Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gretchen recommends "Winter Study"

Nevada Barr's latest Anna Pigeon mystery takes Anna back to Michigan's Isle Royale National Park. Unlike A Superior Death (2nd in the series) which takes place during the warm summer park season, Winter Study finds Anna in an icy island landscape with a scientific team embattled over the future of the wolf/moose study made famous by real-life researcher Rolf Peterson. The team is confronted with the chilling possibility of an oversize dog/wolf hybrid that is preying on both man and beast. With typical "Annatude" familiar to Barr's readers, Ranger Pigeon plumbs the depths of her fellow islanders' darker sides which lead to her harrowing fight for survival in a beautiful but unforgiving environment. For those interested in a blend of mystery with superb natural history writing, this 14th mystery thriller is an enjoyable escape. Suitable for adults.

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