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Deep South (Anna Pigeon Mysteries Book 8) Kindle Edition
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Anna Pigeon finally gives in to her bureaucratic clock-and signs on for a promotion. Next thing she knows, she's knee-deep in mud and Mississippi. Not exactly what she had in mind. Almost immediately, as the new district ranger on the Natchez Trace, Anna discovers the body of a young prom queen near a country cemetery, a sheet around her head, a noose around her neck. It's a bizarre twist on a best-forgotten past of frightening racial undertones. As fast as the ever-encroaching kudzu vines of the region, the roots of this story run deep-and threaten to suffocate anyone in the way, including Anna...
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There are plenty of reasons her friends and family might have wanted Danielle Posey dead, ranging from her $40,000 insurance policy to jealousy to flat-out insanity. Anna wonders whether the sheet's a red herring, but she can't dismiss it entirely. Though the local culture's no longer built around segregation, racism still exists at a deep level that Anna finds unsettling. Both Danielle Posey and the prime suspect--her boyfriend--are white, but Danielle had secrets her friends won't reveal. Still, no one else appears to be in danger, until a prankster--or could it be a murderer?--sets an alligator loose in Anna's garage (nearly killing her faithful black Lab, Taco) and a local preacher commits suicide.
With the help of the handsome local sheriff, Paul Davidson, Anna pulls together clues from local history, Civil War reenactors, and the Mississippi mud and kudzu. Anna Pigeon's one tough bird--she survives not only a little alligator wrestling but also a brutal attack that leads her to the truth of what happened to Danielle Posey and why. What's most fascinating is how much of her famous emotional shield she lets slip in the process. --Barrie Trinkle--This text refers to the audio_download edition.
- ASIN : B001UFP50O
- Publisher : Berkley; Reissue edition (February 1, 2001)
- Publication date : February 1, 2001
- Language : English
- File size : 4771 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 374 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #219,724 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,179 in Cultural Heritage Fiction
- #3,796 in Cozy Animal Mystery
- #5,150 in Cozy Animal Mysteries
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While Anna struggles with her defiant tem, she also finds herself saddled with a murder case. The victim is a teenaged would-be beauty queen, and Anna has to work her way through the lies of the uncooperative high school kids who were close to the victim to figure out what happened on prom night.
Nevada Barr's first permanent job as a park ranger was on the Natchez Trace Parkway, and she brings alive the lush beauty of the landscape – and its historic resonance. Her ability to portray the many faces of nature and culture in our national parks is impressive.
Anna Pigeon at forty-five may be ready to give up the rigors of fieldwork. But the reader will be happy to know that her life in management is no less strenuous that her life in previous books. She has to fight to stay alive in Deep South – and even wrestles with an alligator at one point.
To sweeten the plot, there's a promise of romance for Anna – and lots of affectionate displays between Anna, her cat and her dog.
I love this series, and I found Deep South a completely satisfying adventure.
Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon series is an exceptional creation. It is unique in that each one of the books is set in a different National Park, though there are some doubles. Ms. Barr’s descriptions of the park, the inner workings of the National Park System, history, environment, flora, fauna and applicable issues make reading these mysteries a fulfilling adventure. Like many such series, it will serve the reader well to read them in order. This isn’t necessary as each mystery will stand alone quite well. But Anna’s personal story is the thread that makes the series complete. Anna herself is a masterful creation. Human, flawed, introspective, complex, she is the window through which the reader sees much of the beauty our National Park System has to offer. From Mesa Verde, the Florida Keys, Lake Superior to environments that are dry, wet, cold, and hot, the drastically changing settings and Anna’s evolving personal life keep this series fresh and engaging. It will be no surprise to the reader that Ms. Barr is a former Park Ranger. I’ll admit I haven’t read the last three books in the series – with good reason. They are my emergency kit. When I have waded through a piece of substandard literary junk and need a dose of quality writing, an Anna Pigeon mystery is a perfect fix. You may even find yourself sweating as you read this one.
Anna Pigeon has started a new job as District Ranger on the south end of the Natchez Trace, from Interstate 20 down to Natchez. On her first official day on the job, she discovers the body of a murder victim. It had been prom night at Clinton High School, and one girl never made it back home. The main part of the novel investigates possible suspects and motives. At the same time Anna is dealing with internal personel problems in the ranger district. You can guess at some of the motives, and there are some clues along the way. It is a surprise at the end, with a couple twists, but maybe not a complete surprise.
About that alligator - I know some young men who have done things with gators. One friend lost her pet dog to a misplaced gator. Some of the characters are true to life.
Anna has just assumed a management forest service job on the Natchez Trace. She is the first woman in such a position in this area of the "Deep South," and is subject to significant animosity on several fronts, especially from her two long-timer subordinates. Unfortunately, within days a local girl is found murdered in her jurisdiction, under peculiar circumstances. Along with her charming counterpart in the Sherrif's office, Anna dives into the investigation, although she has little understanding of the relationships and dynamics among the locals.
This is not the most suspenseful page-turner that I have read, although the mystery remains well-concealed until the end. It is, however, a very pleasant read. I highly recommend it.
I just really enjoyed it more than the others I think!