Monday, June 5, 2017

Bearly Departed by Meg Macy - #review #giveaway

he 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 divorcée 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 . . .



How wonderful would it be to run a business where your efforts made children smile?  And the fact that the business had been started by Sasha's grandfather and which had stayed in the family for three generations would make the whole experience even more special.

So when Will Taylor, jack-of-all-scumbags lies to Sasha's father, wants to take the company public (to increase profits) and has apparently stolen the original bear design to sell to Silver Bear's competitor, Sasha's isn't the only Silverman's nose gets out of joint.  Really, if the bears could come alive at night after the shop is closed, Will's death could almost be seen as poetic justice.  But, of course, the bears are inanimate, but Will is still dead in the morning.

Considering wear and how Taylor was killed, Sasha, her sister, and mostly their uncle had the strongest motive to commit the crime.  The possibility that Uncle Ross might be arrested spurs Sasha into action, to find other suspects.  And she tries to do that while struggling to keep the factory and s hop operating, and the Bear's social events for children going around town.

Ms. Macy's descriptions of small-town life are spot on.  I say this not only because I spent many of my formative years in a similar small town in Maryland.  (Later I told my husband that if our little town in Kentucky got a second traffic signal that we would have to move!)  Sasha is just amazing.  She's like a Jeanne d'Arc of small towns and teddy bears - loyal and willing to go to bat for those (and for what) she believes in.

And teddy bears are not just for kids.  My daughter (12 or 13 at the time) gave me a stuffed animal bunny for my birthday that year and I still give it a little snuggle now and then.  Lucky for me, Sasha and the Silver Bear will ride in the future as well!

Oh, and be sure to enter the giveaway.  I'm kind of jealous of y'all being able to enter, because the prize is gummy bears, a teddy bear and a print copy of the book!  (I don't suppose there is a ban on my entering, but I'd feel kind of funny if I won.  But I'd enjoy the gummy bears, while snuggling with the teddy bear and reading the book! *lol*)

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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, historicals, and other genre fiction, and also enjoys gardening, crafts, and watercolor painting.




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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of Bearly Departed by Meg Macy from the author and publishers, via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.)


  1. I enjoyed your review of Bearly Departed. Thanks for featuring it on your blog -- I can't wait to read it!

  2. Great premise for a mystery! I love teddy bears, so am very excited to read this. Thanks for the review and the chance to win.

  3. I like books set in small towns and it sounds like this is well done. I don't read cozies often but I'll have to check this one out!

  4. Thanks so much for having me here on your "back porch", LuAnn! And thanks for the great review.