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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (155 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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When zoo keeper Theodora “Teddy” Bentley fishes the body of Koala Kate out of Gunn Landing Harbor, she discovers that her fellow zoo keeper didn’t drown—she was strangled. The clues to Koala Kate’s killer implicate other animal keepers at the Gunn Zoo, including Outback Bill, marsupial keeper and Kate’s Aussie ex-boyfriend; and Robin Chase, the big cat keeper who’s got it in for Teddy. Also displaying suspicious behavior are Speaks-to-Souls, a shady “animal psychic,” and Caro, Teddy’s much-married, ex-beauty queen mother. But murderers aren’t all Teddy has to worry about. Her embezzling father is still on the run from the Feds, and the motor on her beloved houseboat is failing. To pay for the repairs, Teddy agrees to appear on a weekly live television broadcast featuring misbehaving animals that range from a cuddly koala to a panicky wallaby—and all hell breaks loose in the studio. To add to Teddy’s woes, the killer zeroes in on her with near-fatal results.

The Koala of Death returns to Gunn Zoo and the social-climbing humans and eccentric animals that made the prizewinning The Anteater of Death so popular. Listeners will enjoy this behind-the-scenes peek at zoo life and learn that poor little rich girls like Teddy lead much more complicated lives that they’d ever imagine—especially when they’re tracking killers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Playful…Webb warmly evokes the unconventional worlds of zoo and marina. Readers don’t even have to be animal lovers to enjoy watching, say, a pushy television host get her comeuppance from a mischievous lemur.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “From mucking out the cages to carrying a lemur with a loose sphincter onto a TV set, Teddy’s adventures will appeal to fans of animal-themed cozies.”

    Library Journal

  • “Teddy’s second adventure will appeal to animal lovers who enjoy a bit of social satire with their mystery.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/18/2014

    " Zoo keeper Teddy Bentley is at hand when the body of a fellow zoo keeper Koala Kate is found. Kate was popular at the zoo but was also known because. Of her appearances with animals from the zoo are presented on morning TV show. The cause of death is murder by strangulation and Teddy can't figure out any good why anyone would want Kate dead. None the less despite strictures of Sheriff Joe who also happens to to be her boyfriend Teddy is looking for a killer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 2/16/2014

    " This is a fun cozy mystery series. I enjoy the characters and learing a little about the activities of a zookeeper. My only complaint is that the mystery could have used some more development. If you're looking for a book that gives you all the clues so that you could solve the mystery, keep looking. Key infomation is not shared with the reader until the main character is hiding from the killer and some of the killers actions are not fully explained. With that said, I'll probably read the next book in this series just because I enjoy the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nathalie S | 1/21/2014

    " The Gunn Zoo Mystery by Betty Webb is a brand new series for me. It was enthusiastically recommended by two library patrons and I am glad I followed their recommendations! I've never read a mystery which takes place in a zoo and it was so fun to find out about zoo life. Over the years, I've chosen mysteries which let me in to various worlds--the dog show arena, historical quilts, foodies, different parts of the world and country, and so forth. The main character, Theodora "Teddy" Bentley works in a Southern California zoo and is in charge of anteaters. She also lives on a houseboat nearby at Gunn Landing Harbor. She wakes up to something repeatedly striking her boat which turns out to be the body of a fellow zookeeper. And "thus it begins"... During the story, she ends up taking care of the zoo's koalas while their usual keeper is suspected of murder and the koala "Wanchu" is an integral part of the story. She also ends up having to do TV segment on daytime TV which are very funny. I loved learning more about koalas, lemurs, rhinos and the internal parts of running zoos, including, eek, fundraising. Teddy is a loveable character. I enjoyed getting to know her and the characters surrounding her and she has cats and a dog, as all the zookeepers keep their own menagerie as home. I highly recommend this book. I'm looking forward to reading the actual FIRST book in the series "The anteater of death". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca Erlewein | 1/21/2014

    " Not as zippy as the first book of the series, but still a fun read overall. "

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