Long time Friend of Mystery and past Bloody Thursday guest Ann Littlewood’s latest zoo mystery will be released July 10.

Endangered features the return of zoo keeper Iris Oakley, called in to rescue exotic animals from a remote farm in Washington State after a drug bust. Instead of pets, Iris finds smuggled parrots and tortoises, living in deplorable conditions, destined for unscrupulous or unsuspecting collectors. The drug operation is the cops’ problem, but Iris is determined to break the criminal pipeline that snatches rare animals from the wild and leaves them neglected in old barns.

Publishers Weekly (April 9, 2012) calls Endangered “engaging.” In Booklist, Barbara Bibel says, “Readers will enjoy this fast-moving story that deals with timely environmental issues.”

Ann Littlewood worked as a zoo keeper at the Oregon Zoo for 12 years before launching a career in business writing with Kaiser Permanente. A founding member of the Oregon Zoo chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, Ann lives in Portland, Oregon. A life-long environmentalist, Ann is an active volunteer with the Audubon Society of Portland and other conservation organizations. She is also the author of Night Kill and Did Not Survive.

Ann will be appearing at Murder by the Book on July 15. Learn more about Ann at her annlittlewood.com.