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Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  6,109 Ratings  ·  295 Reviews
In Ill Wind, Barr's powerful new novel, Park Ranger Anna Pigeon confronts death among the ruins. Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park is noted for its well-preserved cliff dwellings, the sole legacy of the Anasazi civilization, which vanished without any other trace in the twelfth century. Separated from friends and family and haunted by personal demons, Anna finds solace i ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published 1997 by Avon (first published 1995)
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Nov 20, 2010 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, american, 20c
My take so far on the Anna Pigeon mysteries: no single book is a standout that I feel like I need to read again. That said, there are so many elements of the books that I enjoy. Anna has such a strong personality, but her weaknesses are compelling and realistic, not a token fatal flaw. Her relationships with friends and family are deep and rich. (Molly is especially awesome, and I am always happy when the two sisters end up snarking at each other over the phone.) Barr's prose has a sly sense of ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Choko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book was in keeping with the series so far. All of them are slow developing with a ton of descriptions of scenery, which is to be expected, since the different state parks are the niche of Anna Pigeon's character. I think I envoy them mostly due to the dry, antisocial personality with a tad of inappropriate sense of humor she exhibits and the obvious greef and depression which underline her every waking moment...
Abbey Harlow
Starting with the pros: This was a great read for those who have been or are planning to go to Mesa Verde (as I am, in a few months). I enjoyed having this national park as a backdrop, and hearing about what goes on behind the scenes. Anna Pigeon is an intriguing protagonist, and I'll be interested to see how her character changes. Also, SO cool that the author is also a ranger.

Other stuff: I've started reading more mysteries in the past year, and started to note why I think some mysteries succe
Altivo Overo
Perhaps not one of Barr's greatest. On the good side of the list, and as always, the details of the setting (Mesa Verde National Park) and historical background are accurate and well-researched. The plot is complex, as this author's murder mysteries usually are, and there are enough characters to make it confusing for a while. The twists and surprises are creative and unexpected for the most part.

On the other hand, some of the premises were difficult for me to believe and the combination of fact
Aug 02, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was the first Nevada Barr novel I read. Picked it up at an airport shop, not sure if it was on the way home from my Smithsonian trip to the Southwest. That would be fitting as I visited Mesa
Verde on that trip. That would have been spring of 1996. Since then I've read all of her books. She, Dana Stabenow, Sara Paretsky, and James Lee Burke are probably my favorite American mystery writers. They all write with a strong sense of place and their characters are human. I should add to this list
Feb 17, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nevada-barr
I love Anna Pigeon- and although I could see the solution to this one coming, it was still a good story. I think Nevada Barr does really well at bringing the "ranger world" to the reader; even though I was a ranger for a different agency many of her descriptions and comments really ring true (in another Pigeon novel she made a reference to R&R Uniforms, our old uniform contractor, that had me nodding my head in total agreement, it was spot on). Reading these books also makes me want to get r ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Carol added it
My Rating 3 Stars for Mystery 4 for Setting Appeal

With 58 National Parks in the US, Nevada Barr has more than twice the locales to stage her mysteries than Sue Grafton has letters of the alphabet. My enjoyment of the Anna Pigeon National Park Ranger Series is strongly due to the settings.

Bear with me as I tell you this story yet again. My first Nevada Barr outing was Blind Descent, #6 in the series. It was given to me by the Park Ranger who led my cave crawl at Sequoia National Park. Had I read
This is my 5th or 6th book by Nevada Barr and it turned out to be my favorite. It should have been obvious to me but I could not figure out who the "insect" was and so was surprised and also to learn what was really going on as I never guessed. Anna Pigeon has the first good romance in this one so I am anxious to read the next one and hope it keeps going.

I really enjoyed the descriptive writing about the landscape and area as I have been there and love the Southwest. Its magical. There were quit
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Book #3 in the Anna Pigeon series, has the national park ranger assigned to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Unlike her previous posts, Mesa Verde is less about the natural beauty and outdoor majesty, and more focused on the archeological interest in the ruins of the Anasazi cliff dwellings. Anna has to deal with controversy surrounding construction of a badly needed upgraded water system, an ex-husband who is stalking and threatening the park superintendant’s secretary, reported sigh
Connie N.
#3 in the Anna Pigeon series.

