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Betty Webb Author- DESERT RAGE

DESERT RAGE

A New Lena Jones Novel

by Betty Webb

Ferociously ambitious U.S. Senatorial candidate Juliana Thorsson has been keeping a secret.  The horrific slaughter of a prominent doctor, his wife, and their ten-year-old son inside their Scottsdale home brings the politician to private investigator Lena Jones.  The slain family’s 14-year-old daughter, Alison, and her boyfriend, Kyle have confessed to the murders.  Thorsson wants to hire Lena to discover if Alison is telling the truth, but before accepting the job, Lena demands to know why a rising political star wants to involve herself with the fate of a girl she’s never met.  Desperate for Lena’s help, Thorasson reveals her explosive secret – that Alison is the canidate’s biological daughter, a fact she’s kept hidden for years.  But that’s not all.  Thorsson then confides something even more unusual than a mere hidden pregnancy, something that could ruin her political plans forever.

Suspecting that Alison’s parents had secrets of their own that could have led to the murders, Lena accepts the assignment.  But interviewing those who knew the family well soon puts Lena – now a strong defender of the two teens – in danger of her life.

The critics say: “Fast paced, probing, and filled with the tradmark twist of the Lena Jones series.  Betty Webb is unsparing of her characters, yet writes their stories with wit and compassion.”  Strong. Moving.”  “Webb’s best book yet.”

To read the first chapter of DESERT RAGE, log onto Betty’s web site at bettywebb-mystery.com.  And to find out if she’ll be at an event near you, log onto bettywebbsignings.blogspot.com

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 43.  No. 6  December 2014/January 2015

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Betty Webb Author- DESERT WIND

DESERT WIND

by Betty Webb

Betty Webb’s new Lena Jones mystery, DESERT WIND, is now available nationally. PLOT: While investigating a murder near Arizona’s Grand Canyon, detective Lena Jones finds a community decimated by dangerous uranium mining practices, as well as a connection to actor John Wayne and the mysterious deaths connected to the 1954 filming of THE CONQUEROR. Gabe Boon, a wrangler on that doomed film, is still alive, but the only person the aged man will confide in is John Wayne’s ghost. Lena must penetrate Gabe’s defenses to uncover the decades-old tragedy no one wants to talk about. Old sins never die and are still taking lives as shadows of the Cold War impact contemporary America in this wrenching novel.

To read an excerpt from DESERT WIND, go to http://www.bettywebb-mystery.com and to find out if Betty will be at a bookstore or library near you, log onto http://bettywebbssignings.blogspot.com

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 41 No. 1 Feb/Mar.2012

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Betty Webb Author- THE LENA JONES NOVELS

THE LENA JONES NOVELS

by Betty Webb

“Mysteries with a social conscience.”- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

DESERT LOST (2009) “Webb offers a chilling glimpse into the life of one young man, struggling to survive in Phoenix.” THE NEW YORK TIMES. “Clear-cut characterizations help a complicated plot flow smoothly. As Webb points out in a note, polygamy still spawns many social ills, despite the recent, well-publicized conviction of Mormon fundamentalist prophet Warren Jeffs.”

DESERT CUT (2008) “Mysteries don’t get more hard-hitting than this… Fiction and reality intersect in a devastating way” David Morrel, NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author of THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE, CREEPERS, and FIRST BLOOD. “Webb’s dark tale of a clash of cultures is emotionally draining and intellectually challenging.” KIRKUS REVIEWS. “A first-rate plot that mixes the history of Geronimo’s war with contemporary immigration issues and contrasts the harsh conditions of border life with Hollywood glitz. It also sheds light on the cruelty of an ancient custom and a growing underground railroad working to save its victims.” BOOKLIST starred review.

