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Product Details

  • Series: Zoo Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590586212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590586211
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,874,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Iris’s attempts to find romance lend some human interest, but Littlewood, herself a onetime zookeeper, remains most compelling when focusing on creatures of the furred and feathered variety." —Publishers Weekly

"Readers will enjoy this fast-moving story that deals with timely environmental issues." —Booklist

About the Author

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.
 

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This was an intriguing story from start to finish.
Ed
I love the mix of good story, well developed characters, realistic but not predictable mystery, and zoo and animal information and conservation education!
Jan
I have read both of the previous books in this series and thoroughly enjoyed them all.
Gayle

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Casee Clow on September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
When zookeeper Iris Oakley is sent to the secluded Tipton farm in rural Washington to retrieve animals after an unsuspected drug bust, she expects to carry out her orders with little trouble. What she gets, however, is a mass animal trafficking cover-up and a small village of ill-treated tortoises and parrots, including two giant macaws that might be hiding a secret to the Tipton family's fortune. She also finds the body of a young girl, presumably killed by police during the raid, but the Tipton brothers are suspects and they're on the loose. What begins as a normal day for Iris soon catapults her into a dangerous web of murder, greed, and betrayal as she works to unravel the threads of the crimes committed against animal and human alike. With the police giving her the brush-off and her boss lingering behind the boundaries, Iris finds that it's up to her to get the answers. She's left to try her luck as an amateur sleuth to put the pieces of the puzzle together all the while protecting her two year-old son, appeasing her house mates, maintaining her job, and keeping up with the two macaws that have been thrust into her care. She's aided in her efforts by a charismatic Animal Control worker and a handsome reporter, both of whom rekindle a fire in Iris's heart left dormant for years since her husband's death. But someone is not who they seem and while she's busy staying ahead of the dangerous Tipton brothers, Iris soon finds that her closest allies could be her greatest threats.

A unique 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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bothellbuyer on July 17, 2012
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This is the third book in Ann Littlewood's zoo mystery series and I certainly hope that more are on the way! I discovered this series recently and this past weekend sat down to try out the first book Night Kill: A Zoo Mystery (Zoo Mysteries). Little did I know that I would be spending 3 days reading three awesome books in a row. I'm NOT an avid mystery fan but I AM greatly interested in critters and their social behavior. If you insert enough of this biological 'candy' in a book, I'm apt to give it a try.

The series is set in the Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington area, at Finley Memorial Zoo. The author does a great job of capturing the Pacific Northwest ambience. In this book, the main character, Iris Oakley, is sent off to a drug bust site with fellow zookeeper, Denny, to pick up 'exotic pets' to quarantine at the zoo until their post-trial dispensation is determined. Wild-caught South American parrots and a slew of rare endangered tortoises are discovered in addition to 2 captive bred macaws. Lots of convoluted events occur, putting Iris and her young son, Robby and Denny in danger. All in all, a fascinating read, even for someone who isn't really into mysteries.

This series should be read in order since there is a progressive story line and character development. Read 'Night Kill' first, then Did Not Survive: A Zoo Mystery (Zoo Mysteries) and then Endangered: A Zoo Mystery (Zoo Mysteries).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lou Allin on July 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Junior zookeeper Iris Oakley at the small Findley Memorial Zoo outside of Vancouver WA is lost in the rain forest. An emergency call has come for the zoo to rescue valuable parrots and tortoises. Problem is, this is a pot farm and poisonous meth lab, and the owners are on the loose and dangerous, their guard dogs running wild. The police vie with Animal Control and the zoo staff in order to sort out the mess. Iris must return, and it isn't long before she finds the body of a teenaged girl, dead of a gunshot. Caught in the crossfire or something more sinister? And why is the elderly female neighbour carrying a gun?
"The parrots were terrified because they had no experience with people, at least not until they were trapped in a Mexican forest, jammed into containers of some sort, and smuggled into the U.S. A similar fate must have befallen the tortoises. This wasn't a food market in China or a pet market in Bangkok or any of the other places that regularly hit the news with confiscated wildlife. These were smuggled animals in our very own state. They were to be sold over the internet and shipped to people who didn't know or didn't care that they were getting frightened, sick animals with poor prospects for survival."
As usual, Iris's concern and diligence make her the unwitting target of the displaced family, a wild bunch with a powerful old man and two unruly, no-neck sons. How did the patriarch suddenly get into selling endangered animals, a lucrative trade, when he was also embroiled in the drug business for decades? Some very angry traffickers lurk in the rain forest, and they're taking no prisoners.
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Ann Littlewood worked as a zoo keeper at the Oregon Zoo for twelve years. She has been scratched, bitten, pecked, stepped on, and taloned. See her website, http://zoomysteries.com, for proof and for pretty pictures of animals. Go to her blog, http://annlittlewood.blogspot.com for her Deep Thoughts about Life and more pictures. Ann spends many hours at Finley Memorial Zoo, engrossed in exciting adventures with any animal she wants while channeling Iris Oakley, her mystery-solving protagonist.

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