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Winter Study by Nevada Barr
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Feb 08, 2010

bookshelves: mystery-crime
Read from February 01 to 05, 2010

Anna Pigeon is an appealing protagonist, and the change of setting in each entry in the series keeps interest high. In Winter Study, Anna takes an assignment in the frigid winter of a Lake Superior island wolf and moose sanctuary. As if simply trying to conduct outdoor research and staying alive isn't enough of a challenge, some of Anna's colleagues, all sharing a primitive cabin, begin behaving oddly. So do the wolves, though the moose seem OK. Evidence of some sort of fearsome mega-wolf sets everyone on edge, and near-fatal accidents start occurring. When one of the scientists is killed by wolves, Anna wonders if there's been a setup.

While the mystery is engaging, the information about the animal study is even more so. The tracking of wildlife, the collection of data, and the scientific analysis, all taking place in a harsh, unforgiving environment, are fascinating, and play a meaningful role in the story as a whole. Kudos to Nevada Barr for writing an intelligent series about a strong woman performing difficult, important work.

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