Mystery Series Reviews | Track of the Cat

Nevada Barr, Anna Pigeon #1

Anna Pigeon had a nature-lover’s dream life: a Law Enforcement ranger in the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas. Her assignments involve wandering the high country for days searching for evidence of specific wild animals – high country that includes deep canyons, ponderosa pines, limestone walls, the great expanse of Texas sky, and dead bodies, dead human bodies.

So begins this series featuring Anna Pigeon. You will learn that Anna has experienced tragedy and loss in her young life. Her “escape” into the wilderness of National Parks gives readers a glimpse of each park as she travels from one assignment to another, experiencing the vast ruggedness of North America, from coast to coast. Ms. Barr masterfully describes each park and skillfully takes Anna, and you the reader, through some rather spine chilling tragedies involving some rather strange and ruthless people.

Back to the dead body Anna discovers in a deep limestone canyon. It is the body of a fellow ranger, one whom Anna knows only in passing; however, Anna does know that Sherry Drury was known to rock some boats and irritate a lot of people. After her discovery, Anna must scramble back to where she gets a radio signal and can alert District Ranger Paul Decker of her find. Thus begins the unraveling of the mystery of this woman’s death, an unraveling in which Anna finds herself deeply involved, and a mystery which brings Anna close to becoming a dead body herself.

Up next:  Iron Lake, by William Kent Krueger

Harriet Engle, a Staff Assistant at the Manheim Community Library, is an avid reader of several authors who write murder mystery series. Look for her weekly reviews highlighting each of these series.

Note: If you decide to start one of the series being reviewed and wish to read the next in the series, go to, type in the author, and scroll down to see which book was written next under that series. The Manheim Community Library may not have the book you want, but staff will be happy to order it for you from another library.

You can also find and request the next book in the series right from the LSLC catalog. Search the book you have just read from the search bar at the top right of Click on the title to open up the book information and then scroll down to the section marked “Series”. At a glance, you can see the series and where the book you searched is in the series. For series of more than 14 titles, click on the button below that says “See Full Series”. To request another title from this section, just click on the cover and it will take you to the screen to request a copy from the Library System of Lancaster County to be delivered to Manheim Community Library (or another library in the LSLC.)

 (If you do not see the full description that includes the “Series” section, you can also click on the book cover. This will bring you to a screen with a blue header and the book cover. Click on the link for Series and it will bring you to a list of all the books in that series. You will need to go back to the catalog to search and request it this way, though.)