Endangered



❴PDF / Epub❵ ✅ Endangered Author Ann Littlewood – E17streets4all.co.uk  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 unscrupul  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.Endangered

Ann Littlewood has mined years of working as a zookeeper to create the Iris Oakley mystery series set in a fictional zoo in Vancouver Washington See AnnLittlewoodcom for details.

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  • Paperback
  • 250 pages
  • Endangered
  • Ann Littlewood
  • English
  • 07 September 2016
  • 9781590587850

10 thoughts on “Endangered

  1. says:

    It makes for great fun when a writer can draw from direct experience of an uncommon career to create an uncommon series Zoos are an alien landscape to me – the logistics involved in housing and maintaining dozens of species of wildly varying reuirements are completely beyond me but Ann Littlewood can write of it with the almost casual authority of someone who's lived it Her Portland zookeeper Iris Oakley lives and breathes the life The story follows her into all areas of the zoo and it's fascinating She also lives and breathes the life of a single widowed mother of a small child and the complications and joys of that are threaded through the book This is one of the realistic depictions of making do without a whole lot of money that I've seen especially in the mystery genre; it seems like too often characters in cozies skip merrily along opportunities or legacies landing in their laps at just the perfect moment; to read about a woman forced to think twice about a major opportunity because not to spoil too much preparing for it would be too expensive – that's rare Also rare is the sort of relationship Iris has with her parents Too often writers fall back on what has become a cliché – adult bickers with parents and avoids them at all costs There is bickering here – but the reasons are provided and the relationship is deepened and is filled with corroborative detail intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an already convincing narrative Her role as a widowed mother harried and worried and head over heels in love with her son while still realizing he's not a dream to handle is utterly authentic All of the relationships are mature or becoming so and believable – and in the case of that with her best friend a little heart breaking Happily the mystery aspect of the book is plausible as well Although Iris literally stumbles over the body in uestion she does not seem to be the sort of character who will do so on a regular basis like some of the corpse detectors mystery series tend to feature Iris has solid valid reasons to be where she is and the murder she discovers is part of a larger state of affairs involving animal trafficking The story is well told without putting Iris in unreasonable situations and is laced through with fascinating details about the animals under her care without beating the reader over the head with a stick labeled Zoo Mystery I loved it and look forward to

  2. says:

    After trudging through this entire book against the loud objections of my husband I was completely amazed to see what a high rating most people gave it Ms Littlewood obviously knows a great deal about working in zoos but that does not translate into being a great novelist The basic concept is interesting and gets your attention A lot of the zoo information seems to be there just to show you how much she knows rather than to aid the plot in any way The plot is terribly convoluted with twists that don't seem logical and a main character whose driving motives are difficult to discern as she doesn't seem to follow any patterns In real life this character would have been in trouble for interfering with a police investigation well before she ferreted out the villain

  3. says:

    Being an animal lover and writer of mysteries that include a lot of wildlife when I saw this book on my local library bookshelf I immediately grabbed it I loved Littlewood's zookeeper protagonist as well as the plot which had several interesting twists and turns As I discovered that this is the third in the series I immediately went and ordered the first one I can't wait to get behind the scenes looks from an experienced zookeeper

  4. says:

    This was a very interesting mysteryThere is a family living off the grid and doing illegal businessThe zoo is called in to take care of the tortoises and parrots and macaws but they get than that Iris is forced to flea her home She is ready to date again and don't you just know that will be a challenge with her home and work issuesI felt the book got too preachy at timesI borrowed a copy from the public library

  5. says:

    A “simple” exotic animal rescue at a local farm turns into a nightmare for zookeeper and single mother Iris Oakley There is much going on than a few criminals running a meth lab and keeping a few exotic pets Iris is convinced Tipton family is not only involved in distributing drugs but in illegally selling parrots and tortoises If this isn’t bad enough the animals are being neglected and inadeuately cared for and may not survive Iris doesn’t want other animals to suffer the same fate but ends up working on a murder case of a human victim as well While this turns into a very dangerous situation Iris won’t let this family get by with harming animals or with murder Iris is a wonderful main character She is dedicated intense takes her job and her responsibility to the animals in her care seriously Iris isn’t perfect which makes her believable and relatable and the situations in which she finds herself are realistic and make sense given her job and the type of person she is She is not going to let anyone get away with hurting animals so it makes sense that she sticks with the investigation even when she is warned to stay out of it I also like Iris’s co worker Denny and would like to see Iris and Denny team up on future cases Even Iris’s sometimes difficult boss shows he does have a heart and recognizes Iris’s intelligence and dedication to animals and specifically to her job as zookeeper The career and personal challenges Iris faces seem realistic and I am rooting for things to work out for her Fans of Rachel Speart or Nevada Barr will enjoy this uniue zoo setting featuring a main character to cheer for I look forward to reading books by this author

