, but because I knew I was going to be driving a good distance sever
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Synopsis*

It's fall in the Sierra Mountains, and Anna Pigeon is slinging hash in Yosemite National Park's historic Ahwahnee Hotel. Four young people, all seasonal park employees, have disappeared, and two weeks of work by crack search-and-rescue teams have failed to turn up a single clue; investigators are unsure as to whether the four went AWOL for reasons of their own-or died in the park. Needing an out-of-park ranger to work undercover, Anna is detailed to dining-room duty; but after a week o
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Nelson Pahl
Another great offering by Nevada Barr. Set in beautiful Yosemite, this story is full of creepy (young) characters doing creepy things...all for the sake of the drug trade. While I found this to be a bit more gory than our typical Anna Pigeon story, the wonderfully-developed antagonist(s) make it all worthwhile.
Daleyplanit
It started off as appealing, wondering how the scraps of information would lead to a fabric that the protagonist would put together, but there was a lot of supposition going on, and it felt rushed, sloppy even. After a while it felt as if the author had contempt for "city people" that come to parks and ruin them, which I get, but it came off as condescending and I could not get over that characterization. Having been to Yosemite, I expected to experience a sense of Nostalgia for the camp, but it ...more
Gloria Mccracken
Once more redoubtable Ranger Anna Pigeon finds herself in a different national park (Yosemite, this time). But she's working as a waitress???? Well, undercover, of course. And experienced readers of this exciting series will not be surprised that she also soon finds herself in one more (that would be telling) of those situations where all her years of wood lore and criminal investigation experience will barely be enough to get her out of life-threatening danger. I have never read a bad one in th ...more
Karen
Another delightful book by Ms Barr in the Anna Pigeon series. This one about Yosemite National Park. Because I have visited that park a time or 2 it was easy to 'see' in my mind the area she was talking about. I had a great mental video going in my head as I read this book. Anna knows how to get into and out of some horrific scrapes. The best part is how Ms Barr writes about them. Fantastic.!
Mark
I was a little dissappointed by this book. Having been to Yosemite many times, I felt maybe she hurried the research for this book. Her facts could have easily come from a short visit, brouchers and blogs. Her story lines are predictable so I want to be carried by the scenery.
Carol Preflatish
This book by Nevada Barr takes place in Yosemite National Park, which is the main reason I wanted to read it. It was a good book, but poor Anna Pigeon was really put through the ringer in this book. The author did a great job of describing the Yosemite landscape and of course, her knowledge of the Park Service is spot on. What did distract me from the story was Ms. Barr's use of some vocabulary in the narrative portions of the book. I had tore-read some parts to understand her meaning and finall ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This was the first Anna Pigeon mystery I ever read. I especially liked it because I have been to Yosemite, but I always enjoy the books in this series. They're just fun to read!
Roger Miller
Her writing is so filled with cliches it is a distraction or actually what could have been an ok mystery. How does a whole criminal crew get hired by the feds?
Melissa Zawrotny
As my introduction to this series of books, this book was excellent! I figured out quickly that the protagonist had a history that had been told prior (thus how I figured it to be one in a series), but it didn't detract from THIS story. As soon as I was finished with it, I went to start the series from the beginning. The pace is quick, but not too fast. It is well written and clear in its language and that which defines the relationships between the various characters. I plan to read it again as ...more
chris
When four young employees of Yosemite National Park disappear, ranger Anna Pigeon goes undercover as a waitress at the Ahwahnee Lodge to investigate. Living in the staff dorm, she soon discovers there's a connection between at least one of the missing girls, a crashed plane containing a fortune in drugs, and the outsiders who've moved into the tent cabin last occupied by a skilled climber who's also among the disappeared. The first attempt on her life doesn't scare her away, but the second is ne ...more
Jerry
Anna Pigeon (undercover) getting harder to believe...

