Meet Diane Kelly…

Paw of the Jungle

Police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner in crime, Brigit, are on all fours as they try to solve their latest 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 zoo? 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 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 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


I am an animal lover and advocate, and Paw of the Jungle gave me a chance to explore issues of animal welfare. With habitats shrinking and wild populations of some species nearing extinction, we’ve reached a critical point. Animals need protection not only for their own survival, but to preserve functioning ecosystems, which is good for humans, too. The illegal wildlife trade is another matter of concern. While subtly addressing these issues, the book is a lively crime caper with lots of humor, too. It’s set around the winter holidays, so it’s the perfect read for this time of year! I hope readers will find the book suspenseful and entertaining. I love to connect with readers! Find me at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter and Instagram at @dianekellybooks.


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