The annual Teddy Bears Picnic is the highlight of the year for the children of Shawano County, more so than Easter egg hunts or visits from Santa Claus. Besides being a celebration for the end of summer and an opportunity to break the record of the number of teddy bears at one gathering, the children get to party with Patches Sinclair, a beloved seven-foot teddy bear. However, bear hunting season seems to have arrived early in northeast Wisconsin as Thad Sheppard, the man inside the bear, is found dead in the woods with a knife in his back, no head on his shoulders and a love note composed in hell.
Zachary Gagewood must determine who hated Thad enough to want him dead-two vengeful ex-wives, clown and magician competitors jealous of the bear's acclaim, loan sharks, even a young man who claims Thad is his father. However, when Zachary's beloved, Newell Krueger, decides to play the role of Patches so the picnic can continue, he fears his boyfriend could end up being the next bear to be hunted down in the woods.
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About the Author
Lee also has a love affair with the theatre, starting to write plays in high school before moving to full-length novels in recent years. In his junior year, one of those plays, Murder on the Boardwalk, was selected for production. Although it was never published, Lee received royalties for the play, which has kept him writing ever since.
Ironically, a dry spell in Lee's creative juices in 2006 prompted him to take a vacation in Wisconsin with family. Getting into a new environment and seeing the beauty of the fall colors is what inspired Lee to write his first novel, The Colors of Love and Autumn.
Lee enjoys photography when he is not writing-and sometimes even while he is. He tries to get outdoors whenever he can to take photos.
Having learned how to read at age 3½, Lee also loves to read as often as possible, enjoying mysteries mostly, although he'll read any good story.
Lee lives in Wisconsin with his dog, Toby.