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Blood Lure (Anna Pigeon #9)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,217 Ratings  ·  288 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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Eric_W
May 10, 2012 Eric_W rated it really liked it
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
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Wendy
Jun 27, 2009 Wendy rated it it was ok
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
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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
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Kate
Oct 11, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
"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
Ellen
Sep 21, 2007 Ellen rated it liked it
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
Melissa B
Jun 20, 2016 Melissa B rated it really liked it
An interesting read. I like mysteries, and this was no exception.
The setting of the state park, the black and grizzly bears, the rangers, the murder all blend together to form a unique storyline.
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
Chris
Mar 02, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Although I enjoy most of the Anna Pigeon mysteries, some are definitely better than others & I put Blood Lure in that category. Anna is assisting with a bear DNA study at Glacier National Park, setting traps with bear attractants of which one is the titled blood lure, some really stinky stuff that some bears adore like catnip! The researchers then collect the fur & scat left behind at the site to take for analysis..

Anna is enjoying this break from her current job until one night a rather
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Dagny
Jul 24, 2012 Dagny rated it liked it
Shelves: barr-nevada
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.
Megargee
Mar 20, 2016 Megargee rated it it was ok
If you are following the Anna Pigeon story arc in order, which I am not, this entry does not significantly advance the overall plot line. National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon, who is normally assigned to Natchez Trace, is on detached duty to Waterton-Glacier National Peace Park to learn about how to do DNA research on grizzly bears. This involves hiking vast distances into the outback to gather samples of bear poop which is about as much fun as it sounds. (Your tax dollars at work.) Along t ...more
Tracy
Oct 14, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it
I think this is the first Nevada Barr book I've ever read. I picked it because it is based in Montana and our library currently has a challenge to read a book representing each state.
I do not know why authors think a female law enforcement officer sounds tougher is she cusses like a sailor, but it's the reason I tend to avoid books with said female characters. This is a good story though. Anna is on a short assignment in Glacier National Park alongside a teenage boy and a park ranger following
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Diane
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
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Becky
Apr 17, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it
Much better than the previous two in the series. This one really spoke about the love Anna Pigeon has for nature and for wildlife. She still gets roughed up, but this time by a bear, a lovable trained bear trying to adjust to being in the wild. And the murder involved the bear, not a human culprit...but the bear should not be held accountable - he was just being a bear. I enjoyed the views of Glacier park. Suggest that this mystery could stand alone outside the series - it could be read and enjo ...more
Kara Jorges
Aug 09, 2011 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it
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
chris
Jan 08, 2011 chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anna-pigeon
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

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Joan
Oct 25, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it
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
Matt
Dec 06, 2009 Matt rated it liked it
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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Susie
Apr 18, 2011 Susie rated it it was ok
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Lighthearted
Oct 13, 2011 Lighthearted rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.

For
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Cat.
Aug 25, 2012 Cat. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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
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Sarah Sammis
Feb 23, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
Shelves: pc, read-in-2011
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
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Clif Brittain
Dec 22, 2009 Clif Brittain rated it did not like it
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
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Tina Cipolla
Jul 30, 2011 Tina Cipolla rated it liked it
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
Peggy
Apr 18, 2016 Peggy rated it really liked it
I must say I really enjoyed this book...all up until the denouement. Spoiler alert (but not really): the ending seemed quite far-fetched and contrived. Pulled out of thin air, really, and not very believable. Otherwise, the rest of the novel was brilliantly paced and had me puzzling over who the killer was. The ending didn't live up to the rest of the book. But I love the Anna Pigeon series and this was still a rewarding read.
Zenith
Dec 17, 2015 Zenith rated it liked it
Shelves: nps, fiction
My griping about parts of this book became a running joke in my house this past summer. Nevada Barr is a guilty pleasure, a bit like watching a train wreck but with the added benefit of vicariously hiking in some beautiful National Parks and hearing a little shop talk in an actual book. To be honest, I don't remember what exactly I was griping so much about! Nevada Barr books aren't supposed to be real-life, are they?
Kathleen
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
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Gwen
Mar 30, 2015 Gwen rated it liked it
Although my trip through Glacier-Waterton national parks was far more sanguine -- no dead bodies, no bears -- this Anna Pigeon story was well done. I learned about bear behavior, and DNA, just as people are talking, again, about the value of tracking and identifying, and publicizing, census information and location of bears, wolves, and other critical species.
Angela
Aug 24, 2015 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the first Anna Pigeon story I have read..it was a recommendation from a friend. I liked the story. The mystery had enough twists to keep me interested, even if I figured out some of it before the end (that means the author left enough clues). I didn't feel lost even though this is the 9th book in the series. I would rec it to anyone who is a fan of mysteries, and enjoys the back drop of the National Parks.
Bill Currie
Jun 26, 2015 Bill Currie rated it really liked it
There is always a unsettling feeling as I read a Anne Pigeon mystery novel because everyone and anyone becomes a suspect in her deduction of fact or suspicion. This novel was no exception and the search for the identity of the killer is so elusive that only at the end you realize there was no way to figure this one out. Which makes the ending so enjoyable.
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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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Anna Pigeon (1 - 10 of 19 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)
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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.” 7 likes
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