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Deep South (Anna Pigeon #8)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  4,668 ratings  ·  220 reviews
Park Ranger Anna Pigeon stumbles upon a gruesome murder with frightening racial overtones in the latest installment of this bestselling series.

In Deep South, Anna travels cross-country to Mississippi, only to encounter terrible secrets in the heart of the south.

The handwritten sign on the tree said it all: Repent. For Anna, this should have been reason enough to turn back
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2000)
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In Deep South, Anna Pigeon has just accepted a promotion as District Ranger for the Port Gibson District of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. As it turns out, she’s the first female district ranger in this area and that doesn’t go over very well with some of the locals, or some of her staff for that matter. However, Anna’s not only dealing with sexist bigots, she’s dealing with racist bigots as well—not to mention a murder, a suicide and a handful of truly frightening situations.

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At the beginning of this series I though detective Anna Pigeon showed a lot of potential for depth and personal growth along with the adventures at various National Parks. Now I'm not so sure. I liked the interactions with her new colleagues and how she had to establish herself in her new position. I thought the detective work was pathetic with lots of holes in the process of uncovering the mystery. Mostly I am really tired of the inevitable scene where Anna fends off incredible injuries and pai ...more
I really liked this author's name, that is why I checked out this book from the, it is a murder mystery: my favorite! It's the story of a woman park ranger who has just moved to Mississippi to work on the Natchez Trace. The day after she arrives, a body is found and she and her fellow park rangers are on the case! Too bad for dirty language...gosh, I hate when they cuss! But the story was a fairly good one, full of Southern lore and Confederate re-enactors. I liked the setting... ...more
written in 2001, set on the Natchez Trace Parkway Park Ranger Anna Pigeon stumbles upon a gruesome murder with frightening racial overtones in the latest installment of this bestselling series. I think this is #8 in the series. I didn't read 1-7. Anna just got a promotion to district ranger and she faces a lot of resentment. One she is a woman and two she is a yankee. She is moving from Mesa Verde where she was a field ranger. My favorite part of her move was "Exhibiting true governmental logic, ...more
This was an interesting and pleasant read, the first of Barr's novels that I've read. Some of the characters didn't ring true - purported teens using Princess Di and Kurt Russell as frames of reference, for example. Still, I enjoyed the focus on the outdoors and Nat'l Park Service processes and procedures, for a change from other mystery novel authors dominating the marketplace.
Really enjoy the character of Anna Pigeon, her foibles, her dedication, her patience. I have not read one for awhile and had to catch up on stuff, but her past is discussed enough that new readers can enjoy the story with this as a first. She has spent so much time in the Southwest that I was intrigued when I saw her coming to Mississippi...we live in Georgia. Makes me want to go do the Natchez Trace (sister and BIL biked it two years ago) and see more of the area. Conflicts arise immediately wi ...more
Brenda Hicks
Nevada Barr and her Anna Pigeon experiences are the reason that I play my game in the library. Bored with reading the same old authors year after year, I struck out in search of something new. Ms Barr was one of my first finds. And she doesn't disappoint.

This time, I chose to read the story she wrote about the park I was visiting on vacation. I was glad I did. We would not have considered the loess soil without her and I would not have figured out why I felt an undercurrent of unease while visi
This book was okay. Nothing special, but kept me interested for the most part. I feel like pretty much anyone with college writing experience could've authored it. Definitely not life changing, definitely not going down in the books for literary greatness, but entertaining nontheless.
Jul 10, 2007 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
I really enjoyed this book about a Natchez Trace park ranger who has to solve the murder of a teenager while staying alive herself. I had mystery, suspense, and a little bit of romance thrown in.
The formula for the Anna Pigeon series is set - Anna gets beat up and then solves the murder. While I like Anna as a character, I am hopeful that future books in the series move away from this formula. That said, it was interesting to read about the deep south and how interesting the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi might be and how the issues of race play into the local culture. I wonder how it would be written today with the current tension. My ultimate conclusion about the book - okay as ...more
Yet another good read by Nevada.
Anna finds herself in a very uncomfortable place as she takes up a management position in the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. Not only is it infinitely soggier than her beloved desert, it's racist, sexist, and probably a whole bunch of other -ists. Anna immediately encounters trouble with her two rangers, not to mention park visitors.
On her first night, Anna is awoken to investigate the sounds of teenagers racing cars around the camp, only to find a drunk prom queen in the woods. When the
Kara Jorges
Our favorite federal park ranger, Anna Pigeon, heads deep into Mississippi for her new job as head ranger of the Natchez Trace. Punchy from lack of sleep, it doesn’t take Anna long to find trouble in the form of a drunken teenage girl. She takes the girl in and returns her to her parents, thinking all is quiet until another teen girl turns up missing, and then dead. 16-year-old Danielle Posey is found in the woods with her head bashed in, wearing a KKK-style hood. Anna, along with the other park ...more
After her urban adventures on New York's Ellis Island in Liberty Falling, park ranger Anna Pigeon has finally "heeded the ticking of her bureaucratic clock" and signed on for a promotion in the boonies: district ranger on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Anna's mental images of Mississippi come from black-and-white stock photos from the civil rights movement of the 1960s, so it's not surprising that she finds it beautiful but strange, its residents caught in a teased-hair, fried-food time warp. But sh ...more

