The Llama of Death A Gunn Zoo Mystery4stars



The Llama of Fun!

By Betty Webb
Poisoned Pen Press, $24.95, 270 pages

Readers will fall in love with Alejandro, an adult-hating, emotion-relating, spitting llama that moonlights by giving rides to children at the Renaissance Faire once a year. Alejandro and his handler, Teddy, discover that the Faire chaplain has been murdered in Alejandro’s pen during the night. The bumbling Acting Sheriff Dade is contaminating the crime scene and doing everything wrong in the investigation. After Teddy’s mom, Caro, is arrested for the murder, Teddy decides to take matters into her own hands and solve the murder herself.

Author Betty Webb pens a third in her animal mystery series. She keeps the story light-hearted enough to put a smile on your face as you follow Teddy’s quest to find the killer in The Llama of Death.

This book is an unpredictably enjoyable read for a mystery tale. Webb obviously has an extensive knowledge of all things zoological. She takes readers on a labyrinth of superb little side stories within the zoo and the Renaissance Faire as a nice reprieve from the murder investigation. Most tangents in murder thrillers are distracting, even annoying, but Webb weaves these digressions beautifully into this book. This story would have played better as a Young Adult novel, but either way, it’s a fun, spirited and pleasurable read for all ages!

Reviewed by M. Chris Johnson

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