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(Anna Pigeon #11)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  7,006 ratings  ·  398 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 January 1st 2003 by Recorded Books
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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
Donna Davis
Nevada Barr once again has scared me silly. I will never, so help me NEVER, go out on one of the many weensy islands that surround Florida. Too many really unspeakable things can happen, when you're trapped out there, especially if the weather gets bad and they close the bridge!

Barr is as usual brilliant for her character development as well as a tight, no-wasted-words plot that will leave your brain like a humming wire for hours after the book is done. If you like thrillers, read the work of a
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio
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Jul 25, 2014 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
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
Nevada Barr tried something new in this one and was, I think, ahead of her time in doing so. She combined a current story featuring her Park Ranger Anna Pigeon with an earlier story from Civil War times, both set in Dry Tortuga National Park. I got quite annoyed sometimes because as she alternated between time periods, she always left the reader with a blatant cliff-hanger, but eventually I saw the method in this madness (and both stories involve madness of various types.) Then I went with it an ...more
May 28, 2014 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
Feb 01, 2010 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.
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.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gives the reader two mysteries - one set in the immediate post Civil War years and one in the modern day - as well as a slew of interesting factual information on a little known part of the National Park System - the Dry Tortugas. The two mysteries are tied together by the setting and by the familial relationship between Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon and her great, great aunts who resided on Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas post Civil War.

I found this book educational and entertaining
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Anna Pigeon series. I think it’s because I love the National Park system and have been to many of the parks featured in these stories. Or maybe I missed my calling as a park ranger and live vicariously through Anna. 🤷‍♀️

Whichever it is, this was the first book in the series that I read a couple of years ago. It’s not the first in the series, but we had just been to the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson on a diving vacation and I was intrigued. This one has a great storyline, and, in my
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Downloaded this one on audible before we visited Dry Tortugas Nat'l Park, since the park is the setting for the story. This is my second listen of the Anna Pigeon series, maybe it's my love of National Parks that makes me tend to enjoy them but I look forward to more in my future.
Loved how Barr wove (is that a word?) extra history lessons in with the Lincoln conspirators being held at Fort Jefferson in the flashbacks.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I love this series! Book #11 is "flashing back" and forth from history via letters, and present time. Usually I enjoy this style of writing and get fully immersed in both stories. I had a difficult time getting invested and immersed in the letter side of this book-I'm not sure why? The present day side of the story however was so good! I always end propping my eyeballs open and reading to late when I get to the last 1/2 of a NB book---I must finish before sleeping 😅
Sharon Archer
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read about one of my bucket list places, The Dry Tortugas. I know you can take the ferry from Key West for the day but I am trying to talk someone into camping there for two nights....anyone??
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because it is about the Dry Tortugas - a national park I hope to visit. It was a combination mystery and historical fiction. I enjoyed it.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one. I really enjoyed the dual storyline in this book of two stories happening in the same setting 150 years apart. Both got very exciting at the end. I think I would be wary of Anna coming to work in my park, she always brings danger and excitement with her.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books-2020
Interesting book going back and forth from historical days to the present. Sometime it got a little long, but it was a good read. I recommend it.
Feb 24, 2017 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!
Jerry B
Jul 23, 2010 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 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
Jun 21, 2014 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
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
Maureen M
Jan 14, 2017 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
Vannessa Anderson
Anna Pigeon, running from a proposal of marriage, becomes a temporary supervisory ranger on remote Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, a small grouping of tiny islands in a natural harbor seventy miles off Key West. Shortly after her arrival, she starts seeing ghosts. The ranger she replaced had also seen ghosts and was not living in a mental institution. Was Ranger Pigeon seeing ghosts or was something else more sinister at play?

Flashback is a good story that will hold the reader in suspe
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.
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-us
I enjoy the Anna Pigeon mysteries. This was my least favourite so far.
Adrianne M
Love Anna P, character. Barr is becoming a better writer. Was very engaged with this story.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this one, we go to Florida. Actually, to 70 miles off the Florida shore, to the Dry Tortugas National Park. Dominated by the nineteenth-century Fort Jefferson, a fort that was never used for actual defense because of technological changes in weapons, the Garden Key is home to Anna Pigeon temporarily. She has been recruited to replace the Supervisory Ranger on an interim basis, until he either recovers or is replaced permanently. The previous SR was taken away when he started seeing ghosts and ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a pretty good sign that you can read eleven of an author's books and love every single one of them.
This time Anna Pigeon has been dispatched to the Dry Tortugas due to the medical leave of the commanding ranger at Fort Jefferson National Park. While there, her sister sends her a box that contains letters from her great great aunt Raphaella that were written just after the Civil War when she lived at Fort Jefferson as the wife of the commanding officer. The incomplete fort was being used as
The story line is relevant basing as it entwines elements of the Cuban crisis of the past with the immigration issues of today. Once again the plot is intricate enough that I didn't figure out who the bad guys are -- so once again, Nevada Barr did her job well. (Anna's repeated decisions to put herself in jeopardy do get a little tedious, BUT then I am reading all these novels back to back and that exacerbates my irritation with her uber-bold moves.)

What I absolute detest, however, this novel st
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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

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)
  • Endangered Species (Anna Pigeon, #5)
  • Blind Descent (Anna Pigeon, #6)
  • Liberty Falling (Anna Pigeon, #7)
  • Deep South (Anna Pigeon, #8)
  • Blood Lure (Anna Pigeon, #9)
  • Hunting Season (Anna Pigeon, #10)

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