Webb, author of Desert Cut and four other Lena Jones mysteries, launches a new series featuring a warm and unconventional heroine, zookeeper Theodora "Teddy" Bentley. Teddy is dismayed to learn that a pregnant anteater in her care, Lucy, appears to have mauled to death a prominent patron of California's Gunn Landing Zoo, Grayson Harrill. When it turns out that someone shot Harrill first, Teddy turns sleuth to discover who framed her beloved Lucy. The colorful supporting cast includes Teddy's beauty queen mother, who makes her daughter call her Caro; Harrill's wife and descendant of the zoo's founder; and the zoo's controversial director. Webb deftly weaves zoological lore into the fast-moving plot. She errs only in going too far in giving the anteater's point-of-view ("Get out. If you don't get out, I'll uncurl my claws and give you a rake down your belly"). The book's human perspective conveys everything we need to know about Lucy, her habitat and her behavior. (Dec.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Anteater of Death: A Gunn Zoo Mysteryby Betty Webb
If Lucy, the pregnant giant anteater from Belize, didn't kill the man found dead in her enclosure, who did? California zookeeper Teddy Bentley must find the real murderer before her furry friend is shipped off to another zoo in disgrace. See more details below
If Lucy, the pregnant giant anteater from Belize, didn't kill the man found dead in her enclosure, who did? California zookeeper Teddy Bentley must find the real murderer before her furry friend is shipped off to another zoo in disgrace.
In this first book in Webb's new "Gunn Zoo" soft-boiled mystery series, California zookeeper and former rich girl Theodora "Teddy" Bentley resorts to amateur sleuthing when a human corpse is found in the zoo's anteater enclosure and the chief of police-her former fiancA©-fingers a fellow zookeeper as the primary suspect. Teddy is a lighter-hearted heroine than Webb's (
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Could the anteater really have killed the California real-estate developer?
Lucy the anteater smells a human interloper in her digs at the Gunn Landing Zoo. Moments later, smelling death, she begins a meal of the ants crawling over the body. When the corpse is discovered the next morning, hotheaded zoo director Barry Fields angrily accuses zookeeper Theodora "Teddy" Bentley, who narrates the rest of the story, of negligently leaving the gate unlocked. Lucy, who has ripped the skin from the corpse in her search for ants, is assumed to be the killer. Teddy's pal Zorah Vega, blunt head keeper at the zoo, stands up firmly against Fields's determination that Lucy be destroyed. At length the victim is identified as slick real-estate tycoon Grayson Harrill, husband of Zoo Trust member Jeanette Gunn-Harrill, and the cause of death a very un-anteater–like gunshot wound to the abdomen. Teddy reacts apprehensively to Sheriff Joe Rejas' appeals for help—after all, the pair was once headed for the altar, and either or both might still be carrying a torch—until Zorah is arrested for the murder. On the home front, Teddy's hyper-feminine mother Caro keeps fixing her up with guys who are totally wrong for her.
Webb (Desert Cut, 2008, etc.) kicks off her new series with a bright heroine and an appealingly offbeat setting: a firm foundation later episodes can build on.
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