Carlos Mar Mar desde Penjamillo, Mich., México
I've just started reading as many mystery books as I can after years of limiting myself to sci-fi and fantasy. I've read some Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, and a few others, and my overall thoughts on this book are very positive. I really enjoyed this mystery -- Anna Pigeon is a very convincing city-girl gone solitary park ranger, and the setting of this particular book was fantastically described. I really felt like I was hiking with Anna. Nevada Barr throws in occasional quotable quote, too, which puts her above the Graftons and Paretskys I've read so far. The overall mystery was not obvious, but definitely guessable, and the message in the end was clear (and one that I support) against animal hunting. I'm sure my living in New Mexico right next to this park that is the setting of Track of the Cat helped me enjoy the vivid description. I'll have to wait until I read more to decide if Barr belongs with the same greatness that is Tony Hillerman, but I'm pretty certain she does.