If you enjoy suspenseful novels that take place in the great outdoors, then Nevada Barr is your author. “Track of the Cat” is the first in Barr’s Anna Pigeon series, which take place in various National Parks across the country. Her protagonist, Anna Pigeon, is a park ranger who manages to stumble upon all sorts of calamities during her posts.
Having read “Deep South” by Nevada Barr several years ago (set in the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi) I was excited to read another one of her works. “Track of the Cat” takes place in Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas, and involves the accidental death of a fellow ranger. Anna of course couldn’t shake her suspicions when things didn’t quite add up. Then when her own life is threatened and another fellow ranger ends up dead, well . . . now she’s in way too deep to turn away. Being true to herself, Anna couldn’t let well enough alone.
Throughout her mysteries, Barr’s love of wildlife and the great outdoors is apparent as you read along. Barr herself was a park ranger and spent time at many of the parks depicted in her books, so you know the descriptions are thoughtful as well as accurate.
Conclusion: Although I still like “Deep South” better, I have to say “Track of the Cat” was a fun read, and I look forward to reading about more of Anna’s adventures.