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(Anna Pigeon #11)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  6,522 ratings  ·  352 reviews
The five-week New York Times bestseller, now in paperback.Running from a proposal of marriage from Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon takes a post as 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. This island paradise has secrets it would keep; not just in t ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Berkley (first published 2003)
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Pamela Mclaren
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery
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Kathleen Ernst
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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
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 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.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Sharon Archer
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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
Maureen M
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Nelson Pahl
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Bradley
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Very different format from the previous Anna Pigeon novels. After being proposed to by Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna took a temporary position at Dry Tortuga in the Florida Keys. Alternating chapters are a female ancestor’s letters from the same fort shortly after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

One of Anna's ranger's disappears in the night while patrolling in boat, leading to the discovery of a different boat wrecked on the ocean floor. An underwater explosion injures Anna and another diver
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I did NOT enjoy this book. It was toooooo long, especially for the rather minimal and fairly obvious plot. The amount of detail was overwhelming and mostly unnecessary for a mystery. But the thing I liked least was the alternate chapter format between 1) the modern day story involving Anna Pigeon and 2) the events at Fort Jefferson on Garden Key in 1865. The two plots were completely separate, they did not merge or illuminate each other, and the author outrageously ended nearly every chapter (in ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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John Findlay
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not great literature, but a very enjoyable book. Set in the Dry Tortugas National Park, two separate stories are presented. One is set in the time period after the Civil War when some of the Lincoln conspirators were housed at Fort Jefferson. The second is set in the current day and involves Ranger Anna Pigeon in an adventure involving murder, sunken boats, and smugglers. Both stories are exciting, but I found it disconcerting to keep switching between the two. It was difficult to anticipate the ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I like about the Anna Pigeon books is that I learn about the National Park where she is posted for the current book. I had never heard of Dry Tortugas, a fort on the southern-most Key of Florida. After the Civil War it was used as a prison for the conspirators charged with killing President Lincoln. Part of the book deals with a flashback involving the wife of the commander of the fort and her sister who becomes involved with Dr Mudd incarcerated there. That was a bit tedious, but I will li ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this quite a bit. I thought the two stories wove together quite well, and I was equally interested in both. Some of the criticism I've read of the story revolves around Anna's ability to continually escape death. I disagree, and don't think the same criticism would be there if Anna were male. I think she's a relatively tough cookie, yet still is someone who I'd enjoy having dinner with. One of the other major criticisms seems to be the detail about the setting. I cannot believe that peop ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't really sure how much I would like the device of past and present intersecting in this book, but it turned out to be an interesting way to tell the fort's history.
I am amazed at how often Anna rushes headlong into dangerous or difficult situations without back-up, arms, or even clothing. But if she didn't the story wouldn't be half so exciting. This title had some interesting twists and turns and touches that kept me guessing.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good, but hard for me to read. I was not a fan of the the constant, jarring time shifts throughout the book. However, that kind of what the title implies. I really didn’t know anything about or of the Dry Tortugas except the name...had no idea where it was. So, yet again, I looked it all up and saw the photos of the real place...which I love doing as part of Barr’s novels in this have even more of the sense of the places she describes so well.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good episode in the adventuresome world of outdoorswoman, Anna Pigeon. I will now use my best skills in delayed gratification to pause in the series until next summer, when I will gladly pick up at #12. Until then, hoping Anna will work at the Grand Tetons at some point, since I just visited that amazing place.
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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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