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Deep South

Deep South [Kindle Edition]

Nevada Barr
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In Deep South, Park Ranger Anna Pigeon heads to Mississippi, only to encounter terrible secrets in the heart of the south…

Anna Pigeon finally gives in to her bureaucratic clock – and signs on for a promotion. Next thing she knows, she’s knee-deep in mud and Mississippi. Not exactly what she had in mind. Almost immediately, as the new district ranger on the Natchez Trace, Anna discovers the body of a young prom queen near a country cemetery, a sheet around her head, a noose around her neck. It’s a bizarre twist on a best-forgotten past of frightening racial undertones. As fast as the ever-encroaching kudzu vines of the region, the roots of this story run deep – and threaten to suffocate anyone in the way, including Anna…


When park ranger Anna Pigeon stumbles on the corpse of a girl with a noose around her neck, she is plunged into a murder investigation with serious racial overtones in the heart of the Deep South.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (6 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CM9CK28
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep South is Anna Pigeon at her most dangerous! 14 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Park Ranger Anna Pigeon in her new assignment in Mississippi stumbles upon a gruesome murder along the Natchez Trace Parkway. The handwritten sign on a tree demands she REPENT & amid alligators, Civil War reenactors & the Ole Boy Club she gets her first taste of Southern hospitality.
In Deep South we find our intrepid Park Ranger far from her beloved Mesa Verde desert lands, surrounded by lush & humid forests, history & relics from the Civil War & a reluctant & patronizing park staff.
I am always thrilled when another Anna Pigeon adventure comes out of Nevada Barr's mysterious & deeply researched pen & in Deep South, Anna Pigeon begins to come out of mourning for her long-lost husband, & gets her appetite back for life which is the only thing between her & certain death. A richly textured, thoughtful & provocative mystery set in an enchanting part of our world!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DS 18 Jan 2014
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Anna Pigeon' s exploits in Mississippi ran very true from a Southern girls recollections. Very well written, even with memory magic of kudzu vines smell of grape. I love Nevada BARR!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep South 10 Jan 2013
By Clare O'Beara TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anna Pigeon is a National Park Ranger in this mystery series which moves around the States. Deep South takes her to the Natchez Trace of Mississipi looking for a promotion. She doesn't want to approach retirement on a low wage and pension. Early on her vehicle sinks in mud under a falling tree, and an alligator sits in the middle of the road daring locals to approach. "I guess you could throw stones at it," says Anna, "if they're small stones." "Ain't got no stones around here," says a local. "All we got is mud."
A young woman is found dead and Anna has to investigate - the problem with responsibility!
She has brought her dog Taco and cat Piedmont with her but the local good ol'boys resent a female being placed in charge and some locals resent a non-Southerner. All the settings are well described and the natural scenery is lush and swampy by comparison to the Mesa Verde earlier books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barr Raises the Bar 1 Nov 2002
By Wendy Kaplan - Published on
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"Deep South," the 8th entry in Nevada Barr's wonderful Anna Pigeon series, is definitely the best so far, especially as it comes after the somewhat lackluster "Liberty Falling."
In this installment, our intrepid park ranger has at long last allowed herself to be promoted. When the book opens, Anna is on her way to the Natchez Trace Parkway, which runs from Jackson to Natchez, Mississippi. There, she will assume the reins of district ranger in a land still fraught will male chauvinism and general distrust of females.
Nothing daunted (but secretly afraid of the very different flora and fauna--eg, gigantic spiders), Anna makes her way to her new job, along with her complaining cat Piedmont, and her dog Taco, a golden retriever in previous books who has suddenly morphed into a black lab (Barr's editor apparently doesn't know the difference). No matter. Once on the Trace, Anna is hit full force with two disgruntled male subordinates who refuse to accept her authority, a handsome sheriff who makes her hard heart flutter, a group of Civil War buffs who stage re-enactments in Anna's territory--and a murder.
Barely able to unload her Rambler (which has mysteriously morphed from her much-loved Honda--another editorial boo boo) of her worldly possessions, Anna finds herself immersed in the particularly nasty murder of Danielle Posey, a popular high school senior, whose beaten body is found in the wilderness tied to a tree and draped in a crudely makeshift Ku Klux Klan hood. Anna is thrown into the tangled web of the murdered girl's life and a mystery as thick as the fast-growing kudzu that blankets the region.
There are plenty of suspects from which to choose, from the high school's star quarterback, who was Danielle's prom date, to a mysterious and possibly mythical lover, to Danielle's own brother, an avowed racist who would love nothing better than to create an issue where none exists. The deeper the mystery, the more suspects. Anna struggles to make sense of the murder while also trying to settle in to her new cottage, her new life, her hostile office--and an alligator in her carport.
There is not a false step in this intriguing, fast-paced mystery. The thicker the plot, the more the reader is rooting for Anna to solve the case. I did not guess the murderer OR the motive until Anna did. It all made sense when the pieces were put together, but I had no clue beforehand, and that's the best kind of mystery.
As always, Barr's description of Anna's habitat is mesmerizing. In this case, since Barr herself was (and possibly still is) a ranger on the Natchez Trace, the descriptions are particularly evocative. I found myself smelling the hot, sultry, lazy Mississippi air along with Anna, and reaching for the air-conditioner for relief along with her. Anna Pigeon remains a thoroughly likeable and all-too-human heroine, and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ In Every Way 30 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on
I've read all of Nevada Barr's books and couldn't put this one down. Great story line and excellent descriptive writing. Barr does her usual great job with Anna's latest assignment and the mystery storyline, plus she writes beautiful descriptions of the sights, sounds, and feel of the Natchez Trace Parkway. I felt like I just took a trip South!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars! 7 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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I could not wait for this book to be published! I'm a big Barr fan and I was NOT disappointed. The author's descriptions are so vivid, I could feel the humidity and smell the kudzu. All the new characters are compelling, but now I'll have to wait another year to read more about them. Deep South kept me up until three in the morning--my highest compliment! Way to go, Nevada!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nevada Barr does it again. 26 Mar 2000
By Bobbi Baca - Published on
This time Anna Piegon finds herself embroiled in a Southern battle that occured at the time of the Civil War. Anna is her usual inquistive self, and almost gets killed satisfying her curosity and trying to forget a man. Could not put the book down.
Worth the five star rating.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich atmospheric mystery - well worth your time 2 May 2000
By Phillip Oliver - Published on
This is the first book I have read by Nevada Barr and I enjoyed it very much. She does a wonderful job of describing southern Mississippi and the Natchez Trace. You can almost feel the heat and the humidity! Her characters are also well developed, and as you will see from the hypocritical religious characters, true to life in this part of the country. Anna Pigeon is a very interesting character and I look forward to reading more of Barr's books.
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