As a side note, this novel marks my 75th read for 2015!! My goal is to read/listen to a total of 100 books during 2015 and so far it looks as though I'll reach goal.
Anyway, back to my review! I love mystery novels, especially cozy mystery novels and The Anteater of Death by Betty White is the first cozy novel in the 'Gunn Zoo Mystery' series. I enjoy reading well written books featuring animals, so a mystery novel that highlights/features animals was a nice combination. I enjoyed both the start and end of this novel as it tells the story from the point of view of the anteater, which was cute!
Some of the additional perks of reading The Anteater of Death by Betty Webb include a fun leading character in Teddy Bentley (a zookeeper), other quirky characters, entertaining storyline, and of course, various scenes featuring zoo animals! I also liked the fact that The Anteater of Death takes place in Northern California and mentions cities I am familiar with in my area.
One of the cons of reading The Anteater of Death by Betty Webb (for me anyway) was that some of scenes featuring the zoo animals seemed unrealistic... How could there be that much drama with the wildlife at a zoo? Additionally, some of the characters were a tad too eccentric, like Teddy's parents for instance. Otherwise, I felt like The Anteater of Death was a good read.
The following is a plot summary for The Anteater of Death by Betty Webb from GoodReads:
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, the wolves go nuts - 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.I am giving The Anteater of Death by Betty Webb a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.
Until my next post, happy reading!!