Paw of the Jungle (Paw Enforcement Series #8)

Paw of the Jungle (Paw Enforcement Series #8)

by Diane Kelly

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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.


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?


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?

“Funny and acerbic… perfect for lovers of Janet Evanovich.” —Librarian and Reviewer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250197375
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Series: Paw Enforcement Series , #8
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 18,697
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Diane Kelly is a former state assistant attorney general and tax adviser who spent much of her career fighting, or inadvertently working for, white-collar criminals. She is also a proud graduate of the Mansfield, Texas Citizens Police Academy. The first book in Diane's IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway series, Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure, received a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Book #2, Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte, won a Reviewers Choice award. Diane has combined her fascination with law enforcement and her love of animals in her K-9 cop Paw Enforcement series.

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Paw of the Jungle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
0urtownbookreviews 5 days ago
Well this one (Book 8) was as fun as Book 7 which I also read. This makes at least three books in the series that I have read and enjoyed. This one has a somewhat different theme, but Megan still loves Seth and most of the time I think Seth loves Megan but...I did still have to wonder sometimes. I think Megan wondered now and then too. As far as Brigit and Blast...well dogs are loyal right? Nothing is as fun as having two canine cop handlers and two k-9’s. (kind of a mouthful). How could this not be a cute read. We still had some input from Brigit now and then which gives a cop story a little lightness and makes the reading flow well. The different theme I mentioned in this storyline involves the zoo as its background. Megan and Bridgit patrol there now and then and they give us a picture of the zoo and its animals. However, neither the female cop nor the female K-9 cop takes it well that an animal is stolen in their territory. It all adds a little different line to the story, but you know...Diane Kelly seems to be very good at that.
Cozy Cat Reviews 5 days ago
This is the 8th in series. I have read many of the series and always enjoy this series and it fun duo of police dog and officer. Thank you for the ARC. .My review opinions are my own. This book can be read as a stand alone. Megan and Brigit have two new cases to solve in Fort Worth, Texas. Someone is stealing animals from the local zoo.! At the same time jewelry is being stolen and they have to solve that case as well. I loved the setting of the zoo and the descriptions of their efforts on behalf of the Zoo animals and bringing them back to safety. This is a fun read with a great police dog and his trusty sidekick as a smart savvy sleuth who always solves her cases no matter if they are human or animal. There is a bit of a romance in this one which I do not usually like in my cozies but it was not overdone and fit the story without taking over . I loved the well crafted fun sleuth that had many twist and turns for the reader. I look forward to the next in series.
Dogs-love2read2 5 days ago
This is one of my favorite series. I know Officer Megan Luz and her canine partner Brigit will always deliver laughter and interesting mysteries. Getting the canine point of view is one I look forward to. Diane Kelly has definitely mastered the canine language. In Paw of the Jungle someone is stealing valuable zoo animals and no one can figure out how it's happening. The zoo is a regular stopping point for Megan and Brigit when they're on patrol so Megan is happy to help Detective Bustemente work the thefts. Her goal is to one day become a detective. Her willingness to put in the extra time and effort is a step in that direction. No Megan and Brigit story would be complete without Seth and his dog Blast. Seth is Megan's hunky firefighter, bomb squad boyfriend; Blast is his bomb sniffing dog and Brigit's BFF. I can't tell you about their Christmas gift exchange but I can say I will be waiting impatiently for the next book. I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from St Martin's Press through NetGalley.The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Teri1957 6 days ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Wonderfully entertaining book! So glad to see someone write a K-9 member into a story. I highly recommend this book to someone that is looking for an easy to read, fun mystery. Enjoy!
