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

Juliet Moore
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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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: 278 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480127833
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PG37ZU
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32 of 33 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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22 of 27 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 The beekeeper February 28, 2013
By Joe
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This was the first book I read of Juliet Moore and it was a wonderful book it only took me two days to read it was hard to put down ! Now I need to get another one of her books :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it February 1, 2013
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It kept me entertained to the point of wanting to read more "Detective Elizabeth Stratton Mysteries" !!! Can't wait for more !!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beekeeper January 4, 2013
By mlowe
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Interesting book.. It came wanting to read it from the first moment. Can't ask for anything more than that. Thanks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beekeeper January 2, 2013
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Held my interest up until the very end. Annoyed when I had to put it down. Looking forward to order more from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book January 18, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book and could not stop reading until I finished it. It is a pleasant story that holds your interest and I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Bee fans only, read this book
The aspects of beekeeping were very interesting! I gained something from this book. However - the characters rather left me cold. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Pauline Kaldelli
4.0 out of 5 stars Very unusual story line. First book I've read by ...
Very unusual story line. First book I've read by this author, but will read more novels by Juliet Moore.
Published 29 days ago by Christina A. Carmany
5.0 out of 5 stars Good bee story
Loved the story and also learned a lot about bees. Smart insects.
Published 1 month ago by AvidreaderXYZ
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book can't wait for the next one
I liked this book can't wait for the next one. For me it was a good read. I like series book, to see how the characters grow. Looking forward to the next in the series
Published 1 month ago by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kept me on the edge of my seat.
Published 2 months ago by James Holzinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Good read for a first time author. I will definitely give the next Elizabeth Stratton book a try. The characters were interesting and I wanted o ind out what Elizabeth's problems... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Karin Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars beekeeper
Good detective story. Elizabeth will provide good murder mystery and sexual situations that mix well in the investigation. Good story.
Published 4 months ago by sydney
2.0 out of 5 stars A world full of irritating characters and implausible events
I found this novel very disappointing. Elizabeth Stratton is an irritating 'heroine', all too often driven by self-pity and irrational, impulsive behaviour. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jacqui
3.0 out of 5 stars learned about bees!
Was OK for a quick read. Liked learning about bees and honey. Also about hurricanes in Miami. Enjoyed it a lot.
Published 7 months ago by SB
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
The Beekeeper was a very good read. Learned something about bees, as well as a good storyline. Kept my interest to the very
end and was surprised of the ending. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jackson
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Juliet Moore is an author who grew up in Miami Beach, Florida reading Victoria Holt novels. She studied writing at UCLA under the tutelage of award-winning author Caroline Leavitt. She has always had a love for history, especially that of the Victorian era. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and their two children. Juliet spends her days writing, endeavoring to both make her children proud and create escapist fiction that appeals to the romantic in us all.

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