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Track of the Cat: 12/02/07
Track of the Cat is the first mystery in the Anna Pigeon series. Anna has fled the hustle and bustle of New York City to escape the memories of her late husband. While working as a ranger in south west Texas she stumbles upon the body of another ranger.
The death is ruled accidental with the cause of death listed as mountain lion. Anna who works with mountain lions knows a lion couldn't have done it. Her knowledge pulls her into a mystery investigation that puts her own life at risk.
Overall I enjoyed the story and the mystery was complex enough to be interesting but plotted well enough to be plausible. Barr does an excellent job of describing the mountainous environment during the summer heat. The only weak points in the book come with the pacing at the beginning and end of the book. The novel starts choppily and ends in a similar fashion. I takes about three chapters for Track of the Cat to find its stride and it probably could have used one more chapter to catch its breath at the end.