KAREN DUDLEY’s checkered past includes field biology, production art, photo research, palaeo-environmental studies, editing and archaeology, and when she finally realized she wanted to do all of it, she turned to writing. She has now published four mysteries featuring Robyn Devara, a bird biologist and environmental consultant who keeps tripping over suspicious deaths. Hoot to Kill, the first of the series, was short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Award; Macaws of Death and Red Heron further established an enthusiastic readership. Her newest book is Ptarmageddon (Ravenstone, a Turnstone imprint). Dudley also writes wildlife biology books for kids. Born in France, she now lives in Winnipeg.