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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The False-Hearted Teddy - John J. Lamb

Teddy bears are a bit of an in-house entertainment for me, and I noticed this book in a charity shop one day. The teddy bear connection was enough for me to buy it and give it a try.

I also learned that this book is part of the 'cozy' subgenre of crime fiction where violence is downplayed or treated humourously. I had never heard this term before but wasn't surprised to learn that Miss Marple, or Murder, She Wrote are considered examples of the subgenre.

Bradley and Ashleigh Lyon are artisan teddy makers, taking part in a Baltimore teddy bear show. Bradley is a retired homicide cop from SFPD. While there, the creators of the Cheery Cherub teddy bear line dies in suspicious circumstances and Bradley's interest is piqued.

To be honest, the story is standard mystery with a liberal line in wisecracking and humour. Bradley is a bit moralistic but it's an easy read and if you are a true murder mystery fan, then this isn't bad at all.

The one thing that confuses me is that I can't figure out how the title links to the story.

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