KrisAnderson_TAR 8 days ago
Paw of the Jungle by Diane Kelly is the 8th A Paw Enforcement series. Each book in the series can be read on its own, but I recommend reading each book in this entertaining series. Megan and Brigit have two new cases to solve in Fort Worth, Texas. Someone is making off with animals from the local zoo. They need to stop this thief once they figure out how they are getting into the habitats. A woman reports her ring stolen and it is just the beginning of a spree. Plus, there is a new paramedic at the station house who takes a shine to Sean. Megan Lutz is a strong female character who loves her work plus her partner, Brigit. Megan is an intelligent woman with good instincts who can twirl her baton with ease. Megan has an excellent work ethic and I like that she can be snarky especially with that horrible Derek Mackay (he deserved to be tasered in his private parts). She will make an excellent detective one day and gets to practice thanks to Detective Bustamente. Megan is dating Seth, a firefighter who works with Blast, a dog trained to detect explosives. Brigit happens to be very fond of Blast. I adore Brigit and love the chapters from her point-of-view. They are hilarious. It makes me wonder what my dogs think about me. The story is told (as usual) from Megan, Brigit and the poacher’s point-of-views. The zoo mystery is one that plays out while the missing jewelry is a whodunit that readers can solve. I found both mysteries to be fun to read about it and they were clever. It was interesting to learn about poaching, inexpensive zoos, and ranches where you can hunt exotic animals (just terrible). There is a parolee in the story and there are details on training programs available to prisoners and recidivism rates. I find that details like these add realism to the story. A Paw Enforcement series pushes past the bounds of a traditional cozy mystery as there is some foul language and adult humor. The story takes readers from just before Christmas to Valentine’s Day. I liked getting to spend time with Megan and her family during the holidays. The ending Paw of the Jungle was unexpected and has me looking forward to reading the next installment in A Paw Enforcement series. Paw of the Jungle is a diverting cozy mystery with a perilous poacher, delectable doggie delights, a ring riddle, malodourous manure, an enticing EMT, and Christmas cheer.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 9 days ago
Police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner in crime, Brigit, are back and paws deep in not one but two mysteries. Rings of the well to do are going missing and animals are being stolen from the zoo. This one is going to keep our crime fighters busy through the holidays. I love this series so much. Megan is so serious and driven and Brigit is so competent and laid back. I love watching this crime fighting team take down the bad guys and keeping Ft. Worth safe. This is a terrific addition to the series.
BuriedUnderBooks 10 days ago
Cozy mysteries featuring animals aren’t every mystery reader’s cup of tea, for sure, but there’s something about a K-9 that lifts the subgenre a little above the pack…pun intended If nothing else, the dog and his handler have a legitimate reason as well as the training to investigate and that’s certainly true with Megan’s and Brigit’s latest adventure. Megan and Brigit are patrol officers, not usually involved in wildlife thefts and black market activities, but Megan has aspirations of getting into detective work and, when they’re fortuitously on site when two birds go missing, it’s a perfect chance for Megan to hone her detecting skills. Following various leads that arise with more animal-nappings, she—and the readers—learn a lot about poaching, trophy collecting, poorly run private zoos and the like. Meanwhile, the pair are also investigating some jewelry robberies. Brigit sometimes shares her thoughts about her life, her duties and her love of treats, frequently making me smile. She and her partner are pretty darned good at what they do and are very appealing. I’ll definitely be back for more.
VWilliams 10 days ago
Fort Worth Texas officer, Megan Luz is back with her K-9 service dog, Brigit. Her favorite guy, Seth, also has a service dog, a yellow Lab named Blast. Seth is a bomb squad technician and firefighter. Once again, the story is told in multiple POVs, one being protagonist Megan, along with Brigit, and the antagonist, dubbed The Poacher, whose elevator never reaches the top floor. There is a little romance between the Lab and Brigit and Seth and Megan, but it never overpowers the well-plotted mystery. In this series entry, a number of valuable rings go missing about the same time a pair of Hyacinth macaws go missing from the zoo. It is nearing Christmas and the mall is full, people in a rush, and Megan isn't sure that the ring owners haven't just misplaced them. But the birds? No way could the regular zoo staff have allowed them to escape. Interspersed with these two, the reader is treated to information regarding the laws of hunting in Texas, game ranches and animal poachers, as well as ex-con recidivism rates depending on available prison rehab classes. I love the chapters devoted to Brigit and her take on humans, as well as the little hints on reading dog body language. And always, the author's sense of humor shines through, often injecting thought-provoking LOL moments. The narrative grabs your attention and keeps a steady pace except with the explanatory bits noted above. The series has built an engaging set of characters you can't help investing in. Entertaining atmospheric setting coupled with an intelligent and anthropomorphic glimpse into the psyche of a magnificent, intelligent canine partner. I was given this digital download by the publisher and NetGalley and was thrilled to have the opportunity to read and review another in the series. This functions fine as a standalone but these are too fun any. Recommended for any who enjoy K-9 associated books, police procedurals, suspense, and sweet and easy pseudo cozy. Looking forward to Book 9!
