Anna Pigeon is one of my favorite characters in the mystery genre. I identify with her. Not that I am petite and tough as nails but that we both are mAnna Pigeon is one of my favorite characters in the mystery genre. I identify with her. Not that I am petite and tough as nails but that we both are most at home outside where we can feel ourselves a part of Nature and a larger design. Anna's career with the National Park Service has taken her from one end of the country to the other, and where she goes, adventure always follows. This time, she is returning to Isle Royale National Park in the middle of Lake Superior, where she once had an encounter with "A Superior Death." But that was summer. Now it is winter and she is back to observe and participate in the ongoing study of wolves on the island. She soon suspects that there is something very wrong here. She's right, but before she solves the mystery of what it is, there will be blood on the snow. This is typical Nevada Barr. Suspenseful. A page turner. ...more
How is it that, having been an avid reader of mysteries for much of my life, I had never picked up one of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books? A grHow is it that, having been an avid reader of mysteries for much of my life, I had never picked up one of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books? A gross oversight on my part that I have now rectified. I have finished the first one of the series.
I've been reading quite a few serious books this summer - "The Maytrees," "Falling Man," "Absolute Friends," and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" to name the most recent - and I was ready for a drastic change. This book certainly offered that.
I was captivated by the personality of Stephanie from the very first chapter and I found it hard to put the book down. I just couldn't wait to see what happened to her next. As a result, I read the book within 24 hours and most of it in one sitting.
This, of course, was the book that introduced Stephanie, her family and friends to the reading public. We get to know her as a very smart woman who has had some hard knocks but is still standing. She has a loving, if annoying and sometimes embarrassing, family.
And she has loyal friends from the "burg" where she grew up. One of those "friends," Joe Morelli, plays a very large role in this adventure and apparently in the Plum adventures to come in the series.
This book has everything one can ask of a mystery. The plot and the pacing are brisk. The protagonist is attractive and both tough and vulnerable. The repartee is engaging. All in all, a thoroughly satisfying read. On to "Two for the Dough."
UPDATE 01/26/12: This was the selection of my local Mystery Book Club this month and so I reread it - or at least most of it - to remind myself of its plot. I found it just as enjoyable the second time around. ...more
I can't say that I enjoyed this installment of the Stephanie Plum mysteries as much as I did the first, but still it was a fun read. The characters ofI can't say that I enjoyed this installment of the Stephanie Plum mysteries as much as I did the first, but still it was a fun read. The characters of Stephanie and of Joe Morelli are very appealing and you just know there is a future together for them! Stephanie's family, too, especially Grandma Mazur, is a hoot.
In this story, Stephanie deals with a very, very sick individual, a sociopath who enjoys hurting people. The fact that he is Joe's cousin adds another kink to the tale.
Stephanie's other "friend," Ranger, doesn't figure too heavily in this story, but he's still there on the fringes - a potential rival with Joe for Stephanie's interest.
In the end, the bad guys are taken down and it is Stephanie triumphant once again - just as we expected all along. ...more
This third Plum mystery had me chuckling throughout and often laughing out loud. Stephanie is a smart, funny woman who's maybe not as tough as she thiThis third Plum mystery had me chuckling throughout and often laughing out loud. Stephanie is a smart, funny woman who's maybe not as tough as she thinks she is, but she's learning. As she says, she tries not to make the same mistake more than three or four times. Eventually, she may get to be really good at this bounty hunter business. As long as she has Ranger backing her up and Morelli looking after her welfare, probably nothing too terrible will happen to her - other than finding dead bodies strewn all over Trenton....more