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Blood Lure (Anna Pigeon #9)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  4,488 ratings  ·  245 reviews
Straddling the border between Montana and Canada lies the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park—Anna’s home away from home when she is sent on a cross-training assignment to study grizzly bears. Along with bear researcher Joan Rand and a volatile, unpredictable teenage boy, Anna hikes the back country, seeking signs of bear. But the tables are turned on their second ni ...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published February 5th 2002 by Berkley (first published 2001)
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Anna Pigeon, our intrepid park ranger is on a trek through Waterton/Glacier National Park engaged in setting some bear traps to collect hair and scat samples from assorted bears. Technically, she’s off duty and so out-of-uniform when they meet a young man hiking who reeks of malfeasance and in other circumstances, Anna would have had him up against a car demanding his driver’s license and other ID.

That night, in a scene that raised my skepticism (having read too many mysteries, I suppose) she a
Park ranger/Law enforcer/sleuth Anna Pigeon is invited to Glacier National Park in Montana to help gather grizzly bear DNA for a research project. But when the researcher's camp is trashed and a hiker is found dead, it seems that perhaps nature, known to be cruel, is cold and calculating as well...or is it the work of a two-legged perpetrator instead?
Barr describes Glacier's monumental scenery with the knowledge of someone who has both been there and appreciated it fully. However, she does not s
Bryan Higgs
I've been reading the Anna Pigeon series of books by this author. I had read the first two, and went to my local library to find more. I didn't find the next one in their collection, so I picked one somewhat at random, and found this, which turns out to be #9 in the series.

I found this to be a rather annoying read. The entire middle of the book was, in my opinion, too wordy, with the protagonist, Anna, spending loads of time thinking and hypothesizing, which would seem to be what one would expec
Sep 21, 2007 Ellen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery lovers with a yen for nature
Shelves: fiction
I must say, I'm not a big fan of mysteries in general, but I do enjoy a good Anna Pigeon thriller. This is probably the fifth of the series that I've read, and these books are good fun. My heart was even racing a little at the end. Anna Pigeon is the heroine of Nevada Barr's mystery series. A feisty ranger with the National Park Service, she continually finds herself in the middle of mysterious and/or murderous situations , always in different national parks. This time it's at Waterton/Glacier N ...more
Jason DeGroot
I love Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon mysteries. Anna Pigeon is a great character. She's cynical, distrustful of humanity, politically incorrect, tough, smart, and loves the natural world. "Blind Descent" is still my favorite of her books, but this one comes in a close second. Probably ties it, in fact. Barr does a wonderful job of describing the beauty of West Glacier, and after reading this almost has me liking bears again. And a satisfying murder mystery on top of it all. Everything revealed itsel ...more
Anna, a park ranger is currently in Glacier National Park for some cross-training. She is working on a bear DNA project near the US/Canadian border. At first I thought I wouldn't like the book; there was a lot of tedious information on the DNA census project, more than I was interested in knowing. I really got caught up in the story though once the action got going. A very interesting mystery overall.
Anna Pigeon is in Glacier Natl Park learning about grizzly tracking. Really makes me want to get out and go hiking which I have not been doing enough of lately. But perhaps not back-country hiking in Glacier. I really don't want to meet a bear up close.
This is the first book in the series that I have read. Really enjoy her character. Tough but mostly more sensible than your average detective.
I think this is the first fiction that I have ever read that talks about a character needing downtime to
This book started out OK for me, then I got bored by some of the description of the park. I also didn’t care for Anna (as I recall from long ago reading another book in this series) or Joan – even though I like people depicted with their faults, they were both a little curmudgeony for me and not very likeable. It took me forever to read this book, and I admit to some skimming towards the end because I just wanted to get done. I gave it two stars instead of one - I've read much worse. I haven't r ...more
Kara Jorges
Anna Pigeon heads to the high country of Glacier National Park to assist on a grizzly bear DNA project. Traveling through the backcountry with bear expert Joan Rand and assistant Rory Van Slyke, Anna’s campsite is ransacked by a crazed grizzly. When the dust settles, Rory turns up missing, and is found 36 hours later, vague as to his whereabouts during his disappearance. The rangers also find the body of a woman with her neck snapped and half her face cut off. That the dead woman happens to be R ...more
Park ranger Anna Pigeon, the fortyish heroine of Barr's popular series, is back, tracking grizzlies through the unforgiving landscape of Glacier National Park as part of a scientific investigation that's outlined with more detail than anyone who's not totally fascinated by these awesome animals will care about. In fact, the description of what actually goes into the lures set to attract the bears so they can be tagged and counted is guaranteed to rumble the strongest stomach--but that's just the ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

