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This has been one of those weeks when I keep hearing in my head that song about Mama saying there’d be days like this! And it’s only Tuesday!
Over the weekend, I had burnt my hand with a butane torch. It was one of those stupid things you do that you can’t even believe you did. I choose to blame the wind because it blew at exactly the right time to get my hand. The silver lining in it was that it was my left hand and I’m right handed. But having a blister right on your thumb stinks.
My husband has had a terrible two days at work and we have had two days full of rain resulting in intermittent internet service.
Because of the rain, we ended up with more leaks in the roof. One of these leaks was directly over my bed. The Silver Lining here was that all of my blankets and pillows took the brunt of it instead of the mattress.
Tuesday morning, our son brought me his glasses which were missing one stem. Being that we only have one vehicle, the fix will have to wait until my husband gets home. The Silver Lining here is that I never get rid of his old glasses. He has last year’s pair which are the exact same prescription. Plus, the lady at the eye doctor that handles such things doesn’t come in until 1 p.m.
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SYNOPSIS When the penguin keeper is found dead at the bottom of the penguin pool, zookeeper Madigan Amos is determined to find out what happened to him… even if it means apprehending armed intruders, getting caught in the middle of a terrorist attack, and sparring with a machete wielding murderer.
The police struggle to conclude whether or not the death was accidental, but it’s not the only recent, unexplained happening at Avery Zoo. Since the tragic, avoidable death of a serval, animal rights activists have plagued the zoo. Activists with a reputation for extremism. Do they have something to do with the penguin keeper’s demise?
Madi also has her suspicions about two new zoo employees, but what exactly do they have to do with the goings on? Are they activist spies, or do they have their own scores to settle?
By the time Madi figures out things are not as they seem, she’s already in too deep. Someone has a hidden agenda, and they’re willing to kill to keep it a secret.
*No cliffhangers, this novel can be read as a standalone.*
Please note, this book is written in British English and contains British spellings.
It’s not often you find murder mysteries taking place in zoos. The choice of locale was a definite plus in this book. Our author obviously did her research when it comes to the animals, the zookeepers, and the location.
Her main character is someone who would never be thought of as heroic or even tough. That’s what makes her so endearing.
I would have preferred a few more clues before all the information was revealed. It became pretty obvious what exactly was going on and it was fun to watch it unfold however I would have liked a chance to solve it myself.
It’s very readable and I will be continuing on with the series. But for this initial outing I give it a 3-star rating.
* the synopsis belongs solely to the author and publisher.
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