Jenny Willson finds more than she bargains for when she travels to Namibia to save local wildlife from poachers.
Parks Canada warden Jenny Willson has left Canada to join an American colleague on a secondment to assist Namibian authorities trying to stem the loss of the country’s rhinos to illegal hunting. But the plan takes a dramatic turn when Willson finds herself in the crosshairs of a conspiracy involving wildlife poachers backed by a shadowy network of international buyers prepared to eliminate any obstacles in their way, including Willson and her new team.
While the Namibian assignment allows Willson to sidestep personal and professional questions that remain unanswered back home, she quickly recognizes that her decision to leave the Canadian Rockies could have deadly ramifications.
Butler's fine third Jenny Willson mystery (after 2018's No Place for Wolverines) takes the Canadian national park warden to Namibia to help train new officers hired to crack down on that nation's rhino horn smuggling problem. Her arrival comes soon after the discovery of a rhino carcass, stripped of its horns, in a Namibian nature conservancy, along with the corpse of anti-poaching ranger Chioto Shipanga, who was shot to death. Shipanga was missing for two days before his brother-in-law and friend, fellow ranger Sam Mogotsi, found the body. Despite Mogotsi's closeness with the deceased, the authorities view him as the prime suspect. Inevitably, the homicide investigation overlaps with Willson's work, and she becomes increasingly concerned about the inquiry's integrity. In an unnecessary romantic subplot, she gets help from Danny Trang, a Canadian photojournalist who's attracted to her. The clever solution to Shipanga's murder will have fair-play fans marveling at how they were deceived. Readers will want to see more of this appealing heroine.