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A Superior Death (original 1994; edition 2003)

by Nevada Barr

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Title:A Superior Death
Authors:Nevada Barr
Info:Berkley Books (2003), Paperback
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, mystery, lake superior, series, national parks, murder, ebook, kindle, ovredrive, library, readin2013

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A Superior Death by Nevada Barr (1994)

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Anna is a likable protagonist because she is complicated - she's tough but wounded. She can be terrified but she will do something anyway because she won't let herself be ruled by her fears. The mystery is complicated to make the reading interesting,. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Oct 23, 2013 |
This was one of the more memorable of Barr's books for me, partly because of the setting and also because of the part underwater activities play in the plot. Those scare me. ( )
  auntieknickers | Aug 27, 2013 |
A few too many characters to keep track of. ( )
  afinch11 | Aug 23, 2013 |
Anna Pigeon is back for another season. This time she is serving as a ranger for Isle Royale National Park, an island in Lake Superior off the coast of Michigan which is known for its sunken ships and great deep fresh water diving. This second book is packed with even more colorful characters than the first book - the whimsical Coggins-Clarke duo, the oddly well-coiffed Patience and her tweenaged daughter Carrie Ann, twins Holly and Hawk with a big secret and their diving company partner Denny Castle, and Pizza Dave to name just a few. She also has visits from her now housemates (in the off season), Christina and Ally.

What I am really appreciating about Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series is how vibrant and interesting her characters are and how much is going on in each book, yet somehow it all still seems totally plausible. There was only one spot in this book where I thought, "come on." I was frequently chuckling about the character quirks and what not and thoroughly engrossed in the story. It wasn't just the solution to the mystery that kept propelling me to read more and more though. I wanted to spend more time with the characters and hear more of the goings on at ISRO.

No doubt about it, I will be reading the next Anna Pigeon book before too long! ( )
  fiberfool | Jan 18, 2013 |
A Superior Death by Nevada Barr is the second in the Anna Pigeon series. Anna is a National Park Ranger and in this book she is stationed at Isle Royale National Park, located off the coast of Michigan on Lake Superior.

These mysteries are light reading but give you the illusion of visiting a National Park which is the number one reason why I enjoy these books. Because Isle Royale is a well known deep-water dive site, with many famous wrecks nearby, the mystery involves diving the frigid waters of Lake Superior. Anna herself is a very likeable character whose internal dialogue is often amusing and shows her to be a sensible, straight forward kind of gal. The setting is well described and the mystery was just tantalizing enough to keep my attention.

A quick read but rewarding in it’s description of this wilderness park along with it’s native flora and fauna. I will certainly be following Anna Pigeon to her next posting. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Oct 1, 2012 |
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A ranger with the USA National Park Service, it is Anna Pigeon's job to help protect wild and lonely places from civilization's corrupting touch. Now duty has called her far from the serenity of her beloved desert - into a mystery and a murder held firmly in the icy grip of Lake Superior.

The inaccessible wreck Kamloops has rested at Lake's bottom for nearly seven decades - the bodies of its ill-fated crew eerily preserved in Superior's frigid waters. But nw there is an extra corpse on board - a newly slain interloper suspiciously dressed in 1920s clothing - drawing investigating park Ranger Anna Pigeon into a nightmare of greed and murder ... and into the deadly close company of a killer.
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Park ranger Anna Pigeon returns, in a mystery that unfolds in and around Lake Superior, in whose chilling depths sunken treasure comes with a deadly price. In her latest mystery, Nevada Barr sends Ranger Pigeon to a new post amid the cold, deserted, and isolated beauty of Isle Royale National Park, a remote island off the coast of Michigan known for fantastic deep-water dives of wrecked sailing vessels. Leaving behind memories of the Texas high desert and the environmental scam she helped uncover, Anna is adjusting to the cool damp of Lake Superior and the spirits and lore of the northern Midwest. But when a routine application for a diving permit reveals a grisly underwater murder, Anna finds herself 260 feet below the forbidding surface of the lake, searching for the connection between a drowned man and an age-old cargo ship. Written with a naturalist's feel for the wilderness and a keen understanding of characters who thrive in extreme conditions, A Superior Death is a passionate, atmospheric page-turner.

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On an island on Lake Superior, Anna Pigeon, a National Park Service ranger, investigates the death of a diving instructor whose body was found in an old shipwreck.

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