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The Beekeeper (The First Detective Elizabeth Stratton Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Juliet Moore
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A trigger-happy young detective becomes immersed in a world of bees and mad honey in order to catch a murderer.

Miami homicide detective Elizabeth Stratton knows she's lucky to still have a job, but she's tired of only getting the easy cases. She'll never be able to regain the respect of her colleagues without a chance to prove she's no longer an anxious mess who shoots at anything that moves.

Her opportunity comes during a routine check at a near-abandoned hotel. While trying to save the living, she finds the dead. In the midst of a bee infestation is the body of a young woman, her mouth filled with honey.

Elizabeth is grudgingly allowed to keep the case, which rapidly becomes compelling when the honey is found to be poisonous and the bees follow her home.

But just when she's closing in on the killer, he targets her new friend and Elizabeth must brave the high winds of a category four hurricane to save her.


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  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PG37ZU
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as James Patterson November 14, 2012
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The Beekeeper: The First Detective Elizabeth Stratton Mystery

A debut mystery written by a romance writer? Normally I would pass anything remotely related to `romance' (don't scowl, I don't read cookbooks or poetry either). But for some odd reason I was drawn to this book. Maybe I was secretly looking for a little schadenfreude: can you really cross literary boundaries like that?

The answer is No, not usually. Not unless you are an extraordinary writer like Juliet Moore. (You think that's her real name?) Ms. Moore is one of those rare writers who actually studied writing, at UCLA no less, without turning into an unbearable snob or an effete literary professor. And now she brings her skills to bear on the police procedural/mystery genre--with tremendous results.

Her writing is as smooth as James Patterson. Each sentence leads us from one pivotal moment to the next without a single hitch or distraction. She doesn't bore us with irrelevant but beautiful details. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure I know what the main character looks like.

Juliet Moore gives us a fascinating education on beekeeping. Some authors would dive into details just to show off. Others (like me) would sketch a plot-point and blow through it with barely enough detail for the reader to know hives may be involved. Ms. Moore provides just the right amount of detail to make us feel like we learned enough to analyze the evidence. Far more information than we get from the aforementioned Patterson. And far less than required to put the reader to sleep. She hits the perfect balance.

I cringed as the inevitable kissy-bits crept into the story.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Sires
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I don't know who wrote the book description on this page, but it doesn't bear a lot of resemblance to the book I read.

"Her opportunity [to regain the respect of her fellow officers] comes during a routine check at a near-abandoned hotel...." No it doesn't.

Detective Elizabeth Stratton of Homicide is on leave from duty following a fatal shooting and a disastrous sexual relationship with her former partner, Chris. She is also staying at the decrepit and partially derelict Roosevelt Hotel due to hurricane damage to her home. Then a young man runs out of a stair well and begs her to assist his girlfriend who is in a room full of bees.

Stratton runs to the rescue and finds two women in the bee infested hotel room, one living and one dead. Returned to active duty to investigate the homicide, Stratton is assigned a new partner, the snuff-rubbing James, and then learns that the dead woman was already the subject of a missing person report. In fact, she was last seen in the bar of the same hotel where she was found: raped, strangled, and with her mouth full of honey.

The mystery "rapidly becomes compelling when . . .the bees follow her home." No they don't. Have no idea where this came from.

Finally "But just when she's closing in on the killer, he targets her new friend. . . ." What? The target is a bartender she meets during the investigation not a "new friend."

At only about 157 pages (2554 locations) the story feels seriously underdeveloped. Elizabeth Stratton clearly hasn't learned anything from her first problems in the department in that she repeats her mistakes. The other characters are two-dimensional at best.

The investigation degenerates from intriguing to banal (and unbelievable) at best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read December 15, 2012
By JTrav
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I snatched up the Kindle edition of this book on a flight back home from New York. I got suckered in because I'm a beekeeper, and I'm glad I did. This was a real page turner. Nice plot twists and a quick read that kept my attention the whole book. And on the beekeeping side, the author did an impeccable job on her research; very accurate and blended into the story quite well. Looking forward to more novels in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder Mystery February 18, 2013
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As far as murder mysteries go, this is a pretty good one. The story line holds one's interest until the very end. Things or situations are never what they seem, until the mystery becomes unraveled. The book seems to be well thought out before putting to words. Some of the language is a bit juvenile, but not enough to turn the reader off. Recommended for mystery lovers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and kept me interested to the end. February 19, 2013
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My only complaint is that I am not in agreement with the sexual things in the book. Sex is a private matter and should not have to be exploited. I believe it is the reason that our world is in the condition it is in today. So other that that, it was very goodl.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! October 20, 2012
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This is a well written and thought out book. Fast paced, always some thing going on .... From affairs to hurricanes!

Then there's the murders and the chase... The twist in the end will probably surprise some, I guessed what was comming, but this book is written well enough that most won't.

Looking forward to more books from this author... Worth the read!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs some work December 30, 2012
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This book was an easy read, but I think the author needs to really work on character and story development. It was annoying and ridiculous a have the lead character - who has been suspended for, among other things, having sex with her partner - start having sex with her co-worker/case lead. And, to make it worse, it was sex without emotion - but she does spend the whole time worrying about others finding out. That, added to the act that the killer is obvious to everyone but these cops, make it a less than brilliant novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Haven't Read It Yet
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Published 10 days ago by INGRID E KNOX
4.0 out of 5 stars predictable
I liked the book, but it was a little too long,
Published 12 days ago by Inga
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting murder mystery.
Enjoyed this murder mystery and look forward to more mysteries from Juliet Moore. It kept my interest from the first page to the last.
Published 22 days ago by KYNana
5.0 out of 5 stars good story with an interesting twist....
fun read...liked the added twist of the bees....mom was a beekeeper....wanted to see if the info on the bees was correct....liked the main character..... Read more
Published 28 days ago by inta dravenieks-lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was good a story, I enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Dee Donovan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story, if there is a book 2 in the series a would read it
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
'The Beekeeper' was full of action, suspense and mystery. The storyline was great. I was hooked from the beginning. The twists were surprising. The characters were great. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Denise Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good creepy read with enough blood and gore to keep ...
The Beekeeper is interesting backed up with factual information about bees. This is a good creepy read with enough blood and gore to keep a fan of CSI interested. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Was recommended by Amazon and I was hooked immediately. Story moves quickly but not so fast that you feel lost. Looking forward to next book in series.
Published 4 months ago by Kim K. Leslie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A little to graphic in some parts
Published 4 months ago by Ardith Atkinson
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Juliet Moore is an author who grew up in Miami Beach, Florida. She studied writing at UCLA under the tutelage of award-winning author Caroline Leavitt. She currently lives on the west coast of Florida with her husband and their two children.

Visit Juliet on the web: www.julietmoore.com

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