Saturday, October 5, 2019

Review: Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery) by Meg Macy (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder
(A Teddy Bear Mystery)
by Meg Macy

About Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder

Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (September 24, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496722655
ISBN-13: 978-1496722652
Digital ASIN: B07MRC5KZG

This holiday season, teddy bear shop manager Sasha Silverman must solve the slaying of Santa Bear . . .
Sasha and her sister Maddie are thrilled that the Silver Bear Shop and Factory has won the Teddy Bear Keepsake Contest, which means they get to produce a holiday specialty toy, a wizard bear named “Beary Potter.” Promising to be just as magical is Silver Hollow’s annual tree-lighting ceremony and village parade. Only one hitch: the parade’s mascot, Santa Bear—played by Mayor Cal Bloom—is missing.
After a frantic search among the floats, Bloom is found dead. When the outfit is removed, it’s clear the mayor’s been electrocuted. Who zapped hizzoner and then stuffed him into his Santa Bear suit? While the police investigate the grisly crime, Sasha attempts to track down the murderer herself, with some help from the Guilty Pleasures Gossip Club. Can they wrap up this case in time for Christmas—or will Sasha meet her own shocking end?

My Review

The small town of Silver Hollow is preparing for the Christmas season. Sasha Silverman, co-owner of her family business, the Silver Bear Shop has her hands full this holiday season. Her shop has to produce a wizard bear “Beary Potter” in time for Christmas orders and they are receiving many many orders. That’s not all that’s going on - it’s time for the annual tree-lighting and parade with the star of the show Mayor Cal Bloom as Santa Bear. Problem is, he doesn’t show up for the festivities.

Sasha, her ex, and her mother discover the Mayor’s body wearing the Santa Bear costume. At first the police think it was a heart attack, but once an investigation begins, they discover it had to be murder. Everyone loved Cal Bloom. Sasha is determined to find out who would have done such a horrible thing. It doesn’t take long for her to learn that the Mayor wasn’t as beloved as she thought and there is a long list of suspects.

This is the third book in this series. I’ve read them all and have enjoyed them very much. This one is no exception. It’s a pretty big cast of characters and many possible killers amongst them. At times I admit I had problems keeping them all straight. I was shocked at how it ended and “whodunnit”.

The mystery is contained in this book - no cliff hangers but there are mentions of previous murders. I don’t think it would throw a newcomer off, but it’s always more fun to start these series from the beginning. It’s so much better to learn about the main characters from the start. It brings you right into the story.

Sasha is a great, strong character. I’m looking forward to reading more about her romance with Jay. I love the way the author concentrates more on the mystery than the romance, which is exactly how I like my cozy mysteries.

Now I await book #4 in the series.

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Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2019

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Meg Macy

Meg Macy is an award-winning author and artist, and lives in Southeastern Michigan, the setting of her Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear cozy mysteries for Kensington. Her first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Spur Award for Best First Novel from Western Writers of America. Meg is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland, authors of the Eliza and Henry Higgins Mystery series—of which two titles have been Agatha Award finalists. Meg love gardening, watercolor painting, and reading books of various genres.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your review on "Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder" by Meg Macy and for being part of the book tour.

    Always enjoy this author's books and can't wait for the opportunity to read this one. As always, an awesome cover!
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