DESERT RUN (2006) “Webb combines evocative descriptions of place with fine historical research in a plot packed with twists.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. “The heavily loyered story is deftly assembled, and Webb masterfully imbues each part with intrique and suspense. This thought-provoking novel is a gem.” THE DENVER POST

DESERT SHADOWS (2004) “Loyalty, compassion and a sharp sense of humor help Arizona PI Lena Jones survive in Webb’s third socially conscious, thought-provoking mystery. The glorious Southwest landscape once again provides the perfect setting for Webb’s courageous heroine.” PUBLISHING WEEKLY

DESERT WIVES (2002) “If Betty Webb had gone undercover and written DESERT WIVES as a piece of investigative journalism she’d probably be up for a Pulitzer… The factual details-supported by reserach and cited in an afterword- are eye-popping. THE NEW YORK TIMES. “Dark humor and thrilling action. This book could do for polygramy what Uncle Tom’s Cabin did for slavery.” Publishers Weekly

DESERT NOIR (2001) “A must read for any fan of the modern female PI novel” PUBLSIHERS WEEKLY. “Webb’s summer mystery, a first novel, shows how fertile the desert can be as a mystery setting. DESER NOIR can be seen as an elegy for the lost West… Strong on atmosphere and insight.” BOOKLIST

And for animal lovers who like a humorous twist to mystery…

THE ANTEATER OF DEATH (2008) “A warm and unconventional heroine, zookeeper Theodora “Teddy” Bentley… deftly weaving zoological lore into the fast-moving plot.” PUBLISHING WEEKLY. “High Society meets Zoo Quest.” Rhys Bowen, author of the award-winning MOLLY MURPHY and ROYAL SPYNESS mysteries

THE KOALA OF DEATH “An engaging array of quirky characters, human and animal.” KIRKUS REVIEWS

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Betty Webb Author- THE KOALA OF DEATH

THE KOALA OF DEATH

by Betty Webb

Somebody murdered Koala Kate, the head marsupial keeper at the Gunn Zoo. And if not Wanchu, the popular koala, then whodunnit?

The clues to Koala Kate’s killer implicate other animal keepers at the Gunn, including Outback Bill, her Aussie ex-boyfriend, and Robin Chase, the big cat keeper who’s got it in for Theadora “Teddy” Bentley, everyone’s favorite zookeeper/sleuth. Also displaying suspicious behavior are several “liveaboarders” Gunn Landing Harbor: Speaks-To-Souls, a shady “animal psychic” and even Caro, Teddy’much-married, ex-beauty queen mother.

But murdrs aren’t all Teddy has to worry about. Her embazzling father is still on the run from the Feds, and the motor on her houseboat is failing. To pay for repairs, she agrees to appear on a live TV program featuring misbehaving animals that range from Wanchu the koala, to Abim, a panicky wallaby- and all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, Kate’s killer narrows in on Teddy…

“An engaging array of quirky characters, human and animal.” Kirkus Reviews

“A sleuth with a wealthy background and a great deal of zoological knowledge and brain power. From mucking out the cages to carry a lumur with a loose sphineter onto a TV set, Teddy’s adventure will appeal to fans of animal-themed cozies.” Library Journal

“Webb warmly evokes the uncoventional worlds of zoo and marina. Readers don’t even have to be animal loves to enjoy watching, say, a pushy television host get her comeuppance from a mischievous lemur.” Publishers Weekly

“Teddy’s second adventure will appeal to animal loves who enjoy a bit of social satire with their mystery.” Booklist

Betty Webb is the author of the prize-winning Lena Jones mystery series. Before beginning to write full time, Betty was a journalist, interviewing everyone from U.S. presidents, astronauts who walked on the moon, and Nobel Prize winners. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the National Federation of Press Women, and volunteers at the highly-regarded Phoenix Zoo.

Learn more about the zoo mysteries at http://www.bettywebb-zoomystery.com

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Betty Webb Author- THE KOALA OF DEATH A Gunn Zoo Mystery

THE KOALA OF DEATH A Gunn Zoo Mystery

by Betty Webb

“…an engaging array of quirky characters, human and animal.”- Kirkus Reviews

When zookeeper Theordora “Teddy” Bentley fishes the body of Koala Kate out of Gunn Landing Harbor, she discovers that her fellow zookeeper didn’t drown: she was strangled. The clues to Koala Kate’s killer implicate other animal keepers at the Gunn Zoo, including Outback Bill, marsupial keeper and Kate’s Aussie ex-boyfriend, and Robin Chase, the big cat keeper who’s got it in for Teddy. But murderers aren’t all Teddy has to worry about. Her embazzling father is still on the run from the Feds, and the motor on the Merilee, her beloved houseboat, is failing. Then the killer zeros in on her with near fatal results….

