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Bear a Wee Grudge

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As a huge lover of bears of all kinds I always eagerly look forward to each new book in this series and this one is no exception. We catch up with Sasha as she is getting ready for the upcoming Highland Fling event. The town is all excited for the event and bear factory is even making special bears just for the event. Things are kicking into high gear when the family runs into their old nemesis Teddy Hartman. He is still an obnoxious man with a wife that just may be even worse if that is at all possible. She owns an evil little dog that bites Sasha really hard making her bleed while her sister punches Teddy right in the face (I was so rooting her on). This is bad enough but when the man ends up murdered guess who gets put in the hot seat? Sasha has her work cut out for her in order to figure out what really happened. The clues play out throughout the story which keeps you captivated until the very end thanks to the life like characters, small town charm, and plenty bear tidbits to make me happy. A fabulous read for fans of cozy mysteries and bear lovers alike. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
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A Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery #5

Sasha runs the family teddy bear store in Silver Hallow, Michigan. Her mom is the mayor and her dad is competing in the Highland Games at the local park.  Teddy Hartman keeps showing up all over town causing trouble and interrupting the Games. Hartman is later found under a tree with an ax in his back and Sasha's dad is arrested for the murder.  Will Sasha be able to clear her father's name?

I was looking forward to reading this book, so I was disappointed it didn't appeal to me.  There was too much dialogue and not enough description of the events to keep the story flowing.  It felt disconnected. There were also too many characters to keep track of and the ending was a little weak.  I, however, did like the love story between Sasha and Jay. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!
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They are going to have a festival soon, so Sasha certainly didn't want to find a dead body.  But she did.  And then the cop she doesn't like arrested her boyfriend...
Kensington Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on November 30th.

He was a married man that fought with his wife and hit her, too.  Now Sasha had to find the killer so her love can go free.  

She spends a lot of time asking questions.  After visiting with her friends and talking to the ones who knew the victim, she finally thinks she knows who did it.  

When she goes to question the killer, she's alone.  She had lost her boyfriend in the crowd.  This was not the smartest thing to do.  Soon she is about to become the next victim.

Will someone save her?
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It is Highland Fling weekend in Silver Hollow.  Sasha Silverman and her family are taking part with Scottish themed bears as well as participating in the events.  The weekend is nearly ruined when the former owner of a rival company is found dead shortly after a very public blowout with the Silvermans.  Sasha has her work cut out for her to prove that her family had nothing to do with the murder. The mystery was strong, and I adore the characters and setting.  This is a great addition to the series!
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I love all the great town events that happen in Silver Hollow. Nothing is cuter than teddy bears in kiilts. I love thise serie and all tge characters and was a little upset when Sasha's dad was arrested for murder. The book went by way to fast and I loved every minutre of it. I highly recommend this book
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Such a happy place! Spring in Silver Hollow, Michigan with a visit to the Silver Bear Shop. A Highland Fling Weekend makes the visit even better. Men in kilts throwing axes, poles, and hammers, along with music, dancing, food, and vendor booths including a Silver Bear booth featuring bears all decked out in the tartan finery.

Most of the men in Sasha’s life are taking part in the athletic events and are in the park practicing when Teddy Hartman arrives on the scene. He has a bad history with the Silverman family and sure has an ax to grind. His wife is even more obnoxious than he is. Don’t even get me started their evil demon dog. It seems their purpose in life is to make the Silverman’s life as un-bear-able as possible. It is not surprising that the man ends up dead – found with an ax in his back. An ax just like Sasha’s dad was throwing at targets earlier. Because of the drama between the two men, the inept Detective Hunter arrests her dad without an iota of real evidence.

Sasha is not going to sit still for one minute and come mud or high water she with a wee bit of help from her friends is going to clear her father’s name and fling the real killer behind bars as quickly as possible.

I really enjoy catching up with the Silverman family. Ms. Macy has created such a wonderful family. One can be cantankerous at times, another can be a wee bit pushy, a few are very creative, but they are all hard workers and strive to make trips to their teddy bear shop as awesome as possible. Their interactions feel pretty typical for a family that works together, that is until a murder is thrown into the mix. I hope the author continues this series especially since Sasha and Jay are going to be dealing with 2 big life events at the same time.
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I look forward to seeing what is going to happen in this series.  This book needs proofreading before being published.  There were many grammatical errors.
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Bear a Wee Grudge was another delightful addition to the Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery series.

