Title: The False-Hearted Teddy
Author: John J. Lamb
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Copyright Date: 2007
Print Date: June 2007
Pages: 255 + Teddy Bear Artisan Profile
Series: 2nd of the Bear Collector's Mysteries
Book Description (from back cover):
Former homicide detective Brad Lyon has happily settled into retirement with his wife, Ashleigh, and their new business: crafting artisan teddy bears. They even take their line of Lyon's Tigers and Bears on the road to Baltimore, the site of a big-time bear show.
But ex-cop Brad senses something sinister when he witnesses a domestic dispute between the couple behind the hugely popular line of Cheery Cherub Bears. And a second scuffle soon has the bear aficionados talking: Another designer has accused the award-winning couple of stealing ideas for their furry angel bears. The tension is enough to give one of the designers an asthma attack, but after using her inhaler, she clutches at her throat — and dies. Baltimore brass deems it a death by natural causes. But Brad and Ash's suspicions have already taken wing ...
I liked this one better then the 1st, and I'm definitely getting into the series — and becoming more interested in teddy bears.
I do have to wonder at it being repetedly stressed that Brad doesn't like cozy mysteries because the police come across as bumbling, etc. All the while, he's continually lecturing the cops about how they should do things or what conclusions they should come to.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.