The Llama of Death by Betty Webb audiobook

The Llama of Death: A Gunn Zoo Mystery

By Betty Webb
A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery
Read by Hillary Huber

Blackstone Publishing 9781464200687

The Gunn Zoo Mysteries: Book 3

9.23 Hours Unabridged
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Theodora “Teddy” Bentley, zookeeper at the Gunn Zoo, takes the zoos llama, Alejandro, to a Renaissance fair in the Monterey Bay area.That is where Teddy discovers the still-warm body of the Reverend VictorEmerson, owner of the local wedding chapel, dressed in his costume as Henry theEighth. At first it appears that Alejandro stomped the man to death, but acloser look shows a crossbow dart in the man’s back. Teddy’s investigation reveals that Reverend Victor wasn’treally a reverend at all but an escaped convict, which means that everymarriage he performed in the past twenty years is null and void. Teddy’s mother, Caro, a spoiled ex–beauty queen, becomes thechief murder suspect and is immediately jailed when she causes a riot in thecourtroom. The “reverend” had twice married Caro to wealthy men, and when bothmarriages failed, Caro received large financial settlements that she may now have to give back—certainly a motive for murder. But Caro wasn’t the only person gunning for Victor. Thechild of the man that Victor the convict once murdered may have wanted to killhim too. Then even Teddy herself is handcuffed and jailed. Even worse,Teddy’s embezzling father flies in from exile in Costa Rica to help spring Carofrom jail, putting his own freedom in jeopardy. As Teddy continues her investigation, she finds herself upto her ears in Renaissance fair actors and stuntmen, assorted animals,squabbling boat live-aboarders, and gang members.

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Summary

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Selected for the August 2010 Indie Next List

Theodora “Teddy” Bentley, zookeeper at the Gunn Zoo, takes the zoos llama, Alejandro, to a Renaissance fair in the Monterey Bay area.That is where Teddy discovers the still-warm body of the Reverend VictorEmerson, owner of the local wedding chapel, dressed in his costume as Henry theEighth. At first it appears that Alejandro stomped the man to death, but acloser look shows a crossbow dart in the man’s back.

Teddy’s investigation reveals that Reverend Victor wasn’treally a reverend at all but an escaped convict, which means that everymarriage he performed in the past twenty years is null and void.

Teddy’s mother, Caro, a spoiled ex–beauty queen, becomes thechief murder suspect and is immediately jailed when she causes a riot in thecourtroom. The “reverend” had twice married Caro to wealthy men, and when bothmarriages failed, Caro received large financial settlements that she may now have to give back—certainly a motive for murder.

But Caro wasn’t the only person gunning for Victor. Thechild of the man that Victor the convict once murdered may have wanted to killhim too. Then even Teddy herself is handcuffed and jailed. Even worse,Teddy’s embezzling father flies in from exile in Costa Rica to help spring Carofrom jail, putting his own freedom in jeopardy.

As Teddy continues her investigation, she finds herself upto her ears in Renaissance fair actors and stuntmen, assorted animals,squabbling boat live-aboarders, and gang members.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Zookeeper Theodora ‘Teddy’ Bentley’s human relationships prove more taxing than her animal ones in Webb’s amusing third Gunn Zoo mystery…Animal lore and human foibles spiced with a hint of evil test Teddy’s patience and crime solving in this appealing cozy.” Publishers Weekly
“Quirky characters and the zookeeper frame story add zest to this engaging cozy mystery that will appeal to fans of Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow mysteries.” Booklist
“A renaissance faire provides both the setting and the weapon for a murder…Webb’s zoo-based series is informative about the habits of the zoo denizens and often amusing.” Kirkus Reviews
“Webb’s third zoo series entry winningly melds a strong animal story with an engaging cozy amateur sleuth tale. Set at a relaxed pace with abundant zoo filler, the title never strays into too-cute territory, instead presenting the real deal.” Library Journal
“Readers who love animals, are interested in zoos, and who can keep up with the more than twenty characters will like this breezy mystery story…Hillary Huber reads the book in her usual, excellent, fully voiced manner. She has a great ironic tone in her voice throughout, which is most suitable for this story of murder and mayhem.” SoundCommentary.com

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Author Bio: Betty Webb

Author Bio: Betty Webb

Betty Webb worked as a journalist and often bases her mystery novels on stories she covered as a reporter. Currently a creative writing teacher at Phoenix College, she is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Society of Southwestern Authors.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English