Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Endangered by Ann Littlewood
Iris was assigned the duty of picking up exotic animals that were in a remote location and discovered during a drug bust. It was just a routine assignment. It turned out to be a very dangerous assignment before it was over.
Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to download this story to read for review (thank you). The book will be published next week, so if you've been waiting for the next one in this zoo mystery series now is the time to buy.
Iris is trying to find information about who is running the illegal endangered species ring. She hates seeing the animals mistreated and not fed right. What she finds is a dead body. If that wasn't bad enough, the father and his two big sons confront her at the farm. When the father has a heart attack and dies right in front of her, she thinks it can't get much worse. It does though, quite a bit worse...
I really enjoyed reading about the animals and their care. The most interesting twist in this story is that there is another unknown member of this family. The father would pick up "strays"; a young woman or man who was alone and unattached and in trouble. He then took them home and added them to his family. He had taken in one girl and one young man. The extra young man is the most dangerous and no one knows who he is. They just know he's still there, probably in plain sight, and he's willing to kill to get what he wants.
The ending was exciting and suspenseful. There will be more in this series. Iris has friends in an almost obsessive relationship and she's developing a new love interest herself. I'm interested in seeing what kind of mystery she will be solving next, so I'll be watching for the next book.