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 carved to fit his head.
Just when Hannah’s feeling lucky to be in the background, Allison reveals her plan to distract the media from the murder: it’s a celebration of the new wombat that she promised to the Small Mammal House. Now Hannah’s swept into the spotlight, and into the middle of some mysterious conflict between Allison and her boss Chris, with whom she’s trying halfheartedly not to fall in love.
But the real trouble begins when she discovers that her favorite sloth has been kidnapped—obviously an inside job—and then, she and Chris are threatened as well. Desperate to find her sloth, Hannah finds out almost too late who she should have trusted.
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At the Zoo, the most popular event is the annual elephant pumpkin smashing walk on Halloween. However, this year the gala turns ugly when Victor is found with his head smashed to bits the morning after. The victim was the latest boyfriend of the zoo's director serial lover Allison. Meanwhile Allison decides the zoo needs a new exhibit to get the media and public away from the homicide. She approves small mammal zookeeper Hannah's request to buy a wombat. At the same time someone kidnaps the sloth from the small mammal wing. Hannah is attracted to her boss Chris who loathes Allison. They also knows whoever took the sloth had to work for the zoo. The Sloth's Eye is an engaging look at what happens behind the scenes at a zoo as the murder and sloth mysteries stay in the background for the most part. Hannah is precocious as she is not a superhero amateur sleuth, but instead a clean the muck and drippings left behind by her beloved mammals. Readers who appreciate a glimpse of what it is like working at a zoo supported somewhat by the mysteries will enjoy visiting Hannah's Small Mammal House. Harriet Klausner