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Hunting Season (Anna Pigeon #10)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,732 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Park Ranger Anna Pigeon returns to face her most duplicitous foe--human nature--in the latest entry in Nevada Barr's bestselling, award-winning series ...

The quiet beauty of autumn on Mississippi's Natchez Trace is swiftly shattered when Anna answers a call to Mt. Locust, once a working plantation and inn, now a tourist spot. But the man Anna finds in an old bedroom is no
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Published 2003 by Berkley (first published 2002)
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Jul 07, 2014 Lobstergirl rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Barsoomians

Despite the existence of an elderly female character who defecates in a graveyard, I am only able to give this one star. It was headed for a blazing two stars until I found an unforgivable punctuation error: it's for its. This is the first time I have ever seen an error this egregious in a printed book. It was a low blow.

A large issue I had with this tenth Anna Pigeon novel is that it is nearly identical to the eighth book in the series. They both share a setting, the Natchez Trace in Mississipp
RATING: 3.75

Anna Pigeon is a park ranger who has had many adventures at several of the national parks around the United States. In this, the tenth book in the series, she does something different by seemingly settling in at a location where she’s been before. In the past few months, she’s become the district ranger for the Natchez Trace area in Mississippi. Although career wise this is a promotion, personally it’s a trial as Anna is not skilled at managing people. She has 2 rangers on her team.
Jason DeGroot
Another excellent Anna Pigeon mystery. It was actually a happy coincidence that I read this right after "Inhuman Bondaage" since the issues of slavery and racism figure prominently in this story set in Mississippi with a mystery involving an old plantation and a recently discovered slave graveyard. What works so well about all of these is that for Anna, because she's a park ranger and not a detective, the murder is many times secondary to her regular life, so we get to know her more deeply as a ...more
Jan C
I picked this up the other day and couldn't remember if I had read it or not.

I had.

But, even so, I enjoyed listening to it on a car trip.

I'd forgotten all about this book. What was about, who the killer was, etc. So it was almost like a new book.

But the one think you couldn't forget was the beginning.

Anna Pigeon is back in the Natchez Trace again (another one there was "Deep South" (I couldn't get the link to work)). Point Lomax is one of the few remaining buildings or "stands". The park service
Lisa Shawn
I've read a variety of Nevada Barr's books (not in chronological order). Most take place in a national park, as Barr was a park ranger. In most cases we learn a lot about the park through the narration of Anna Pigeon, the protagonist. This one takes place in Nachez Trace, which is a 400 mile passage way through Tennessee and Mississippi. In this case, Anna is working in Mississippi when I call comes in that a body has been discovered at the Mount Locust Historic Home--one of the oldest structure ...more
Anna Pidgeon, park services ranger in Mississippi, is called away from a wedding to uncover the murder of a large naked man in a local historic plantation. It takes geneological research and coping with local flavor as well as racism to uncover the murderer.

A satisfying conclusion, if a little hastily explained with lots of red-herrings tied up neatly at the end. A cute little mystery, a good female sleuth, and great local detail made for a fine read.
April Lashbrook
Edge of your seat action as usual by Nevada Barr. This is only the second Anna Pigeon novel that I've listened to (all the print versions are always out at our library so I listen in the car!), and it was just as good as whatever the name of the one set in Rocky Mountain National Park is.

I'm wondering, though, if there's something of a pattern as far as who the bad guy is, as so far there are some similarities between the two that I've noticed.
This is the second Anna Pigeon I've read or listened to. In both cases the local history and the description of the park where Anna was stationed was as interesting as the mystery to be solved. I've been to Alabama but not Mississippi but I would certainly like to visit the Natchez Trace.