Nancy0708 10 days ago
The story is set up in an interesting manner presenting mostly two different perspectives in alternating chapters. One is of the poacher, an ex-con trying to good. The other is of police officer Megan Luz, aspiring detective and dog handler. For fun there are short chapters giving police dog Brigit's thoughts. I was questioning what was going on in the beginning because of the going back and forth between two unrelated characters but it all comes together nicely making an unique set up for this mystery. I also enjoyed the humor added by Brigit's chapters. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC. the opinions expressed are my own.
AFerri 10 days ago
This is a book I requested by accident on NetGalley and it's not a book I would usually read. It is well written and if you like this type of book it will hold your attention. From all the reviews I've read everybody loved it, it just wasn't for me. Please don't let my review stop you from giving it a try. Thank you St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Mama_Cat 10 days ago
I love this fabulous series; each novel is better than the last! I have enjoyed watching Megan grow into a responsible police officer and close to her partner, K-9 Sergeant Brigit. There is much LOL humor, especially the bad guy’s last attempt at being a bad guy. The mysteries are definitely challenging, and this time is no different. Megan wants to become a detective but has to spend at least four years as a beat cop before applying. Giving traffic tickets isn’t her favorite thing to do, but that, and working with a couple seasoned detectives, is maturing her with regards to her behavior and honing her instincts to find and put together clues she observes. Brigit is happy about several things, including getting treats and being allowed to chase the bad guys and catch them. She rarely chews up Megan’s shoes now, but duct tape is holding together her duty shoes until she gets another pair. Brigit also adores Blast, the bomb-sniffing dog that is the partner of Megan’s boyfriend, Seth, a firefighter and bomb expert. Megan is sent out to see two different women who have lost their rings, including expensive wedding sets. One claimed to have not left her home all day, and another was playing tennis after getting a manicure. There was no proof that workers around them were guilty, so all she could do was take a report and check the nearby pawn shops. Megan and Brigit regularly walk through the zoo on their beat, so they are familiar with the layout and animals. They are at the zoo when two beautiful macaws go missing, and a custodian she recently met there was discharged when it was thought he either accidentally let them out of their enclosure or stole them. Not long afterward, a colobus monkey disappeared and was thought to be stolen – and the custodian no longer was there. It is then that Megan contacts one of the detectives she is learning from, Hector, as it sounds like someone is stealing from the zoo. If they can determine why and how, there is hope to find the whodunit. I enjoyed this novel so much! It is like visiting old friends to see Megan, Brigit, Seth, Megan’s family and her roommate, Frankie. I like that Megan found critical clues that help her solve the crimes; the time she has spent being taught by detectives has been well-spent. Yes, she is great at putting things together herself, but has matured in many ways from the times she has been allowed to work with them. Brigit also sniffs out some good information that helps put the pieces together. This armchair sleuth enjoyed following Megan on her adventures this time! There are surprises throughout, as well as the author’s trademark humor. As more zoo animals disappear, Brigit’s nose and the investigating skills of Megan and Hector put them hot on the trail of the less-than-bright thief. I highly recommend this mystery, and series, to those who appreciate well-written and LOL cozies, poignant moments between the bad guy and his adoring seven-year-old daughter, cops and K-9 partners, and romance. From a thankful heart: I received a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley, and this is my honest review.