Otherwise known as: Anna Vs. Good 'Ol Boys

It pretty decent, though the end seemed a bit too neatly and weirdly wrapped up. I like that a twist was thrown in, but at the same time, I felt 'option 1' fit better. When you hear hoofbeats, etc...

I like Paul, but of course I've already read a few spoilers.

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Gary Sedivy
An average mystery: the reason for the murder turns out to be lame (IMO), the murderer is barely involved in the story, except at the very beginning with a brief mention, and then when caught. Thrown in the mix is redneck vs. Yankee tensions, good ol' boys vs women, teenage angst, crazies, an anti-religion leaning (Baptist pastor seems evil, and even though a good guy is a Christian, there is a reluctance to like him), and racism. Whew! How do you cram all than in 370 pages?...The most interesti ...more
"Deep South" was not my favorite Anna Pigeon book, but still very enjoyable. I had read this book before, several years ago, but earlier this year our family took a spring break road trip down the portion of the Natchez Trace that this book is set in, and I found it really added to the story to be able to visualize where some of the locations mentioned in the book are. After driving down the Trace, I had a new appreciation for some of the situations that Ranger Anna find herself in, and a better ...more
"Anna Pigeon finally gives in to her bureaucratic clock -- and signs on for a promotion. Next thing she knows, she's knee-deep in mud and Mississippi. Not exactly what she had in mind. Almost immediately, as the new district ranger on the Natchez Trace, Anna discovered the body of a young prom queen near a country cemetery, a sheet around her head, a noose around her neck. It's a bizarre twist on a best-forgotten past of frightening racial undertones. As fast as the ever-encroaching kudzu vines ...more
Post Listen Review: Finally a mystery that isn't a romance or a comedy or something where only old ladies from Maine can figure out who did it. I enjoyed the story. It was about a National Park Ranger who comes across a body in the deep south. The whole way through I was not sure who did it or why although I had my guesses. The protaganist is not dumb, or just into men, and she is mostly concerned with actually solving a crime. In the end it was a fairly typical scenario for a crime drama but th ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: The handwritten sign on the tree said it all: REPENT. For Anna Pigeon, this should have been reason enough to turn back for her beloved Mesa Verde. Instead she heads for the Natchez Trace Parkway and the promotion that awaits her. Almost immediately, she finds herself in the midst of controversy: as the new district ranger, she faces resentment so extreme her ability to do her job may be compromised, and her life may very well be in danger. But all thoughts of personal safety are set a ...more
Anna Pidgeon has taken a job in Mississippi on the Natchez Trace that promotes her to a managing Ranger. Given the fact that she's the first woman to hold this position in Mississippi, she isn't greeted with the warmest of welcomes from the two Rangers who work for her, and they aren't the only ones. Anna's arrival is also greeted with the discovery of a dead teenage girl. This murder is especially sensitive given that she's found in a KKK-like hood with a noose around her neck.

