Title: Bear Witness to Murder
Author: Meg Macy
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Page Count: 288
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
As autumn air settles into the quaint small town of Silver Hollow, there’s nothing more popular than Sasha’s teddy bears—and murder in cold blood . . .
Silver Bear Shop and Factory manager Sasha Silverman is cozying up to the fall season by hosting Silver Hollow’s Cranbeary Tea Party, the opening event of the village’s Oktobear Fest—a too-cute celebration themed around teddy bears. She barely has a moment to agonize over the return of her former high school rival, Holly Parker, whose new toy and bookstore in town could spell big trouble for her the Silver Bear Shop and her cousin’s small bookstore . . .
But when Sasha discovers Holly’s shop assistant dead with a knife plunged in her body, the unpleasant woman suddenly looks like a real backstabber. So does Sasha’s ex-husband, rumored to have rekindled the fiery extramarital affair he once had with the victim. Now, before a gruesome homicide case takes the fun out of both the Fest and her personal life, Sasha must identify the true culprit from a daunting suspect list—or risk becoming as lifeless as one of her stuffed bears . . .
Bear Witness to Murder by Meg Macy is the second book in the cozy Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery series. Set in a small town this series revolves around a main character running her family business, the Silver Bear Shop and Factory. The shop is about like a Build a Bear type of small business.
In this installment Sasha Silverman and her family are gearing up to participate in the numerous fall events in their small town when Sasha yet again stumbles upon a dead body in a parking lot. Calling the police Sasha believes the victim is her old high school nemesis that had just returned to town and opened a similar business but instead they find her assistant wearing Holly’s jacket. As the list of potential suspects grow and the investigation to those around Sasha start getting a bit close Sasha begins her own investigating again.
This series yet again has a very cute small town setting to enjoy along with likable characters to follow. But what I found yet again is that to me it feels like it can drag a bit here and there being a little overly detailed in places. There were also some things happening that I didn’t quite like for instance Sasha’s mother pushing to return to a cheating ex…why??? But overall the small town/store vibe and the mystery both are enjoyable enough to return to the series leaving me to rate them 3.5 stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Award-winning mystery author Meg Macy lives in Southeast Michigan, close enough to Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Dexter — the area she chose for the setting of her new “Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear” cozy mystery series for Kensington. She is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland for the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery series; two, Wouldn’t It Be Deadly and Get Me to the Grave On Time were Agatha Award finalists for Best Historical. Meg’s first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Best First Novel Spur Award from Western Writers of America. She’s a graduate of Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program. Meg loves reading mysteries, historicals, and other genre fiction, and also enjoys gardening, crafts, and watercolor painting.