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Friday, January 12, 2018

A Shamelessly Adorable Cozy Mystery (Review)

The Silver Bear Shop and Factory might be the cutest place around, but there s nothing warm and fuzzy about murder . . .

As manager of the family teddy bear shop and factory, thirty-one-year-old Sasha Silverman leads a charmed life. Well, except for the part about being a single divorcee with a ticking biological clock in small-town Silver Hollow. And that's just kid's stuff compared to Will Taylor, the sales rep who's set on making drastic changes to the business her parents built from scratch with or without Sasha's approval . . .




But before Will digs his claws in, someone pulls the stuffing out of his plan . . . and leaves his dead body inside the factory. Reeling from shock, Sasha's hit with more bad news police suspect her hot-tempered Uncle Ross may have murdered him. Sasha knows her uncle would never do such a thing, and she's launching her own little investigation to expose the truth. As she tracks Will's biggest rivals and enemies for clues, Sasha can't get too comfy or she'll become the next plaything for a killer . . .
Bearly Departed
Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery #1
Meg Macy
Pub Date: 5/30/17
Kensington Books
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Rating: 5/5
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Bearly Departed is the first in a brand new series from author Meg Mims writing as Meg Macy. This Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery series begins as the Silver Bear Shop and Factory manager, Sasha Silverman, stumbles upon a dead body in the store's factory. When that body turns out to be the sales manager who her Uncle Ross threatened after learning that he was cutting jobs and sending production overseas, Sasha is determined to prove her uncle's innocence and save her family's business. Murder is bad for business, after all.

This is one of those rare stories that I'm tempted to read as many times as possible until the next book in the series is released. It's so easy to submerge myself into Sasha's small town as she, armed with her adorable canine sidekick, Rosie, introduces readers to Silver Hollow and digs into local gossip. Piecing together everyone's whereabouts the night of the murder uncovers secrets that make Sasha rethink how idyllic her town really is. She returned home after a devastating divorce, but it seems she has lived the past seven years with blinders on. When the blinders come off she questions how well she really knows her employees, neighbors, and even her younger sister, Maddie.

I love how this story doesn't just focus on Sasha butting into the lives of her fellow business owners as she attempts to unravel a tangled web of suspicion. Every chapter drives your curiosity to know more about Sasha and her family, and the history of their family business. Her parents, sister, and uncle have strong personalities that come across in the dialogue. The dynamic of her family isn't easy and perfect, but their banter, affection, and arguments make them very real. At the moment, Sasha's ex and hot-shot lawyer, Flynn, is the only "romantic interest" in the story. I do look forward to seeing how his role in the story affects Sasha and whether or not a true romance takes place in this series.

Bearly Departed makes me giddy with glee. It encompasses the heart of cozy mystery from the picturesque town to the cast of characters that remind you of people in your own life. If you love Aurora Teagarden, you'll love Sasha Silverman!
*ARC provided via Goodreads giveaway*

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