THE LLAMA OF DEATH:
A Gunn Zoo Mystery (Book #3)


By Betty Webb

Poisoned Pen Press, 2013 ($24.95)

ISBN-13: 978-1-4642-0066-2

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Zookeeper Theodora (Teddy) Bentley is assigned to take the Gunn Zoo llama, Alejandro, to the Renaissance Faire where she will supervise llama rides for the children. Alejandro loves children! Adults? Not so much. So naturally he is the prime suspect when a dead body is found in his enclosure. But is he guilty?

This is the third book in the Gunn Zoo series although it is the first one I've read. (Note to self: get the other two books in the series, THE ANTEATER OF DEATH and THE KOALA OF DEATH right away!)

The author has a knack for creating quirky but fascinating characters. The humor strikes a welcome tone and is downright laugh out loud at times. Animal lovers will be drawn to this series and appreciate the author's skill in conveying animal and zoo related details without becoming boring or preachy. The pace of this charming cozy is fast and fun. Just when I thought cozies were doomed to silliness and weak imitations, along comes one worth reading for the sheer enjoyment of it. When I read the last words of THE LLAMA OF DEATH and closed the book, I thought to myself, "Now that was a good book!"

Ms. Webb also writes the popular Lena Jones series, based on true incidents she covered as a journalist.

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