“Webb warmly evokes the unconventional worlds of zoo and marina. Readers don’t even have to be animal lovers to enjoy watching, say, a pushy television host get her comeuppance from a mischievous lemur.”- Publishers Weekly

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Betty Webb Author- Three More Mysteries

      Mysteries by Betty Webb

      DESERT RUN is based on the true-life escape of 25 German U-Boat crewmen who fled Camp Papago, Arizona’s famed prisoner-of war camp, during World War II.  This cold case file leaves Lena Jones wondering what really happened at the camp, and why the murderr of an entire family in 1944 seems to have foreshadowed the contemporary murder of an elderly German Revenge?  Rich in World War II lore.  “Multi-layered…thought-provoking…a gem.”  THE DENVER POST 

      DESERT SHADOWS asks two questions: how far should freedom of speech go when it conflicts with victims’ rights…and how far should a publisher go to hit the Best Seller list?  Lena Jones ponders the answers while she investigates the case of a publisher who might have been killed by one of her own writers…a convicted serial killer who penned his autorbiography while on Death row.  “Loyalty, compassion and a sharp sense of humor.  The glorious Southwest landscape again provides the perfect setting for Webb’s courageous heroine.”  PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 

      In DESERT NOIR, the first Lena Jones mystery, the P.I investigates the murder of her best friend, a Scottsdale gallery owner, only to discover that the woman wasn’t really her friend after all.  Sub-themes in this book include the not-so-refined art world, abuse of eminent domain by replacing minorities’ homes with high-rises, and the destruction of the Southwestern desert.  “An elegy for the lost West… Strong on atmosphere and insight.”  BOOK LIST

      Betty’s books are available at fine book stores everywhere or through www.poisonedpen.com

      Check Betty’s main website at www.bettywebb-mystery.com

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Betty Webb Author- The Lena Jones novels, “Mysteries with a social conscience,” says Publishers Weekly

      The Lena Jones novels by Betty Webb -“Mysteries with a social conscience,” says Publishers Weekly

      DESERT CUT by Betty Webb  While scouting locations for a film documentary on Arizona’s Apache Wars, P.I. Lena Jones discovers the body of a young girl.  The gruesome manner of the child’s death evokes memories of Lena’s own childhood.  In DESERT CUT, the still-vivid memories of Geronimo’s war mixes with the modern immigration war, the hard life on the Arizona-Mexico border contrasts with Hollywood’s slick production meetings; and the cruelty of an ancient practice is tempered by a growing underground railroad fighting to save its young victims.  “Betty Webb is a smart, sharp and savvy writer whose sensational Lena Jones series entertains, enlightens and educates.  Webb’s best yet.  It will remain with you a long time.”  Jula Spencer-Fleming, Edgar finalist and author ALL MORTAL FLESH

 

      In DESERT WIVES by Betty Webb, private investigator Lena Jones helps a young girl escape from a forced marriage to an elderly polygamy “prophet,” a man who already has numerous wives.  In doing so, Lena uncovers even more crimes against women, including rampant incest and the welfare scams that keep the polygamy compounds afloat and make millionaires out of the prophets.  The book askes if any religion should be allowed to nullify human rights…especially women’s.  “Had Betty Webb gone underground and written DESERT WIVES as a p;iece of investigative journalism, she’d probably be up for a Pulitzer.  The factual details- supported by research and cited in an afterward- are eyepopping.” The New York Times    “Dark humor and thrilling action…  This book could do for polygamy with UNCLE TOM’S CABIN did for slavery.”  Publishers Weekly.

      Betty’s books are available at fine book stores everwhere and through www.poisonedpen.com

      Check Betty’s main website at www.bettywebb-mystery.com

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