Suspenseful, atmospheric [and] pulse-pounding…Hunting Season ranks right up there with the best in this excellent series.”—Chicago Tribune
“The plot takes some surprising twists [but] the real strength of Hunting Season, and this series, is its delightful protagonist. A widowed woman in her 40s, she is absolutely believable—alternately irritated, feisty, insecure, grouchy and charming.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“An engrossing and deftly written thriller…[Nevada Barr] provides us with a backstage view of our national park system that is both fictionally exciting and factually enlightening.”—San Diego Union-Tribune
“Will keep readers guessing until the last page.”—The Denver Post
“Thoroughly enjoyable.”—The Seattle Times
“The edgy, fast-paced tale generates plenty of tension…and Barr does a good job of developing the character of Anna, adding romance to the mix and giving the ranger plenty of opportunity to display her slightly dark, off-center wit.”—Booklist (starred review)
“First-rate…Barr outshines most other authors in the mystery genre.”—Publishers Weekly
“In Hunting Season, [Barr’s] descriptions are so vivid a reader almost feels the leaves on the forest floor cracking beneath her feet and the misty fogs soaking into her pores.”—The Memphis Commercial Appeal
“A good, exciting read. [Barr] has a deft touch with suspense, and her fiction has a solid feel.”—The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
“[Shows] the beauty of Barr’s writing about nature along the Trace and her development of Anna’s increasingly complex personality.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Even fans who thought they’d already seen enough of Natchez Trace will find Barr’s tenth as inventive, as ingenious, and finally as riveting as the very best of this distinguished series.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Fortunately for her readers, Barr takes full advantage of the surroundings, writing ingeniously plotted mysteries set in exotic locales…interesting characters…some truly terrifying scenes.”—Capital Times (Madison, WI)
“The remarkable Nevada Barr offers another beautifully nuanced and hard-to-put-down tale…There truly is no finer writer in the realm today, and her descriptive prose in observance of the natural world is always stunning.”—Pages
“Park ranger Anna Pigeon is back on the Natchez Trace [with] poachers, grave robbers, a romance and, of course, a murder…The slightly spooky goings-on give the tale a pleasant chill, and Barr keeps the story’s intensity high until the edge-of-your-seat conclusion. Along with her trademark elucidation of the wonders of nature, she never fails to illuminate human nature as well.”—Rocky Mountain News
The Barnes & Noble Review
With tight prose that bleeds authenticity, Nevada Barr is known for her powerful Anna Pigeon novels, whose chapters breeze by at high speed and offer readers fascinating glimpses at the history, beauty, and administration of the national parks of the United States. Story threads draw together layers of conflict and social relevance, revealing the hidden sides of both protagonists and villains within a compelling plot.
In her tenth outing, park ranger Anna Pigeon must investigate a murder at a tourist spot on Mississippi's Natchez Trace National Parkway. The corpse bears marks possibly made in an S&M act, and one clue appears on a nightstand in the form of a Bible with certain verses circled in red. Making things harder for Anna is the involvement of the dead man's brother, Raymond Barnette, an undertaker who fears what would happen if the facts of the case got out to his neighbors. It turns out the Barnette family has been hiding other dark secrets for generations, so they're quite good at obscuring the truth. Anna finds herself a bit out of her element as racial tensions, a jealous deputy, and a group of poachers add to the complicationseven as her romantic life begins to heat up.
Distinguished by a carefully driven style, Hunting Season moves with a rapid stride that propels readers into the tale. Barr knows her characters and their situations, and she understands how true investigative procedure can form the essence of a narrative. She manages to use the natural ambiance of the lush Deep South to underscore events and create suspense, and as elsewhere in her work, it's the ring of truth that makes thisnovel so very entertaining. Hunting Season is a book that deserves wide attention, as Nevada Barr again demonstrates that she is one of the most noteworthy voices in the field. (Tom Piccirilli)
Readers familiar with Barr's entertaining national park mystery series know that Anna rarely finds tranquility in God's country. Her fans can only be grateful that there are still plenty of national parks left for Anna Pigeon to visit.
After an interlude in Montana and Canada in Blood Lure (2001), Anna Pigeon returns to the Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway of Deep South (2000) in Barr's 10th book to feature the peripatetic national park ranger, though with its haphazard plot and fitful action it's not one of the author's best. The feisty Anna, now district ranger of the Port Gibson District, is still adjusting to her supervisory position and dealing with her resentful male staff. Her quiescent love life has blossomed with Paul Davidson, an ordained Episcopal minister and the sheriff of neighboring Claiborne County. When the nude body of Doyce Barnette turns up at Mt. Locust, a historic plantation and inn in the Natchez Trace Parkway, the dead man appears to have been the victim of a ritual killing, but it doesn't fit with his prosaic lifestyle. Anna works with the local sheriff, Clintus Jones, on a slippery case with a few motiveless suspects and fewer clues. Although it's hunting season, there doesn't seem to be a connection; the body shows odd marks and the cause of death is vague. Barnette's brother, an undertaker with political ambitions, is helpful but curt, his mother belligerent and uninformative. After Anna receives a couple of threats, she and Clintus discover they're investigating two different cases, and Anna finds out she has an enemy within the park service. As usual, the writing is first-rate, with vivid characters and atmospheric background. Even when she's not at the top of her form, Barr outshines most other authors in the mystery genre. National author tour. (Feb. 18) Forecast: Some fans may be disappointed that Barr has stopped moving her heroine around the national park system, but Anna's ongoing romance with Paul should attract new readers and keep existing ones happy. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Anna Pigeon, who has already starred in nine mysteries for Barr, encounters what appears to be murder by S&M ritual at a historic plantation deep in the heart of Mississippi. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
After a season out west among killer bears (Blood Lure, 2001), Anna Pigeon, who's made her reputation by keeping on the move, is back as District Ranger in Mississippi's Natchez Trace National Parkway. The Natchez Trace is every bit as beautiful as ever, and insubordinate male underlings like Randy Thigpen (Deep South, 2000) still resent her every bit as much. What's new is the crisis in her romance with Claiborne County Sheriff Paul Davidson, an Episcopal priest who's separated, though not divorced, from his calculating wife, and the most embarrassing corpse she's ever been called away from somebody else's wedding to examine. Good ol' boy Doyce Barnette, smothered and stripped to his Fruit of the Looms, has been deposited on Grandma Polly's decorous bed at the former working plantation Mt. Locust, looking just like a beached whale with a weakness for kinky sex. The revelation is bound to heat up relations among the poker-playing buddies who solemnly alibi each other for the night Doyce died, and the race for Adams County Sheriff, since Doyce's undertaker brother Ray, who'd hoped to replace Clintus Jones, now has to endure this final affront. Digging deeper, however, Anna finds more dark secrets, from a century-old land grab to a much more recent band of poachers. As usual, the most dangerous species in the park turns out to walk on two legs.