Nevada Barr is an award-winning novelist. The author was born in 1952 in the small town of Yerington in Nevada. Barr was raised on the mountain airport in the Sierras because her parents were pilots. Barr had an affinity for the theater, studying and receiving a degree in Speech and Drama.
Order of Anna Pigeon Series
|1||Track of the Cat||1993|
|2||A Superior Death||1994|
Order of Malice Domestic Series
|1||Mary Higgins Clark Presents Malice Domestic||1993|
|2||More Malice Domestic||1997|
|3||Nevada Barr Presents Malice Domestic||2001|
Order of Nevada Barr Standalone Novels
|2||Seeking Enlightenment... Hat by Hat||2003|
|4||Smoke and Murders (Short Story)||2011|
She also received her MFA in Acting. Barr would spend the next several years working in the entertainment arena, not only on stage but in commercials for TV and radio. For a time, she was drawn to the environmental movement, this driving her to work in the National Park service. Her husband at the time was a big part of the reasons that drove her into the environmental movement.
It was while she was working in Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas that she created Anna Pigeon, the series for which she is best known. Considering the fact that Pigeon, the protagonist of the series, is a United States National Park Service Law Enforcement Ranger, it is clear that Nevada Barr’s time in the environmental movement greatly impacted her literary efforts.
Barr eventually became a park ranger but had to resign from the job in order to write her books. Since her first novel (Bittersweet) in 1983, Nevada Barr has seen her renown grow, especially amongst fans of the mystery genre.
Nevada Barr Awards
Nevada Barr has been writing novels for a great many years; and in that time, she has received a number of awards for her work, this including an Anthony Award in 1994 (Track of the Cat).
She has also been nominated for Macavity Awards and Dilys Awards.
Nevada Barry Books into Movies
The Anna Pigeon Series was optioned for a movie adaptation a very long time ago; however, since then, nothing has come to light. There has been little in the way of activity to suggest that any progress on an Anna Pigeon inspired movie or TV series is being made.
Best Nevada Barr Books
Nevada Barr isn’t exactly the most popular mystery writer in the world. However, her books have a decent following; and if you are looking to give her writing a chance, these books are among her best:
Track of the Cat: Anna Pigeon left New York because she wanted to replace the turmoil of the city with the tranquility of a national park. However, she quickly discovers that the national park can breed its own brand of turmoil when murder and violence erupt.
A colleague is killed, and Anna Pigeon isn’t satisfied with the claw marks on his body or paw prints in the vicinity. While everyone turns their attention towards a killer mountain lion, Anna puts her ear to the ground and begins searching for the true killer.
This is the first book in the Anna Pigeon series. It is also one of Anna’s first major successes. The novel brings Anna to the fro, a character that is determined to keep the suspicion of a fellow park ranger’s murder away from a mountain lion.
Her investigation into the lives of the other rangers only leads her into more trouble, especially when additional threats begin to manifest and Anna finds herself at the center of all the turmoil.
It is worth pointing out the amazing descriptions that Nevada Barr includes in this book, her writing making you feel like you are in the National Park alongside Anna pigeon. Barr gives you everything from the texture to the scents and sounds of the wilderness. While the mystery isn’t the most compelling, the approach Pigeon takes to solving it and the events surrounding her efforts allow the book to stand out.
Blind Descent: Anna Pigeon hates small spaces, so the idea of descending into Lechuguilla Cavern hardly appeals to her. Lechuguilla is a man-eating cave that extends for hundreds of mile, and only 90 percent of it has been mapped to date.
Anna must overcome her fears when a ranger is injured in a caving accident. Descending into the cavern to help her friend, Anna is wary of the suspicious signs around her, some of them natural, and others clearly manmade.
In such hostile terrain, Anna will find herself shoved into a corner where she must decide who lives and who dies.
If you are claustrophobic, then this book will terrify you. Barr’s descriptions are that amazing. She puts you into the mind of Anna as she undertakes a frightening expedition to save a life. With great characters, an intriguing plot and an amazing twist, if this book has one failing, it is the fact that it seems to end so suddenly, which is a problem with many of Nevada Barr’s books.