u003cbu003eBrimming with charm and whimsy, this exquisite novel set in the Tower of London has the transportive qualities and delightful magic of the contemporary classics u003ciu003eChocolat u003c/iu003eand u003ciu003eAmélieu003c/iu003e. u003c/bu003eu003cbru003eu003cbru003eBalthazar Jones has lived in the Tower of London with his loving wife, Hebe, and his 120-year-old pet tortoise for the past eight years. That's right, he is a Beefeater (they really do live there). It's no easy job living and working in the tourist attraction in present-day London. u003cbru003eu003cbru003e Among the eccentric characters who call the Tower's maze of ancient buildings and spiral staircases home are the Tower's Rack & Ruin barmaid, Ruby Dore, who just found out she's pregnant; portly Valerie Jennings, who is falling for ticket inspector Arthur Catnip; the lifelong bachelor Reverend Septimus Drew, who secretly pens a series of principled erotu00adica; and the philandering Ravenmaster, aiming to avenge the death of one of his insufferable ravens. u003cbru003eu003cbru003e When Balthazar is tasked with setting up an elaborate menagerie within the Tower walls to house the many exotic animals gifted to the Queen, life at the Tower gets all the more interestu00ading. Penguins escape, giraffes are stolen, and the Komodo dragon sends innocent people running for their lives. Balthazar is in charge and things are not exactly running smoothly. Then Hebe decides to leave him and his beloved tortoise “runs” away. u003cbru003eu003cbru003e Filled with the humor and heart that calls to mind the delightu00adful novels of Alexander McCall Smith, and the charm and beauty of u003ciu003eThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societyu003c/iu003e, u003ciu003eThe Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise u003c/iu003eis a magical, wholly origiu00adnal novel whose irresistible characters will stay with you long after you turn the stunning last page.