Anna Pigeon is a series of novels written Nevada Barr. Barr’s bibliography actually primarily consists of books in the Anna Pigeon series. The novels revolve around the character of Anna Pigeon, an officer of the United States Park service.
Order of Anna Pigeon Series
|1||Track of the Cat||1993|
|2||A Superior Death||1994|
Anna Pigeon is no ordinary Park Ranger. Rather, as she traverses the National Parks of the United States, Anna goes beyond the call of duty to resolve mysteries set in the wilderness.
Nevada Barr kicked the series off in 1993 when she wrote Track of the Cat, the first book in the series which saw Anna leave her tumultuous life in New York behind in an effort to find peace as a park ranger. However, murder isn’t too far behind and Anna is forced to put her skills to the test when a mountain lion is blamed for the death of Anna’s colleague, this despite the suspicious nature of the evidence.
The Anna Pigeon novels have a special place in Nevada Barr’s heart because she also once worked for the National Park Service as a park ranger. In fact, the character of Anna Pigeon was created while Barr was still working as a park ranger.
Barr was able to draw upon her knowledge as a park ranger to write her stories, though she eventually quit her job as the Anna Pigeon books grew popular and she found that she needed to devote more time to writing.
There were definitely a lot of similarities between Barr and Anna during the first few books. However, Anna underwent a number of changes over the course of the series and has since broken away from the character that Barr initially envisioned.
Anna Pigeon Awards
Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon books have not only succeeded commercially but they have garnered critical praise, winning Barr a number of notable accolades, this including the Agatha Award and the Anthony Award which the author won for her very first Anna Pigeon book.
Her books have also been nominated for the Dilys Award and the Macavity Award.
Anna Pigeon Books Into Movies
While the Anna Pigeon series has been optioned for a possible adaptation, nothing concrete has ever materialized. And Nevada Barr, the author, isn’t sure that she wants a Movie or Television adaptation of her books.
She has been heard suggesting that she would hate watching an adaptation of her books in a situation where she hated the person who had been cast to play Anna; and because she doesn’t think she would have any control over such a decision, it looks like Nevada Barr isn’t completely enthusiastic about a television or movie adaptation. But she isn’t ruling anything out, especially when it comes to television.
Best Anna Pigeon Books
Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon series is unique in its approach to the mystery genre, with some of the best books including the following:
Track of the Cat: Anna Pigeon thought she had escaped the chaos of New York only to collide with Murder and Mayhem out in the wild. When Anna’s colleague is killed, everyone immediately sets their sights on a killer mountain lion.
However, Anna isn’t so convinced. The clues are just a little too perfect.
The first book in the Anna Pigeon series finds Anna trying to save the life of a mountain lion accused of murder. When one of her colleagues dies, Anna begins to look into the lives of her fellow park rangers, determined to draw the attention away from what appears to be the obvious suspect. However, that puts her in the crosshairs of a deadly killer.
Blind Descent: Anna Pigeon has the unenviable task of descending into a man-eating cave known as Lechuguilla Cavern. The cave is believed to extend for three hundred miles most of which have never been mapped.
However, Anna cannot afford to worry about all the cliffs, pits and cramped wormholes, or even her own paralyzing fear of small spaces, not when a ranger has been injured in a caving accident and is looking to Anna for help.
This book endeavors to prey upon the fears of claustrophobic readers. The descriptions are the book’s strongest point. Barr does a great job of teasing the unknown and unseen dangers.
Other Book Series You May Like
The “Backcountry Mysteries” by Jeanne Meeks follow Amy Warren and Sarah Rochon, two women struggling with complicated lives and who must overcome the dangers of the outdoors armed only with their wits and their friendship.
The “Summer Westin Mystery Series” by Pamela Beason revolve around the adventures of Summer Westin. A biologist and writer, Summer works to save the wild and its inhabitants even while solving murders and bringing a little justice to those who deserve it.