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Liberty Falling (Anna Pigeon #7)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  4,941 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews
There is peril beneath the watchful eyes of the Lady...

When Anna Pigeon left New York City after her husband was killed, she hoped it would be forever. But now her sister Molly is clinging to life in an uptown hospital ICU, so Anna has reluctantly returned. Rooming with a friend and fellow park ranger in close quarters on Liberty Island---the small strip of land that is ho
Paperback, 343 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Avon Books (first published 1999)
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Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A departure from Anna Pigeon's usual assignment to a National Park. In this book she is visiting the Park at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. This is one place I would love to visit; so I loved learning about the Islands. Again, I take a side excursion on the Internet to see the maps and also visit the NPS website telling about the park. There are some unusual characters involved with this mystery, which made it interesting. And I think Barbara Rosenblatt's reading is so great. I would li ...more
For me, this was the best Anna Pigeon novel so far. She gets to see Molly - in not so good circumstances, she gets to see some guys (new and old), and best of all - she wanders all over the abandoned buildings at Ellis Island. That was the best thing about the book. Sure, there's the usual murder plot, but I liked the setting immensely.
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I don't usually like mysteries, but these Anna Pigeon books by Nevada Barr have captured me! Really, they are the first books I've read in a very long time that have me thinking about them even when I'm not reading: trying to figure out the solution to the mystery, or cogitating on Anna's unique and elegant way of reading others' body language, thoughts and feelings. Barr has an uncanny ability to evoke the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of our National Parks: wolves on Isle Royale, rafting ...more
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: admirers of Persian porn
Absolutely horrendous writing, so thick with twisted metaphors that you have to reread sentences to find out what Barr is trying to say. The story is bad, too - the Liberty Island/Ellis Island setting is claustrophobic, the denouement dimwitted. Frederick Stanton, who used to be Anna's love interest but is now head over heels for the older, apparently homelier, and much unhealthier Molly, Anna's sister, is gross.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am assuming that the information on Liberty and Ellis Islands was researched by the author and is accurate. Anna Pigeon has come to New York to be with her sister who could die. By the end of the book, so much has happened to her that the reader is surprised that SHE hasn't been killed. It is interesting and exciting.
Ralph McEwen
Long on whine, short on action, lethargic on suspense. Not the best Pigeon book in the series. Still it did get me interested enough to get me to do some research on Ellis Island. I found pictures and video that agreed with the descriptions in the book.

Pamela Mclaren
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Anna Pigeon's psychiatrist sister is gravely ill in New York City, so she has traveled to that city, which she finds too crowded and noisy, and is staying at Liberty Island National Park. Its a very crazy time for the park ranger because she can't do what she usually does and she can't make her sister better. What she does instead is explore the island and its slowly deteriorating buildings. And she is finding some various mysterious things. Then there is a death of a young woman and a park rang ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Reread this again after having been to nyc for the first time and now have personally visited liberty and Ellis islands. Was much more enjoyable to read knowing exactly and being able to picture what Anna was describing. For some reason, I did struggle to really get into this book this time around - didn’t captivate right away and get moving. But maybe because it was lots of introspection and feelings surrounding he sister’s hospital stay. As always though, a great mystery that doesn’t disappoin ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
Really good read with an exciting ending. A little different to see Anna “imprisoned” in a city instead of her usual more rustic parks out west.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Reports of ghostly sounds by the night Park Ranger on Ellis Island has Anna searching the historic landmark’s creepy abandoned buildings. But what has brought her to New York City is her sister’s illness. It’s a heart-wrenching time for Anna in what is one of Barr’s best stories.

In Liberty Falling Barr reached a comfortable place writing Anna, the park ranger who grapples with murder in every park she works. The nice thing about this series is that Anna is such an authentic person, er, character
The only problem I had with this book is the many many numerous selling mistakes that were left uncorrected. Half the h's were b's and visa versa and c's were replaced with e's lot. It boggles the mind how there mistakes weren't noticed when the books were being printed or first sold.

I also find it interesting that this books main mystery and subject was an attack on a national monument of New York by extremists that takes place a year and a half before the world trade centers were brought down.
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-us, adventure
Another comfort read from Nevada Barr. In the 7th book in this excellent series, we find our intrepid National Park ranger, Anna Pigeon, on a leave of absence, in New York, watching over her psychologist sister, Molly, who is critically ill. Anna is staying with her friend Patsy who is the chief administrator at the national park on Liberty and Ellis Islands. Even though preoccupied with her sister's health, Anna finds herself embroiled in a mysterious death on Liberty Island. The story moves al ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Installment #7 of the Anna Pigeon mystery series takes place on Liberty Island and Ellis Island, which I had no idea fell under the National Park Service. While I toured both years ago, I also had no idea that there's an entire half of Ellis Island tourists do not see that contains a literal mess of huge abandoned, overgrown and possibly haunted facilities.

