The Rope by Nevada Barr
Once upon a time, way back to last year, if someone asked me to recommend a good mystery without a lot of blood or violence I would automatically suggest Nevada Barr. After reading this prequel, I’m not so sure. This is the retelling of the gritty, in your face, ordeal Anna Pigeon survived when she first joined the National Park Service. This is the story of why she decided to become a ranger after being a stage manager on Broadway. This is why Anna Pigeon believes more women should carry guns.
If you’re looking for a mystery that pitches a woman against a monster and nature; a story where a woman comes into herself and succeeds in becoming who she wants to be, then you might want to put the squeamishness the first few chapters will induce and give it a try. If you are a fan of the series, you won’t want to miss how it all began.
And this book features the best use of a wild animal as a weapon (in a very humane way) ever.