"You turn the last page having learned about a part of the world you might never have encountered otherwise. If a mystery's a good read--and this is--you leave eager for a sequel..."Laurence A. Marschall in Natural History Magazine. Click here for the full review!
"Told in the first person with Iris Oakley, zoo keeper, as narrator, Night Kill grabs the reader from the very first sentence. Books told completely in the first person are hard to do well, but Littlewood has done it masterfully."
"This novel is satisfying on many levels. The mystery is well crafted with enough suspense to keep a reader turning the pages. It abounds with false leads, red herrings, dramatic moments, and comes to a satisfactory conclusion. The sub-plot involves the realities of grief and loss and lets the reader experience how paralyzing that can be. ... All this is told in a style that is crisp, original, and vivid. .. It is always a pleasure to read a book in which the author has taken such great care with each word."
"Iris, the narrator, has a snappy voice, full of wry humor and irreverence. And Littlewood shows a sure hand in maintaining the tension in the final confrontation with the killer. But what distinguishes Night Kill from the rest of the amateur sleuth field is the wealth of behind-the-scenes detail about life at Finley Memorial. Ann Littlewood spent twelve years as a zookeeper, not quite at Finley Memorial, but right across the river in Portland, where she worked in almost every area, including felines and birds."
"...a superb new series, especially enjoyable if you are an animal-lover... Littlewood's depiction of zoology alone is worth the price of admission..."
"... a wealth of behind-the-scenes detail smoothly integrated into the puzzle makes this a promising debut."
, the Journal of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc. "..it is both interesting and oddly satisfying to read a novel that in many ways mirrors our own lives." Becky Richendollar, Keeper,
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