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The Sloth's Eye

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  16 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Everyone comes to the zoo to see the charming yearly ritual of elephants playfully stomping pumpkins at Halloween. Small mammal keeper Hannah usually thinks it’s not fair—why do the big animals get all the attention? But this year the fun turns deadly: Victor, lover of charismatic zoo director Allison, is found dead in the elephant yard—where he’d been left with a pumpkin ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by Five Star (ME)
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Zoos in Fiction
19th out of 23 books — 9 voters
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Animal based Cozy Mysteries
28th out of 47 books — 25 voters

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Feb 06, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
I read this primarily because the idea of having read both an academic paper (in linguistics) and another work in a completely different genre and field (a mystery novel set in a zoo) tickled me. As a mystery novel, it left something to be desired. It took too long to get to the first murder, the protagonist was not very proactive in solving the mystery (in fact no one seemed to be, not even the police!), and the resolution was just weird. What redeemed it was the chirpy and amusing voice of the ...more
May 04, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals
This book is hard to characterize. Nominally, it is a murder mystery set in a zoo but that is not a great description of it. It is more a story of a young woman zookeeper and animal lover and her infatuation with a co-worker and how that affects and influences her care for the animals she loves and works with. For a murder mystery, the tone is very light and quite amusing. Hannah is a very likable, if somewhat flakey, protagonist, hardly able to keep her thoughts on one topic (except when that t ...more
Aug 26, 2012 Isis rated it liked it
This book was an odd combination of murder mystery, animal education, and romance. And while the main character was an adult woman, she often came across as more of a ditzy teen in a sappy YA book. As another reviewer noted, the murder was treated rather lightly, almost playfully at times. Sadly, the lead character, someone entrusted with the daily care of expensive and sometimes endangered animals, was frequently too oblivious to the world she inhabited to be believable.

There were several other
Nov 21, 2012 Heather4Ever rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, romance
Although I loved the concept of "Murder at the Zoo", the mystery itself was quickly forgotten shortly after it was introduced, leaving the reader without any sort of orientation of where exactly the plot might be going. Additionally, a romance-subplot should serve to advance the plot, instead of being used a convenient page-filler. The climax was lackluster, but the mystery itself was decently executed.

Oh, and you shouldn't have the most obvious person of the bunch be the culprit, it's against
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Oct 20, 2012 Kathleen Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it
I was sort of surprised that The Sloth's Eye ended up being a mystery. I loved the animals and their care and would love more of same, along with the people doing the work.... Animal technicians of all kind are wonderful people that form a very strong family. I eat anything written about that. So that is the part that I loved. Keep up the good work...
Apr 23, 2011 Mary marked it as to-read
I won The Sloth's Eye from First Reads. I look forward to finishing this book when I get the time. I enjoy mysteries with animals and with this author being a zoo keeper I have high hopes for this one. The first chapter was quite good.
May 15, 2011 E rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I liked the behind-the-scenes peek at the way the zoo works, animal trivia, and how zookeepers do their job.
I'd love to see another zoo mystery so I can learn more!
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Sep 23, 2012 James Wang is currently reading it
Just won this, can't wait to read it. Will update review when finished
Apr 15, 2011 Irwin marked it as to-read
I just won as a goodreads giveaway! waiting to read it. Thanks.
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Shelves: wish-list-book
Wouldn't mind a regular copy of this very intriguing book!
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