Anna Pigeon is currently one of my favourite characters in literature and it feels like she's been through a lot since I first met her on the Track of the Cat in Texas nine books ago. In this book she's mostly lucid and sane and it's really comforting to see her coping with the world and not putting herself into too much danger.

Though I love the character, the setting is what really makes these books and this time we are in the Glacier National Park which spans the Montana/British Columbia bord

This is the first Nevada Barr book I've read in a couple of years. I thought I remembered not liking her continuing character, Anna Pigeon. Actually the story is not what made me rate this book 4-star. What I enjoyed about the book is the author's use of our language. I have always appreciated, admired, respected and simply enjoyed preciseness of language and uniquely expressed ideas, and this book was a delight in that regard. I also appreciate writers who take the time, as Ms Barr does, to exp ...more
"Four hundred pounds or more of muscle. Saw-toothed canines. Four-inch claws. Nasty temper ... Even Anna Pigeon, the district park ranger who strides fearlessly through this invigorating series, is forced to reexamine her 'spiritual connection' to all of God's creatures when she is assigned to work on a scientific project that has her hanging out lures of blood and guts to attract the big grizzlies in Glacier National Park. Anna still manages to snatch those occasional moments of solitary commun ...more
This is the first mystery I've read in years, so--to be fair--I don't feel like I have much of a basis of comparison. However, I was drawn in by the national park setting, and I must say that it kept me turning the pages. Particularly in the middle of the book, the natural danger from bears and the intentional danger from other humans coalesce into some downright spooky moments. I found myself kind of creeping around my apartment!

However, I have two quibbles with the book: First, as an avid back
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The grizzly bears of Glacier National Park are the subject of a DNA study and Anna Pigeon is part of the study team. Together with a biologist and a young volunteer, Anna ventures into the park’s back country to set lures for the bears and collect samples.

Anna’s faith in humanity has been tested before but her faith in nature will also be tested on this trek. Not only is there apparently a sadistic killer among the campers, there’s also a grizzly that seems to have a vendetta against humans.

I had read this before, in print. If I weren't lazy, I'd go find my 'review' from then. Mostly I picked this up to have something in the car driving back and forth to work and I like Barbara Rosenblat, the narrator. She's never led me astray.

She does a typically nice job here with Anna's voice, keeping it flat and unsentimental. Anna reminds me so much of a good friend of mine, for no discernible reason beyond height and worldview. Otherwise, they are diametric opposites. Still, with even step f
Sarah Sammis
Blood Lure by Nevada Barr is the 9th Anna Pigeon mystery but all the books stand by themselves as each one is set in a different location.

In this installment Anna is stationed at Glacier National Park where she is helping with a grizzly bear DNA project. On their first night out their camp is attacked by a grizzly and their youngest member, Rory Van Slyke. The next morning Rory's stepmother is found dead on a trail. Was it a bear or was it murder?

Actually it was a little bit of both and it takes
Clif Brittain
Picked up off the bookshelf where we are staying. A friend of mine loves the descriptions of the National Parks.

I haven't been to many National Parks, but I have been to Glacier, where this was set. I had hoped to be more involved with the setting, but it just didn't click for me.