4GranJan 10 days ago
Great Cozy Police Dog Mystery This novel is eight in its series and stands alone very well. I have not read the previous books and was not lost at all. Of course, I love this book so much that I will go back and read the others. This story has lots of animals, two great working dogs, a bit of romance, and an interesting mystery or two. I loved that it was not all about the details of who wore what and who ate what – that is just such a waste of book space! The book is all about a young policewoman and her K-9 partner. She has a good roommate, a loving family, and a great boyfriend. I highly recommend this book. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
annie2015 10 days ago
New-to-me author and series. I really enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Officer Megan and ger K-9 partner, Officer Brigit, are fabulous. I plan on checking out the other books in this series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias or favor.
TheCozyReview 10 days ago
Series: A Paw Enforcement Novel - Book 8 Author: Diane Kelly Genre: Cozy Mystery/Animal/Holiday/Police Procedurals Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks Page Count: 365 From St. Martin’s comes the latest and perhaps the best one yet in the “A Paw Enforcement Novel,” a police dog cozy series by Diane Kelly, Paw of the Jungle. This addition to the award-winning police dog cozy series is wonderfully enjoyable with just a slight hint of sadness. Whenever animals are endangered or abused, it is not pleasant, but when they are stolen from a zoo, and no one knows where they are, it’s even worse. Leave it to Megan and Brigit to stumble upon a theft ring just before the holidays. The victims are innocent animals; the perpetrator is not innocent but not necessarily a bad guy. In the end, he is caught, and the missing animals located; most of them are safe and back where they belong. Characters in this series are always interesting, very human, and entertaining. Although this is a police dog cozy series, the human side is well represented. The animals involved have fantastic personalities. Brigit and Blast are two of the most adorable dogs ever written, brave, helpful, and they love their human partners and each other. The writing in Paw of the Jungle is excellent, the plot realistic, and the characters relatable. Thought this is not a hard-boiled police detective or uncompromising police procedural, it is a police dog cozy series that fringes on both. If readers have never read any of the previous books in this series, they may wish to start at the beginning; otherwise, they could get lost trying to figure out the format it is written in and who each character is. Overall, however, this addition to the series will make readers keep turning the page and fill them with a sense of satisfaction and happiness.
Loy3 11 days ago
I have read all the books in the series, which helped with my enjoyment of this one. The writing was good and the two cases interesting. Since I live in the town the book is set in, I know all the streets and places that are mentioned in the book. This makes the book more fun. I like Officer Megan and her dog Bridgit. I did wish we had more background and read more about the other characters in the book. They were all mentioned but more would have fleshed the book out. I do like hearing Bridget the dog’s point of view which is very funny. Thank you, Net Galley, for an advanced copy to read for an honest review.
Kerrinhp 11 days ago
Paw of The Jungle is the 8th book in the Paw Enforcement series by author Diane Kelly, which focuses on Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner, Briget.  The author has a sharp wit that shines through in her storytelling, including the chapter headings.  (My favorite in this book was Chapter 17 "Who Dung It"). In Paw of The Jungle,  the plot centers around animals that mysteriously disappear from The Fort Worth Zoo. The chapters are told through the eyes of Officer Megan Luz, Briget the K-9 dog, and the bad guy known in the chapter headings as "The Poacher." It is interesting to see the mindset of the poacher, who was just released from prison for stealing from his employer.  The story begins just before Christmas and ends at Valentine's. It follows the sometimes slow, but methodical means law enforcement has to follow in order to capture the wrongdoers. In this case, there is a great deal of public pressure to find the missing zoo animals quickly, but the poacher has been very careful to hide all evidence that would implicate him.  In addition to the stolen zoo animals, Megan is also dealing with the theft of valuable rings from several women in the area. Plus, her handsome firefighter boyfriend, Seth, has become the object of attention of a cute new paramedic at his station.  Megan and Briget certainly have a lot keeping their hands and paws busy! The surprise ending makes me excited to read the next book in the series.  Not only does Diane Kelly weave an exciting mystery, but she also educates us on the world of animal poachers, cheap roadside zoos, and exotic game hunting ranches.  There is also valuable information on prisoner recidivism and job training programs. It is apparent that a great deal of research went into this novel. Be sure to check out my recipe recommendation to go with this book at where I give book reviews and recipes too!
