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Jessica Speart's
A Rachel Porter Mystery
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BIRD BRAINEDTangling with animal smugglers in southern Florida-from the Customs counter at Miami Airport to the lush estates of the rich and corrupt-is all part of the job for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent Rachel Porter.
Working on a hot tip, she investigates the compound of an alleged smuggler of exotic cackatoos and parrots. But once inside, Rachel finds her prey laying in a pool of his own blood-and all of his winged bounty has flown the coop. Though her ornery Cuban boss tells her that birds are her business, not killers, the indomitable Rachel sets out to find both. With a list of suspects that includes a sleazy snake dealer, Cuban cigar smugglers, airboat cowboys, and exiled anti-Castro terrorists, Rachel finds the field spread as wide as a peacock's tail-and just as colorful. And if this dedicated wildlife chick isn't careful...she might end up a sitting duck.

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Praise for Bird Brained:
"Rachel Porter is a wonderfully appealing character."
   - Ken Goddard, New York Times bestselling author of Balefire

"Rachel Porter is a good mix of New York streetwise and guts."
   - Rendezvous
Praise for Gator Aide:
"A vivid debut mystery... The writing is palpably atmospheric, and the brooding swamp itself becomes a memorable character. ...maintains both tension and action throughout. The reader can't help but root for world-weary Rachel..."
   - PW

"A great story and Rachel Porter is a wonderfully appealing character."
   - Ken Goddard, NYT bestselling author of Balefire

"A great debut with plenty of spunk and energy. Next stop for Rachel is Vegas. I can't wait!"
   - Murder Ink

"Speart takes the reader on a breathtaking romp through the French Quarter and the bayous of Louisiana. A page turner."
   - Glynco Observer, GA
Praise for Tortoise Soup:
"The author portrays the stark atmosphere of Nevada as vividly as she did the lusher one of New Orleans, and once again there are plenty of appealing characters not the last of which is Rachel herself."
   - Publishers Weekly

"Don't know where Rachel will turn up next, but I've already signed up for the posting!"
   - Murder Ink

Also by Jessica Speart
Tortoise Soup
Gator Aide

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