I'm tempted by this series since it's set in various interesting national parks, with fairly intriguing mysteries. But Anna is just such a depressing character that it puts a pall over everything. Actually, I get her and understand that she has personal issues (as does everyone)--she doesn't like sharing a dorm with younger rangers, she is still grieving over her husband's death, she has trouble with alcoholism--but I don't necessarily want to read about all her stru
Linda Day
Aug 11, 2012 Linda Day rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wouldn't you just love to have a name like "Nevada" ? It's so unusual for a first name, I mean. If you live in Las Vegas or Henderson, it is not so unusual. As I am from Michigan, and before that Utah, and before that Oregon, and before that California I could never have pulled it off ! Michigan Day ... sounds rather like a weather report wouldn't you say ?

I digress ... so, this book "Ill Wind" is by Nevada Barr. I l.o.v.e. Nevada Barr ! And her heroine, Anna Pigeon, who is a Nat'l Park Ranger a
New book, new park. Anna's at my old location, Mesa Verde, so I loved reading this one. I sold a ton of this book in my stores when I worked there. It's interesting to be able to visualize each location while you are in the park. Minus the dead bodies, of course.

Shoved into seasonal housing, prickly Anna is winning friends and influencing people, as usual. But she starts to settle in, and quickly gets embroiled in sabotage for the pipeline threatening to ruin one of my favorite parks, and then m
Barr, Nevada - 3rd in series

It is whispered that the Old Ones still haunt Mesa Verde--the restless spirits of the Anasazi, who carved their homes in the mountain's face eight centuries ago ... and then disappeared from the Earth.

Newly assigned national parks ranger Anna Pigeon seeks solace from her own personal demons in the ancient cave dwellings of a vanished Native American civilization. But an inexplicable illness affecting visitors to the popular Colorado landmark has dragged
Aug 30, 2015 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mom
Another book in the Anna Pigeon mystery series. This is book 3 and she's now a ranger at Mesa Verde. I've been there but it's been years ago. I did like the descriptions she gives of the park.

Compared to the previous one, Superior Death, this book has less suspects and less suspense but that was fine with me. I enjoyed it and read it quickly.

On to the next one!
Oct 15, 2014 Justin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The title did it! The title murdered any hope this book had of being slightly interesting. Anna Pigeon and her drinking problems make me want to drink, which is the only way I got through this book.
Mar 25, 2016 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Ill Wind is the third book in the Anna Pigeon series. Anna is a park ranger and each of the books in this series is set in a national park. Ill Wind takes place in Mesa Verde Park in Colorado. I love going online to see pictures of the terrain in each of these areas. It's a good accompaniment to the novels.

Anna has just been posted to Mesa Verde. She is living in shared staff accommodation with two much younger women as she waits for a vacancy in housing aligned to her role. Anna is a little gru
Oct 03, 2011 KarenF rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, kindle
Another good solid Anna Pigeon mystery from Nevada Barr. For me Anna fills in nicely while waiting for the next Kinsey Millhone book. Like Kinsey she's older (but not old), a little bit jaded and working through some pain in her past. But unlike Kinsey who is firmly set in her hometown each Anna Pigeon book takes place in a different National Park. All the different settings and the different emphasis of each park is an integrated well into the mystery.
Set in Mesa Verde park in Colorado, this was a slow book. Anna has again moved parks, and is living with two other female rangers, and drinks too much wine. She is disturbed by the large number of people needing to be carried out of the park. Then her partner is found dead in one of the rock houses. She is joined in the investigation by Frederick the Fed, who she first worked with on Isle Royale.
Amber Foxx
Jun 19, 2014 Amber Foxx rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nevada Barr doesn’t need my review, but I’m writing it anyway. I discovered the Anna Pigeon series somewhere in the middle when I grabbed an audiobook for a long trip a couple of years ago, and have been hooked on it ever since. Depending on what my library has on hand for audiobooks when I make my cross-country migrations, I’ll get the latest in the series in spite of the fact that I haven’t quite finished going back to buy and read all the earlier ones or filled in a couple of gaps between lat ...more
Mar 28, 2009 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This series is gaining depth and the character is changing. By the end I begin to feel more interest in Ms Pigeon as a person rather than just the sleuth.
The choice of a ranger working the national parks caught my initial attention being a biologist. I have known a number of rangers over the years and Ms Barr's depictions feel very real.
May 01, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Anna Pigeon series. Anna has moved on from Isle Royale National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 1995's Ill Wind (aka Mountain of Bones).