paytonpuppy 11 days ago
3.5 stars - Whether chasing shoplifters or investigating missing jewelry, Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz and K9 Brigit are on the job. While enjoying their patrol through the zoo, two hyacinth macaws are reported missing. Did they escape or were they stolen? When other animals disappear, she knows that these are organized thefts, but by who? Megan’s boyfriend Seth, a firefighter along with K9 Blast, mentioned a new paramedic at the station, but what he didn’t mention was that the new paramedic, Alex, is a very attractive female. They will be working together, should Megan be worried? I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
jjthor 11 days ago
Such a fun and fast paced book to read! It is the 8th one in this series and in this one Megan takes Brigit her police dog for a trip to the local Zoo. But what should have been a nice relaxing time for them both turns into another adventure when a pair of expensive birds go missing. I enjoyed reading this as they discovered who why and what happened. Kept me amused for awhile and made me smile.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Megan is a policewoman who usually works routine patrol. She is a dedicated officer who spends long hours on the job with her beloved and trusted partner, Bridget, a K-9 German Shepherd. Her workday consists mainly of traffic violations, shoplifting, and house robberies. Her goal is to become a full-time detective. One day, two rare macaws, worth thousands when sold as exotic pets, disappear from the zoo. An ex-convict, working there as a janitor, is dismissed for carelessness and falls under suspicion. Soon other animals are known to be stolen when Megan and Bridget discover how the thieves broke them out of their enclosures. Gone missing are a monkey and a springbok. Publicity from the news media has the public clamouring for the police to find the animals. Next, a rare, endangered rhinoceros is taken under the cover of darkness. A rhino horn is extremely valuable on the international black market, where it is ground up and sold for fake medicinal purposes. Megan, accompanied by Bridget, investigates the world of shoddy private zoos, a business which permits hunters to shoot game animals on their acreage, trophy collectors and dealers, as well as tradesmen with the knowledge and equipment to steal the animals from the zoo. Megan is also trying to solve a baffling scheme robbing women of valuable rings. Sections devoted to Bridget’s thoughts about her daily life and police duties lend a lot of humour to the book. She muses that she is not into crime-solving for the glory but for the treats. I found the plot to be slow-moving, but the action picked up near the end with Megan involved in a dangerous police chase. She was resolved to apprehend the criminal in a daring attempt to rescue the stolen rhinoceros. Most things were finally resolved, but I was frustrated that no mention was made of the outcome for the ex-convict who had worked at the zoo. I wanted to see some resolution for him. I wish to thank NetGalley and St.Martin’s Press for this enjoyable cozy mystery in return for an honest review
MKF 11 days ago
Missing zoo animals and missing rings! Megan and her K-9 Brigit have found themselves dealing with two challenging cases right around the holiday season. Is there an animal trafficker stealing the valuable animals? This could be deadly, especially when a black rhino is taken. You get the "poacher" perspective as well as Megan and Brigit's, which is a nice way to tell the tale. I would have been happy with just the animal angle but the ring thefts rounded things out. I'd not read any of the books in this series so this was a standalone for me- and it was great. I like that Seth, Megan's romantic interest, is a fire fighter as it adds a different angle. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I'm going to look for more from Kelly.
linda quick 11 days ago
This is a fun and entertaining read that has Megan and k-9 Bridget on the hunt for poachers that repeatedly steal beloved animals from the zoo. As community outrage and pressure to find the poachers mounts, Megan and Bridget work long hours trying to solve the crimes. Add in an the additional puzzling disappearance of expensive rings just in time for Christmas and Megan and Bridget are working overtime to serve the community. This book has all the humor you would expect in one of the author's books, along with commentary from k-9 Bridget....if only Megan could understand what Bridget is trying to tell her. I'm giving this four stars because, while it is an enjoyable book, at times it seemed to lag. However, even with this, it is well worth putting on your TBR list. The author is on my must read authors' list.