Hunting Season

Hunting Season

Book - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
"Readers familiar with Barr's entertaining national park mystery series know that Anna rarely finds tranquility in God's country. Her fans can only be grateful that there are still plenty of national parks left for Anna Pigeon to visit." (People)

When Anna answers a call to historic Mt. Locust, once a producing plantation and inn on Mississippi's Natchez Trace Parkway and now a tourist spot, the last thing she expects to encounter is murder. But the man Anna finds in the stand's old bedroom is no tourist in distress. He's nearly naked, and very dead, his body bearing marks consistent with an S&M ritual gone awry. On a writing table nearby is an open Bible, ominous passages circled in red.

It seems the deceased is the brother of Raymond Barnette, local undertaker and a candidate for sheriff, who wants to keep any hint of kinkiness out of the minds of the God-fearing populace. Ray may be hiding a house full of secrets in the old family homestead, but before Anna can start her investigation, she's waylaid by malevolent poachers, peevish coworkers, and a suddenly turbulent romantic life. And when hidden agendas and old allegiances are revealed, it's suddenly Anna's life that's on the line.

Tightly plotted, brilliantly suspenseful, and beautifully written, Hunting Season offers solid evidence that mankind can be as unpredictable and dangerous as the great outdoors.

Baker & Taylor
Working at Mt. Locust, a historic Mississippi plantation, park ranger Anna Pigeon comes upon the body of the brother of a local candidate for sheriff, and must deal with dark family secrets and political intrigue as she investigates the crime.

Blackwell North Amer
It's fall on Mississippi's Natchez Trace: brown leaves scattered on springtime-green grass, winter-bare branches of sweetgum and sassafras etched against a summer-bright sky, the soft blue of chicory and delicate yellow of tickweed shimmering in the hollows alongside the highway. And as Anna answers a call to Mt. Locust, once a working plantation and inn that served travelers between Natchez and Nashville, now a tourist spot, she breathes in the scent of a forest readying itself for sleep, the very essence of autumn. Despite the bare branches above and the brown leaf litter below, the sky is blue, and murder is far from her mind.
But the man Anna finds in Mt. Locust's old bedroom is no tourist in distress. He's nearly naked, and very dead, his body bearing marks consistent with sex games gone awry. On a writing table nearby is an open Bible, ominous passages circled in red.
The deceased is the brother of Raymond Barnette, local undertaker and candidate for sheriff, who for obvious reasons in this particularly God-fearing country wishes to keep any hint of kinkiness under wraps. It seems Ray may be hiding a whole houseful of secrets in the old family homestead. And when hidden agendas and old allegiances are revealed, it's suddenly Anna's life that's on the line.

Baker
& Taylor

Working at Mt. Locust, a historic plantation on Mississippi's Natchez Trace parkway, park ranger Anna Pigeon finds upon the body of a man, the brother of the local sheriff candidate, apparently killed in an S&M ritual gone awry and must deal with dark family secrets, malevolent poachers, political intrigue, nasty coworkers, and romantic upheaval as she investigates the crime. 85,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002
ISBN: 9780399148460
0399148469
Branch Call Number: M BARR
M BARR
Characteristics: 322 p

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bibliophage91
Mar 21, 2011

Tied for best-Anna-adventure according to me.

The only downside is... see the blog: http://bibliophage91.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/hunting-season-nevada-barr/

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