Teddy bear shop manager Sasha Silverman is looking forward to Silver Hollow's inaugural Scottish festival. With competitions, dancing, live music, and various Scottish delicacies the festival is sure to be a hit. In the weeks leading up to the festival Sasha and the employees of the Silver Bear Shop are busy creating custom teddy bears in kilts to sell at their vendor booth. But when the obnoxious Teddy Hartman, the former owner of a rival teddy bear company, begins to stir up trouble for the Silver Bear Shop it puts a bit of a damper on the festivities. When Hartman is found murdered and Sasha's father is arrested for the crime, Sasha is in a race to find the real killer before her father goes down for a crime he didn't commit.

The mystery of who killed Teddy was an interesting one with several suspects, including the main character's father. It's pretty obvious Sasha's father is being set up and it doesn't take long for Sasha to get involved with the case to clear his name. Among the suspects are the victim's wife, the wife's brother, and their lawyer. With so many of the suspects closely tied together, to each other and the victim, it's a bit harder for Sasha to get reliable information. Add in a cop who is dead set on pinning the crime on Sasha's dad and she faces an uphill battle to find the truth. I enjoy Sasha's process when it comes to looking at potential suspects and how far she's come in developing her skills over the course of the series. There were a few instances in the book where seemingly everyone but Sasha had given up on finding the murderer which was surprising. Ultimately the killer's identity wasn't a complete surprise, but I did like how the author revealed their identity. The final confrontation between Sasha and the killer was well done and I was happy with how the mystery was wrapped up.

The characters in this series continue to be fantastic and I enjoy them more as the series goes on. We got to see quite a bit more of Jay, Sasha's boyfriend, in this installment which was nice as I enjoy their relationship. Sasha is close to her family with each of them being involved in running the teddy bear shop in one way or another. With Sasha's dad being accused of murder, the family is heavily invested in making sure the murder is solved so he can be cleared. This book didn't have as many scenes at the Silver Bear Shop as I was expecting compared to previous installments. I really enjoy the scenes at the shop, so I hope we get more there in future books.

Overall Bear a Wee Grudge was an excellent addition to the series and I would highly recommend this series for readers looking for a great cozy mystery series.
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Bear a Wee Grudge by Meg Macy is a bear of a mystery with some changes for our sleuth and her family.

Will Sasha find Teddy Hartman's killer before her dad is railroaded?

Sasha Silverman
Our sleuth, Sasha Silverman, is looking for the person that killed Teddy Hartman, partly out of curiosity and to keep her dad out of jail. Sasha learns a few things about her dad that she didn't know before, but she is still confident that he would not kill anyone, even Teddy Hartman. Sasha isn't herself in this installment; she is distracted and has difficulty with certain foods. Although she isn't at her best, she still determines who took out Teddy Hartman.

I like Sasha. She has a heart of gold and wants to help everyone. Sasha has to confront some events from her past and allow her family to help her heal. She also stands up to her ex-husband for the first time. That was one of my favorite parts. You go, Sasha.

The Mystery
Basically, Alex (Sasha's dad) and his friend Gil find Teddy Hartman's body. This all happens shortly after a couple of altercations between Hartman and the members of the Silverman family. Throw in an incompetent detective, and Sasha is out to figure it out on her own again. Not many people in town like Teddy, so there are potentially a few suspects.

Honestly, though, why would Teddy move to a town where the only people that he knows don't care for him? He is quite the jerk, and it seems that he may have gotten what he had coming. Karma, my friend, is not always friendly.

The town's events in this book are so cool. I think I will look up some highland events near our home to check it out. I love the teddy bears with kilts.

Four Stars
I enjoyed the story and mystery. It was nice seeing Sasha's character grow. Her relationship with Jay is adorable, and I love the way that he proposes to her. My rating for Bear a Wee Grudge by Meg Macy is four stars. If you love teddy bears and mysteries, you will like this book.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of Bear a Wee Grudge by Meg Macy.

Until the next time,
~Jen

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Sasha Silverman manages the Silver Bear Shop and Factory, the family business.  But Sasha also manages to get drawn into murders that happen in town.  This time a former rival teddy bear maker is found murdered in the woods with an axe in his back.  Not only was Sasha's father, Alex,  not a fan of the victim because of his business practices but he is a champion ax thrower and was seen practicing for the Highland Fling games in the area where the body was found.  

Sasha is determined to found out who really axed the victim before her father is flung into jail.

