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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Littlewood Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Zoo Mysteries Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781455191499
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Iris Oakley, a young zookeeper at the Finley Memorial Zoo, hopes to reconcile with her newly sober husband, Rick. But when he’s found dead drunk—and dead—in the lion exhibit, a paralyzing mix of grief and anger keeps Iris from questioning the assumptions around his death. But Iris’ friends motivate her to prove that her husband could not have died the way it appears.

Meanwhile, Iris must also adjust to losing her beloved job as feline keeper and instead learn to be a bird keeper. The zoo’s veterinarian respects her skills, but the foreman and senior bird-keep seem to prefer that she get a job elsewhere. After Iris survives a series of near-fatal “accidents,” she begins to understand what really happened to Rick. But first Iris must survive to prove it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Convincingly and affectionately evokes its animal-friendly setting. Call it a zoo cozy.”

    Seattle Times

  • “The highly original setting is a plus.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cassandra Campbell provides the perfect voice for the passionate young woman, deftly capturing her emotions after her husband dies…Campbell lightens or thickens her voice slightly for other characters but filters them all through Iris’ own plaintive psyche, delicately adding nuances of uncertainty where appropriate.”

    AudioFile

  • “This strong debut by a former zookeeper gives readers a look at the world of zoos while offering an involving mystery plot. Both animal lovers and mystery fans will enjoy it.”

    Booklist

  • “[A] wealth of behind-the-scenes detail smoothly integrated into the puzzle makes this a promising debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/30/2014

    " This was a compelling read, with interesting characters. I was especially interested in the back stage information about zoos and animal behaviour. I am anxious to read the next one in the series and see where these characters go from here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evamarie | 1/16/2014

    " It took me awhile to read this very slow to me luckily the book wasn't that long the only reason I finished it was that I wanted to find out who the murderer was and why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/10/2013

    " While the mystery is only average the behind the scenes details are fascinating. Am looking forward to reading her next novel "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Verneita | 12/3/2013

    " I didnt even finish it .. it was so hard to get into and I really didnt enjoy it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 11/30/2013

    " Tried and tried bit COULD NOT finish. Author did not take advantage of a good idea. Where's the execution? The protagonist was asking the sane questions halfway through! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 11/29/2013

    " Okay book. The mystery of why a zookeeper's husband gets killed ends up being all about something else. Just okay for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph | 7/2/2012

    " Kind of a dud of a mystery, not much detecting done or clues, really. A bit interesting regarding how a zoo might be run, but really, if you want to read a mystery with a good zoo premise, I'd suggest reading The Anteater of Death by Betty Webb instead. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom gayheart | 5/18/2012

    " I gave NIGHT KILL two stars, meaning it was "okay." I think the big problem is with the writing - too MUCH detail! I ended up skipping whole, long paragraphs, hoping I wasn't missing anything too important. I am going to try her second book because I suspect her writing will improve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn Harris | 3/25/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this first book of the "Zoo Mysteries" series. Well written and plotted. I look forward to reading the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christen | 3/13/2012

    " A typical murder-mystery, but in a unique setting (a zoo). It took a while to get into the story, but overall, a good vacation read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 1/1/2012

    " Not a great mystery but the zoo keeper element is entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Mcdaniel | 7/24/2011

    " suspenseful and fun being set in a zoo - pretty authentic I think (author was a former zookeeper) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/12/2011

    " The zookeeping backstory is the primary reason to pick this one up - the mystery is fairly vanilla. The local color's a plus for me as well, and something I'd like to see fleshed out more in future installments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 7/10/2011

    " Having the setting to a mystery be a zoo added a fun twist. I did not suspect the real murderer although, looking back, there were some clues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 2/23/2011

    " I figured out whodunit fairly early but took a little longer to figure out the why. However a zoo mystery set in the Pacific NW makes up for a little less suspense. I'll give the second book a try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/18/2011

    " neat little mystery with excellent zoo setting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 1/20/2011

    " Tried and tried bit COULD NOT finish. Author did not take advantage of a good idea. Where's the execution? The protagonist was asking the sane questions halfway through! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Antoinette | 9/23/2010

    " I'm listening to the unabridged audio version (MP-3). It's been a slow start so far. Hopefully, it will get better.

    Update: I've given up. If I can't get involved in the first 2-3 hours, it's a bust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 8/16/2010

    " A really good mystery set against the backdrop of the Finley Zoo in Vancouver Washington. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 8/10/2010

    " While the mystery is only average the behind the scenes details are fascinating. Am looking forward to reading her next novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/21/2009

    " Having the setting to a mystery be a zoo added a fun twist. I did not suspect the real murderer although, looking back, there were some clues. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marvelle | 11/12/2009

    " Not much mystery. Whiny, insecure lead. Dull and slow-moving.

    I will say it had a good premise. Husband found dead in lion's enclosure at the zoo where he and his wife both worked. It sounded intriguing but mostly petered out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Verneita | 11/1/2009

    " I didnt even finish it .. it was so hard to get into and I really didnt enjoy it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evamarie | 10/14/2009

    " It took me awhile to read this very slow to me luckily the book wasn't that long the only reason I finished it was that I wanted to find out who the murderer was and why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christen | 9/21/2009

    " A typical murder-mystery, but in a unique setting (a zoo). It took a while to get into the story, but overall, a good vacation read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 9/9/2009

    " Okay book. The mystery of why a zookeeper's husband gets killed ends up being all about something else. Just okay for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 7/6/2009

    " I picked this up from our local library's Reader's Choice section. It was an ok read; started with promise and didn't really fail after that, just didn't really grip me.

    Favorite sentence: "...I often learned what I thought by listening to what I said." "

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About the Author

Ann Littlewood worked for the Oregon Zoo for twelve 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 lifelong environmentalist and a volunteer with the Audubon Society of Portland. She restricts her private zoo to one small dog and an earthworm colony.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.