We've read every entry in Barr's Anna Pigeon (National Park Ranger / Supervisor) series and have generally enjoyed them for two distinct traits. The first are the unusual settings and the illuminating descriptions thereof. Almost like travelogues, Barr takes us from one Park to another, often in highly different geographic areas around our country, acquainting us with places many of us have not experienced. The second is that Anna is a real-l
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Tom
It's fall in the Sierra Mountains, and Anna Pigeon is slinging hash in Yosemite National Park's historic Ahwahnee Hotel. Four young people, all seasonal park employees, have disappeared, and two weeks of work by crack search-and-rescue teams have failed to turn up a single clue; investigators are unsure as to whether the four went AWOL for reasons of their own-or died in the park. Needing an out-of-park ranger to work undercover, Anna is detailed to dining-room duty; but after a week of waiting ...more
Jason DeGroot
Only two Anna Pigeon novels left to read! What the hell am I going to do? This one actually felt a little bit like Barr was phoning it in, but even phoning it in for Barr makes for a great story. Usually the books get set up at a pretty leisurely pace, but this one Anna's already in the middle of an investigation, working undercover as a waitress at Yosemite. This one is really a lot more of a thriller than it is a mystery. The scenes of Anna trying to survive in the wilderness are about the mos ...more
Michael Sump
I rate this a 4 within the category of serialized mysteries.

I am a big fan of Nevada Barr and her plucky heroine, Anna Pidgeon, but the real source of my appreciation is the concept that Nevada Barr follows. Anna Pidgeon is a law enforcement ranger for the National Park Service and she finds herself in a new park in almost every novel. For me, the park under treatment is the star of the novel.

I love our National Parks and Nevada Barr novels are just another way to visit them or to preview or
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Joni
It's fall in the Sierra Mountains, and Anna Pigeon is slinging hash in Yosemite National Park's historic Ahwahnee Hotel. Four young people, all seasonal park employees, have disappeared, and two weeks of work by crack search-and-rescue teams have failed to turn up a single clue; investigators are unsure as to whether the four went AWOL for reasons of their own-or died in t ...more It's fall in the Sierra Mountains, and Anna Pigeon is slinging hash in Yosemite National Park's historic Ahwahnee Ho ...more
Elizabeth McDonald
Sep 09, 2008 Elizabeth McDonald rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Katie M.
Shelves: mysteries, series
Katie M.'s review of another book by Nevada Barr inspired me to check out the Anna Pigeon series. In this story, Anna, a National Park Service ranger, is undercover as a waitress in Yosemite to investigate the disappearance of four young park employees. For a while, her inquiries only yield more questions, but then the book takes a turn for the sensational as all manner of things go wrong in the backcountry. This is the high-adventure kind of mystery, unlike the puzzle-it-out kind that I usuall ...more
Danna
I never get tired of Nevada Barr's formula of "Murder and Mystery in the National Park". Barr's love for the outdoors in general and national parks in particular is evident in the rich settings of her novels, each one taking place in a different park. She also doesn't shy away from acknowledging that the park system is not immune to the corruption, greed, and apathy found in any organization of people. Through the eyes of straight-forward park ranger and sleuth Anna Pigeon, the joys, frustration ...more
C
Much better than the last - gripping. Liked the setting. Loved the "eyeball" scene, though it didn't make any more sense to me than it did to Anna.

One weird inconsistency or two or three:
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Jill
This book was much better than the last one. Halfway through, it became very exciting but up to that point it was clogged with extraneous words. Describing a lake as unprepossessing is just too much as I hate that word. I don't care for the slowing down of the pace with such descriptions. I liked the denouement but the choice that Pigeon almost made would have been unforgivable. Barr skillfully ended the story with much agitation it seems.
Mindy
Anna Pigeon undercover as a waitress at yet another National Park. She trying to find information leading to the whereabouts of 4 missing park employees. They all went missing on the same day--highly suspicious and improbable. They have been missing for several weeks and Anna doesn't expect to find them alive. Being a waitress affords Anna the ability to become acquainted with the other employee's and learn who may have had motives to rid the camp of 4 seemingly benign individuals. I think 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
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Other Books in the Series

Anna Pigeon (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • A Superior Death (Anna Pigeon, #2)
  • Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon, #3)
  • Firestorm (Anna Pigeon, #4)
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  • Blind Descent (Anna Pigeon, #6)
  • Liberty Falling (Anna Pigeon, #7)
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“As a rule it offended her to be rescued, but this one time she would have welcomed it, been gracious even. And grateful. With staggering suddenness she felt lost, defeated, small and middle-aged, and hurt. This time she would die.

To counteract this frailty of spirit, she picked up the ax and held it in her two hands, the handle across her chest. The blade, evil-looking and running red with the light from the fire, comforted her. The wooden handle felt warm and strong, the ax head heavy and sharp.

Courage returned — or the last vestiges of reality departed. A dreamlike quality took over; a nightmare, but one experienced from the point of view of the monster. Anna was not afraid. She felt very little either internally or externally.”
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