As an arctophile (teddy bear lover) this not just a regular cozy mystery for me but an opportunity to cuddle up with my teddy bear and read.  The people who work at the Bear Shop come across as loving their jobs.  How can you not enjoy a teddy bear story!
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I enjoyed this installment of the shamelessly adorable teddy bear mystery series. I have to say that this on might be my favorite of the series so far.  I have to say I’m pretty sure I would have done the same thing as Sasha if it had been my dad who have been accused of murder.
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Trouble has found its way back to Silver Hollow, Michigan in the form of Teddy and Lisa Hartman. Spreading lies, perpetuating distrust between citizens, instigating arguments, and tossing around wild accusations is Teddy's MO. Unfortunately, Sasha and her family are continuously on the receiving end of everything that spews forth from Teddy's mouth. Bear a Wee Grudge is quite intense straight out of the gate and I enjoyed every single bit of the book.
 
A clever who-done-it, Bear a Wee Grudge kept me entertained and engaged in the story. Meg Macy delivered a well-written story with a unique setting in a fictional small town in southeast Michigan. As a lifelong Michigander I enjoy a good story, in any genre, that is based in my state. I always love it when I recognize locations in a book because I've been there, lived there, or worked in the town/city.

I enjoyed the personalities of each character in the book. The book was descriptive well developed, allowing me to visualize the elements of the story, characters, and locations. The characters and situations were believable and the pacing of the story was steady. I enjoyed Bear a Wee Grudge, found the mystery interesting, the characters likable, and the story's pacing to be on target. I love the Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery series by Meg Macy and I look forward to the next book.
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Bear A Wee Grudge is the fifth book in “A Teddy Bear Mystery” (I know everyone is adding the Shamelessly Adorable name to the series title, but the publisher hasn’t, so I haven’t.) Sasha and family are back in this delightful addition to the series, along with a few other characters who will fascinate readers and keep them turning the page. 

Once again, Sasha is smack in the middle of a murder investigation, and this time her father’s freedom is on the line. Sasha’s father becomes the prime suspect when rival bear maker Teddy Hartman is found with an ax in his back. Not that there aren’t other suspects, because there are plenty of them. From Teddy’s family to his rivals, suspects and motives come out of the woodwork. There doesn’t appear to be anyone who liked the man or who didn’t want to see the end of him in one way or another.

Sasha leads the charge to clear her father’s name and keep him from going to prison. The detective on the case seems to have it out for Sasha and her family, and he is doing his best to make sure that Teddy’s murder lands squarely on her father’s shoulders.  There is plenty of action, although at a slower pace than most readers are used to reading. Even though Sasha solves the mystery and catches the killer, some readers will have already figured it out long before. So, unfortunately, the killer’s identity and motive will not come as a surprise to most readers. However, Bear A Wee Grudge is a fun book and will entertain readers to the very end. Characters are interesting and lovable, the setting is fun and creative, and the mystery is well done. I would love to get my hands on one of the Scottish Teddy bears for my collection, they truly are adorable. I look forward to the next book.
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BEAR A WEE GRUDGE, the fifth book in the shamelessly adorable Teddy Bear Mystery series by Meg Macy, is as darling as cozy mysteries come! I can’t help but become captivated with the delightful setting of the Silver Bear Shop and Factory and the Silverman family who own it. The protagonist, Sasha Silverman, manages the teddy bear shop, working alongside her aunt and uncle. With a Scottish-themed Highland Fling festival coming to town, the entire family is pitching in to prepare their teddy bear booth: from her mother, the mayor of the village; to her dad, who’s a champion ax-thrower (and is also competing in the ax throwing contest); to her graphic artist sister; and lastly, her boyfriend, Jay, also a competitor at the Scottish games. I love how close-knit the family is (even when there’s a squabble or two). They know they have the support of each other no matter what happens. And, of course, the setting of a Scottish festival brings a unique twist to the mystery. Ms. Macy does an admirable job of bringing the festivities’ costumes, food, and competitions to life with a strong descriptive voice. Haggis anyone?!

When the Silverman family’s nemesis is found murdered with a competition ax in his back, Sasha’s dad is the number one suspect. It doesn’t help that the investigating detective seems to have it in for Sasha’s family. With a strong curiosity and a desire to see justice prevail, Sasha takes matters into her own hands and starts investigating. With the victim being an obnoxious man and several shady business dealings from his past, there were a slew of suspect possibilities. The author even brings in suspects from the previous book, but rest assured, this can still be easily read as a standalone. The quick pace of the story kept me turning pages and I was intrigued how the clues fit together as they lead toward the suspenseful reveal. With a heartwarming and life changing conclusion, I can’t wait to find out what’s coming next for Sasha and her family!