Ranger Anna Pigeon mystery - is a dead ranger in Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park the result of spirits of the long gone Anasazi or are human elements to blame?

Aug 09, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Nevada Barr's series featuring Anna Pigeon. When this book and other's by Nevada Barr became available in a lot purchase, I snapped it up.
Anna Pigeon is a woman coping with loss - the death of her husband. She hid for a time in a bottle and then decided to move on to a new life and new environment - The National Park Service. She is now a park ranger, paramedic and law enforcement officer. She has new challenges, new people, new territory and new skills to deal with.
Now sh
Apr 29, 2014 Frank rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd entry in the engaging Anna Pigeon series. This one takes place in Mesa Verde National Park amid the cliff dwellings of the Anasazi Indians. Anna encounters some strange doings at the Park including a higher than average number of unexplained illnesses and injuries. On top of this, she has a murder to contend with of one of her closer friends at the Park. Some attribute the strange illnesses to the spirits of the Anasazi but Anna is able to untangle what is really happening with t ...more
Sarah Batchelder
I didn't care for this book as much as the other two Anna Pigeon books I've read. It had a much slower beginning and more than a couple annoying characters. I started really getting into the story about halfway through - once everything had picked up.
Debbie Howell
Jan 12, 2013 Debbie Howell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Accidentally read it twice. Glad I did. Good insights into the character Anna Pigeon. Mesa Verde made for an interesting setting. If you like mysteries and you're a fan of Nevada Barr or strong female protagonists I'd recommend.
Feb 14, 2012 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Anna Pigeon mystery, this one set at Mesa Verde, one of my favorite vacation destinations. Anna's character is developing in some interesting ways so I will continue to read this series in order.
The third book in this series takes place in Mesa Verde National Park, the place of the ancient cliff dwellings of a vanished Native American people. The setting, almost a character itself, gives the book a mysterious, foreboding feeling. Murders seem to follow Anna Pigeon, a ranger, as she travels from park to park (each book is set in a different national park). Oh, those poor park service employees! The only complaint I have is that each book introduces a whole new set of park service employe ...more
This is the first Anna Pigeon mystery that I've read. The setting was interesting and the mystery complex enough to keep me interested. I really enjoyed this book and I will look for more in this series.
Aug 25, 2016 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This mystery is set in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and the setting is a character as much as the people are. In addition to the eventual murder, there's the mystery of what happened to the Anasazi who built the cliff dwellings and lived there for so long, but left few bodies. (This one is discussed, mentioned, but not solved.) Anna Pigeon is a 40-ish still-grieving widow who works as a park ranger. Each mystery is set in a different national park, so Anna is not on permanent staff, curr ...more
Nola Decker
Mar 22, 2014 Nola Decker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone traveling to the Mesa Verde area
Recommended to Nola by: Mancos Dude Ranch
I usually don't read this kind of fiction but it was recommended when I took a trip to the Mancos/Mesa Verde area. I totally loved this book! I liked the characters and the mystery of it all. The best part about it was how it really brought Mesa Verde to life for me. When I visited the park, I felt like I had already spent a bunch of time there. I even recognized places described in the book. It was clear that the author had done her research and really knew the history and geography of the park ...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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Other Books in the Series

Anna Pigeon (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon, #1)
  • A Superior Death (Anna Pigeon, #2)
  • Firestorm (Anna Pigeon, #4)
  • Endangered Species (Anna Pigeon, #5)
  • Blind Descent (Anna Pigeon, #6)
  • Liberty Falling (Anna Pigeon, #7)
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  • Blood Lure (Anna Pigeon, #9)
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