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. 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 unique new world; I loved it. And as for the plot, I thought for sure I knew who’d done it...and I was in for a shock.
I was instantly drawn to Iris, a character who works hard, lives passionately, and deals with life’s little (and not-so-little) problems as they come. Her partner in retrieving the exotic animals, her old flame Denny, was another source of intrigue with all his quirks, conspiracy theories, and honest likeability. Scattered amid the pages of the book are yet more vivid, curious characters and Littlewood comfortably invites her reader to settle in and get to know them. Though easily read on its own, Endangered is the third in Ann Littlewood’s Iris Oakley zoo mysteries; I’m looking forward to revisiting the plucky heroine and experiencing more of Iris Oakley’s world throughout the series. In all, Endangered is a terrific excursion for thrill-seekers and animal lovers alike; call it a safari of suspense, and a very enjoyable one.
Also of note, a portion of the author's proceeds from the book benefit various animal welfare organizations.
Title: Endangered Author: Ann Littlewood Genre: mystery Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press Format: hardcover Release date: July 3, 2012 Source: Maryglenn McCombs (C/O) Buy the book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Better World Books Connect with the author: Website | Blog | Goodreads | Facebook