Oct 08, 2013 Lea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Oh, Anna. How do you get yourself in these situations? I worry about you so. Pulled from the story to partake in Real Life I periodically sigh, wondering out loud how you'll make it out of this adventure, asking my family if they think you'll be OK.
I actually figured out the who and how of the murder about three-quarters of the way through. Intriguing mystery with just enough of Anna Pigeon's non-working life woven throughout.
What a joy to read Nevada Barr after a few months of lesser authors! No doubt she is one of my favorites!
Audiobook. The park district sleuthing of Anna Pigeon is always a fun adventure, and Hunting Season doesn’t disappoint. Barbara Rosenblat has been the reader of these tales throughout the series, and there is an agressive devil-may-care conveyance that gives the character a well rounded flavor. It’s said that a good narrator makes a good story better, and there is no doubt that the years long partnership of Nevada Barr and Barbara Rosenblat has been a monumental success. It’s been a while since ...more
Brenda Hicks
So the coolest thing about reading this book was the location of the events. Having just spent quality time at Mt Locust Visitor Center, Natchez, and the Emerald Mound over Spring Break, it was a welcome trip back to the familiar territory of the Natchez Trace. Outside of that, this was no thriller and the "who" of the "whodunit" was about as subtle as a Yorkshire pig in the parlor of an antebellum home. Bummer. I hate it when I figure out the ending before the detective. And in this case it was ...more
Another Anna Pigeon, this time set on the Natchez Trace. What a job she has...all those National Parks to work at!

When Anna answers a call to historic Mt. Locust, once a producing plantation and inn on Mississippi's Natchez Trace Parkway and now a tourist spot, the last thing she expects to encounter is murder. But the man Anna finds in the stand's old bedroom is no tourist in distress. He's nearly naked, and very dead, his body bearing marks consistent with an S&M ritual
Kara Jorges
This is a unique series in that the lead character never changes, but her geography and the minor characters are always different as she moves about from national park to national park. This time out, we got to revisit the Natchez Trace Parkway, where ranger Anna Pigeon was last on duty in “Deep South.” It kind of made me wish we could keep going back to Mississippi for more, because keeping this book in the same locale as another made it feel more homey and familiar, rather than a bit lonely li ...more
When the body of Doyce Barnett turns up in unsavory circumstances in Mississippi's Natchez Trace National Park, district ranger Anna Pigeon finds her investigation stymied at every turn. The dead man's brother, an undertaker with a secret that's been kept by three generations of his family, will do anything to protect it, even if his cover-up puts Anna's life in danger. Her own deputy, jealous because she got the job he wanted, seems to be sabotaging her case in order to advance his political am ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

Hmmmm, hard to know how to put into words how I feel about this book. I keep hearing from a number of different sources about how this series is rapidly freewheeling into decline and so I was expecting to be disappointed by it. In the light of going into the book thinking like that I was fairly pleased by the story. But I think everyone else probably has a point and the series isn't half as good as it once was.

One thing that isn't working for me is Anna's new relationship with the sherriff and

Barr's first repeat locale disappoints -- dull at times...

According to my notes, this is the ninth novel in the [Park Ranger, now district manager:] Anna Pigeon series, of which we admit to being big fans. It is however the first to reprise both the Natchez Trace location (all the others were set in a different National Park each time) and many of the characters from her prior offering, "Deep South". Indeed, Barr in real life is a ranger in the Natchez Trace, so one might wonder if she bowed to

Didn't love it, didn't quite hate it.

There are so many strange pieces of "information" in this book that rubbed me the wrong way. The book is set in Mississippi and two strong themes are racial tension and gender tension. I want to know how in-depth her research was into race relations and perceptions. In one case, she ponders over the odds of one sheriff candidate winning vs. the other, and claims the older black people will likely vote for the white guy, because they generally prefer a white
Nevada Barr does it again; this time the mystery is set on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. Anna Pigeon is almost alone in a world of men; only three peripheral characters, Mama Barnette, Amanda Davidson and Jerri Crowell, add female interest.The plotline passes a bit slowly, but the end is riveting. Deer are the only animals prominent in this park, and the human animals create all the drama.

