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A Superior Death

Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
Series: Anna Pigeon, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Nevada Barr quickly attracted the attention of mystery fans when her first Anna Pigeon mystery, Track of the Cat, appeared. Now she immerses the intrepid park ranger in a perilous search that will take her far below the waters of Lake Superior. As Anna spends her days patrolling its shores, the surface of Lake Superior fills with tourists. In the depths below lie an ancient ship and the bones of its sailors. But when two tourists dive down to see the wreck, they discover that a new body has joined the skeletal crew. As Anna tries to discover how and why, she encounters secrets darker and more deadly than the waters surrounding the corpse. Filled with suspense, A Superior Death is also laced with Anna Pigeon's self-deprecating humor. With Barbara Rosenblat's spirited narration, you'll immediately be scanning the splendid setting and looking for clues through the eyes of the savvy naturalist.
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Critic Reviews

"She [Anna Pigeon] is a captivating, daredevil detective whose adventures will delight mystery readers." (School Library Journal)
"Barr, a park ranger, provides plenty of authentic details about life in the great outdoors, and her deft plotting and appealingly quirky characters give her story plenty of punch. Anna Pigeon is tough-minded, strong, sensitive, vulnerable, and funny." (Booklist)

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  • Pam
  • 17-02-2013

Lake Superior is a character

This is the first book I have read in the Anna Pigeon series. I bought it on Audible because it is set in one of my favorite places in the world: Lake Superior. I really loved the descriptions of life on the lake, which agreed with my experiences of being there. I liked that the heroine is a park ranger who uses her knowledge of science and nature to solve a mystery.

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  • Charlene
  • 30-11-2004

Great mystery, totally enjoyed it

I am not usually a mystery reader but I enjoyed this one very much. The author creates memorable characters and beautiful description. I grew up in Michigan and spend a lot of time in the "UP." I also spent a summer volunteering in a national park and I think Ms. Barr has really captured these environments perfectly. Funny, but many of the characters seemed familiar to me. I found a bio on her and found that she grew up near Lassen Park where I volunteered! The book not only brought back happy memories but also entertained me thoroughly.

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  • Kendra
  • 02-01-2012

A Superior Story

Would you consider the audio edition of A Superior Death to be better than the print version?

Well I haven't yet

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is only my third Ann Pigeon story. Nevada Barr does a very nice job of building upon the character. We learn more about her (and her past) all the time. It unfolds. I also like Molly, Ann's sister in NYC. She's quite a character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is a powerful and complex story that comes together in an exciting and believable way. Everything gets resolved, explained and you come away satisfied.

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  • Charles
  • 31-01-2007

Save your money

I have listened to and read many Barr novels, finding them enjoyable and giving me a chance to get in touch with my "feninine side." this was not even close to her usual quality. The usual interesting descriptions of the parks was tepid, and the dialog was trite to the extreme. Rosenblat did her best with the naration, but even she couldn't save this one.

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  • Joubert
  • 07-09-2007

good audiobook, no surprise

well read, good intrigue

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  • Wende
  • 06-12-2005

Engaging, good read

Barbara Rosenblat has once again brought the character of Anna Pigeon to life. The plot, location and characters are very enjoyable. This is one of my favorites from the series.

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  • SpokaneBecky
  • 12-06-2020

Fantastic!

This was a great mystery and kept me guessing to near the end. I love how the National Parks, are part of the story line. They are more than just the setting but part of the personality of each story. Superb writing. I'm not a huge fan of the narrator, but I love the story so much that I didn't care.

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  • Michelle P. Adamo
  • 05-05-2020

A unknown body on a sunken ship in Lake Superior

If you have never read a book in the Anna Pigeon Series by Nevada Barr, you are in for a treat. The series takes place in various National Parks and feature Anna Pigeon, a Park Ranger. There is mystery, suspense, intrigue and fun in every book. In an ideal world you’d read them in order although, it’s not really as critical here as it is in some series. I’ve jumped around based on 2 things: 1) my interest in the area 2) availability at the library. I’ve read all of the books on audio and enjoyed them immensely, the reader does a great job. Every Anna Pigeon book that I have read has been at least a 4 star read. A Superior Death takes place in my home state of Michigan, on Isle Royale National Park and Lake Superior (the largest, deepest and the coldest of the Great Lakes). There are many ship wrecks in that area including the Kamloops, a vessel that sunk in 1927 with 5 sailors on board.The summers on the Isle are filled with tourists, many of whom enjoying diving near the wrecks. When some divers discover an additional body among one of the wrecks, Anna must discover who it is and how and why it got there. Part mystery, part adventure story the book, like all Anna Pigeon stories, is a well-written page turner-full of twists and turns. “No wonder man was always out to conquer Nature, Anna thought. He can’t bear it that she doesn’t love him, or even hate him. She simply doesn’t give a damn.” A Superior Death is book #2 in the series. Thus far I have read: Destroyer Angel #18, Liberty Falling #7, Blood Lure #9, Burn #16, Deep South #8, and Hunting Season #10. The theme is similar throughout the series - whether Anna is on duty or just visiting. The locations and other characters vary by book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ For more book reviews and recommendations follow me on Instagram, facebook and on Goodreads at #emptynestreader #asuperiordeath #nevadabarr #annapigeonseries #stmartinspress #recordedbooks #audiobook #nationalparks #fiction #mystery #bookstagramalabama #bookstagrammichigan #emptynestreaderaudiobook🎧 #audible #readalittlelearnalittlelivealittle

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  • Frequent Shopper
  • 15-11-2019

A Superior Death

This installment was more whimsical than the last in large part because of the characters. I hope this trend continues.

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  • T.A. G. Jr.
  • 30-07-2019

An early book but a nifty one

One of my favorite authors. So glad to have found this book on audible. It has .it all! Mystery, humor, interesting pieces of history and geography. Wonderful.