Iris Oakley to reconcile with her newly sober husband. But when Rick is found drunk - and dead - in the lion exhibit, grief and anger keep her from questioning the assumptions that surround his death. After a series of other near-fatal "accidents" in her feline section of the zoo, Iris is demoted to bird-keeper, but the danger continues to multiply. Following ambiguous clues and sorting through unlikely motives, Iris begins to understand what really happened to Rick. But to prove it, she'll first have to survive.
"A solid start to a new series"
Zookeeper Iris Oakley is sent to a remote farm in Washington state to rescue animals found during a drug bust. While the marijuana-growing operation and the meth lab are the cops’ problem, the smuggling sideline is hers. Instead of pets, she finds exotic contraband: 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.
"Cassandra Campbell saved the day"
Iris Oakley, pregnant and still recovering from her husband’s murder, wants only to carry on as a keeper at Finley Memorial Zoo in Vancouver, Washington. But she is confronted with a terrifying situation: alone and with no elephant expertise, she must rescue her boss, Kevin Wallace, from being mauled by a zoo elephant. Though she gets him to safety, he dies of his injuries.
"Excellent read with too many characters"