Nevada Barr's protagonist, Anna Pigeon, is a national park ranger, which provides for some interesting locales. Not surprisingly, Barr was once a park ranger in real life. The park settings are very faithfully portrayed - I have recognized numerous locations described in her books, and even took a panorama at the exact spot where Pigeon fell off a cliff in the Guadalupe Mountains.

The Anna Pigeon mystery series now numbers 15 titles, all set in national parks and eight of them in the west.

Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon Mysteries
Track of the Cat (1993) - Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
A Superior Death (1994) - Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
Ill Wind (1995) - Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Firestorm (1996 Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
Endangered Species (1997) Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia
Blind Descent (1998) - Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Liberty Falling (1999) - Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Monuments, New York
Deep South (2000) - Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi
Blood Lure (2001) - Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park, Montana and Alberta
Hunting Season (2002) - Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi
Flashback (2003) - Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
High Country (2004) - Yosemite National Park, California
Hard Truth (2005) - Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Winter Study (2008) - Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
Borderline (2009) - Big Bend National Park, Texas

For related information see the section on Mystery Writers.

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