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 endangered birds, it's going to mean big changes for the people of Marten Valley.
As it turns out, hostile locals and militant environmentalists are the least of Robyn's problems after she discovers a body in the forest; the body of a logging foreman, murdered by the well-aimed thrust of a tree spike. While angry townspeople point accusing fingers at the environmentalists, Robyn isn't sure what to think. Is the dead man's murder connected to the spotted owl controversy? His flirtations and unfaithful wife? A disgruntled employee? Or does the killing have something to do with a possibily illegal clearcut that Robyn and her attractive male colleague have discovered?
Robyn has a vested interest in finding out: somebody leaves a mutilated owl on her car; the dead man's wife turns out to be an old acquaintance; and she herself happens to be one of hte suspects and, potentially, another victim. Robyn must sort through all the clues to clear her name and find the killer...before she, too, becomes an endangered species.
"...feel-good, crack-paced, chuckly and informative..."
--Quill and Quire
"Dudley writes her characters with wit, realism and charm."
"If her first novel, Hoot to Kill, is any indication, Karen Dudley...has a bright future ahead in the mystery genre."
--Winnipeg Free Press
"Karen Dudley's Hoot to Kill is a refreshing blend of murder, environmental infighting and owl lore.... the discerning reader will welcome Robyn, a bright and funny addition to Canadian crime fiction."
--Gail Bowen, author of Verdict in Blood
Karen Dudley has worked in field biology, production art, photo research, palaeo-environmental studies and archaeology. She has written four environmental mysteries and a several wildlife biology books for kids. Her Epikurean Epics, including the Aurora-nominated Food for the Gods, are historical fantasy novels set in ancient Athens. Born in France, she now lives in Winnipeg.Website: www.karendudley.com