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Flashback (Anna Pigeon #11)

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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 the present, but in shadows from its gritty past, when it s ...more
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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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery
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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
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.
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.
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??
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!
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
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
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 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 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.
Amy Bradley
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Anna Seems to be back to her old self which is good. The main Anna mystery was pretty easy to figure out. However this book was a split between Anna and her ancestor at the time of the end of the civil war. Every other chapter went back and forth in time. Rafferty, Anna's ancestor was annoying to read. Still it did turn out to be a good story.
So I think I would have liked this better if I hadn't listened to the audible version ... didn't like the reader. (Sorry Barbara Rosenblat). Love the Anna Pigeon series ... will read this again, but I will read it ... not have it read to me. (There is some truth to listening to a reader that can make or break a story.)
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorites in the Anna Pigeon series written by Nevada Barr. The story goes back and forth between the then present time in the Dry Tortugas to the 1800's at the end of the Civil War. I loved the epistolary chapters and really got a kick out of Raffia - she writes a darn good letter! It was really interesting to read a different style of writing from Nevada Barr.
Betty Day
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anna is as tough as any male character getting beat up/shot/downed/etc. and still managing to survive and triumph. With flashbacks to her earlier generations, I finally skipped ahead and finished the history part and then finished the mystery part. Good storyteller.
Drake Tungsten
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I liked the parts of the book when Anna is reading her ancestor's letters. Those historical flashbacks were different and made the story more interesting.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite so far! Loved the history
Mar 17, 2017 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.
Oct 11, 2016 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!
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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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Anna Pigeon (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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