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Deep South (Anna Pigeon #8)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  5,356 Ratings  ·  262 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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Sep 30, 2015 Choko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Gosh, another very tough read... With Anna being as weird and depressed and the author expressing the horribleness of things we can not change, this book totally depressed me... It is not that it is a bad book, quite the opposite. It is another murder solved in a very observational and still quite unlikely way... Once again nature is the main hero, but this time loneliness and hate permeate the book and it just made me ... sad ... Rangers have very little as a leverage, apparently, when it comes ...more
Jul 20, 2011 Lighthearted rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
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.

Anna’s n
May 11, 2014 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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.
Aug 23, 2016 A.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always anticipate an Anna Pigeon novel with a bit of dread, because they tend to be graphic and intense; however, once I start reading, I get completely sucked in and just can't stop.

Set along the Natchez Trace Parkway, Deep South is an engaging read and captures the dense lushness of the Southern landscape. Though it contains a bit about the Civil War, featuring Civil War re-enactment buffs, this story doesn't "educate" the reader as much about that particular national park or the area's hist
Jun 14, 2012 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#8 in the Anna Pigeon series. "2001 Barry Award for Best Novel; Finalist 2001 Anthony Award for Best Mystery" Racism is a new target for Ranger Pigeon.

Ranger Anna Pigeon mystery - Anna is promoted to District Ranger on the Natchez Trace Parkway in MS. The post prom murder of a high school girl, with KKK trappings, mars her arrival. Hostility and sabotage from a field ranger complicates things.

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 really liked it  ·  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.
Jan C
Jun 08, 2009 Jan C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, south
This was the first one I read in this series.

It takes place in the Natchez Trace Parkway and I had recently been there. So there was an added interest. Anyway it got me hooked on the series.
Jul 04, 2007 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another good read by Nevada.
Nov 16, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Park ranger Anna Barr gets a promotion and is now the district ranger for a section of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. The good old boys are not thrilled and Anna has to win their respect and compliance, while dealing with the murder of a young girl. The descriptions of Mississippi are great and the plot moves along very quickly. As usual, there are multiple potential suspects and no motive that really makes sense (which I continued to think even after I finished.) Anna puts herself i ...more
Feb 21, 2017 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love reading the Anna Pigeon series, one is better than the next!
Feb 01, 2017 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 08, 2009 chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anna-pigeon
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
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
Nov 16, 2012 C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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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Dec 28, 2009 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 28, 2016 Lynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunits
Ever since my pal, the late Alice Hanawalt (a ranger at Booker T. Washington National Monument), returned from the Grand Canyon for a training session, she had talked about a fellow ranger, Nevada Barr, who had written a series about the National Parks.

I didn't get started with these until a year ago, when I came upon the first ones on my husband's shelf, unread. He reminded me of Alice's enthusiasm. I dug in. And I have been working my way through the collection ever since.

This latest one brin
Brenda Hicks
Mar 03, 2015 Brenda Hicks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 24, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nevada-barr
"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
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
Kara Jorges
Aug 04, 2011 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2013 Caitlin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
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
May 05, 2011 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks-a-z
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
"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
Sep 30, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
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
Kelby Grimm
Sep 09, 2016 Kelby Grimm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is an excellent one of Barr's, in comparison to the series. Never will I be living in Mississippi.
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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)
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“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.” 6 likes
“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.”
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