Ill Wind by Nevada Barr

It’s not unusual for a few visitors to experience health problems while making the climb to explore Mesa Verde’s ruins but the numbers seem high this season.  Ranger Anna Pigeon suspects there’s a reason but can’t quite place what it is.  Then there are the more easily detectable problems to deal with: someone’s sabotaging construction equipment, the park secretary is being harassed by her ex-husband and someone’s finding a way into closed areas after hours.  Frederick Stanton, the FBI agent from A Superior Death, is called in to help when one of Anna’s coworkers is found dead at the bottom of a kiva.

Anna’s alcoholism takes a turn for the worse in this installment of the series; it does stretch the imagination to believe that she can consume as much alcohol as she does and still perform her job well.  Despite this, Anna is a likable character and Barr crafts an engaging mystery.  Still loving the series!

*If you like P.J. Tracy’s Monkeewrench series, I think you’ll like Anna Pigeon.

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