source: free ARC courtesy of Netgalley / St. Martin’s Press
title: Paw of the Jungle (A Paw Enforcement Novel)
author: Diane Kelly
genre: cozy mystery
published: November 2019
first line: Please say yes.
rated: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner in crime, Brigit, are on all fours as they try to solve their latest Lone Star mystery.
AT THE ZOO
The weather is beautiful, work is slow, and her canine colleague could use a walk. What better day for Megan to take Brigit to the Fort Worth Zoo, where they can let loose and witness the law and order of nature unfold? But what begins as a fun field trip turns serious when a pair of rare hyacinth macaws named Fabiana and Fernando goes missing. Is the new custodian, a gentle soul who happens to be an ex-convict, to blame? Or is something far more sinister afoot?
AND ON THE HUNT
The birds are worth thousands of dollars, and the list of people on the premises who might have stolen them is long. Soon other animals start disappearing. . .and Megan and Brigit have their hands and paws full of suspects. But when a rare black rhino is taken from the zoo, presumably for its black-market-friendly horn, time is of the essence. Can Megan and Brigit find out who’s behind the mystery—before they too become prey?
This installment was cute. Officer Megan and her K-9 partner Brigit are investigating a series of missing animals from the local zoo. The story is told from the POV of the animal thief, Megan and K-9 Brigit. Also in the mix is the case of a few missing rings when women begin reporting that their jewelry seems to have vanished. Megan and Brigit are trying to find the ring thief at the same time they are trying to find the person who is stealing the animals. Megan’s firefighter boyfriend is also in the story-line as a side character and there is tension when one of his new co-workers takes a romantic interest in him.
This was a fun read and I liked that the author weaved in the theme of animal trafficking and how hurtful it is to the animals involved. K-9 Brigit was adorable and stole the show. I enjoyed reading the chapters from her POV as she hunts down the bad guys.
As far as the guilty party, I almost felt bad for them. I would have hoped for more detail and a wrap-up concerning this person but I read an unfinished ARC so there may be more details in the final edition of the book. The author does a great job at telling the story from the POV of the three central characters and as I said, I even felt a little sorry for the thief. This was a fun, fast read and I recommend it if you are an animal lover who enjoys cozy mysteries.
Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I received my free review copy of Paw of the Jungle by Diane Kelly from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest thoughts.