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The Otter of Death (Gunn Zoo Series) by Betty Webb

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Otter of DeathTheodora “Teddy” Bentley loves her work as a Zookeeper. It always provides variety even with boring tasks. While completing the annual “otter count” at Gunn Landing Harbor in California, Teddy discovers her favorite otter, Maureen is holding a smartphone. You think of the possible fun in getting a phone away from an otter.

When Teddy actual examines the phone, she finds that the camera had been in use recently capturing a crime in action, a murder.

The phone belongs to Dr. Stuart Booth, part of the otter census crew and a marine biology instructor. Stuart in not known for his good behavior, but has a tendency to sexually harass his female students who idolize him, at least for a while.

Fortunately or unfortunately, Teddy’s fiancé is Sheriff Joe Rejas. He is handsome, hunky and doesn’t like Teddy nosing into his business.

So what is Teddy to do when her friend, Lila, an accuser of Booth’s conduct, is arrested for his murder? Read the rest of this entry »

The Puffin of Death: A Gunn Zoo Mystery (Gunn Zoo Series) by Betty Webb

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

The Puffin of DeathZookeeper Teddy Bentley is sent to Iceland to pick up the Gunn Zoo’s new polar bear, a couple of foxes and a pair of puffins. Her host, wanting to make sure that Teddy had a chance to see some of Iceland outside of the zoo, takes Teddy on a site seeing excursion. Unfortunately, what Teddy saw was a dead body. Even more unfortunate, Teddy recognized the man as a fellow American she had seen first creating a scene on the airplane and then arguing with someone after they had landed. When the boyfriend of her host becomes a suspect, Teddy begins using her free time snooping around trying to figure out who had reason to want the man dead. Needless to say, the local authorities are not pleased to have an American zookeeper butting into their investigation. Read the rest of this entry »

The Llama of Death: A Gunn Zoo Mystery (Gunn Zoo Series) by Betty Webb

The Llama of DeathReviewed by Teri Davis

Just doing your job can cause you problems.

Theodora “Teddy” Bentley has the responsibility of caring for Alejandro, the llama in giving small children rides at the local Renaissance Faire. She does whatever it takes to keep Alejandro content which is easy since he loves children. With the adults he has been known to spit substantial amounts of slobber.

Life is fairly normal until a dead body is found in the llama pen. Initially it appears that the person died from being stomped to death by Alejandro. Teddy knows that even the llama can be moody, this is definitely not like him.

When a crossbow dart is discovered to be the actual cause of death, Teddy is temporarily relieved until she discovers that her mother has been arrested by the acting sheriff, Deputy Elvin Dade. The dead man who was dressed as King Henry the Eighth in real life was the Rev. Victor Emerson who owned the local wedding chapel. He had married most of the town. However, it turns out that the reverend was not who he said he was and definitely not a legally qualified person to marry anyone. So everyone in this town who had the Reverend reside over their nuptials, is now not legitimately married.

Being that the sheriff is out of town training with Homeland Security, the next available deputy to investigate the murder is Elvin Dade. Dade succeeds in being incompetent as an investigator as he wipes evidence off the dart in front of many people. Read the rest of this entry »