Author: John J. Lamb
Title: The Mournful Teddy
Series: 1st in A Bear Collector's Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Book From: Library
My Rating: 4
Date Started: March 27, 2009
Date Finished: April 2, 2009
I love teddy bears!
After reading this I would love to someday go to a teddy bear convention.. I also loved that the real story about the Mourning Bear was used in the story. This bear was made to represent the lives lost on the Titanic and only a small amount were made and are worth quite a lot today. Another bit of truth was a woman by the name of Susan Arnot who creates her teddy bears out of recycled fur coats! Amazing :) I am going to google her to read more about this for sure!
The story felt a little forced to me at first, but after letting all the details sink in overnight I'm thinking it was almost genius! But I can't tell why without ruining for anyone ;)
Description from the publisher:
Retired San Francisco cop Brad Lyon is settling into a quieter life with his wife, Ashleigh, in Virginia's mountain country, where they collect and create teddy bears. But even here, stuff happens...
The day is here-and Brad Lyon is helping his wife put the finishing touches on her best bears, just in time for the Shenandoah Valley Teddy Bear Extravaganza. The event will draw fur-ball fanatics from near and far to buy, sell, or simply ogle the bears. But the main event will be the showing of the Mourning Bear, made to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic-and worth a hefty $150,000.
Then a local also meets a watery grave-and Brad Lyon spots the body floating in the Shenandoah. Old habits die hard, so Brad starts investigating like a homicide cop and finds the deceased might have had a connection to the Mourning Bear. But the local law would prefer that Brad keep his mouth sewn shut...