Blood Lure (Anna Pigeon #9)
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...more
That night, in a scene that raised my skepticism (having read too many mysteries, I suppose) she a...more
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.
However, I have two quibbles with the book: First, as an avid back...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
I could see what she was describing, and walked on a trail across...more
Some readers complained about the ending, but I loved it. As a motive, love of animals is every bit as plausible as drugs, greed,...more
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...more
The one had fewer red herrings than other Anna Pigeon books I've read.
The resolution of this book pleased me more than any of the ones I've read before. I can't say any more than that without it being a spoiler.
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