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Bear Witness to Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery)
by Meg Macy
About the Book
Bear Witness to Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery)
2nd in Series
Kensington (May 29, 2018)
Paperback: 288 pages
Digital ASIN: B075C38DMD
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 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 . . .
- Can you talk about living in Silver Hollow? While I grew up in Ann Arbor, my dad opened the Silver Bear Shop & Factory while I was in college and getting married, so I didn’t actually move there until after my divorce. That’s when I began managing the shop – and fell in love with the small town “easy” atmosphere, got to know a lot of my friends who also moved there or married into families living there. It’s less hectic than Ann Arbor, less traffic, and more off the “beaten path” — everyone seems to hear about things that happen, no matter how much you may not want news to travel, but it’s all part of living in a community that cares. So I do enjoy it.
- What is it like working at the family business, Silver Bear Shop and Factory? I enjoy setting up special events and conducting tours, selling bears, and keeping an eye on my Uncle Ross who supervises at the factory, and his ex-wife who is taking over office duties for my sister Maddie. Aunt Eve set up the accounting system, so I only have to catch her up on the technology, thank goodness! It’s not hard work, but time-consuming. We put in a lot of extra hours during our holiday season, and I’ve even filled in for packing/shipping whenever we have super large orders. Call me a Jill-of-all-trades!
- You already experienced being part of a murder investigation once – did you ever think it would happen to you a second time? NO way! Especially in such a small town as Silver Hollow. There’d only been one “crime of passion” death in the community ( before last month, when our sales rep was killed), so Will Taylor’s murder really affected us all at the factory. And another? Wow. Any death is traumatic for family and friends, but deliberately killing someone takes a twisted person. Murder is a nasty business!
- Is there anything about you people might not know you think would be fun to share?Well, everyone knows how much I love (love, love, love) cookies. I love dogs (more than cats? Hmm, not sure). I love eating kettle corn while watching a classic movie – My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn, Bringing Up Baby or North by Northwest with Cary Grant, and I love comedies of all kind – films, plays, books. I read cozy mysteries, but prefer historical fiction – mysteries or dramas like Ken Follett’s series, Sharon Kay Penman’s English Kings historical books, Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, or The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Something meaty to read. I love history!
About the Author
Award-winning mystery author Meg Macy lives in Southeast Michigan, close 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 books have been named Agatha Award finalists. 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, historical, and other genre fiction, and also enjoys gardening, crafts, and watercolor painting.
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