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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (224 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Betty Webb Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gunn Zoo Mysteries Release Date:
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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. 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. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Webb…launches a new series featuring a warm and unconventional heroine, zookeeper Theodora ‘Teddy’ Bentley…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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Teddy is instantly likable, in part due to Hillary Huber’s sardonic, scratchy voice, which complements this unconventional heroine. Huber excels when voicing Lucy’s thoughts, and she makes all the animal characters sound believable, yet not human. Huber’s quirky voice adds a heavy dose of sarcasm to Webb’s snappy dialogue.”


  • “Audie Award nominee Hillary Huber...endows Teddy with the unpretentious, wisecracking spark of an independent woman. Webb, who has zoo experience, adds authenticity with zoo lingo and animal facts. For fans of easygoing mysteries.”

    Library Journal

  • “Webb’s new series combines a good puzzle with animal lore, a behind-the-scenes look at zoo operations, and plenty of humor.”


  • “Could the anteater really have killed the California real estate developer?…Webb kicks off her new series with a bright heroine and an appealingly offbeat setting.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alice Jacobson | 2/9/2014

    " Loved this book, animals are well written, I think mystery was good, nice wide range of charaters. Looking forward to the second book in the series. Lucy is awesome!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 2/1/2014

    " Zookeeper Teddy Bentley must fight off efforts by her wealthy, much-married mother to get her off her low-status job and out of her shabby houseboat, and into the high society life her mother thinks is the only proper way to live. When Teddy finds a corpse in the cage of Lucy, a pregnant giant anteater, she must defend her beloved animals from the threat of a callous new zoo head, and her best friend, another zookeeper, from a murder accusation. Her romantic history with the now-widowed local sheriff--her mother didn't approve of their high school relationship and shipped Teddy off to a private school in Virginia--adds further complications, as does the sudden reappearance of her fugitive, embezzler father. Lots of zoo color, but this is the third series (this book seems like a series opener) currently running that features a fugitive parent or parents, and it's getting rather old as a plot device. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Antoinette | 1/27/2014

    " My mystery book club assigned us all to read a mystery set in either a zoo or circus. In my search I discovered Betty Webb's series about Gunn Zoo and animal caretaker Teddy Bentley. I enjoyed the California coastal setting, Teddy's quirky family, the character development of the zoo community, Teddy's houseboat live aboard neighborhood, and the descriptions of animal behavior. I will probably read the nest book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angela | 1/18/2014

    " very different. excellent listen. looking forward to the next one. "

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