Since I had enjoyed the first book in the Bargain Hunters series, I was excited to read the second installment. And with a title like that, who wouldn't be intrigued? Fans will be thrilled with this book. The mystery in this story is awesome. I had no idea who the killer was. There were twists and turns everywhere that kept me guessing. The unique characters in this story are what makes it really interesting. I loved all the little stories and side plots that were happening throughout the book. There's lots of humor that will keep you laughing. I did cringe a bit at the fate of one of the squirrels. I really liked Kindra's relationship with Xabier (very unique name) because they were really cute. Same goes for Earl and Ginger and how they had to learn to trust each other. I hope that in the next book we'll get a story featuring Suzanne as I felt she was sort of a third wheel in this book. I liked Artleta's character especially when she finally decides to become a Christian. Her question about whether something extraordinary was supposed to happen after her conversion rings true, because it always seems to happen in older Christian fiction. I thought it was a pretty funny tongue in cheek statement. There were just two minor quirks I had with this book. One was nothing much was done with the cyber stalker even after their identity was revealed. I felt that it was unsatisfying that the women did not pursue trying to figure out who the person was. They did not even seem mildly concerned when the stalker got threatening and sounding crazy. The other little thing was there wasn't much bargain talk in this story. I would have liked a bit more info about the gals' finds at the garage sale but it's understandable because the murder plot takes more precedence. Other than these two things, I really enjoyed this book. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. If you enjoy mysteries that'll teach you how to save money, READ this book!
Lovable, quirky, but believable characters manage to get themselves into crazy and dangerous circumstances. What is most fun about this book is the unpredictability. Nothing is as it seems, or should be. The sheer number of principal characters each with a unique eccentricity is sometimes a bit confusing, but keeps the reader on his or her toes for sure. Dunn resists formula mystery in exchange for offbeat mini adventures in which her characters naivet, lack of communication with each other or just plain poor judgment land them in hilarious trouble. The authors wild imagination and extraordinary characters make for a super fun read. Even the expected characters in a mystery, the good cop and bad cop, are distinctively different in Teddy Bear. The fact that they are both female is in itself different, but I wont reveal their other idiosyncrasies. (Any dieters out there?)I suggest you read this book in as few sittings as possible so you dont forget the thread or lose touch with the characters. Even if you have to spend a few minutes reviewing and catching up, you will laugh, weep and be very glad you were carried away to Calamity, Las Vegas and garage sale oblivion. You may even dream about a squirrel.
Sharon Dunn never fails to make me laugh outloud. Death of a Six-Foot Teddy Bear is even quirkier than the first book in the Bargain Hunters series. If you love amateur sleuth mysteries accompanied by giggles you'll want to read this book.
I'm probably a little biased since I love a good cozy, (I think a book must include a cat in peril to qualify as a cozy.) I couldn't resist the premise of the Bargain Hunters Series, and I love characters whom I can relate to. Death of a Six-Foot Teddy Bear has it all: murder, humor, red herrings, and surprises at every turn. If you haven't read Death of a Garage Sale Newbie, the first installment in the Bargain Hunters mysteries, you'll have no trouble catching up with the characters. If you are a fan of series mysteries, you must add the Bargain Hunters books to your reading lists. I look forward to plenty more by this author.