Before writing mysteries full time, Betty Webb was a journalist at the East Valley Tribune, interviewing everyone from U.S. presidents, astronauts who walked on the moon, and Nobel Prize winners, as well as the homeless, the dying, and polygamy runaways. The six Phoenix-set Lena Jones mysteries, based on stories she covered as a reporter, include DESERT LOST, voted One of the Top Five Mysteries of 2009, by the prestigious Library Journal; DESERT NOIR, called “A mystery with a social conscience,” by Publishers Weekly; and DESERT WIVES, which the New York Times called “Eye-popping,” and was optioned by Lifetime-TV for a TV movie and/or series. Her humorous Gunn Zoo series debuted with the critically acclaimed, THE ANTEATER OF DEATH, and will be followed up this August with THE KOALA OF DEATH. Betty taught Creative Writing at Phoenix College, and has been a long-time book reviewer at New York-based Mystery Scene magazine. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Southwestern Authors. She also volunteers at the Phoenix Zoo.