Back of Beyond by C.J. Box

Box, C.J. (2012). Back of Beyond. Minotaur Books; New York.  Although not specifically based around his best-known character, Joe Pickett, this C.J. Box novel has much in the way of action, adventure, and suspense to offer to the contemporary reader. I was most excited about the setting of the novel in Yellowstone National Park –…

The Rope by Nevada Barr

Barr, Nevada. (2012). The Rope. Minotaur Books; New York. I’ve always been a big fan of Nevada Barr’s mystery novels, for two reasons: 1) they take place in the serenity of nature (more specifically, in various U.S. national parks), and 2) her central protagonist is the gutsy and seemingly invincible park ranger, Anna Pigeon. I…