The Puffin of Death

The Puffin of Death

Book - 2015
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"California zookeeper Theodora Bentley travels to Iceland to pick up an orphaned polar bear cub destined for the Gunn Zoo's newly installed Northern Climes exhibit. The trip is intended to be a combination of work and play. But on day two, while horseback riding near a picturesque seaside village, Teddy discovers a man lying atop a puffin burrow, shot through the head. The victim is identified as American bird-watcher Simon Parr, winner of the largest Powerball payout in history. Is Teddy a witness--or a suspect? Others include not only Parr's wife, a famed suspense novelist, but fellow members of the birding club Parr had generously treated to their lavish Icelandic expedition. Hardly your average birders, several of them have had serious brushes with the law back in the States. Guessing that an American would best understand other Americans, police detective Thorvaald Haraldsson grudgingly concedes her innocence and allows Teddy to tag along with the group to volcanoes, glaciers, and deep continental rifts in quest of rare bird species. But once another member of the club is murdered and a rockfall barely misses Teddy's head, Haraldsson forbids her to continue. She ignores him and, in a stunning, solitary face-off with the killer in Iceland's wild interior, concludes an investigation at once exotic, thrilling, and rich in animal lore."
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781464204166
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 23 cm


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California Zoo keeper Theodora (Teddy) Bentley is off to Iceland to pick up Magnus, an orphaned Polar Bear for the Gunn Zoo’s new Northern Climes exhibit. Teddy, being Teddy, though, can’t keep herself from getting involved when a birdwatcher is found dead on top of a puffin burrow. The victim, w... Read More »

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Oct 24, 2019

This is such a good series. This time we get a trip to Iceland and learn about polar bears, puffins, Icelandic foxes, and birds that travel where they don't belong. Lots of suspects and new friends.

May 23, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyable read. I found that the research into Iceland was good, and made me feel the Icelandic society that the mystery was embedded within. I will be looking up other books by this author and seeing if they accomplish the same effect.


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