Brad and Ashleigh Lyon are excited about the Baltimore teddy bear show. They each have bears to enter. It's a major event, and they hope to really establish their Lyon's Tigers and Bears business with the contacts they make.
But before they can even get unloaded, they find trouble. Brad stumbles across a couple having a major fight. He intervenes before it gets physical, but neither the husband nor the wife seem to appreciate it.
The couple turns out to be Jen and Tony Swift, creators of the Cheery Cherub Bears, a highly popular line of angel themed bears. Their business is about to really take off with an offer to mass market their designs.
At breakfast the next morning, Jen gets an asthma attack. After her inhaler does no good, she dies. But Brad notices some things that raise his suspicions. With the local police refusing to take anything he says seriously, Brad once again dons his homicide detective hat to find the real killer. Can he do it before the convention ends?
The first book in this series was easily my favorite debut of last year. This book is equally as good. The first chapter is a little slow, but once we move beyond that, things pick up rapidly. Once again, I found the book hard to put down. And once again, Brad and Ashleigh were a complete delight to be around. Their since of right and wrong is only topped by their sense of humor. I laughed my way through the book, cheering them on often.
The series is a mix of cozy and police procedural. It doesn't follow all the conventions of either sub-genre completely, but it is a mix that works. I loved every minute of it and can't wait for the next in the series.