High Country – Nevada Barr

High CountryHigh Country – Nevada Barr.
StarsFour out of five.
Summary: In this twelfth book in the series, it’s fall in the Sierra Mountains, and Anna Pigeon is slinging hash in Yosemite National Park’s historic Ahwahnee Hotel. Four young people, all seasonal park employees, have disappeared, and two weeks of work by crack search-and-rescue teams have failed to turn up a single clue; investigators are unsure as to whether the four went AWOL for reasons of their own – or died in the park.  Needing an out-of-park ranger to work undercover, Anna is detailed to dining room duty; but after a week of waiting tables, she knows the missing employees are only the first indication of a sickness threatening the park.  (from the author’s website). 
Provenance: Borrowed from my local Library.

In High Country, Anna Pigeon turns her hands to outright sleuthing. Still taking place in a National Park, this story finds Anna going undercover as a waitress (!!) in famous Yosemite Park’s fanciest lodge.

Yosemite’s head ranger is worried that a serial killer is stalking the area, with four young people inexplicably vanished from the park. Anna has been brought in to replace one of them, a waitress.

image via wikipedia

Yosemite's Half Dome features in this mystery

In some ways, I wonder whether this is an inevitable turn for Anna, since her continued closeness with death is (finally) becoming implausible even to her co-workers.

Well-written and outright scary in parts, this story more creeps me out about Yosemite rather than making me want to visit.

Similarly, our lovely Anna reveals hidden darkness as she fights for her life in the long climax of the story.  As I pass my entry point to the Anna chronicles I wonder whether this should be the end of the tale – if going on too much longer will turn her into a Spenser for Hire or Nancy Drew trapped outside time.

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