Outdoor Mystery Books to Love

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I usually share mostly travel books, but this time it’s a little different.  Sort of.  These are all by the same author, Nevada Barr, and all take place in National Parks around the US.  They can be a little out there, but what mystery and murder books aren’t?  I like reading these, especially of the parks I’ve been to because I recognize what she’s writing about.  If I haven’t been there, it makes me want to go more. So, here we go!

Track of the Cat is the first book in the series, but the most recent one I read.  It takes place in the Guadalupe Mountains of Texas and features a murder and a possible rogue mountain lion.  I hoped reading this would make me a little less afraid of them, but no cigar.  Still terrified.

Ill Wind features Mesa Verde in Colorado and possible aliens.  Of course there is a murder and it is Anna Pigeon’s job to figure out what happened to her friend.

The Rope is technically the first, I suppose, but it was written later.  This lets us see how Anna Pigeon got into this line of work.  It takes place on Lake Powell at Dangling Rope, that’s why I had to read it.  It sucked me in and I finished it in a couple days.

Blood Lure takes place in Glacier National Park and is about a bear and a murder.  Or a murderous bear.  That’s the mystery here.  Anna sets out with a small team to do some bear research to figure out habits and all that good bear stuff before they stumble on some darker activities.

Blind Descent was actually the first I read and I was hooked.  Taking place in a lesser known cave of Carlsbad Caverns, Anna has to face her fears to help rescue an injured friend.  It’s a little terrifying with all the small cave spaces, but it made me want to do a little spelunking.  More basic, of course.

Some of her other books are Boar Island taking place in Acadia, Destroyer Angel in Northern Minnesota, A Superior Death in Isle Royale on Lake Superior, Borderline in Big Bend, and Hunting Season on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. There are plenty more and all make for good, pretty easy reads.

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Have you read any of these?  Which ones?  Did you like them?  What are your favorite mystery books?

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