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Endangered Species: An Anna Pigeon Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Nevada Barr
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, Fun July 9 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nevada Barr is not above a bit of sly humor now and then, and in "Endangered Species," she indulged herself a bit, to our benefit.
In this adventure, ranger extraordinaire Anna Pigeon is on temporary fire-prevention duty at Cumberland Island National Seashore Park, off the Georgia Coast.
Wilderness-lover that she is, Anna is having some trouble with the habitat: ticks, chiggers, huge golden orb spiders, a mythically gigantic alligator who is not above taking a bite of a human, and all sorts of other creepy crawlies are part of the venue. And the people aren't much better. There's an equally creepy crawly and very surly biologist whose mission in life is to Save the Turtles (by helping them lay their eggs and get back to the sea safely), an impossibly pregnant and very weepy wife who may or may not be involved in nefarious deeds, two vintage WWII ladies who take no nonsense, and an adorable pet fawn named Flicka who thinks he's a dog.
It was only with Flicka that I took issue. Where was Barr's heretofore wonderful editor? This fawn is very much a boy--"Flicka," as anyone who read the book in childhood can tell you, is Swedish for "Little Girl." But enough trivia.
When a small plane crashes in the heavily forested part of the island, Anna and crew suspect sabotage. Is there a drug ring operating in this turtles' paradise? And if so, who is involved enough to want to murder the pilot and passenger? Anna sets off to solve the mystery--and winds up inhaling an entire huge cash crop of marijuana, truly one of the funniest predicaments in any mystery book I can remember in recent years. Our intrepid ranger is in grave danger, either from the criminals or from a terminal high, one isn't sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As usual, Barr writes an enjoyable mystery. July 20 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Barr has an area pretty much all of her own in the mystery genre. She was a park ranger for the National Park system, and so not only can she concoct mysteries in an area that no one else has been able to do (the parks are never the same twice) but she knows all about the people who work for the system and unfortunately, some of the idiots who visit the parks and don't obey the rules put up for their own safety.
She writes with a great sense of humor. I am not squeamish, but running into an area where ticks drop off the trees is not my idea of heaven either, and the picture she drew of one of the male rangers gyrating to remove any ticks on him made me laugh. It's nice to be reminded that women aren't the only ones allergic to those things!
Her plots are well though out and the books read quickly. They don't require a lot of thought from the readers. My only wish is that the character development was more involved, but for some people this isn't important. I always find it enjoyable to read about parks where I haven't been and make plans with my husband to visit them someday. She does do a good job giving some background of the park and the history of the area. Karen Sadler, Science Education, University of Pittsburgh
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stay in the dark... June 24 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anna Pigeon is a Park Ranger, as is her creator Nevada Barr. Throughout her stories it is evident that she knows the political structure of her business as well as the "landscape" as a ranger.
Anna also finds murderers and solves many types of crimes--this is no exception.
Endangered Species is set in the Cumberland Island National Seashore park off the Georgia Coast. Lights are not allowed on the coast when the loggerhead turtles are hatching because the hatchlings will go toward the light which must take them to the ocean. Protecting the species is the responsibility of the rangers, and Ms. Barr provides great detail in the settings as well as scientific reasoning.
This is filled with a variety of adventures and intriguing characters--and they are believable. It is easy to become wrapped up in the story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amateur Sleuth Goes Above and Beyond Oct. 10 2009
By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A fire watch assignment on hot and humid Cumberland Island isn't too exciting for park ranger Anna Pigeon until a twin-engine Beechcraft crashes, killing two people inside. When investigators determine the Beechcraft was sabotaged, Anna's curiosity prompts her to do a little snooping. But snooping on this quiet little island becomes dangerous, although not dangerous enough to stop Anna. And this is the problem I had with Endangered Species.

Because there's no emotional stake in the outcome for Anna, why is she investigating at all except to relieve boredom and quench her curiosity?. She's been warned off by both her supervisor and a mysterious stranger who ends up striking her on the head with the butt of a rifle. You'd think that'd be enough of a hint to stop most people, but not Anna. On the other hand, if she stopped investigating there wouldn't be a mystery, so what can I say?

The thing is, I liked the basic plot because it's a true whodunit. Here's a group of people with secrets and tumultuous relationships, living on a small island. Nevada Barr's detailed descriptions made the island intriguing. I also enjoyed the subplot involving a death threat to Anna's sister Molly. Molly's life as a New York psychotherapist is a terrific contrast to Anna's world. While some secondary characters are more interesting than others, this book should have a lot of appeal to those who love whodunits set in parks all across the U.S . . . and Anna Pigeon fans, of course.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nevada Barr Lost Me On This One
I usually find her books exciting and interesting. I am very impressed with her knowledge - but on this one she fell flat on her face in the area of research. Read more
Published on March 19 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading of a changed story.
I love listening to this book as Cindy Williams has an enjoyable voice and does a good job reading. The story is enjoyable as well but it is so changed from the book at times it... Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2003 by D. Sheff
4.0 out of 5 stars Anna goes skinny dippin, cuts her hair, and loses her "Ex."
Anna is in the south again - but this time on one of the islands off the coast of Georgia. And she's not 'wrastlin' gators this time, it's turtles instead. Read more
Published on June 16 2002 by cousette copeland
3.0 out of 5 stars Marking time between "Firestorm" and "Deep South"
This story's a bit of a mess. There are too many characters to keep straight, none of the great set pieces such as the motorboat chase in "A Superior Death," and a... Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2001 by Richard A. Lovett
5.0 out of 5 stars A mysterious gender change!
As always, Nevada Barr, a former park ranger, delivers wonderfully vivid descriptions of the great outdoors; an abundance of colorful, well-drawn characters; a thoughtful and... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2000 by Sheila L. Beaumont
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This author has a wonderful gift and her Anna Pigeon books are an important addition to the genre. The outdoorsy Park Ranger background themes are interesting and colourful and... Read more
Published on June 28 2000 by Helen
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly inept attempt at adventure
Beneath all the metaphors, similes, and unendingly long and unnecessarily descriptive passages, there is a story, but if you don't die of boredom trying to find it, you will surely... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Book of the Century
This book was, in our opinion, certainly not the book of the century, but it had a few good points. The story of an older, somewhat moody park ranger that enjoys skinny-dipping... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Average Detective Fiction
Supposed to be a whodunnit, and even a whodunwhat, but for me it was a whocareswhatorwho, which ended with an ending an TV movie afficianado would be bored of by now. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 1999
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