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I hadn t listened to a Nevada Barr mystery in a long time, but remember them as being pretty good This one was on sale on Audible.com, so I bit, and it s narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt, who is very good.It takes place on Tortuga Island, off Key West, where there s apparently an old Civil War Fort and the National Park Service maintains it Anna is subbing for a supervisor who s gone off the deep end, and has been sent some old letters written by an ancestor whose husband was stationed there during the Civil War when it was a Union prison Two mysteries go on side by side, one that is told in the letters, and one in the present Sounds like an intriguing device, but I found myself bored during the reading of the historic letters, and disoriented during much of the present day mystery as Anna has been given LSD, unknown to her Thus I found myself drifting off to sleep during much of the book, and mostly was glad when it was finally over. Adding to the usual formula of Anna being sent to National Park this time the Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park and finding an adventure, this book also had a historical aspect and wove in the story of the incarceration of the Lincoln conspirators The historical plot was a bit better but both stories were pretty interesting and the narration of the audio by Barbara Rosenblat was to her usual high standard. I love the early Anna Pigeon mysteries by Nevada Barr she s gotten too dark and gritty for my tastes with recent additions I recently returned to this one and enjoyed it as much as the first time I read it Anna Pigeon is on temporary assignment to the Dry Tortugas National Park and quickly runs into trouble Interwoven among the contemporary plotline is an historical thread, presented in the form of letters written by one of Anna s ancestors who lived at the fort there with her military husband, soon after the American Civil War An enjoyable read. Nevada Barr is not a good writer As I ve said in other reviews, sometimes her sentences are so convoluted, so idiomatic with idioms of her own making, that no one else has ever come across before that you have to read them three times to understand what her meaning is She also is not good at varying sentence structure About a billion times in every book you ll see the same sentence structure back to back to back, which dulls the reading senses and drags the reader into an unpleasant rhythm Barr needs to take some serious writing classes and have serious teachers point out her flaws But this isn t the reason for the one star.The novel runs along parallel tracks alternating chapters tell Anna Pigeon s story in contemporary times, as Anna, on temporary assignment in a national park close to the Florida Keys, tries to figure out why a boat blew up and who was on it and what they were up to She then receives a packet of letters from her sister Molly letters from their great great great aunt Raffia of the Civil War era, who coincidentally was stationed at Fort Jefferson in the same national park where Anna is living, with her husband The Civil War is over and Raffia s husband is in charge of a regiment of men guarding the prisoners of Fort Jefferson, the most famous of whom is Dr Samuel Mudd, given life imprisonment for aiding and abetting the assassination of Abraham Lincoln Mudd had set John Wilkes Booth s broken leg I usually find historical fiction a hard pill to swallow I also hate the alternating chapters gimmick Inevitably you dislike one story line and enjoy the other, which makes half the book dreadful and painstaking Raffia and her family s story and the story of the tenants of Fort Jefferson bored me utterly Then, as you can imagine, Anna Pigeon starts to hallucinate the characters she is reading about in the letters So, as she is wont to do, she runs around at night in complete darkness and is terrified to see a woman in white whom she thinks is Raffia Needless to say, this is stupid But this is not why I rated the book one star There were enough plot elements just barely in the contemporary setting to warrant two stars.Is the one star because Anna Pigeon spends an entire chapter wondering if two old lesbian lighthouse keepers are transgender She looks for signs of a vestigial X chromosome When one lesbian rubs her cheek Anna ponders whether she is checking for five o clock shadow No Barr is kind of an idiot, so this is not entirely unexpected coming from her Is the one star because Anna hopes that Cuban Hispanics had the same cultural love of family and children she d noticed in Mexican American women No Again, Barr has a screw loose This screw often rattles around in her brain and causes her to place the thoughts of the demented in her characters The one star is for the unbelievable, stunning, really inexcusable number of typos and errors in the text Does Barr have an editor If so that person should have been fired for letting this book go to press There were dozens of errors I didn t even bother counting I sometimes do because there were so many Words are spelled differently several pages apart sergeant, sergent Apostrophes were in the wrong place Apostrophes were inserted in words where they didn t belong Sometimes were was spelled where and vice versa Tolkien is spelled Tolkein We come across the phrase despite his straightened circumstances which of course should be straitened circumstances You expect these kinds of typos from self published crap books You don t expect it from a major publisher What s up with that, G.P Putnam This book gives the reader two mysteries one set in the immediate post Civil War years and one in the modern day as well as a slew of interesting factual information on a little known part of the National Park System the Dry Tortugas The two mysteries are tied together by the setting and by the familial relationship between Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon and her great, great aunts who resided on Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas post Civil War.I found this book educational and entertaining and intend to read books by this author who was a Park Ranger and whose powers of description do justice to the wonders of nature. I didn t know of these tiny low islands 70 miles off the Florida Keys fascinating At first I didn t like the jumping back and forth between Anna in the present and her great great grandmother in the past, but as the story wore on each chapter ended with a surprise or a cliffhanger, which makes you keep on reading Several claustrophobic diving sections Not my favourite of her books, but then, they re all worth a read. I love the Anna Pigeon series I think it s because I love the National Park system and have been to many of the parks featured in these stories Or maybe I missed my calling as a park ranger and live vicariously through Anna Whichever it is, this was the first book in the series that I read a couple of years ago It s not the first in the series, but we had just been to the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson on a diving vacation and I was intrigued This one has a great storyline, and, in my opinion, is one of Barr s best efforts and they re all pretty good The dual storyline with the past and Anna s Aunt Raffia was very well done. The Five Week New York Times Bestseller, Now In PaperbackRunning From A Proposal Of Marriage From Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon Takes A Post As A Temporary Supervisory Ranger On Remote Garden Key In Dry Tortugas National Park, A Small Grouping Of Tiny Islands In A Natural Harbor Seventy Miles Off Key West This Island Paradise Has Secrets It Would Keep Not Just In The Present, But In Shadows From Its Gritty Past, When It Served As A Prison For The Lincoln Conspirators During And After The Civil WarHere, On This Last Lick Of The United States, In A Giant Crumbling Fortress, Anna Has Little Company Except For The Occasional Sunburned Tourist Or Unruly Shrimper When Her Sister, Molly, Sends Her A Packet Of Letters From A Great Great Aunt Who Lived At The Fort With Her Husband, A Career Soldier, Anna S Fantasy Life Is Filled With Visions Of This Long Ago TimeWhen A Mysterious Boat Explosion And The Discovery Of Unidentifiable Body Parts Keeps Her Anchored To The Present, Anna Finds Crimes Of Past And Present Closing In On Her A Tangled Web That Was Woven Before She Arrived Begins To Threaten Her Sanity And Her Life Cut Off From The Mainland By Miles Of Water, Poor Phone Service, And Sketchy Radio Contact, And Aided By One Law Enforcement Ranger, Anna Must Find Answers Or Weather A Storm To Rival The Hurricanes For Which The Islands Are Famous Downloaded this one on audible before we visited Dry Tortugas Nat l Park, since the park is the setting for the story This is my second listen of the Anna Pigeon series, maybe it s my love of National Parks that makes me tend to enjoy them but I look forward to in my future Loved how Barr wove is that a word extra history lessons in with the Lincoln conspirators being held at Fort Jefferson in the flashbacks. Enjoyable read about one of my bucket list places, The Dry Tortugas I know you can take the ferry from Key West for the day but I am trying to talk someone into camping there for two nights.anyone