I really enjoyed this mystery-thriller, which was a bit of a departure from the usual "whodunit."
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I enjoyed this book especially because I have been to this National Park in and could imagine where this book took place.
Nevada writes a great mystery and uses 10 dollar words I have to look in up. I learn so much while being entertained.
Oct 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Liked this one alot.
Love the whole "series". Anna Pigeon is a great character and I love reading about the National Parks - especially ones I've been too. After a while the pacing gets predictable, but they make entertaining lighter reading, without being too graphic.
Bedrooped Bookworms
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I had the pleasure of visiting Liberty and Ellis Islands in high school. I was fascinated by Ellis Island in particular. I have a great-great-great aunt who came through Ellis Island as a girl, so I’ve always been fascinated by what it would have been like to pick up from everything you’ve known and set out for a place filled with promise but also the total unknown with no job, no housing, and a tiny bag of all of your treasured life possessions. The stories of immigrants are pretty incredible.

Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Didn't enjoy this Anna Pigeon book as much as others because my audio recording came in the wrong order so it didn't make much sense. And I fell asleep listening so thought that was the problem, even though I rewound. Anyway, this one takes place at Liberty Island where Anna is staying with a friend while her sister Molly is sick in the hospital. Frederick is also visiting Molly and proposes to her after she is on the mend. Anna is busy solving the two supposed suicides that jumped off the statu ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I just love taking the rides to the National Parks with Ranger Anna Pigeon. In this one- the setting was not the great outdoors that I love but the claustrophobic craziness and masses on the streets and subways of New York City which I do not love-(but put up with occasionally). The plot- coming to the aid of her seriously ill sister Molly being treated at a prestigious NYC hospital,she finds herself living as a guest with the Park Ranger staff on Ellis Islands and Statue of Liberty National Mon ...more
Linda Amos
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read any of Nevada Barr's books before. It's not the last time.
Anna Pigeon is in Manhattan to visit her sister on hospital. Her spare time is spent exploring the Statue of Liberty and the surrounding park. She makes friends with the park staff and goes into areas of the Lady the public don't get to see. She looks around parts of Ellis Island and the infections diseases wards which are closed as they are dangerous. A girl falls to her death from Liberty, followed a few days later by one
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's just a fun mystery series. My "summer" reading has begun and I'm trying to read all of Barr's "Anna Pigeon" series before I get to the one set in my "home" state. A long road. This hard-boiled "investigator" who is mostly a park ranger really sticks her nose in it this time. Visiting her NYC sister's bedside but staying on a historical site, she has the run of the place - and, of course, finds herself in the midst of murder and mayhem. It's a wonder that she is still functional after all th ...more
Confesso che mi ero scordata che i rangers non si occupano solo di parchi nazionali, ma anche di monumenti storici... Qui, infatti, siamo a New York e la storia si svolge in gran parte presso la Statua della Libertà e su Ellis Island.
Come al solito con questa autrice, a un certo punto mi ero persa negli indizi, poi ho avuto un lampo di genio e tutto mi è stato chiaro, arrivando al grosso della soluzione prima della protagonista. Col senno di poi, mi sono resa conto che avevo avuto sentore di do
Tess Mertens-Johnson
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love Anna Pigeon!
She left New York City after her husband died hoping to never come back.
Then her sister Molly is brought to the ICU and she comes back to see her.
While there, two people, a young girl, and a man who is a loner to a jump of Lady Liberty.
While her sister hangs on for life, Anna works to find the reasons why these two fell (or were pushed??) to their death. Throw in a sprig of an old flame who is actually with her sister now (ewww) and she is classic Anna, suing her wits to solve a
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This is one of my favourite of Anna’s adventures so far! I didn’t expect to enjoy an ‘urban’ national park setting this much, but Ms Barr is an expert at finding and sharing the beauty in all national parks. The cultural and historical context of Liberty Island and Ellis Island are used to great effect. And the subplot about Anna’s family is heartwarming.

The only downside is how contemporary it still feels - the motives of the bad guys are still just as prevalent nearly 20 years late
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the way this author writes, the little pearls of wisdom and insight peppered liberally through the story that makes the characters much more than two-dimensional. I find a lot of similarities between her work and that of Martha Grimes. This particular series entry was half mystery, half thriller and 100% enjoyable. The setting of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty were more than just a backdrop, they were an integral part of the story. Great effort by one of my favorite authors.
Betty Day
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It does wear me out - more than when male characters perform impossible deeds - when Anna keeps getting into scrapes that I know can't be escaped . . . guess it shines a brighter light on female capabilities that I have a more rational read on than when male characters do heroic things and - not being male and having been socialized for 76 years to believe men are more hardy and trained to do manly things - I more easily suspend my disbelief and admiringly go with it.
Charlene Dean
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
After being lost in the caves at Carlsbad, I looked forward to being above ground. It was the usual Anna Pigeon story.....she ultimately gets her man. I did enjoy reading about the other buildings around Ellis Island. Even though I'd been there, I don't remember seeing other buildings or being curious about them. It's something to investigate more deeply.
I always enjoy the characters and setting of the Anna Pigeon series, but the plots could use some more twists and turns. The books just ramble along without much going on then all of sudden it flies to the end. Good beach read but not much else to it.
Jessi Szigethy
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book but the change in narrator was difficult for me. Anna of course puts herself in the middle of a crazy plot where people get killed or maimed. It was interesting to see how she handled her sisters relationship.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book. I like the way it all came together. Also nice to see Molly and Frederick.
Patricia S
This was my least favorite of the books she has written. Parts were good but they were spotted.
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