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Flashback (Anna Pigeon #11)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  5,728 Ratings  ·  303 Reviews
Ranger Anna Pigeon takes her tour of national parks to the Dry Tortugas, an idyllic preserve seventy miles off the coast of Key West. Even in this island paradise, Anna cannot escape murder. A mysterious boat explosion and the discovery of seemingly unidentifiable body parts catapults our intrepid investigator out of arcadia and into dire crimes both past and present. Like ...more
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Published April 17th 2009 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published 2003)
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Pamela Mclaren
Slow to start, once you're interested kicks into gear, this is a pretty good story with a historic twist to it. Anna Pigeon, the independent park ranger who seems to make it a career goal to work at every national park in the U.S., is now serving a temporary assignment in Dry Tortugas National Park, just off Key West. The Tortugas was the site of a union fort used as a prison for confederate solder and the Lincoln conspirators and as such was once the home of one of Anna's early relatives and th ...more
Mar 13, 2011 Sandra rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, mystery
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Jul 25, 2014 Lobstergirl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Nevada Barr is not a good writer. As I've said in other reviews, sometimes her sentences are so convoluted, so idiomatic - with idioms of her own making, that no one else has ever come across before - that you have to read them three times to understand what her meaning is. She also is not good at varying sentence structure. About a billion times in every book you'll see the same sentence structure back to back to back, which dulls the reading senses and drags the reader into an unpleasant rhyth
Jun 21, 2014 Peggy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What to say? Anna Pigeon is a National Park Ranger who is stationed temporarily at Dry Tortugas off the Florida Keys. While I suppose she is supposed to be just a human, Nevada Barr insists on her experiencing near death multiple times in one book. Every time I turn around she is in mortal danger, but somehow prevails. It gets a little too fantastic to believe. This book also has Anna reading post Civil War letters written from Dry Tortugas by her great aunt when the fort was used a prison for C ...more
Adding to the usual formula of Anna being sent to National Park (this time the Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park) and finding an adventure, this book also had a historical aspect and wove in the story of the incarceration of the Lincoln conspirators. The historical plot was a bit better but both stories were pretty interesting and the narration of the audio by Barbara Rosenblat was to her usual high standard.
Feb 01, 2010 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010, nevada-barr
I didn't know of these tiny low islands 70 miles off the Florida Keys - fascinating!

At first I didn't like the jumping back and forth between Anna in the present and her great great grandmother in the past, but as the story wore on each chapter ended with a surprise or a cliffhanger, which makes you keep on reading. Several claustrophobic diving sections. Not my favourite of her books, but then, they're all worth a read.
Feb 24, 2017 A.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love learning about new places, and the Anna Pigeon series never disappoints. Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park is officially on my bucket list of places to see. Great mystery, too!
Jul 23, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two Stories from Dry Tortugas - murder and mayhem mark both!

Barr's 11th Anna Pigeon story, like all her books except her last ("Hunting Season"), which took place in the same locale as "Deep South" {in the Natchez Trace}, has a most unusual setting: the Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys. Little more than a placeholder for Fort Jefferson, a Union Prison from Civil War days, this small strip of land becomes temporary duty for Pigeon while the former supervisor is on mental health lea
Tom Donaghey
Jun 13, 2015 Tom Donaghey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FLASHBACK is the 2003 offering from Nevada Barr in this long running series. Each book is set in a different National Park and they all star the intrepid Park Ranger Anna Pigeon. This time out she id running from a marriage proposel and lands at Fort Jefferson, an aging Civil War fortress that was out of date even before it was finished. Set in the Dry Tortugas National Park on Garden Key some seventy miles off shore, this is about as remote as you can get in the Park Service.
The story of an e
Nelson Pahl
While certainly not a "disappointment" in and of itself, I did find Flashback to be...well...a bit disappointing. Barr has a clever notion for a story here, but it just doesn't work for me, for some reason. The setting is difficult to get a grasp on (it seems awkward and hard to imagine), and I found the motives for the crimes a bit far-fetched. I also thought it was a bit contrived, as it takes place in a national park, yet no one ever visits the park. Again, not a terrible offering, just one t ...more
Kathleen Ernst
I love the early Anna Pigeon mysteries by Nevada Barr (she's gotten too dark and gritty for my tastes with more recent additions). I recently returned to this one and enjoyed it as much as the first time I read it. Anna Pigeon is on temporary assignment to the Dry Tortugas National Park and quickly runs into trouble. Interwoven among the contemporary plotline is an historical thread, presented in the form of letters written by one of Anna's ancestors who lived at the fort there with her military ...more
May 28, 2014 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this one at all. First I did not like double story line with the constant flipping back and forth between centuries and with the older one having been derived from some letters.
I find it hard to understand why a woman would leave her fiance for months at a time as well as her dearly beloved pets. And this time Anna is truly the most amazing of superwomen, never pausing to eat anything, never suffering from her numerous injuries or having any lasting effects. This was one ridiculo
Bill Currie
Jul 25, 2015 Bill Currie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry I don't have another Anna Pigeon series book to read. I read this one 10 years ago for no other reason than she was a NPS law enforcement officer. Since I had volunteered with the NPS in Yosemite I was pulled to her stories along with Auburn State Recreational stories by another author. But Nevada Bar's fictional character is so believable and forth wit that I have been a fan ever since. Waiting for the next episode. And congrats to Anne on her engagement.