I don't personally know any NPS rangers, but I did get a sense of what it would be like to be in that bureaucracy. It would be unique to be in an employment situation where so many people are working in a field where th
Tina Cipolla
This book is far superior to the first in the Anna Pigeon series (which is the only other one in this series I have read). This is not the second book in the series, it is further along, and the author's writing style is vastly improved. The mystery is solidly developed, the characters are well drawn and the conclusion was a surprise, although not completely out of left field (like in the first book). I was definately turning pages and avoiding other tasks so I could make time to finish the stor ...more
I've read these all out of order, but Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon novels generally stand alone well enough for that to not matter. So long as yo0u aren't going to be upset at surprising upheavals in Anna's romantic life, these are episodic to work in whatever order.

I'd hoped this would be a return to something more like her earlier novels: A Superior Death, Ill Wind, Endangered Species, and Blind Descent, but something with Blood Lure just didn't click as perfectly. Though I really liked the inte
Not as gory as I thought it would be (good for a scaredy cat such as myself), and the ending I really did not expect. Very well thought out, you can tell the author definitely did her research on bears. The main character's cynicism kind of irks me sometimes but that's just how it goes. Overall, I recommend for a fun mystery.
I liked the story and the background, but it got dropped to a 1-star rating thanks to her treatment of spousal abuse and her victim-blaming. She gave lip service to "it's never the victim's fault" then spent way too much time explaining why she thought the victim was "weak" and "deserved it." Gross.
Susan Garcia
Last of my Nevada Barr explorations. I liked it! Barr always provides an interesting twist at the end. I could never guess "who dun it?" Beautiful descriptions of national parks, but scary suppositions of the possibility of evil out there. Yikes! Makes me re-think, "Do I really want to go camping?"
Park ranger Anna Pigeon, the fortyish heroine of Barr's popular series, is back, tracking grizzlies through the unforgiving landscape of Glacier National Park as part of a scientific investigation that's outlined with more detail than anyone who's not totally fascinated by these awesome animals will care about. In fact, the description of what actually goes into the lures set to attract the bears so they can be tagged and counted is guaranteed to rumble the strongest stomach--but that's just the ...more
I was very glad to get back to the Anna Pigeon in the woods. She does a much a better story when she's in the Nation's parks wherever they (and she) are. Nevada Barr seems much more comfortable when Anna is hiking trails, fighting gators, or bears or critters of whatever nature and looking after the tourists who are visiting.
The mystery was a teensy bit convoluted, but that may have had something to do with the fact that I was trying to listen to the story at work and everyone around me was in
I read this book a few years ago and haven't reread it lately, so I'm not going into details. But I don't keep many books and I have quite a few from Barr's series, and I highly recommend them. Well written, interesting plots, great character development. Barr's main character is a park ranger, and Barr has the ability to really put you in whatever situation Anna is in - running out of air at the bottom of Lake Michigan, baking in a protective tent during a forest fire, trapped without light in ...more
Rather too long & rather too silly for my liking. I couldn't swallow half the goings-on in this book. I've read better from this author. The 1st Anna Pigeon, Track of the Cat is much better.
Rated 4/10 at
Disappointing. I didn't learn as much about Glacier National Park as I would have liked to--many of her other books had more comprehensive insights into the settings. And the plot lacked depth, was repetitive and the resolution seemed contrived.
In this mystery, Anna Pigeon is sent to Glacier National Park. She is to help with a study about bears. By the time you finish the story, you wonder if the bears or the people have more problems.
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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)
  • Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon, #1)
  • A Superior Death (Anna Pigeon, #2)
  • Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon, #3)
  • Firestorm (Anna Pigeon, #4)
  • Endangered Species (Anna Pigeon, #5)
  • Blind Descent (Anna Pigeon, #6)
  • Liberty Falling (Anna Pigeon, #7)
  • Deep South (Anna Pigeon, #8)
  • Hunting Season (Anna Pigeon, #10)
  • Flashback (Anna Pigeon, #11)
Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon, #1) Blind Descent (Anna Pigeon, #6) A Superior Death (Anna Pigeon, #2) Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon, #3) Firestorm (Anna Pigeon, #4)

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“Anna… envied Joan’s deep connection with the human race. She was a member of the club. Anna was half convinced she’d been begotten by a passing alien life-form on a human woman. It was as good an explanation as any for the sense she had of being an outsider.” 6 likes
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