I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I love this series but this one wasn't my favorite as I think that the mystery took the backsite and it was a bit slow.
I enjoyed it and was glad to catch up with the characters but I prefer when the cozy mystery are more mystery oriented.
It's not recommended if you are new to this series but it's a pleasant read.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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Meg Macy never disappoints with this series. How can you not like a series about a family that produces teddy bears? Seriously, this is a great series, and this is an awesome book.  I love Sasha and Maddie and their tight-knit family. This was hard to put down, I kept turning the pages because there was always something happening. Good read!
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Such a happy place! Spring in Silver Hollow, Michigan with a visit to the Silver Bear Shop. A Highland Fling Weekend makes the visit even better. Men in kilts throwing axes, poles, and hammers, along with music, dancing, food, and vendor booths including a Silver Bear booth featuring bears all decked out in the tartan finery.

Most of the men in Sasha’s life are taking part in the athletic events and are in the park practicing when Teddy Hartman arrives on the scene. He has a bad history with the Silverman family and sure has an ax to grind. His wife is even more obnoxious than he is. Don’t even get me started their evil demon dog. It seems their purpose in life is to make the Silverman’s life as un-bear-able as possible. It is not surprising that the man ends up dead – found with an ax in his back. An ax just like Sasha’s dad was throwing at targets earlier.  Because of the drama between the two men, the inept Detective Hunter arrests her dad without an iota of real evidence.

Sasha is not going to sit still for one minute and come mud or high water she with a wee bit of help from her friends is going to clear her father’s name and fling the real killer behind bars as quickly as possible.

I really enjoy catching up with the Silverman family. Ms. Macy has created such a wonderful family. One can be cantankerous at times, another can be a wee bit pushy, a few are very creative, but they are all hard workers and strive to make trips to their teddy bear shop as awesome as possible. Their interactions feel pretty typical for a family the works together, that is until a murder is thrown into the mix.

I will admit my inner voice was cheering when I found out who the victim was, he was an awful man. His wife is a piece of work too and sadly their dog was poorly trained and seemed to always be in attack mode. These unlikable characters were cleverly written too. They drew no sympathy from me or any of the other characters in the book.

The bumbling Detective Hunter really irritated me this time so I was happy when Sasha drew another detective into the web of the investigation. There were more suspects than I first imagined and I should have known better because when he was first introduced in this series I wanted to knock the stuffing out of Teddy Hartman a time or two myself. I thought Sasha did a great job sorting out clues until she didn’t. That little misstep led up to a very exciting ending.

While Bear A Wee Grudge had a little more family fluff than previous books in this series I didn’t think it took anything away from the mystery. I do love the teddy bear theme of the series and was excited by the Scottish theme in this book. The springtime setting was delightful too as the days turn frigid here in the midwest. As always, Meg Macy has written a very entertaining story for readers to escape right into. I had a great time in Silver Hollow!
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This is such a fun series, and I had a great time with this cozy mystery. I loved the plot, the twists and turns, and the characters!
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No festival in Silver Hollow would be complete without the seemingly-requisite murder. (At least it was of someone mean and nasty!) But the worrisome part was the detestable detective Hunter zoning in on Sasha's dad as his only suspect. Call in the reinforcements, Sasha's back on the case!

This was really a wild and confusing case with any number of people who'd have wanted to kill the dead guy. The man's widow was a real piece of work! At least the detective that Sasha knew from a previous case, Mason was around this time and available to relay information to. She really didn't have to deal with Hunter much. The showdown was super exciting, and a couple of people had a good hand in helping.

Toward the end, there was the sweetest surprise, and now I absolutely can't wait to read the next book!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Kensington Publishing via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.
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Bear a Wee Grudge by Meg Macy is the 5th book in the Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery series, and another fun book. Sasha Silverman is the manager of her family's Silver Bear Shop and Factory, and they are all busy with Highland Fling weekend coming up.   Before the Fling takes place, a man is found murdered and, and Sasha's dad is arrested.  I really loved this book/series, and can't wait to continue Sasha's adventures in the next book. Not only is this book fun, it has a great mystery also. There are twists and turns around every corner. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. If you love fun cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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