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Hoot to Kill (Robyn Devara Mysteries #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Most biologists believe the worst thing about field biology is watching everything else have sex except you. Robyn Devara is no exception. In the remote logging town of Marten Valley, Robyn knows she's not likely to win popularity contests, much less get any dates. After all, she's there to survey the old-growth forest for spotted owls, and, if she finds any of the endange ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 15th 2003 by Turnstone Press (first published January 16th 1998)
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Emily Crow
Set in a logging town in British Columbia, this is a mystery novel in which biologist Robyn Devara stumbles across a corpse while searching for spotted owls. In the tradition of amateur sleuths everywhere, she decides that since she found the body, she owes it to the victim to find the killer too, and starts nosing around and asking questions. I'm giving the book an extra star for the environmental focus, but other than that, it wasn't that good. The writing was stilted, there were tons of clich ...more
Wayne Inkster
Jun 23, 2016 Wayne Inkster rated it it was amazing
A good read. A Canadian mystery that could easily be a real life situation.
May 12, 2015 Shirl rated it really liked it
A good story with the emphases on the environment.
Kelly Allard
Jan 02, 2013 Kelly Allard rated it liked it
Shelves: for-class
Mystery isn't my normal genre, in fact I read this for a class. But I have to say, I was impressed by the voice of Dudley's Robyn Devara. An easy read, I plowed through it all on New Year's Day.
I would have rated it higher, but certain things were very obvious and the mystery itself was relatively easy to put together once the obvious culprit was introduced into the story. All in all, despite the very obvious "twist" the writing was very good and kept me from tossing the book aside after it all
Apr 07, 2009 Julia rated it liked it
Another 3.5 rating!

Heroine Robyn finds herself in the middle of a nasty fight between loggers and environmentalists determined to save the spotted owl. Robyn's job is to see if the sighting of a spotted owl is real and if there is a breeding colony, which puts her smack in the middle of the controversy.

I enjoyed the setting - the BC old growth forest - and Robyn's sense of humour. A fun read.

Arlene Richards
Sep 13, 2013 Arlene Richards rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
It was a good mystery story, but it had an added feature for me because the heroine was a marine biologist that specialized in birds. I learned something about owls.
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Recommended by gypsymom, because I like Nevada Barr mysteries.
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My checkered past includes field biology, production art, photo research, palaeo-environmental studies, editing, archaeology and Classical Studies. Needless to say, I just couldn't seem to settle on one job and sometimes I thought there was something wrong with me--a sentiment echoed by my mum. Then, a number years ago, an epiphany! I finally realized that what I really wanted to do was . . . ever ...more
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