The Anteater of Death

The Anteater of Death

A Gunn Zoo Mystery

Book - 2008
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If Lucy, the pregnant Giant Anteater from Belize, didn't kill the man found dead in her enclosure at California's Gunn Zoo, who did? Zookeeper Teddy Bentley must find the real murderer before her furry friend is shipped off to another zoo in disgrace.

Then another human bites the dust, the monkeys riot, and the wolves go nuts. Things get worse when the snooty folks at Gunn Landing Harbor attempt to evict Teddy from the Merilee, her beloved houseboat.

That's just the beginning. Her father, on the lam from the Feds for embezzling millions, gets targeted by a local gangster; and Caro, Teddy's socialite and former beauty queen mother, who loathes Teddy's dangerous job, starts introducing her to eligible bachelors. Then Teddy herself becomes a target for murder.

Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781590585603
Branch Call Number: WEB
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 23 cm.


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Feb 01, 2016

I really enjoyed the zoo setting in this book.

bookfanatic1979 Nov 17, 2013

I have to hand it to Webb, she definitely did her research for this book. I enjoyed the meticulous details of day-to-day zoo life almost more than I did the plot. Webb effortlessly balances zoo drama with the bigger whodunit drama. I’m also pleased that Webb didn’t let the “should I or shouldn’t I?” tension between Teddy and Joe drag on past my (admittedly low) tolerance threshold.

Jun 26, 2011

I loved this book--from its unlikely title, finely designed jacket with beautifully rendered art to all those surprising anteater facts and convincing glimpses into a zoo keeper's world. Contrapuntal themes of murder and pregnancy to birth were skillfully intertwined. Especially engaging was the anteater's perspective. The matter-of-factness of the narrator combined with sly humor with slapstick overtones kept me entertained throughout. I couldn't put it down.

Jan 04, 2011

I really like the animals.

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