Thursday, March 15, 2018
Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr (thoughts)
"Anna Pigeon has fled New York and her memories to find work as a ranger in the country’s national parks. In the remote backcountry of West Texas, however, she discovers murder and violence. Fellow park ranger Sheila Drury is mysteriously killed, presumably by a mountain lion. But the deep claw marks Anna finds across Drury’s throat and the paw prints surrounding the body are too perfect to be real."
This is my second book read for my personal TBR challenge. I actually picked up my copy of this book from the used bookstore but then it just languished on my shelves. I'm grateful for the push to finally pick it up that this challenge gave me because I really enjoyed this one. It was a quieter mystery but it was the perfect choice for the reading mood that I was in. I loved this book for the setting alone. The author was able to just draw me in to the wilderness and stark back country of Texas within the pages of this book. Through Anna's love of nature and the area where she lived, I was also able to feel like I was there myself. I found that the mystery came almost second to me in comparison to just experiencing the atmosphere that Barr created within this book.
What I loved about this book besides the setting was the feel of it. It almost reminded me of a Sue Grafton novel although they are two very different type of books. I think it was the fact that both series are set in a different way of life - a time where technology and cell phones aren't the every day norm. Anna has to use a pay phone to make calls to her sister in New York and can barely type up reports that she needs to do. Both series feature a different type of investigating where it isn't all focused on forensics but instead focuses more on uncovering the secrets leading up to the crime. This was a shorter book but I still was so easily caught within the pages. I found myself surprised by the ending as I didn't see any of it coming. It just made the book that much more enjoyable and has me eager to continue on with this series (which is why I now have a copy of book two on my shelves ready and waiting).
Overall, I really enjoyed this quiet mystery and am very excited about this series in general. Luckily for me I believe I have many more books to look forward to. I'm two for two as well when it comes to books read for this challenge. Both have been really great reads for me and finally knocked a couple of books off of my TBR that have been on there for entirely too long. I don't plan on waiting long before moving on to the second book! I think that fans of mysteries and suspenseful reads will enjoy this book. I really do see a lot of comparisons to the Sue Grafton series so if you enjoy that one you may like this one as well. Easily recommended!
Bottom Line: A quiet mystery that sucked me into the beauty of its' surroundings!
Disclosure: I purchased my copy of this book from my local used bookstore.