I have just come across a new mystery series that would interest bear collectors. The Mournful Teddy is written by John J. Lamb, who is a retired homicide detective and hostage negotiator and now collects teddy bears with his wife. Most of the mysteries I have been reading lately were written by women, and I really enjoyed reading a book from a man's perspective for a change.
In The Mournful Teddy, Brad Lyon is a retired homicide detective, (coincidence?) An injury he suffered has now sidelined his career. His wife, Ashleigh, creates beautiful artisan teddy bears. Both of the Lyons are about to leave their home to attend a bear show when Brad finds a body floating in the Shendodoah River right outside his home. This discovery opens up a can of worms for Brad, as he tries to investigate the murder (which the local sheriff thinks is an accidental drowning), support his wife with her craft, and keep himself out of trouble with the law.
I found The Mournful Teddy to be very entertaining, and Brad and Ash are likable characters. I enjoyed reading about teddy bear collectors, as I have a few bears in my collection as well. It was interesting to have the teddy craft worked into the storyline. I will definitely be reading more books from this mystery series.