Written by a former park ranger and American author Nevada Barr, this mystery series takes us to the national parks in the United States. Travels with a bit of murder. The story centers on National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon as she travels to National Parks around the country. Her work goes beyond the protection of nature. She also solves mysteries in the wilderness and historic locales.
How to read the Anna Pigeon Series in Order?
Every entry in the Anna Pigeon book series works as a standalone story, but the lives of the different characters evolve from one novel to the other.
- Track of the Cat – Patrolling the remote West Texas backcountry, Anna Pigeon’s first job as a national park ranger is marred by violence she thought she had left behind: the brutal death of a fellow ranger. When the cause of death is chalked up to a mountain lion attack, Anna’s rage knows no bounds. It’s up to her to save the protected cats from the politics and prejudices of the locals-and prove the kill was the work of a species far less rare…
- A Superior Death – As Anna Pigeon spends her days patrolling its shores, the surface of Lake Superior fills with tourists. In the depths below lie an ancient ship and the bones of its sailors. But when two tourists dive down to see the wreck, they discover that a new body has joined the skeletal crew. As Anna tries to discover how and why, she encounters secrets darker and more deadly than the waters surrounding the corpse.
- Ill Wind – Lately, visitors to Mesa Verde have been bringing home more than photos–they’re also carrying a strange, deadly disease. And once it strikes, park ranger Anna Pigeon must find the very human source of the evil wind.
- Firestorm – A raging forest fire in California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park traps exhausted firefighters, including Ranger Anna Pigeon, in its midst. Afterward, Anna finds two from her group have been killed. One a victim of the flames. The other, stabbed through the heart. Now, as a rampaging winter storm descends, cutting the survivors off from civilization, Anna must uncover the murderer in their midst.
- Endangered Species – Park ranger Anna Pigeon investigates the deadly crash of the local drug-enforcement plane on an isolated Georgia island in the Cumberland Island National Seashore and uncovers shady dealings, possible sabotage, and murder.
- Blind Descent – Park ranger Anna Pigeon is enjoying the open spaces of Colorado when she receives an urgent call. A young woman has been injured while exploring a cave in New Mexico?s Carlsbad Cavern Park. Before she can be pulled to safety, she sends for her friend Anna. Only one problem: a crushing fear of confined spaces has kept Anna out in the open her whole life.
- Liberty Falling – Anna Pigeon is in Manhattan to look after her hospitalized sister, and explores the Statue of Liberty in her spare time. But when a teenage girl falls to her death from Liberty’s ledge, Anna wonders if the suicide was actually a homicide-and begins an investigation that puts her in the line of fire.
- Deep South – 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.
- Blood Lure – Straddling the border between Montana and Canada lies the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park-Anna Pigeon’s home away from home when she is sent on a cross-training assignment to study grizzly bears. Along with bear researcher Joan Rand and a volatile, unpredictable teenage boy, Anna hikes the back country, seeking signs of bear. But the tables are turned on their second night out, when one of the beasts comes looking for them. Daybreak finds the boy missing, a camper mutilated, and Anna caught in a grip of fear…
- Hunting Season – The quiet beauty of autumn on Mississippi’s Natchez Trace is swiftly shattered when Anna Pigeon answers a call to Mt. Locust, once a working plantation and inn, now a tourist spot. But the man Anna finds in an old bedroom is no tourist in distress. He’s nearly naked, and very dead-his body bearing marks consistent with sex games gone awry. On a writing table nearby is an open Bible with ominous passages circled in red.
- Flashback – 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 served as a prison for the Lincoln conspirators during and after the Civil War.
- High Country – It’s fall in the Sierra Mountains, and Anna Pigeon is slinging hash in Yosemite National Park’s historic Ahwahnee Hotel. Four young people, all seasonal park employees, have disappeared, and two weeks of work by crack search-and-rescue teams have failed to turn up a single clue; investigators are unsure as to whether the four went AWOL for reasons of their own – or died in the park. Needing an out-of-park ranger to work undercover, Anna is detailed to dining room duty.
- Hard Truth – Just days after marrying Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon moves to Colorado to assume her new post as district ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. When two of three children who’d gone missing from a religious retreat reappear, Anna’s investigation brings her face-to-face with a paranoid sect–and with a villain so evil, he’ll make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end
- Winter Study – Soon after Anna Pigeon joins the famed wolf study team of Isle Royale National Park in the middle of Lake Superior, the wolf packs begin to behave in peculiar ways. Giant wolf prints are found, and Anna spies the form of a great wolf from a surveillance plane. When a female member of the team is savaged, Anna is convinced they are being stalked, and what was once a beautiful, idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary…
- Borderline – Hoping a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her spirits, Anna Pigeon and her husband Paul go to southwest Texas, where the Rio Grande is running high. The beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the power of the river work their magic-until the raft is lost in the rapids and a young college student makes a grisly discovery. Caught in a strainer between two boulders-and more dead than alive-is a pregnant woman. Anna will soon discover that nature isn’t the only one who wants to see the woman and her baby dead…
- Burn – Anna Pigeon is on leave from her job after a traumatic past couple of months. It seems like the perfect time to pay a visit to her old colleague Geneva, who now works as a jazz singer in the Big Easy. But Anna isn’t in town long before she crosses paths with Geneva’s neighbor, Jordan, who gives her the creeps. Then Anna discovers a gruesomely killed pigeon marked with runic symbols. Is this a dark coincidence―or has she been cursed?
- The Rope – It’s 1995. Fresh off the bus from New York City, Anna Pigeon takes her first job as a park employee: a decidedly unglamorous, seasonal stint at the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, she goes hiking alone in the park―never to return. Her co-workers assume she’s moved on since her cabin is cleaned out. But when Anna wakes up―trapped at the bottom of a well, naked, with no supplies and no memory of how she got there―she must draw upon all of her strength, courage, and skill to survive.
- Destroyer Angel – Anna Pigeon sets off on a much-needed vacation: an autumn camping trip in the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Elizabeth, Heath’s fifteen-year-old daughter; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and Katie, Leah’s thirteen-year-old daughter. For Heath, this getaway is the ultimate test to see whether Leah’s camping gear can help make wilderness adventures more accessible to the disabled. So far, so good…
- Boar Island – Anna Pigeon has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds her daughter Elizabeth in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry-her aunt Gwen and her friend Anna Pigeon.
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