I enjoyed this n
Lisa Cobb Sabatini
I am a longtime fan of Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series, yet I somehow missed Deep South, copyright 2000. I have always enjoyed this series, set in various national parks, but I must say, Deep South is now my absolute favorite.
Park Ranger Anna Pigeon finds herself relocated to Mississippi's Natchez Trace, a national park that is comprised of a stretch of road known for its historical significance and natural beauty. Anna is the new district ranger at a time and place not accustomed to females in
Kate Woods Walker
This series mystery's opening chapter was heavily seasoned with some showy literary pizzazz, but soon settled into a fairly standard rhythm. I'm not a fan of mysteries as a rule, and even less a fan of any series (except for the Hitchhiker books, a class unto themselves), so I wasn't expecting much from Ranger Anna Pigeon. But Deep South surprised with its readability and a few amusing eccentricities, such as the heroine's penchant for noticing the size of men's bellies, much the same way a male ...more
Park Ranger Anna Pigeon in her new assignment in Mississippi stumbles upon a gruesome murder along the Natchez Trace Parkway. The handwritten sign on a tree demands she REPENT & amid alligators, Civil War reenactors & the Ole Boy Club she gets her first taste of Southern hospitality. In Deep South we find our intrepid Park Ranger far from her beloved Mesa Verde desert lands, surrounded by lush & humid forests, history & relics from the Civil War & a reluctant & patronizin ...more
Anna Pigeon has finally accepted a promotion at age 45, and is sent to the Port Gibson office in the Natchez Trail park. After driving 22 hours straight to arrive, she's awakened from sleep by a complaint of a loud group of teens in the nearby campground. She finds a highly intoxicated teenage girl in the old cemetary and brings her home to sleep it off. When she meets Paul Davidson, the local sheriff, the next day, she learns another teenage girl has gone missing. Walking in the woods behind th ...more
My favorite aspect of Nevada Barr's books is the way she transports you to the scene (a different national park) in each book. Set on the Natchez Trace, this book is Barr at her best. You can almost feel and hear the menacing kudzu growing outside. Since I read this during a cold, snowy week in Iowa, that gives you an idea of Barr's skill. The story is tight and the characters well-drawn. It would be easy to present stereotypes in this setting, but Barr doesn't fall for that. As always, Anna Pig ...more
In Deep South, Anna Pigeon is starting a new job as District Ranger for the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. Before she has even settled in, Anna and her dog Taco discover the body of a missing teenager while out on an exploration hike. Feeling like she has to prove her competence to the male rangers who are resistant to a woman's authority, Anna conducts the investigation with her usual tenaciousness. That stirs up some frightful animosity towards her which results in devastating consequen ...more
This is the only 'Anna Pigeon' story I have read on the recommendation of an online reader-friend who recommended the series. I chose *Deep South* because I'm a northerner who lived in the Bible Belt for about ten years, so it made sense.

I like the Anna Pigeon character and enjoyed the book though I can't say I was hooked enough to clamor for all the other books or even another right away. The book had a tempo and method that seems a bit formulaic it was still well written and intelligent, with
I enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. I loved the descriptions of the lush country, wild life and eccentric inhabitants. You can tell the author spent a lot of time in this area of Mississippi. The story finds Anna moved from her beloved southwest to take advantage of a better GS rating. She is now a District Ranger in charge of two other Rangers who aren't excited that she is female, yankee or better paid. While dealing with their lack of support, Anna finds a young girl murdered ...more
Sally Lindsay-briggs
This novel is set in one of our most southern states, near the Natchez Trace. My freshman year in college was at a Christian college in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, so the story's location and bits and pieces were like pleasant and at times unpleasant visitations of the area. Anna, the Park Ranger, is the main character and is one tough cookie. I admired her grit against really difficult odds. Her romance is skillfully woven with a teen's murder. It was a read that I could put down after a few page ...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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“When she finally found her way onto the Trace, the sun was rising and, with it, her spirits.

The Natchez Trace Parkway, a two lane road slated, when finished to run from Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, Mississippi, had been the brainchild of the Ladies' Garden Clubs in the South. Besides preserving a unique part of the nations past,...the Trace would not be based on spectacular scenery but would conserve the natural and agricultural history of Mississippi.”
“As she drove the Trace, each curve revealing a scene rich with life and as picturesque as illustrations from a children's book, Anna was struck again by the beauty of the state. Over her years as a Yankee and a Westerner, she'd heard Mississippi described many ways. Beautiful had never been one of them.” 4 likes
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