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Betty Webb

Biography

Betty Webb

As a journalist, Betty Webb interviewed U.S. presidents, astronauts and Nobel Prize winners, as well as the homeless, dying and polygamy runaways. The dark Lena Jones mysteries are based on stories she covered as a reporter. Betty’s humorous Gunn Zoo series debuted with the critically acclaimed THE ANTEATER OF DEATH. A book reviewer at Mystery Scene Magazine, Betty is a member of National Federation of Press Women, Mystery Writers of America, and the National Organization of Zoo Keepers.

Betty Webb

Books by Betty Webb

by Betty Webb - Fiction, Mystery

California zookeeper Theodora Bentley is now happily married to Sheriff Joe Rejas. The Gunn Zoo is celebrating the arrival of Poonya, an adorable red panda, who forms a strong bond with Teddy. All appears fairy tale blissful in the small Monterey Bay village of Gunn Landing until Teddy's mother-in-law, mystery writer Colleen Rejas, has discovered through DNA testing that Joe has sired a son he knew nothing about. Eighteen-year-old Dylan Coyle arrives to meet his biological family, and then is arrested for murder. By the end of the book, besides solving the crime, Teddy and Colleen have learned that the term "family" does not always mean blood kin. It often includes those who --- although no blood relationship --- are still held close in our hearts.

by Betty Webb - Fiction, Mystery

When Chelsea, the ex-wife of Harold Slow Horse, joins a "new thought" organization called Kanati, Scottsdale private eye Lena Jones begins to investigate. She soon learns that two communes have sprung up nearby in the Arizona desert. The participants at EarthWay follow a rigorous dietary regime that could threaten the health of its back-to-the-land inhabitants, while the more pleasure-loving folk at Kanati are dining on sumptuous French cuisine. After finding an emaciated woman's body in the desert, Lena's memory is jolted back to that horrible night when her father and younger brother were among those murdered by a cult leader named Abraham, who then vanished. Lena begins to wonder if either EarthWay or Kanati could be linked to that night, and to her own near-death.

by Betty Webb - Fiction, Mystery

While taking the yearly "otter count" at a marsh near Gunn Landing Harbor, California, zookeeper Theodora Bentley sees Maureen, her favorite otter, swimming around clutching someone's expensive smartphone. When Teddy rescues the device, she discovers a photograph of a murder-in-progress. A hasty search soon turns up the still-warm body of Stuart Booth, PhD, a local Marine Biology instructor. Booth was a notorious sexual harasser of young female students, so the list of suspects is long enough to make Teddy wonder if the crime will ever be solved. But when her friend, Lila, one of Booth's original accusers, is arrested and charged with his murder, Teddy begins to investigate.

by Betty Webb - Fiction, Mystery

When the man who raped Scottsdale PI Lena Jones as a nine-year-old foster child is released from prison, Lena is waiting for him in the parking lot --- with a big knife. "Papa" Brian Wycoff survives their meeting, but the next day, his wife is found dead in their home. Terrified he will be next, Wycoff takes shelter in an RV on his brother-in-law's small ranch. A couple of days later, he is found tortured to death. When Lena takes up the case, her conscience is torn. Does a serial child rapist really deserve justice? That choice might not be left up to Lena when members of a local group, Parents of Missing Children, start working to prevent her investigation from succeeding. How far will they go to make sure she fails?