When you think of a deserted island getaway, I'm sure you're not picturing stalkers and grissly murders—you're probably thinking tropical weather, a nice cocktail, and lots of sun.
Well, with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—we can at least help you with the cocktail part!
So, avoid the violence and keep the booze (and lots of it…) with a nice “Boar Island Iced Tea” cocktail—inspired by the 19th Anna Pigeon Novel by Nevada Barr, Boar Island!
Boar Island is the 19th book in the Anna Pigeon Series (Available May 17, 2016).
Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds her daughter Elizabeth in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry—-her aunt Gwen and her friend Anna Pigeon.
While they try to deal with the fragile state of affairs—-and find the person behind the harassment—-the three adults decide the best thing to do is to remove Elizabeth from the situation. Since Anna is about to start her new post as Acting Chief Ranger at Acadia National Park in Maine, the three will join her and stay at a house on the cliff of a small island near the park, Boar Island.
But the move east doesn't solve the problem. The stalker has followed them east. And Heath (a paraplegic) and Elizabeth aren't alone on the otherwise deserted island. At the same time, Anna has barely arrived at Acadia before a brutal murder is committed by a killer uncomfortably close to her.
PICK YOUR POISON
“Boar Island Iced Tea”
– 1/2 oz. vodka
– 1/2 oz. gin
– 1/2 oz. light rum
– 1/2 oz. silver tequila
– 1/2 oz. triple sec
-1/2 oz. raspBOARry liqueur (I prefer Chambord)
– 1 0z. sour mix
How to make the cocktail:
- Pour all ingredients into a mixing tin.
- Add ice and shake well.
- Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice.
- Garnish with a lemon or lime wheel.
Drink a delicious “Boar Island Iced Tea” (maybe not 2 or 10 this time—they're pretty potent), and then, make sure to pick up your copy of Boar Island by Nevada Barr!
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Nevada Barr is the author of the series of New York Times bestselling novels featuring Anna Pigeon, a law enforcement park ranger. Her novels include Winter Study, Borderline and Burn. She won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel for Track of the Cat. Like her character, Barr worked for the National Park Service as a park ranger before resigning to write full time. She had postings to such parks as Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas (where Anna Pigeon was created) and Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. She lives in New Orleans.