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Sample the first chapter of Did Not Survive, the second zoo mystery by Ann Littlewood, from Poisoned Pen Press.

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Publishers Weekly has this to say--

Zookeeper Iris Oakley, who lost her husband in her first outing (2008's Night Kill), returns to Finley Memorial Zoo near Vancouver, Wash., for a second harrowing adventure that meshes the complexities of animal care and human failings. Early one morning, Iris discovers her boss, Kevin Wallace, face down in the elephant enclosure, apparently being mauled. What first appears to be a dreadful accident is revealed by autopsy to be a murder and merely the first incident to bedevil the little zoo. Although she's six months pregnant, several colleagues suggest that Iris should look into other disturbing events, including the theft of a zoo van and the body of a tiger. Fascinating details of zoo life--the impending birth of clouded leopards, collecting urine samples from elephants--lend color. Man again proves to be the most dangerous animal, and Iris needs all her cunning to discover the rogue behind the violence in a follow-up that should win Littlewood more fans.

 

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By the author of Night Kill.

Zoo keeper Iris Oakley tries and fails to rescue her boss from an elephant attack. But is Damrey, the elephant, really a rogue and a killer? Iris uncovers a surprising number of humans with motives to kill Wallace, but Damrey doesn’t seem to have one.

Did Not Survive explores dark secrets, murderous and not, intertwined with issues around managing elephants in today's world. Zoos, sanctuaries, and wildlife parks all have tough problems accommodating elephants. And elephants have mixed experiences with humanity. Did Not Survive, written by a former zoo keeper, touches on the quandaries faced by those who admire and respect these fabulous beasts. Check out Cool Links for more on elephants.