Tuesday, October 26, 2010
THE ANTEATER OF DEATH by Betty Webb
I had mixed feelings about The Anteater of Death.
In places, the story seemed forced. One terrible thing piled up on another the way an author sometimes does to keep the reader's interest.
But I loved the author Betty Webb's emphasis on animals, her clear writing style, and the way she ended the story with action.
Someone murders the husband of a wealthy zoo patron. His body ends up in the Giant Anteater enclosure. Giant Anteaters are dangerous animals. Since the Anteater, Lucy, shredded the dead body with her long claws, she is the first suspect in the crime.
The book involves several harrowing encounters with animals. In the rough parts of the relationship between humans and animals, often the humans are at fault.
Zoo keeper Teddy Bentley solves the murder. She is a rich girl, rebellious and in love with the local sheriff. She refuses to take her family's ill-gotten gains as she struggles with a controlling mother whom she really loves.
One of the most endearing characters in the book is Lucy, the Giant Anteater.
So, for me, this story has a lot to recommend it. I expect to read the next one in the series.