Then another human bites the dust, the monkeys riot, the wolves go nuts - and that's just the beginning. Teddy's father, on the lam from the feds for embezzling millions, gets targeted by a local gangster. Her socialite mother, Caro, a former beauty queen who loathes Teddy's dangerous job, starts introducing her to "eligible bachelors"; but Teddy has already given her heart to Sheriff Joe Rejas, a migrant worker's son. Caro is not pleased.
Zoo life, animal lore, and the leaky ups and downs of California central-coast houseboat living create a thrilling backdrop for murder.
©2008 Betty Webb; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Enjoyable all the way through. Light. Fun. Loved the info about the animals. Especially loved the care and respect for them evident throughout. Teddy is great--I'll definitely want to hear more about her shenanigans : )
This is a new series for me. I saw the 3rd book (The Llama of Death) in the Coming Soon category, liked the description and downloaded this - the first book of the series. It's wonderful! I've already downloaded book 2 (The Koala of Death) and can't wait to read more about Teddy and her friends at the Gunn Zoo! This is a wholesome story with a very talented narrator too! You owe it to yourself to give it a try.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Anteater of Death. It actually has two sources of suspense: the murders that Teddy sets out to investigate, and the daily active life of zoo animals. There are the incidents with the anteater, who I never thought of as a dangerous animal before this book, as well as the incidents with a bear, a child falls into the bear pit, and wolves, a mated pair of wolves have a bloody lovers' quarrel. The author does a good job of comparing human relationships with animal relationships. Through it all Teddy remains calm, in control, and above all puts the animals first. Betty Webb does a good job of creating villains and likeable characters. Hillary Hubbard also does a good job of making the voices different so that the characters had their own individual voices. This is a good book to read while driving or doing house work.
I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.
What a fun listen from start to finish.
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