Ralph McEwen
The one thing I always count on and never fail to get is the wonderful descriptions of the state parks. I like to find maps on line of the sites and follow the tale. The stories are good too. I enjoyed listening to this one.
Dec 05, 2016 Helen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Park ranger Anna Pigeon goes to Dry Tortugas National Park off Key West and Mayhem ensues. The big problem with this book is that Nevada Barr has chosen to write two novels with alternating chapters. In addition to the present-day adventure, we have a story from the 1800s when Dry Tortugas was a prison during the Civil War. This is told in the form of letters (in a way that no real person would have written) from Anna's great aunt, who was based At the prison with her captain husband. Unfortunat ...more
Maureen M
Jan 14, 2017 Maureen M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barr alters her customary structure in this mystery, weaving two story lines 150 years apart. Ranger Anna Pigeon has taken a temporary gig at Dry Tortugas National Park where she distracts herself from a marriage proposal by reading letters from a great-great aunt who'd been stationed there during the Civil War. Strange occurrences arise in the letters and real life, putting Anna in need of solving old and new mysteries, if she survives. Barr fans will enjoy watching Anna's derringer-do on land ...more
Val Sanford
Anna always finds the brewing trouble at National Parks. This adventure takes place at Dry Tortugas- the prison where Dr. Harvey Mudd saved hundreds as a prisoner allowed to doctor those swept up in the yellow fever epidemic in late 1865. East of Florida this marine sanctuary is home to amazing and beautiful sea creatures, and as it turns out, murderers.
Mar 17, 2017 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting with it's flashing back to the history of the Dry Tortuga, one of the Keys off of Florida. How Anna figures out just what is going on in this supposedly quiet little assignment is kind of intriguing. I'm not sure how she always gets herself mixed up in these adventures, but somehow she does. It makes for interesting reading.
Annie Valdes
slow beginning. two stories at once--Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas when the Lincoln conspirators were incarcerated there; then modern mystery. allows for cliff hangers as one bounces from past to present. however, fun read, and some quirky characters
Feb 13, 2017 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story about Dry Tortugas National Park. So glad to find Anna Pigeon working there for a couple months!
LInda L
Not as good as some, but not bad !!!
Mar 07, 2017 Kori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This park ranger is a super woman.
Minus a star for the deeply gross way she talks about the lesbian lighthouse keepers.
Oct 11, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved both of the stories told in this book! I love this series & of the ones I have read this is my favorite!
Dec 30, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper
Leaving almost fiancé Paul and her dog Taco behind, Anna has received a short-term placement as the Supervising Ranger at Fort Jefferson National Park in the Dry Tortugas off the Florida Keys. She is standing in for the previous ranger who, due the abandonment of his lover and the isolation of the post, is suffering an emotional breakdown at a facility on the mainland. FJNP has a small staff, no luxurious accommodations for tourists, is mostly underwater, and has great opportunities for divers a ...more
Sue Barnhart Ferris
Good book, it was hard to put down.
Lissa Notreallywolf
This has been my favorite Anna Pidgeon mystery thus far in part because Anna is doing what one would expect-she is running away from Paul's proposal. Having read the books out of sequence I was shocked to find her married, especially given the fact I knew she still carried a torch for Zach, her first husband. She runs to Dry Tortuga, an old civil war fort built on coral far into the ocean. Like many of Barr's novels it inspired me to look at photographs of the setting after enjoying the book's d ...more
Kara Jorges
Aug 04, 2011 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our favorite national park ranger, Anna Pigeon, is temporarily filling in for the boss at Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys, after the park’s head ranger lost his girlfriend, along with his grip on sanity. It is very hot, and not horribly exciting in the park until Anna receives a box of old letters from her sister, who had unearthed them because they were written by their great, great aunt Raffia when her husband was an army captain at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. Anna spend ...more
Mark Stevens
Oct 30, 2010 Mark Stevens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Flashback” is sturdy work. At least, the main plot is classic Nevada Barr as Anna Pigeon unravels the secrets behind a series of odd events and boat explosions on the Dry Tortugas. Barr takes full advantage of the setting, as she always does. The settings are characters in her books and she’s a master at weaving the backdrop (or in Barr’s case, foredrop?) into the storyline. There’s something so effortless and natural about Barr’s storytelling style and there’s no change here. The writing is cr ...more
This is an Anna Pigeon mystery. She is a park ranger temporarily assigned to Dry Tortugas National Park which is a group of islands 70 miles west of Key West. In other words, the park is in the middle of nowhere. On Garden Key is Fort Jefferson which is a pentagon looking building that takes up almost the entire island. It was built in the 1860's as a prisoner of war camp that held Confederate soldiers. After the war, it was the prison for Dr Mudd & Mr Samuel Arnold who were both conspirator ...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)
  • Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon, #3)
  • Firestorm (Anna Pigeon, #4)
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