Another murder mystery for the Bargain Hunters Network–only this time, one of them is a suspect!
Ginger and her husband, Earl, are in for a wild ride in Calamity, Nevada, along with the other BHN ladies–college student Kindra, mother-of-four Suzanne, and sassy senior Arleta. They came to town for the Invention Expo and some outlet shopping, but instead they endure lost luggage, broken air conditioning, and a long line of people angry at hotel owner Dustin Clydell. With the Invention Expo and the Squirrel Lovers’ convention both in town, the Wind-Up Hotel has somehow overbooked.
Before the night is over, a man has been found dead in a teddy bear costume, the Invention Expo has been canceled, Binky the water-skiing squirrel has gone missing…and the authorities want to talk to one of the BHN ladies! What else could possibly go wrong?
Once again, the Bargain Hunters Network swings into sleuth mode to solve the murder–and this time, clear one of their own. Along the way, Ginger discovers something even better than a bargain.
Death of a Six Foot Teddy Bear is as fun and quirky as the title suggests.| Posted September 29, 2008
Once again we find all the loveable bargain hunters from book one as they arrive in Calamity, Nevada to attend the Invention Expo and the world’s largest garage sale. Ginger, Kindra, Suzanne, and Arleta begin their stay at the Wind-Up Hotel where trouble starts even before they check in. They are plagued by lost luggage, non-existent air conditioning, loss of Ginger’s husband Earl’s booth at the Invention Expo, and a runaway feline.
This is just the beginning of a zany ride for our Bargain Hunters. Kindra meets and falls for Xabier, aka the six foot teddy bear. But does this relationship come to an abrupt end before it can really blossom, when the teddy bear meets his fate at the hand of a mysterious killer? Arleta comes to life for the reader in this book as she begins to question the meaning of life without God, but does she find Him? Ginger once again strives to improve her relationship with Earl, but does she succeed or will her relationship need further honing in the next book?
Couple these struggles with a more complex mystery with many twists and turns, and an unpredictable outcome and you have a winner here. Sharon Dunn has a great humorous writing style and you can always, I mean always, count on her to deliver a quirky, fun, and laughable read. She doesn’t disappoint in this second book. In fact, due to the very creative setting of the story, at the Wind-Up Hotel decorated in retro-children’s toys, where squirrel lovers are plentiful, I enjoyed this book more than the first. As a writer, I admire Dunn’s well-played humor and her creative descriptions along with her eccentric characters. Even the detectives in this story come alive with Dunn’s unique depiction of the pair.
I have always recommended Sharon Dunn as an author not to miss and I’ll stand by that recommendation. If you love a good cozy style mystery, Death of A Six Foot Teddy Bear will not disappoint.