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DETAILS: Endangered: A Zoo Mystery by Ann Littlewood. Copyright 2012. Mystery.
SUMMARY: When zookeeper Iris Oakley is called in to deal with illegal exotic animals found during a drug bust, she doesn't know that she is about to get caught up in a dangerous mystery.
PROS: A case could be made that this book started off a bit slow, but the setting and information about the zoo are so interesting and unusual that you don't even notice. The writing is tight and polished and the characters are refreshingly new. I thought I had figured out whodoneit, but it turns out I was wrong. By the two-third mark in this book, I couldn't put it down and ended up staying awake far past my bedtime to read the ending. A very enjoyable and unique mystery.
CONS: There were two or three "continuity" errors (it's a film term, but I'm not sure what the writing equivalent is) and a couple of typos which were a little distracting. It seemed the book could have moved from four to five stars with maybe a couple fresh eyes reading through it.
BOTTOM LINE: Very good, gripping and original. Four stars out of five.