Monday, February 18, 2008

Death of a Six Foot Teddy Bear by Sharon Dunn + Giveaway

Book Synopsis: 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

My Review: I always enjoy a light-hearted (murder notwithstanding) quirky mystery novel. It's fun to read something that makes you laugh out loud. And Death of a Six Foot Teddy Bear does exactly that!

While I enjoyed the first book in this series, I really feel that this one outshines it. Perhaps it's the setting of Calamity, Nevada or the complete absurdity of the squirrel lovers convention, but this book had all the fun and just the right touch of mystery!

Another thing that is strong about this novel is the reflection on different life stages. Ginger, our heroine, who wants her husband to remember that people (including herself!) are what counts in life. Kindra is finding new love and being forced to decide if it lines up with what she believes God wants for her. Arleta's husband has passed away and she finds herself searching for the meaning in this stage of her life. While none of these are as completely devoloped as they could be, they are present bringing a measure of reality to an otherwise fluffy cozy mystery.

So, if you're looking for a good escape, some laugh out loud fun, and a little mystery...than Death of a Six Foot Teddy Bear is for you!

The quirkiness and humor of this book reminds me a little of Carol Higgins if you enjoy the Regan Reilly mysteries I think you'll enjoy this as well!

The giveaway: To celebrate the release of this book, I am giving away a ten dollar gift card to Build a Bear. To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment with your best bargain hunting tip. I need them! This is an e-certificate so you will receive it quickly without having to reveal an address!

If you are interested in winning a copy of the book please consider visiting one of the following sites:
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Krista said...

Build a Bear rules! And I've never been able to go to one and make my own.
Too bad you're not giving away the book as well... :) I'll go check out those other sites.
My best frugal tip is simply to shop the sales. Clearance racks are the best!

Rashmi said...

Sounds like a great read! My best tip are those coupon sites online. Great savings there.

I've posted this at my book review/contest blog - A Book Blogger's Diary

Hope that's ok with you. Thanks!
abookblogger at gmail dot com

windycindy said...

How fun and what creative prize! I know that I wait until the clothing, decorations, etc. are 75% or more. Also, I shops after the holidays! Whether it is Valentine's day, Easter, etc. Then, I have wonderful gifts for the next year. Cindi

ashley said...

I save coupons from the Sunday paper for 3 to 5 weeks and then match them to the stores' sales. I also try to shop super-early to get the freshest produce and newly restocked shelves to shop from.

Bebemiqui said...

Look online before you go to the never know which will be the better deal, so start with the easiest first.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Love teddy bears! Love reading!


MarilynInNC said...

What a great book! My best tip is an awesome web site called Slickdeals. They have awesome members who post great deals on everything you could possibly be looking for in the forums. I have saved sooo much money from this site.

phxbne said...

What a great giveaway! I sign up for emails and mailings for stores I like - it is amazing how many coupons you can get for places like Kohl's Ann Taylor Loft, New York & Co.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win $10 to Build-a-Bear!! thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

forgot... I love to shop Aldi's for groceries, Dillards and Penney's at 75% off and Mardel clearance, esp 90% off books!

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