  6. says:

    My full review on Literary InklingsA uniue combination is found in Ann Littlewood’s Endangered a gripping mystery a collection of wonderfully charming characters a dose of wit and a very relevant examination of the realities of animal trafficking and the suffering of poorly thought out pets Littlewood draws on both her admiration for animals and her experience as a zookeeper to infuse the novel with the sort of detailing that enraptures a reader and her keen talent for crafting smart characters and unexpected thrills carries the story into a fascinating new landscape The result is a book as easily enlightening as it is entertaining The pacing of the book is well done allowing the reader to examine the details of Iris’s life and plight before zipping through the curves of a superbly crafted plot I felt that a door had been opened an opportunity to explore and learn about a uniue new world; I loved it And as for the plot I thought for sure I knew who’d done itand I was in for a shock Read

  7. says:

    The third in her zoo mysteries is set in Vancouver Washington and takes place in the fictional Finley Memorial Zoo Iris Oakley a young zoo worker and her colleague are sent to rescue exotic animals found at a drug crime scene at the Tipton home in the middle of nowhere She is unwittingly pulled into events that threaten her and the life of her son Deciding the only way to protect herself and those she cares about is to take an active part in investigation Iris risks her life to find out the truthI found it to be an interesting tale with a twisting plot The only drawback for me was the large number of supporting characters and their subplots It seemed to slow the pace down but in all fairness I’ve not read the first two books so for those who have perhaps this was a welcomed update on those characters One subplot I did enjoy was the hearttug tale of a mandrill monkey struggling with motherhood for the first timeDefinitely a good read for animal and cozy mystery buffs The author’s twelve years experience with the Oregon Zoo shows in her look into the care and protection of exotic animals

  8. says:

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads for the purpose of reviewing itCheck out my blog for extensive reviews and PROS A case could be made that this book started off a bit slow but the setting and information about the zoo are so interesting and unusual that you don't even notice The writing is tight and polished and the characters are refreshingly new I thought I had figured out whodoneit but it turns out I was wrong By the two third mark in this book I couldn't put it down and ended up staying awake far past my bedtime to read the ending A very enjoyable and uniue mysteryCONS There were two or three continuity errors it's a film term but I'm not sure what the writing euivalent is and a couple of typos which were a little distracting It seemed the book could have moved from four to five stars with maybe a couple fresh eyes reading through it

  9. says:

    Yes I just re read my own damn book I turned it into the press in December and haven't cracked it since I'm setting up readings so I thought I'd better take a look and pick a good section to read Note I am also awaiting the early reviews and in a bit of a state about that So anyway I read it again By the way the title is now simply Endangered no longer Threatened Endangered I was filled with authorial anxiety for about the first uarter of it then I actually did get into the story and came out the other end feeling pretty good about it If you've ever written a novel you will understand I love my characters human and animal and their struggles wring my heart Ridiculous? Well making up stories has it's own emotional logic Go figure Take it around the block yourself and let me know what you think

  10. says:

    This is the third book in the really entertaining Zoo Mysteries series by Ann Littlewood Ms Littlewood has years of experience working in a zoo in Portland OR and her experience shows in her books set in a fictional zoo in nearby Vancouver WAIn this book bird keeper Iris Oakley helps the zoo to take in some exotic birds and reptiles discovered at a drug raid As the officials seem dis interested in persuing the animal related charges Iris starts looking into things And gets into danger of courseEndangered has a lot character development than in the prior two books The mystery is well done There is plenty of animal related appeal but there is somewhat less zoo backdrop than in prior books

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