A personal history with the area kept my mind attuned. On a family trip through the area, we exp
"The quiet beauty of autumn on Mississippi's Natchez Trace is swiftly shattered when Anna answers a call to Mt. Locust, once a working plantation and inn, now a tourist spot. But the man Anna finds in an old bedroom is no tourist in distress. He's nearly naked and very dead -- his body bearing marks consistent with sex games gone awry. On a writing table nearby is an open Bible with ominous passages circled in red.

There are secrets that prominent men in this God-fearing country wish to keep unde
When Park Ranger Anna Pigeon answers a call to Mt. Locust, she’s somewhat relieved to be spared the social awkwardness of attending a wedding reception with her still-married-to-someone-else boyfriend. It’s far from a routine call however: there’s a dead man in one of the historic home’s bedrooms and the scene implies sex-play gone awry. The only thing clear about this case is that all is not as it appears and there’s more than one mystery to solve. As Anna tries to fit the pieces together, she ...more
Set back in Mississippi's Natchez Trace National Park. Seems to tie up the loose plot ends left from her last book set there. Anna's still got a major enemy, one who refuses to forgive her for messing up his life. But the good news is that that the priest/cop boyfriends seems to be getting pretty attached to her. That is good, but I had the mystery pretty much figured out early on, just couldn't figure out the motivation. Not as great as some of her other books.
I had read this bo
C.J. Prince
OK, so I'm hooked on Nevada Barr and the Anna Pigeon series. Once I fall in love with a character, I will follow her, despite the difficulties she encounters. Nevada Barr writes with such precision and threaded detail that builds tension almost beyond my comfort zone. No, definitely beyond. But I can't leave Anna alone in this suspenseful, white-knuckled reading. Really, I am a much calmer reader and this author has pushed me over the cliff, holding her heroine's hand. Do start at the beginning ...more
Mary Ellen
This is my second or third go at the Anna Pigeon series. I appreciate the settings in the various national parks (this one the Natchez Trace in Tennessee). I acknowledge that Barr can write better sentences than many a mystery writer. But the series is written, third-person limited, from the perspective of Pigeon, and she just isn't that interesting a person: another lonely detective with a tragic past (her husband died, she took to alcohol) and a fear of commitment. By about half-way through th ...more
A decent audio but not one of the better books in the series. While I'm sure in real life the Natchez Trace Park is very nice neither of the books set there have done much for me. The plot in this book seemed especially weak and it is never good when I figure out what is going on before Anna. The best part was the narration by Barbara Rosenblat who always does such a good job with this series.
I should have listened to the book I'm currently listening to before this one as it sets the stage for this one, but oh well. Anna's risen to District Manager of part of the Natchez Trace Parkway. One of her rangers filed a discrimination suit against her because he didn't get her job and things go down hill from there. A lot of good old boys, inane southern customs (this is redundant, isn't it) and black/white tension left over from the Civil War.

There's not a lot of action in this one, which
Ranger Anna Pigeon has lots of forces working against her in the investigation of the murder of a good ole Mississippi boy. Anna has to contend with male co-workers who resent a woman on the force (yes, still), really evil racists, and her own questionable involvement with a married man. Barr draws the characters’ nuances very well. Good listen.
(listened to book-on-tape)

This is the first book of this series that I have listened to, and I will definitely be going back to the library for the entire series.

I am not sure why, but I really like & can identify with the main character. Her down-to-earth, practical, yet very dry-witted personality really struck home with me. I think being close to the same age has a lot to do with it as well. I found myself smiling and even laughing out loud many times while listening to the book.

The myste
Rita McDowell
Another Excellent Read!

In the normal Nevada Barr style this book went entertained and delighted! Truly believe that everyone can live their deepest dreams thru the episodes of Ranger Anna as she faces one problem after another and comes through wiser! Excellent! Enjoy!
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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)
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