Endangered by Ann Littlewood
A Zoo Mystery (Zoo Mysteries)

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"Zoo keeper Iris Oakley is sent to a remote farm in Washington State to rescue exotic animals after a drug bust. Instead of pets, she finds smuggled parrots and tortoises destined for sale to unscrupulous or unsuspecting collectors. The zoo’s facilities are full, and she ends up with two macaws shrieking in her basement. The marijuana grow operation and the meth lab are the cops’ problem. The smuggling side-line is hers. An outraged Iris is determined to break the criminal pipeline that snatches rare animals from the wild and leaves them neglected in old barns.

Then she discovers a woman who escaped the bust—dead. Iris has stumbled onto a violent crime, something far too dangerous for a widow with a young son. But it’s too late to untangle herself. Brothers from the farm, both murder suspects, invade her home, demanding information she doesn’t have.

Iris flees with her child, but soon her only option is to go on the offensive. People she counts on are not who they claim to be. A friend is shot during a break-in at the zoo and may not survive.

Hunting for the brothers, Iris sorts through baffling clues and trips over secrets old and new. Why steal an ordinary drinking glass? Why do the brothers think she knows where their father’s fortune is hidden? Could the noisy parrots be hiding crucial information in plain sight? She realizes a key piece is missing, but finding it means confronting a determined killer."
 

About Ann Littlewood

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Ann Littlewood worked for the Oregon Zoo for 12 years as a zookeeper before a career in business writing with Kaiser Permanente. She lives in Portland, Oregon, across the river from Vancouver, Washington, the home of the fictional Finley Memorial Zoo. She is a life-long environmentalist and a volunteer with the Audubon Society of Portland. She restricts her private zoo to one small dog and an earthworm colony. Threatened & Endangered is her third zoo-dunnit.
 
Published July 1, 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press. 279 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Zookeepers Iris Oakley and Denny Stellar are called out to a remote drug bust to rescue some exotic animals.

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Reviewing the Evidence

As a zookeeper, Iris would naturally push to find out the source for all these endangered animals and be intent on seeing the case through until the animals are all placed and the trafficking ring broken up.

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BellaOnline

Iris Oakley was a zoo keeper at The Findley Memorial Zoo in Vancouver, Washington assigned to the bird collection exhibit.

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Mysterious Reviews

Then there are Iris's friends, family and co-workers — the professional and personal life subplots — that help define and round out her character but excessively intrude on the already minimal murder mystery storyline.

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Portland Book Review

Wilson Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biologist Author of On Human Nature Sat 11 Tix are available at etix.com Sun7:30 @Powells the first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 Saturday the 2nd, 10am / Powell’s City of Books ...

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Kings River Life

Complicating matters is the guilt Iris feels every moment she doesn’t spend with her two year old son Robby, who although is being happily cared for by her parents is only another sign to Iris that she is failing as a mother.

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