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A Superior Death: 06/04/08
A Superior Death by Nevada Barr is the second in her Anna Pigeon series. Anna has transferred reluctantly from Texas to Lake Superior where it is too cold and too wet for her tastes but she's making her best effort to make a new life for herself as a ranger here along the "frigid waters." Just as she's still learning the different cliques in and around the islands that make up the park, one of the locals is found buried in a historical captain's uniform in a 1927 wreck at the bottom of the lake.
I was reading A Superior Death at the same time as two other shipwreck stories, The Gulls of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Tres Seymour (about the most famous sunk ship in Lake Superior) and Treasure by Clive Cussler. When taken with The Ghost of Lizard Light by Elmira Woodruff, it was a month full of shipwrecks and deaths at sea.
When I started A Superior Death I was doubtful that the story would pull me in as much as Track of the Cat had with its strong descriptions of the Texas landscape. I shouldn't have worried. Barr's depiction of Lake Superior's environment above and below the surface chilled me to the bone.
Barr populates A Superior Death with a cast of interesting characters who are well enough realized that their quirks seem believable. As with Track of the Cat, the mystery was complex enough to keep me guessing until the end.
I have Ill Wind, the third in the series on my shelf and will be reading it soon.
Comment #1: Thursday, June, 5, 2008 at 03:00:33
Nevada Barr is one of my favorite authors and I loved Superior Death. Of course, that might have something to do with the fact that I live on the shores of Lake Superior... THE Great Lake.
I have yet to read a book by Barr that I haven't liked, so you're in for an excellent adventure!"
Comment #2: Thursday, June, 5, 2008 at 14:01:11
I plan to read through the series a couple at a time. I don't want to over do by reading them all at once."
Comment #3: Saturday, June, 7, 2008 at 14:01:58
I read all but the last of this series and enjoyed them all, except for maybe the one set in caves. Very clautraphobia inducing. "
Comment #4: Sunday, June, 8, 2008 at 10:00:10
Let me guess, Carlsbad caverns? My Mom is keeping an eye out for more in the series. She's going to read them and then share them with me. "