Madigan Amos Zoo Mysteries Book 4
STORY-LINE LIONS AND THE LIVING DEAD BY RUBY LOREN:
Madi is back in the thick of things In Lions And The Living Dead. Called to the Pendalay Zoo by the new owners, she finds animals in pressing need of unique habitats and long-term rehabilitation. Working with a PR team is not her idea of helping the animals, but the new owners need a brand new image for Pendalay. Things go from bad to worse in Ruby Loren‘s latest Madison Amos cozy mystery. The animals are in serious condition, threats of animal confiscation from the authorities, and hostile employees are just the beginning of Madi’s troubles. My mystery book reviews of Lions And The Living Dead follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Will Madi ever have a peaceful straightforward rehabilitation for zoo animals? If so, it’s not happening in Lions And The Living Dead. Madi and Lowell arrive to find a zoo in desperate need. The animals are listless, bored, and entirely uninspired. Also, Madi must work with the PR team; which she considers a waste of her time as the animal behavioral expert. However, things heat-up quickly in Loren’s multi-plot tale as Madi’s drawn into another murder mystery.
With plots ranging from a stalker, murder, hostile employees, and questionable law enforcement, Madi will not find this job easy. As a result, Madi grows and matures in this book as she learns to stand up for herself in her career and with Lowell. As usual, Loren included humor which had me laughing at the Madi snarks and snips. Loren developed Madi and Lowell’s relationship to a higher degree in Lions And The Living Dead. Lowell hits Madi with a bombshell which rocks her world, security, and their relationship.
The Madigan Amos books keep getting better and better as Ruby Loren develops the storylines and characters to higher degrees. Loren‘s characters are believable and realistic, as well as, likable. I found the secondary characters added depth and enhanced the storyline. With multi-plotting, exciting characters, Lowell’s bombshell, and a “who done it” storyline, I could not put this book down. Surprises and secrets are in store for Madi, as well as, a murder to solve and a stalker to reveal. I found the pace of the book fast, and Loren‘s prose flowed smoothly.
I love the fact Loren educates the reader, as well as providing an intriguing murder mystery. My knowledge of zoo animals, their need for stimulation, and correct habitats has increased with each book. I found this information fascinating. I think Lions And The Living Dead is the best Madigan Amos story to date. Also, this book is standalone. However, I would suggest you read the entire Madigan Amos mystery series as each is entertaining and well-written. I have to come to know and love Madi and company. I love series with continuing characters; especially as Loren has continued to develop the personalities, quirks, and insecurities. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend.
LIONS AND THE LIVING DEAD RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
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