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Snake Jones, mystery's first zoologist sleuth


ISBN-13:  978-1-59414-894-1

Five Star



Four wolves are illegally killed in the North Woods of Minnesota and zoologist Lavender "Snake" Jones joins the hunt for the shooter, a situation that escalates into the murder of a chief suspect.  When the murderer's gun sights fix on her, she finds herself in a fight for her life in the wilds of Superior National Forest.


"KILLER INSTINCT is both a great entertainment and a compelling mystery, with a strong sense of place…and really cool, interesting characters.  Marilyn Victor and Michael Allan Mallory have seamlessly combined their voices into a well-tuned and expressive unison.”

     ---Crimespree Magazine


"...a tale that will enchant you and even keep you guessing..."



“Marliyn Victor and Michael Allan Mallory skillfully capture the subtle nuances of human and wolf behavior in their newest Snake Jones charmer.  KILLER INSTINCT is a page-turning delight, the perfect blend of mystery and wildlife.  Highly recommended for both crime fiction and wilderness enthusiasts”   

   ---Anne Frasier, USA Today bestselling author


"This well-crafted mystery skillfully injects the Minnesota wilderness with suspense, intrigue, and quiet humor.  The result is a page-turner that transports the reader into the northern woods..."  

     ---Jess Lourey, author of the Murder by the Month series


DEATH ROLL, the first Snake Jones mystery.

When the director of the Minnesota Valley Zoo is found murdered in the new crocodile pond and the police charge the wrong man, it's up to zookeeper Snake Jones to clear his name. But everything she discovers only seems to prove his guilt.

"...an exciting zoo setting with snappy, right-on dialogue and fast pacing.  I loved DEATH ROLL."

    ---Mary Ann Grossmann, The  St. Paul Pioneer Press

"This book is by turns amusing and creepy--in a good way. Snake and Jeff are a great team, the plot is nicely twisty, and the action fast-paced."

     ---Crimespree Magazine

"...engaging characters and an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at zoo life."

     ---Kirkus Reviews

"...A book I did not want to put down.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."

     ---Eden Ember, I Love A Mystery Newsletter